What is TriYoga?
Wave or Flow
The Tai Chi of yoga
The experience of bliss
A complete haţha yoga method
A flowing, graceful, dance-like yoga
As gentle or as challenging as desired
Union of flowing & sustained postures, breathwork, & mental focus
TriYoga®, founded by Kali Ray, is a complete hatha yoga method. In the TriYoga Flows, breath (pranayama) and focus (mudra) are united with flowing and sustained postures (asana) in systematized sequences. Since the method is systematic, students can progress from Basics to Level 1 and then to subsequent levels as they increase their flexibility, strength, endurance and knowledge of the method. Through sustained awareness on all aspects of the practice, the inner flow naturally emerges. This trinity practice is by the nature of its origin, deeply meditative and transformative. For more information on Kali Ray and TriYoga, please visit www.triyoga.com and www.devipeetham.com.
Basics: For those new to TriYoga, those who want to strengthen their core alignments, or those who would like a gentle, restorative class. Basics is the necessary foundation for all classes. It is also a complete practice in itself. Basics introduces core alignments, wavelike spinal movements, and the principles of flow. Beginners to advanced students can benefit as core alignments are refined, strength and flexibility is increased in all areas, and breath awareness is developed. Bolsters, pillows and props can be used to ensure comfort and alignment.
Levels 1, 2, & 3: Each level (from 1 to 7) includes five series that gradually progress to teach all of the postures of that level. Beginning with Basics, each level is a prerequisite for the next level. If you have been practicing yoga for some time, but are new to TriYoga, please contact the studio or contact me to discuss which level is most appropriate.
Level 1, the Earth series: This is the second TriYoga level and the next step up from Basics. New flows and postures are introduced, while core alignments presented in Basics classes are deepened and refined.
Level 2, the Water series: Flows and postures learned in Basics and Level 1 are systematically refined, while more challenging and longer flow sequences, dynamically sustained postures, and breathing practices are introduced.
Level 3, the Fire series: This practice focuses on advanced flows and postures to increase strength and flexibility. It is a dynamic and energizing flow, creating heat through the inner fire that dissolves impurities in body and mind.
All Levels: This class is appropriate for all students, as the instructor draws on knowledge of sequences from all TriYoga levels and adapts the class to the needs and experience of those participating.
Integrate, Yoga and Recovery: Equal parts discussion and yoga, Integrate is an ongoing group for people in recovery. It is a safe and supportive setting for members to express their feelings and not feel so alone in their process. A place to share experiences and strengths and find new ways to interact with others and themselves. Members learn bodily awareness, self acceptance and new coping skills as well as increased compassion, self-discipline and an improved sense of well-being.
Therapeutic Yoga: A gentle one-hour class, focused on injury prevention and rehabilitation. This class is based on principles of TriYoga Basics, but is specially designed for those who have to cope with physical injuries or who are afraid of injuring themselves due to limitations or conditions that make movement and traditional yoga classes more difficult. Bolsters, pillows, chairs, the wall, and other props will be used to ensure comfort and alignment; mantras and other yogic tools/techniques will be used to channel the healing process through awareness of the flow.
Gentle Yoga: A restorative one-hour class, with deep and restful postures from TriYoga Basics and a longer time devoted to breathing and meditative practices (prana vidya) and deep relaxation (yoga nidra). The class is designed to provide the body-mind with an opportunity to renew, heal, and release tension, as well as awaken self-awareness and move into a deeply peaceful state.
Yoga for Mood Regulation: Classes involve TriYoga practices designed to balance moods and reduce depression & anxiety. Practices are designed to enhance one's connection to one's true nature, to others and to the universal, as well as increase compassion, acceptance, equanimity, and self-awareness. Joining the class requires a meeting with and permission of the instructor, Citrini (Dr. Christine Devi), prior to the first class. The class is complementary to therapy, medication, and other mood stabilizing treatments, but is not designed as a replacement for treatment. (Please note: at this time, we do not have enough interest to have yoga for mood regulation classes. Special sessions will be arranged with enough interest).
Full Moon Trinity Practice: A quiet, centering practice designed to promote and deepen the meditative atmosphere through a threefold emphasis on posture, rhythmic breathing techniques, and meditation. Because there will be minimal alignment instruction and assistance from the teacher, experience in TriYoga Flows and breathing practices is recommended. This once/month class will occur on the Friday nearest to the full moon and will be a donation (seva) class.
Prenatal: Prenatal classes help expectant mothers journey through the trinity of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. They provide an opportunity for developing greater awareness of the body as home for two, as well as deepening one's relationship with one's baby. Gentle postures, breathwork, visualization, vocal and pelvic toning, and meditation cultivate flexibility, strength, calm and confidence in preparation for labor and childbirth. The practice helps to tone the pelvic region, open the hips, strengthen and increase mobility of the back, and improve respiration. Enhance relaxation, comfort, and enjoyment. Increase joy and flexibility. Prepare for an active birth. (Please note: at this time, we do not have enough interest to have dedicated prenatal classes. Pregnant students are welcome to come to any class, as classes can be easily adapted to special needs. Special sessions can also be arranged with enough interest).
TY Kids and Teens: TY Kids classes are for children from age 6 to 11. TY Teen classes are for adolescents, age 12+. Classes will include traditional TriYoga practices such as flowing and sustained postures, rhythmic breathing practices, and concentration, meditation, and relaxation practices. Classes may also include games, stories, and guided visualizations based in yoga practices. Yoga can help calm children down on a mental level and channel their energy on a physical level. While having fun, children and adolescents will stretch and strengthen their bodies, learn to cope with and reduce stress, develop a relaxed, focused state of mind, learn about their emotions and energy levels, and learn to respect and listen to their own bodies and internal wisdom. (Please note: at this time, we do not have enough interest to have dedicated teen and kids classes. Adolescents or mature children are welcome to come to any class, as classes can be easily adapted to their needs and understanding. Special sessions will be arranged with enough interest).
Private Sessions: For those wanting individualized attention, private yoga, pranayama, and meditation sessions are available. For more information, please contact the studio or visit the webpage on private instruction. To schedule, please contact the studio.
Our Work with Students
We respect students as individuals with various ranges of ability and reasons for practicing yoga. We will encourage you to practice at your own pace, resting or modifying when it feels appropriate to do so. We will also challenge you in a number of ways, such as encouraging you to maintain focus, try new practices, and consider different perspectives. Yoga practice can be difficult at times. It is possible that you will encounter uncomfortable physical, mental, or emotional experiences. Nonetheless, yoga practice has been shown to have significant benefits to those who practice it, from increased flexibility and strength to reduced stress to a greater sense of centeredness and satisfaction. You will certainly experience a variety of different sensations, challenges, and benefits. We are available to speak with you about your experience.
(from the “Class Guidelines” brochure, ©TriYoga International)
• Arrive on time.
• Classes are 1 hour 30 minutes, unless otherwise noted on the schedule.
• Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
• Leave shoes at the door; have clean bare feet.
• Co me with an empty stomach; it is advisable not to have eaten two to three hours before class.
• Turn off cell phones, pagers or beeping watches before entering the yoga class.
• Take out the needed props before class and put them away neatly at the end of class. You may want to have a yoga mat for your personal use. Aim to not walk on others' mats.
• If there is a tendency to perspire during class, bring a towel.
• Refrain from using fragrances as some people are sensitive or allergic to them.
To promote a calm and meditative atmosphere
TriYoga practice creates an even and rhythmical breath, a focused and calm mind, and a harmonious inner state that is the foundation of meditation. Classes focus on TriYoga Flows and conclude with deep relaxation, rhythmic breathing, concentration and meditation. Each part is integral to the practice.
• Stay with the sequence led by the teacher. If needed, modify a given pose with a close alternative. Feel free to ask for assistance or modifications. Use your inner guidance to honor what is best for you.
• During the practice, keep talk to a minimum.
• The closing deep relaxation is essential to fully absorb the benefits of the practice. With a gentle focus on the breath or mantra, and by remaining the silent witness, one enters yoga nidra, total relaxation. To receive the benefits, a reclined, still posture is recommended.
• If it is necessary to leave early, leave before deep relaxation, not during it. Close your practice with a relaxation on your own.
• The closing of yoga nidra is signaled by the gentle ring of bells. After the first bell, remain reclined and return the breath to Complete Breath. After the second bell, remain reclined and begin to add gentle movements to the body. After the third bell, maintain the relaxation and come to a comfortable seated posture.
• Class concludes with a breathing practice known as Omkara where one takes a complete inhalation and on the exhalation chants Om. Feel free to just listen or to join in.
• Following three rounds of Om, the palms can be placed together at the heart, saying Namasté, that is "I bow to the Light within," or Jaya Guru Devi, meaning "Victory to health, knowledge and happiness" or Jaya Guru Datta, to say "Victory to knowledge."
To ensure a safe and therapeutic personal practice
The flows are systematized by level, progressing from basic to more advanced levels. Each level and series prepares the student for the next as flexibility, strength, endurance, and knowledge of the flows increase.
• A series is defined as a prescribed sequence of flowing and sustained postures. Each level includes series which progress to teach all the postures for that level.
• So that the student may practice and better learn a specific series, it is taught over an extended period of time.
• Begin with Basics classes. After completing the Basics series, progress as ready to Level 1, then Level 2 and so on. Maintaining the proper sequencing will provide the maximum benefits of the practice.
• After finishing the extended study of one series, returning to the same series again and again will greatly deepen the benefits.
• If you have any health or physical challenges, talking to the teacher before class is advised. The teacher can help with props and modifications.
• The series are carefully designed to be therapeutic and balancing to the body and mind. Choose classes where you can participate in the flow. Modify and rest as needed.