The Dharma Collection

For me, the paths of yoga and buddhism go hand in hand. Dharma can be translated as cosmic order and describes the Buddhas teachings of awakening to the divine truth of our true nature. I've been deeply moved and guided by the dharma teachings and often integrate them into my flows. In this DHARMA COLLECTION we explore key concepts in Buddhism such as releasing expectations, openness, compassion, simplicity and being with what is.
Awareness is Liberating

Awareness is Liberating

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

"Any genuine moment of awareness is liberating" this quote from zen teacher Jack Kornfield captures the essence of meditation and yoga asana practice. Every time we are able to open wider than the likes and dislikes of the mind and be in pure awareness brings us closer to truth. So with a beginner's mind, with a fresh gaze can you stay connected over the next 90 minutes to all that is? Sun salutations (surya namaskara), standing sequence through warriors (virabhadrasana 1, 2 & 3) triangle (trikonasana) half moon (ardha chandrasana) arm balances crow (bakasana) side plank (vasisthasana with variations) forward bends pyramid & wide legged (parsvottanasana & prasarita padottanasana). Seated postures head-to-knee (janu sirsasana) cobbler (baddha konasana) intense stretch of the west (paschimottanasana). Juicy savasana included!

Level 290 min

Be With What "Is" Flow

Be With What "Is" Flow

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

In every moment we are evolving. This inner evolution is dependent on where our awareness is directed. Every thought and action rewires our circuitry as to how we experience ourselves and the world. Letting go of labels and colorings of our likes and dislikes, and simply being with what 'is' brings us into more of a broader experience of reality. In doing so we are more likely to let go of judgment, and be open to experiencing more of ourselves with a compassionate pallet. Steady flow builds strength and flexibility as well as giving us an blueprint in which to make positive choices for ourselves! Crescent Sun Salutations (Utthita Anjaneyasana Surya Namaskar) to warm up. Crow (Bakhasana) and Side Plank (Vasistasana) arm balances, Dancing warrior (Virabhadrasana 2, Utthita Parsvokonasana) Triangle (Trikonasana) Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana) and yes there is 1 half split (Ardha Hannaman!) standing sequence flow. Pigeon cool down (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana). Time at the end for your own finishing postures (could be backbends, inversions, restorative or pranayama). Savasana Included!

Level 260 min

Explore Your Expectations

Explore Your Expectations

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

The intention for this class is to explore all of the expectations we put on ourselves and particularly our yoga practice. We often have an idyllic perception of how things should be, and that takes us out of relationship with how things are. This disconnect can create more stress as we fight and resist, rather than letting go and finding an openness to what is. This is an easy level 2 flow, so appropriate for strong level 1/2 ers. We break down that baffling side plank variation (vasistasana) and build a little heat and coordination as we flow around the mat in all directions through warrior 2 (virabhadrasana) extended side angle (utthita parsvakonasana) wide legged forward bend (prasarita padottanasana) pose of the war god (skandasana vinyasa) and a few others. There is great learning and growth in not always choosing those things that we like and that we're good at. This applies to our yoga practice. We finish with sphinx (and pulling one leg in quad stretch) locust (shalabhasana) bow (dhanurasana). With love and savasana :)

Level 260 min

Grounding In Compassion

Grounding In Compassion

Hatha with Jo Tastula

A grounding practice with guided meditation. Begin with a light flow, moving through seated postures and deep forward bends. Focus on the primordial currency of compassion.

Level 260 mins

Inner Space

Inner Space

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

The atoms in our bodies are predominately comprised of space. Our fundamental makeup is one of openness. When we are stressed out we lose touch with this essential part of ourselves and feel bound up and contracted. In this flow we meditate on the idea of inner space, and how that translates through different postures. Unwind tension with easy pose spirals (sukhasana) & cat/cow (marjaryasana/bitilasana) lunges, one legged balance poses; tree (vrksasana) eagle (garudasana), warrior standing sequence; warrior 2(virabhadrasana 2) triangle (utthita trikonasana) half moon (ardha chandrasana). Free time for inversions or deeper hip openers. Cool down cobblers pose (baddha konasana) head to knee (janu sirsasana) reclined cobblers (supta baddha konasana). Backbend & twist with savasana to finish.

Level 260 min

Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

A spacious slow paced class focusing on the concept of beginner's mind and the power of keeping things simple. A great counter balance to your often hectic life, explore the foundations of breathing, surya namaskar, warrior 2 and triangle. Move into lunge twist variations and gomukasana arms to open your upper body. End with backbends and reclined hamstring stretch with a strap, leaving you calm and refreshed. Props Needed: A strap.

Level 1-260 min

Openness

Openness

Meditation with Jo Tastula

A meditation for yogis that have a basic meditation practice established. First drop into this space by finding a comfortable seat and observing noises around you and your body's senses both internally and externally. Let go of control and judgement as you sit and welcome all that is unfolding moment to moment. Develop in just moments a heightened sense of awareness while being in your natural state. Be open to the now and what is in the here and now. Props Suggested: A blanket or bolster to sit on.

Level 1-25 min

Release Expectations

Release Expectations

Vinyasa Flow with Jo Tastula

Let come and let go are the teachings of Buddha. Drop into complete presence with this well rounded flow. Begin in meditation before flowing through a gentle creative sequence of forward bends, standing hip openers and twists. Expect a few surprises throughout to keep you anchored in the here and now. Enjoy backbends, back strengthening exercises and a few seated postures to finish before savasana. Walk away feeling more spacious and in tune. Props Suggested: A strap.

Level 1-260 min

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