Our ultimate wish is to strengthen our local “kula.” The sanskrit word “kula” translates as a “community of the heart.” When we practice together and support each other in every aspect of our lives we connect to one another in the depths of our hearts. As a kula, we celebrate, participate and share our experiences together. This symbolic practice of peace will inspire our efforts, enliven our minds and empower our hearts’ desires toward a more peaceful world.
We have a electic staff of bodyworkers offering various modalities of therapy within our space. These therapists schedule their own appointments. Do not call The Space Above's main number to set up an appointment. Call the therapists directly. Refer to our Massage Therapists page for information about each therapist.
Ayurveda, also referred to as "the science of life"(Ayuh-meaning life and veda-meaning knowledge), is a system of healing rooted in ancient India. The knowledge of Ayurveda deals with the nature and purpose of life. It includes life's physical and metaphysical aspects-health and disease, happiness and sorrow. Ayurveda is a comprehensive medical science and it's purpose is to heal while maintaining the quality and longevity of life. It is an art of daily living inclusive of lifestyle choices, stress management, diet, the use of herbs and also yoga and other devotional practices. Ayurveda offers a profound understanding of each person's unique body, mind and consciousness, which is the foundation of health and happiness.
You can find more information and contact information for consultations on our About Ayurveda page.
STYLES OF YOGA WE OFFER:
In modern times, outside of Hindu culture, the word yoga, usually refers to the physical practice of yoga exercises or asana. But this is only a small part of the science of yoga and its true name is Hatha Yoga. Hatha (pronounced "ha-tuh") Yoga is also known as hatha vidya or the "science of hatha" yoga; this word comes from combining the two sanskrit terms "hat" meaning sun and "ha" meaning moon. The word "hat" refers to the solar nadi (pingala) in the subtle body and "ha" the lunar channel (ida). The wisdom tradition of yoga is a practical, scientific teaching, the aim of which is spiritual growth. The word yoga, as well as the word religion, means the union of the human soul with the Universal Soul, i.e., the union of human being with God. Although yoga is a product of Indian civilization and has influenced all religions of that land, it is a practical spiritual science that does not belong to any particular region or religion. It brings positive results independent of your belief in its efficacy. Western psychologists and physiologists have recently taken an interest in Hatha Yoga with respect to its control of bodily processes, as yoga practitioners have demonstrated remarkable abilities in regulating their breathing, heart rate, and body temperature.
TriYoga Flows (Prasara), a complete hatha yoga method, is the union of posture, breath and focus - or asana, pranayama and mudra. The result is increased energy ... physically, mentally, and spiritually. This gives the mental clarity to manifest one's life with greater awareness. TriYoga fundamentals include relaxation-in-action, wave-like spinal movements and economy of motion. With the systematic approach, students can remain with Basics or progress to subsequent levels. Within each level, students increase their knowledge of posture and flow, as well as strength, flexibility, endurance and breath control. Through sustained awareness on all aspects of the practice, the movement of body, breath and mudra harmonize and the inner flow naturally emerges.
“Purna” means “complete,” and Purna Yoga distills and integrates the vastness of yoga into an invaluable set of tools for transformation and healing. Reminding us that yoga is far more than a system of exercise, Purna Yoga offers wisdom and techniques for the union of the body and the mind with the spirit. Using awareness, precision, and concentration, Purna Yoga inspires the evolution from our lower nature to our Divine Self. It is the art of loving yourself by living from the heart.
Purna Yoga practitioners learn alignment-based asana, pranayama, and Purna Yoga Meditation (the art of aligning inner energies for transformation), along with nutrition and yogic philosophy, adapted for our lifestyles today. Like a tuning fork, Purna Yoga aligns our entire being with the vibration of truth and the Divine essence within us and all around us.
Iyengar Yoga, created by BKS Iyengar, is a form of yoga known for its use of props, such as belts and blocks, as aids in performing asana (postures). It is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, emphasizing the development of strength, stamina, flexibility and balance, as well as concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana). Iyengar Yoga, a form of Hatha Yoga, focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asana. Through the practice of a system of asana, it aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well being. Iyengar Yoga is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well being. Iyengar Yoga is characterized by great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment. Iyengar pioneered the use of "props" such as cushions, benches, blocks, straps, and even sand bags, which function as aids allowing beginners to experience asana more easily and fully than might otherwise be possible without several years of practice. Props also allow tired or ill students to enjoy the benefits of many asana via fully "supported" methods requiring less muscular effort. Unlike more experiential approaches where students are encouraged to independently "find their way" to the asana, an Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and precise, with misalignments and errors actively corrected.
Itsy Bitsy Yoga
Itsy Bitsy Yoga was founded by author Helen Garabedian a certified Yoga Teacher and Infant Developmental Movement Educator. It is Internationally taught and shared. You can find more information about ITBY on its own web site...www.ItsyBitsyYoga.com
Restorative yoga might best be described as a supported, conscious body/mind relaxation practice. When supported with props, the body relaxes and opens, releasing tension and stored-up toxins that can cause illness. Restorative poses offer benefits to both the body and mind, for conditions ranging from insomnia to asthma to chronic pain to migraines to depression.
Chest-opening poses, for example, encourage breath and prana (energy) to flow through the entire body. Forward bends gently lengthen all the muscles of the back body. Done in sequence, a restorative yoga practice will bring your whole body into a deeply relaxed state, and allow your mind to become quiet and reflective, with your mental, psychological, and emotional bodies in blissful balance.