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FREE YOGA CLASS! Building a New Community to Spark Meaningful Connections.
Yoga primes you to make new friends. It’s surprising how often we unconsciously prevent ourselves from meeting people who might connect well to us. We get caught up in our own personal dramas, memories of past slights, and lingering worries, which clouds our ability to see that others are yearning for connection. Yoga helps clear away the cobwebs of past experience; it opens our eyes to the present and transforms our point of view. “Yoga positively impacts your mood, psychological functioning, and focus,” says Angela Wilson, a faculty member at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, who’s long studied yoga’s salutary effects. “You feel better mentally, more ready to go out into the world and make friends.” In 2014, Wilson joined a team of researchers convened by Kripalu to examine exactly how this happens. In the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, they explained that yoga operates on multiple levels—through asana, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy—to keep our minds and bodies in peak condition, which can make engaging with those around us easier. Some studies, they added, suggest that yoga further optimizes the workings of the vagus nerve, a bundle of fibers that extends from the top of the spine through the respiratory system and GI tract and that affects your heart rate, breathing, and other physical processes. As your yoga practice grows, you may see improvements in sleep and digestion and find that you’re more adept at regulating stress, controlling emotion, and directing attention. “We see self-regulation as really key to social functioning,” says Wilson. “People who feel imbalanced or anxious may deliberately isolate themselves because it’s unpleasant for them to be social; they feel their interactions won’t be as successful. But if you’re able to regulate yourself, you’re more likely to reach out.” When stress mounts, taking a moment to breathe and tune in to what you’re feeling, as you would in yoga class, can prevent irritability, stave off conflict, and promote harmony. In fact, mindful breathing may be your best tool in tough situations, since it activates areas in the brain’s frontal lobes that heighten calm and concentration. “It’s like putting on an emotional sling,” offers neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, director of research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia and co-author of How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain.And practicing yoga and pranayama regularly over time can make you more responsive to your environment and the people in it. You may not only feel more alive and enthusiastic, but also be better able to go with the flow, which will buoy you in social situations. For yoga lovers, your mat may be the easiest, most natural place to start. When your in a group setting, yoga can help you meet and bond with people who share your aspirations, interests, and perspective on life. As you embrace your passion, you also open up to connecting with those in your life, acknowledging your common humanity and intensifying your capacity for joy. -Partial article written by Melinda Dodd Kathy Klein has been bringing health and wellness through the practice of yoga, pilates and strength training along with compassionate companionship in her home studio for many years. Kathy’s yoga classes focus on breath awareness, strength, balance, agility and core strengthening. Kathy uses a different theme every week for her classes, hip openers, spine twisting, etc., and incorporates appropriate standing postures, balance work and Sun Salutations to support the focus on the practice. Kathy also uses Pilates based core exercises in her classes to strengthen and tone the abdominals, back and waistline. https://www.katklein.net Organized by https://www.communebayarea.com

Sunnyvale area

Sunnyvale · Sunnyvale, CA

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Commune:
Verb: share one's intimate thoughts or feelings with (someone or something), especially when the exchange is on a spiritual level.

It is essential for people to commune with each other in order to establish solid relationships. We can express ourselves on a interpersonal level that will automatically connect us deeper with one another.

Imagine a place where you can come to meet people that are: kind, spiritually like-minded, looking to improve themselves through consciousness, wanting to connect to other people in more meaningful ways, wanting to hear from experts that can help gain more awareness, looking to express their beliefs, practicing yoga, wanting to just have fun. We will build a community around the Bay Area that people will be able to connect online as well as in-person. ​

We want everyone to feel comfortable in our community with no judgement. We will host interactive discussion groups, speaker engagements, yoga classes, local/quarterly events, a blog, videos, workshops and other activities that will be engaging and fun.

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