Whole Body Prayer Mantra Class with Ana Berry
Saturday 12 pm - 1 pm
This 1-hour mantra class will provide a unique mantra experience guided by Ana Berry on the harmonium. This class will include a slow yoga flow open to all levels. Expect the following experiences:
- Call and response chanting
- mantra to movement
- how to use mala beads with mantra
- personal affirmations for positive change
- Extended meditation
Yoga is our Whole Body Prayer. Our life is our living ceremony.
Ana first discovered her love for yoga with a Rodney Yee VHS yoga video at age 12. That discovery helped her through the tricky teenage years and has continued to guide her through the constant vinyasa of life.
She has studied many forms of yoga with leading teachers in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York but while living in LA, she was fortunate to find her teacher; Mark Whitwell, founder of The Heart of Yoga. Rooted in the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya, the Heart of Yoga principles hit home with Ana more than anything else. Yoga is many things but its essence is simply the relaxation and participation in our own life. It is about embracing what we already have and starting from there. Studying with Mark for many years in LA, she received her 500 hour teacher certification on a spiritual pilgrimage and training in India. She has been assisting Mark and his teachings around the world the past 10 years at Esalen, Omega Institute, Bhakti Fest and Bali Spirit Fest.
Ana's approach to teaching starts with the heart, is centered around the breath, giving each student a full mind/body work out. Tapping into the hidden emotions and stagnant energy stuck in the body, in class we have an opportunity to become our own alchemist and transform that which does not serve us into energy that does. To facilitate that shift, Ana uses mantra, plays the harmonium with chanting, guided meditation and affirmations paired with slow flow strengthening, lengthening and sometimes challenging asanas to create a well rounded class that welcomes all.