The Yoga Path, LLC 

Seeking balance through Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation

Anne Ondrey, MSW, RYT

Whatever the present moment contains, accept is as if you had chosen it.
 Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. 
 This will miraculously transform your whole life.
Eckhart Tolle
 

Natarajasana in the New Hampshire woods



 

Yoga is Anne’s fourth and favorite career! Her first was playing the cello, second was working as a newspaper reporter and third was as a social worker, doing community outreach for 20 years. But the yoga bug bit and she found what she’d been looking for all along – a system and philosophy to help people be happy!  Anne’s alignment work is based on the principles of Iyengar yoga gathered through her studies with Ginny Nadler (http://bodysofree.com), Judith Hanson Lasater (http://www.judithlasater.com) and Doug Keller (http://www.doyoga.com). She teaches restorative yoga and is certified at the advanced level with Judith Hanson Lasater. She teaches chair yoga and trains with Peggy Cappy, author of Yoga for the Rest of Us (http://www.peggycappy.net). Anne teaches meditation and has studied with David Nichtern and is a Reiki Master and trained with Rowan Silverberg. She has completed Level I IRest Training, or Yoga Nidra, with Richard Miller’s Integrative Restoration program (http://www.irest.us). In January 2013, Anne traveled on a pilgrimage to Southern India, studying chanting with Russill Paul (http://www.russillpaul.com/home.html) Anne has a BA in music from Brown University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and is certified at the 200 hour Experienced level with Yoga Alliance.  Anne is deeply grateful to all her teachers for their generous sharing of the practice and principles of yoga.



Asana in Alignment
Yoga postures, which are called asanas in Sanskrit, were developed centuries ago perhaps to relieve the stiffness of meditating sages!  By observing the movements of animals and connecting to the beauty of nature, the ancients developed a pattern of movement tied to the breath that is subtle and profound. Yoga postures connect us with our true selves and bring us boundless contentment. In the U.S., there are many different forms of yoga in practice (www.yogajournal.com/newtoyoga/165.cfm).

Classes offered through The Yoga Path focus on several different areas:
 
Alignment classes target the postural alignment of the body, seeking to bring us back into balance. These classes utilize the deep work developed by my teacher, Ginny Nadler, focusing on the pelvic floor.
 
Restorative classes foster stillness and total relaxation by utilizing props that help the body to be fully supported so it can fully relax. These classes are based on my training with Judith Lasater.
 
Chair classes offer an opportunity to reap the benefits of the asanas without getting down on the floor. These classes are modeled after my work with Peggy Cappy.
 
"Once Up, Once Down" - a therapeutic alignment class - is an "in between" class starting in the chair and moving to the floor. Students only have to get down to the floor and get up from the floor once during the class.

Workshops
In addition to classes, workshops are offered in Alignment Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation. Anatomy training is offered through Awaken Yoga School for yoga teacher trainees and through Awaken's Yogic Studies program (http://www.awakentoyoga.com/school.htm).
Workshops are also offered on a variety of topics including Mindful Eating, Procrastination and Chanting.
 
Private Instruction and Reiki Sessions
The Yoga Path offers private Instruction in Alignment, Restorative Yoga and Meditation as well as Reiki treatments.
 
“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness to experience the truth of who you are.”
- Erich Schiffmann

 



Pranayama
Breathing goes on by itself – or by our design. When you’re upset or scared, think about what happens to your breath? It becomes short and quick. Anyone who’s ever suffered from an anxiety attack knows how rapid and shallow the breath becomes, making us feel light headed and dizzy.  Our physical and emotional well-being is strongly connected to our breath. The breath has been called the link between the body and the mind. This study of the breath is called Pranayama and it is an integral part of the yoga practice. By increasing our awareness of our breath and learning different breathing practices, we can lower our blood pressure, increase our energy and develop new opportunities for personal and holistic growth.  A focus on the breath is an essential part of all yoga classes and practices.
 
Pranayama is the connecting link between the body and the soul of man, and the hub in the wheel of Yoga.
- B.K.S. Iyengar
 
Meditation
Most of us think of meditation as a practice reserved for austere monks perched on a windy peak. But incorporating simple and basic meditation practices into our lives can greatly increase our ability to focus. Elements of meditation are woven into yoga classes and specific meditation instruction through workshops is provided.  Meditation teaches us how to focus the attention of our mind to find balance.
 
"When things are going badly, don't freak out, and when things are going well, don't relax."
- Trungpa Rinpoche
 
Photographs by Thomas Ondrey

Anne being greeted during a visit to a Hindu
Temple in Southern India!