Mary Dana teaches 2 classes and 1 pre-festival workshop at Karma Cologne Yoga Festival.

Friday March 8th, 2019

1.00 – 4.00 Uhr Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Katonah Yoga english

In this workshop we will explore asana and pattern in a way that gives us techniques and insights to use our time well in order to live a healthy, joyful and productive life. Get ready to let go of old patterns and habits that don’t serve you or your practice anymore, and embrace new tools to up the function of your life both on and off the mat. This workshop is perfect for practitioners of all levels and styles, teachers and students.

Katonah Yoga is a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. She and her teachers incorporate classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being.Framing the practice, maps of time and personal space are defined and refined. Themes using asana as origami, manipulating form for function, and developing a sense of personal measure are incorporated in Katonah Yoga practices.

Katonah Yoga is organized around three principles of esoteric dialogue: all polarities are mediated by trinity; the universe has pattern, pattern belies intelligence; by virtue of repetition there is potential for insight.
Disciplined techniques are organized for revelation through revolutions.

Saturday March 9th, 2019

Conscious Embodiment: Utilizing The Tools & Techniques of Katonah Yoga in Asana english

We are at an exciting time in modern postural yoga. The number of people who want to keep an element of flow in their practice and move in a way that honors the bodies intelligence is on the rise.

Using the theory and dimension of Katonah Yoga, we will focus on the familiar patterns of movement often seen in the asana practice, utilizing and increasing our knowledge of body mechanics and honing our observational and practical skills. We will explore and create different ways to get into both classical and modern asanas through precise, accessible alignment, sensible language, and fluid movement. You will leave with a heightened understanding of the connections of all things, while simplifying the process of finding safe and effective alignment in your practice. 

Sunday March 10th, 2019

Katonah Yoga Flow Experience english

The literal translation of Vinyasa means to place in a special way. We interpret this to mean that the order of forms, or asanas, function in a way that flows. This placement is not arbitrary, and true flow can occur when things fit together and function well. Katonah Yoga gives us the tools and techniques to explore the forms in an inFORMative way that offer insights into both the objective pattern of nature and the subjective pattern of our personal narrative.

In this class we will explore how the geometric integrity and theory of Katonah yoga functions to create flow in a well-adjusted, informed, and fun Vinyasa experience. 

Check out the complete schedule here. We are looking forward to welcoming all of you in March.

I practice yoga to stay mindful, curious, and open to all that is around me.

That is my wish for you.

I believe that the yoga practice is an opportunity to get to know reality from the inside out. On the mat, we clean out the inner chaos and clutter so we are fully present to the joys and rigors of daily life. Showing up will keep us agile and lucid in mind and body, so that we can integrate our passions, projects, and adventures into a fun and functional life that flows… Let’s move!

It all started way back…

 In the 80s when I a little kid and I took Hatha Yoga with my Dad at our local dance center. Honestly, I was mainly there for the super long savasana because it was basically a nap!  A lot has changed since then and over the years I’ve explored all kinds of styles and disciplines: Bikram, Asthanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, Iyengar, Lotus Flow and now, Katonah Yoga. An eternal student and humble servant to the discipline, I live to teach and guide those who want to teach. Over the years and all over the world I have shared this practice with thousands of people who have caught on that there is something magical about yoga.

My philosophy..

I believe that the yoga practice is a path to getting to know reality from the inside out…cleaning out the inner chaos and clutter so we can be fully present to both the joys and demands of daily life. It will keep us agile and lucid in mind and body, allowing us to integrate a myriad of other activities: saving the world, raising a family, running marathons, tearing up the dance floor, etc, into a a life that is rooted in well-being.

My classes, trainings and workshops abide by the integration of three principles: form, flow and function. My passion is to work with you to find a sustainable form that embodies the architecture and artistry of the human body in order to reach it’s greatest potential. Once we are there, we can flow too a functional, sustainable, and liberating way of existing in our bodies.

My teachers…

I wish to  thank my teachers Jasmine Tarkeshi, Carrie Owerko, Gabriel Halpern, Nevine Micchan and Abbie Galvin for their guidance and wisdom. You should seek them all out, they have so much to share.

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