Prana Yoga Rochester

Prana /Jivamukti Flow...What is that?

Prana Flow

"The purpose of vinyasa is for internal cleansing".

Synchronizing breathing and movement, the Asana heats the blood, cleaning and thinning it so that it may circulate more freely. Improved blood circulation relieves joint pain and removes toxins and disease from the internal organs. The sweat generated from the heat of vinyasa class then carries the impurities out of the body. Through the use of vinyasa, the body becomes healthy, light and strong.
Here at Prana we are dedicated to giving you a full yoga practice. Not one part of your being will be untouched. We promise we will ring you out from head to toe! We know you will feel the physical as well as the spiritual during our classes. We provide a total yogic experience that develops your body as well as your mind.
Yoga is not a religion. Rather, it is a way life, which employs techniques to develop harmonious relations to the world we all share. We are never too young (or old!) to cultivate the seeds of yoga practice! All it takes is showing up and leave the rest to us.

Prana is honored to be part of this journey.

What is Jivamukti Yoga at Prana?


Jivamukti Yoga offers the contemporary yogi a creative approach to living in the world today. Grounded in the ancient scriptures and ethical practices of yoga, Jivamukti, a Sanskrit word which means "living liberated," is a practical philosophy that teaches how spiritual values can help us work with the challenges of everyday life with more joy, compassion and positive effectiveness.

By means of asana and other traditional yogic practices, Jivamukti/Prana Yoga provides a path to enlightenment for the sincere seeker.

Its seven foundational elements are:

Pranayama (extension of the life force) prana is the Sanskrit word for "vital life." By breathing deeply, we are able to move through our asana practice with more ease and bring that calmness into our lives. Through the regular practice of pranayama, we learn how to tap into the quality-less form of prana beyond the three gunas [creation (rajas), preservation (sattva), and destruction (tamas)], creating the lives we desire.

Sankalpa / Intention (our thoughts and intention create our reality) creating a better you and how you can heal yourself and better serve your community and the world by setting an intention. The path to your intention is paved with many distractions wherein you become a better you by overcoming them.

Ahimsa (nonviolence and compassion towards all beings-by being kind to others you create an atmosphere of peace within and around yourself which extends into the greater world)

Bhakti (devotion-offering everything you do to something greater than your ego/small self-acknowledgment that Self or God realization is the goal of all yoga practices)?

Dhyana (meditation-connecting to that unchanging reality of eternal joy within) Meditation is the practice of watching your mind think

Nada (through sacred music and sonic techniques learn how to enhance the development of a sound body and mind through deep listening)

Shastra (the study of Sanskrit scriptures and how they apply to the here and now)


All Level/Jivamukti Openů What does that mean?

Whether you're a beginner, deciphering the difference between vrksasana (tree) and sirshasana (headstand) or an advanced yogi who can put both feet behind their head, the Prana/Jivamukti All Level class welcomes you, as it is open to practitioners of all levels. You work at your own pace, following the teacher's verbal as well as hands-on guidance. Asana options will be provided for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

By presenting classical yoga teachings as relevant to one's life on and off the mat, supported by breath awareness, flowing Vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation, meditation and mantra/ chanting.

All level classes include asanas, spiritual teachings and meditation-- in a sequence creatively designed by the teacher. Exuberant, uplifting, soulful music plays an integral role: you might practice to a shifting soundtrack of the Beatles, Sting, Krishna Das, Michael Franti, global trance, hip-hop, spoken word and Mozart. The class is called "All Levels" because it is open and suitable to all levels of practitioner. Even so, beginning level students should know that there will not be much detailed "how to do" descriptions; for that a student is advised to attend a Basic or Beginner Class/Workshop.

Jivamukti / Vinyasa Style Flow- a fully balanced class with motivational music which includes pranayama (breathing ), setting an intention, asana warm-up , surya namaskar, A & B (sun salutation) standing poses, balancing, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, mantra/ chanting, meditation and relaxation. It is a vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating practice leading to spiritual awareness.

Mantra/Chanting
"The essence of Yoga is to be easeful in body, peaceful in mind, and useful in life."
-Swami Satchidananda

The Sanskrit word Mantra is composed of two sounds, man and tra. Man means the mind and tra means to bridge or cross over. A mantra allows you to travel beyond thought.

Yogic practices like mantra, meditation and asana help us to be at ease with the comings and goings of life. When we practice asanas or sit and meditate, we let whatever thoughts, feelings and sensations come, and then we let them go; and we replace those thoughts, feelings and sensations with the internal chanting of a mantra and through practice over time, we get a feeling of being at ease with the comings and goings of relative existence

Chanting mantra while you are meditating and practicing asana as well as in "everyday life" situations can help you shift your awareness out of a feeling of constriction to a place of expansiveness.

Chanting mantra can work like magic. Magic is when your perception of something shifts. A simple way to experiment with the potential power of mantra is to silently chant a mantra when you find yourself in a stressful or uncomfortable situation or when someone says something unkind to you.

At Prana we introduce you to some mantra/chanting to help alleviate the stress of life outside of Prana.