Open Door is Pomona's leading Meditation, Yoga, and Mindfulness Training Center.
Open Door is a diverse community with a love for individual expression. We have 12 Yoga Teachers (http://www.opendoor2yoga.org/teachers.html)whom each have their own teaching practice and style. Open Door is one of the only meditation centers in Southern California that offers diverse meditation practices taught by certified instructors and guided by our principal meditation teacher, Melanie Yetter. We are also a RYS (YOGA Alliance Registered School). Open Door offers the only RYS teacher training in Meditation and Mindfulness along with Yoga! We open our doors to public workshops so that we may allow our community the opportunity to share their unique skills as well. We hope to bring to our community a space that allows everyone to find their practice and happiness.
We have all heard about the benefits of starting a meditation practice, but many of us really don’t know how to begin a practice. In this class we will take lessons on starting and maintaining a meditation practice. We will discuss different techniques, the how and why we sit a certain way, places and times certain techniques are most beneficial, and just about any question you may have about meditation. Breath work (pranayama) is a great benefit to our meditation practice and will be discussed and practiced as well. There will be take home reflection material provided and a Q&A period in each class.
Teacher: Ruben Delgado
Restorative Yoga activates the body’s relaxation response, by using props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets to fully support the body’s release into relaxation. This style of yoga is highly meditative, and aims to open up the body without deep stretching. Restorative poses allow for longer periods of rest and offer comfort during stillness. This all levels class is great for those seeking relief from stress and anxiety, as well as recovering from injury or illness. Also, this class offers sound healing, as Kristina incorporates chanting with the harmonium into the meditative practice.
Yin Yoga is deep, passive stretching that targets connective tissues (fascia) and helps to clear the energy channels in our bodies. Yin Yoga is slow, mindful, and therapeutic. It helps to release emotional tension and stress held in the body. Poses are held in stillness for 3-5 minutes, and aim to stress target areas of the body, with the use of props. Unlike Restorative Yoga, the goal of Yin is to feel the sensation of stretching, which helps to strengthen connective tissues, stabilize and hydrate joints, and increase flexibility and range of motion.
Being grateful on a daily basis brings more abundance to our lives. It allows us to be mindful of all that we have and appreciate the people, things and experiences already present. As we practice gratitude together we will bring more of what we want into our lives and focus less on the things that cause us distress or that we feel we are lacking. This simple yet powerful practice can allow us to live a more present, joyful life. We will begin to notice the beauty all around us and thrive in our daily lives. We will also incorporate different breathing techniques and mindfulness practices that we can use throughout our days.