What we're about

This is a group for LGBTQ+Allies people only (18+ years old) who wish to practice yoga, meditation, qigong/tai chi, in a welcoming space as a means to deepen their spirituality and meet new friends. Join for classes, workshops and LGBTQ+Allies socials.

All yoga classes are suitable for beginners to experienced yogis. We seek to create a sangha (community of practitioners) who support and inspire each other to reach our full human potential and realize our inner Divine nature. We seek ways to share the beauty and depth of yoga and meditation with other marginalized groups who have been historically disenfranchised from access to these spiritual practices. We wear name tags with pronouns so everyone is gendered correctly.

Come and enjoy an extraordinary personal experience of yoga in community. Join us on the mat where we will honor and empower your journey of personal growth, healing and well-being. You are worthy. Your body is a temple. The only time we have is now.

We practice in an air conditioned, newly carpeted yoga studio that exudes peace and tranquility, in the heart of West Harford with plenty of free parking in the lot in front of our building.

$17 per in-studio yoga class (tax included)

Come out, Come home! Namaste!

Upcoming events (2)

Mistaking the Transient for the Permanent: Zoom 20-Min. Meditation & Discussion

Join LGBTQ+Ally friends for 20 minutes of meditation to end your day.
Feel free to stay for a discussion afterwards on the spiritual teaching:
Mistaking the Transient for the Permanent

2.4

Lack of true knowledge is the source of all pains and sorrows whether
dormant, attenuated, interrupted or fully active.

Commentary:

Avidya, spiritual ignorance, is the source of all the other obstacles: arrogance, desire, aversion and thirst to survive. These afflictions, whether dormant, attenuated or alternating between hidden and fully active, are hindrances to self-enlightenment. Patanjali designates avidya as the breeding-ground of all affliction, whatever its nature.

2.5

Mistaking the transient for the permanent, the impure for the pure, pain for pleasure, and that which is not the Self for the Self: all this is called lack of spiritual knowledge, avidya.

Commentary:

Here is an example of avidya: Iron and coal are two different entities, but when iron is heated, it becomes red hot and looks like live coal. Similarly, though the body and the eternal Self are distinct entities, lack of knowledge makes one believe that they are one. Taking pride in the body as the Self is also avidya.

B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali

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You are welcome to join us wherever you are on Mother Earth!

Meetup will include:

3 minutes: Deep abdominal breathing while listening to a relaxing chant.
This helps us to let go of our day and prepares us to focus within.

20 minutes: So-Hum (THAT!, I Am) breathing meditation or your own personal meditation practice. ( 3-minute So-Hum breathing meditation demonstration: https://youtu.be/hXnz6EppweM )
We are already THAT - the nameless, formless, ultimate reality, ground of all being, universal consciousness etc.

We conclude our practice by taking turns reading a series of affirmations on our essential nature being pure consciousness.

"That in Whom reside all beings
And Who resides in all beings,
Who is the giver of grace to all,
the Supreme Soul of the universe,
the limitless being,
THAT!, I AM.”
Amritbindu Upanishad

Raja Yoga With Anjali (In Studio) & Optional LGBTQ Brunch

SunDo Healing Arts Center

$17.00

In-Studio Event. Kindly rsvp today. Rsvp's close 6pm Friday, Oct. 29th.
Optional LGBTQ+Allies Brunch (at your own expense) immediately following yoga class at SPoT Coffee, 69 Memorial Road, a 2-block walk from the yoga studio.

LGBTQ+Allies Yoga for beginners to experienced. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks, and straps provided. Full 90-minute class includes asanas (postures) pranayama (breath-work) and meditation. Please arrive 5-10 min early to center down and observe sacred silence. If this is your first time practicing yoga with us, please check out this post for directions to our studio and class guidelines:
https://www.meetup.com/LGBTQ-Yoga-Meditation-West-Hartford/messages/boards/thread/52192936

In Raja Yoga (Royal Path) you will learn classical postures with a focus on diaphragmatic breathing, pranayama and a systematic approach to relaxation and meditation. Through these techniques you will learn to create a resilient body and stable mind.

Raja Yoga emphasizes the benefits of meditation for spiritual Self-realization. Raja Yoga is also referred to as the Mental Yoga, or the Yoga of the Mind, because of its emphasis on awareness of one's state of mind. It is through this practice of concentration that one learns to calm the mind and bring it to one point of focus. It is at this point that we direct our attention inwardly, toward our true nature, which is Divine.

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