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Swaha! from Santokh :
 I teach yoga with the belief that personal care and skilled instruction can make yoga beneficial for everyone.Happy Vibe Yoga Teachers believe yoga is not a trend, not an exercise class, but a way of life.
It feels great to quiet your mind, love your healthy body, and renew your spirit.

I am deeply influenced by and committed to following the philosophy and practice of yoga as expounded by Sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. In the Yoga Sutras, yoga is defined as the "control of the fluctuations of the mind-field". To achieve this goal, we follow the eight-fold path of yoga called Ashtanga Yoga. Physical postures (asana) is only one of these eight limbs. The objective of practicing asana and pranayama (breathing techniques) is to develop a body which is strong and flexible, and a mind which is free from worry and tension so that we can develop control over the mind through meditation.

In Happy Vibe Yoga classes, we emphasize the importance of practicing asanas with safe alignment on a regular basis since a healthy and disease-free body is a basic requirement to pursue the higher goals of yoga. It is, however, important to keep the main purpose of yoga in mind while practicing any of the eight limbs of yoga. In my classes, I try to present the basic concepts of the yoga philosophy in very simple and practical terms which can be applied not just to yoga on the mat but to life in general. For example, the principle of ‘ahimsa’ (non-injury) which is one of the five Yamas, can be easily applied to our own yoga practice by making sure that our practice is safe and free of injury. We do that by maintaining complete awareness at the levels of the body, breath and the mind. Maintaining total awareness is what differentiates yoga from other forms of physical exercise. In yoga, we work to remain totally mindful of what is happening to us at all levels – body, breath and mind during our practice. Having practiced awareness on the mat, we can carry the same concept off the mat and apply it to events and situations in our day-to-day life. This will help us a great deal in responding to situations properly thus enabling us to cope with otherwise stressful situations.

Another very strong guiding principle of my teaching is to guide each student in their practice based on their specific physical condition, ability and limitations. Our practice is like a yoga buffet, we have many options and select what is right for our body today.Throughout the yoga practice, we hear precautions, contraindications and modifications to use to get the most out of the practice.It’s not called “yoga perfect”, but “yoga practice” for these reasons. Since yoga is ultimately about the mind, we remember: "yoga is not about how good you ‘look’ in a pose but how good you ‘feel’ in the pose".

Practice of yoga offers tremendous benefits at the physical and physiological levels. It is known to provide therapeutic benefits for a large number of common ailments – blood pressure, headaches, anxiety, stress management, heart problems and others. Yoga must be developed as a life-style and the benefits begin to unfold over time. For centuries,yoga has been practiced with known benefits. Science is only playing catch-up with what the yogis have told us for millennia.

As many of you know, I am an independent yoga teacher, not associated with one yoga studio or  health club. I try my best to align my teaching schedule so more people can attend these classes. I offer most classes in the late afternoon and evening.

I feel truly fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to work with my students and offer them any help that I can in making them healthier and happier in pursuing their life’s objectives. I endeavor to keep the classes light-hearted and fun so we can all have an enjoyable experience. I am always open to feedback and suggestions.

Tips for you:

1. Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Always sign into class.

2. Practice on an empty stomach. Do not eat 2-3 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class. Drink plenty of water prior to class, sip throughout class, enjoy water right after class, more as you commute, and continue to hydrate with water or green tea once you reach your next destination. All the twisting and folding releases toxins that we want to flush away along with lactic acid buildup in busy muscles.

3. Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable, form-fitting workout clothing. Layers help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class. Some friends enjoy a pre class shower to get a “clean” sweat.

4. Purchase a yoga mat. Having your own mat supports your commitment to your practice and ensures its cleanliness. Happy Vibe Yoga students love Prana brand and Jade brand mats. Forgot your mat? Borrow a mat from Santokh for a charity donation of $5. Remember to pay by the next class please.

5. Remove your shoes and socks for yoga practice. Pick up a block or two and a strap from the front of the room. Avoid stepping on anyone’s mat. Turn off your cell phone. This enhances your experience and is a polite gesture to your fellow students.

6. Happy Vibe Yoga classes are mixed level and beginners are welcome. Let Santokh know if you are new to the practice.

7. Notify Santokh of injuries or medical conditions. This helps her know how to assist you and give you modifications.