Regina DeWitt's Posts (21)

 Double Gong Meditation

Friday Sept. 8th with Hannah

Friday Sept. 22nd with Dev Atma and Hukam

5:30- 6:30 pm

$12 donation

 The universe is powered by sound.  The gong is the basic creative sound. Out of the gong comes all music, all sounds, all words.  The sound of the gong is the nucleus of the Word.  It takes three to ninety seconds for the sound of the gong to overtake the mind!  Wow, no wonder I'm out like a light within the first few strokes.   The gong is traditionally used in the Kundalini Yoga tradition as a healing tool. It is like a primitive form of ultrasound. The sound vibrations of the gong move through your body/mind clearing blocks, releasing tension and bringing harmony to your whole body.

 When you join us for Gong Meditation you will make yourself  a comfortable spot on the floor.  Using a yoga mat, cushions, blankets and perhaps even an eye pillow to rest the body on during the next 45 minutes of relaxing, rhythmic gong vibrations.  Most likely you will enjoy one of the most deepest sleeps you have ever experienced.  When finished you will be deeply refreshed and relaxed that only you could describe through your personal experience.  

It is Sound as Therapy!

As you listen to the Gong Sound, it will penetrate every cell and fiber of your body.  Emotions and thoughts are provoked from the subconscious. The entire nervous system is put under pressure to adjust and heal itself.
When that pressure builds, totally relax in the deepest meditation possible.  The sound will carry you beyond all fears.  The pressure will release the nervous system of many illnesses.
The parasympathetic nervous system is ruled by sound. To regenerate nothing is more powerful than the sound of Gong.

 Come for the Relaxation, the Release, & the Renewal.

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Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
with Margie Pacher
Saturday Sept. 16th, 2017
1:00- 3:00pm
Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra Workshop is designed to facilitate profound self-healing through restorative yoga poses, an intelligent relaxation technique, and an exploratory visualization.

Restorative Yoga places the participant into restful and supported yoga poses using bolsters, rolled-up blankets, and blocks. The participant remains in the pose for 3 to 10 minutes to experience the benefits of the pose.

Following the Restorative Yoga portion of the workshop, participants will experience a specialized guided relaxation and visualization. Yoga Nidra, meaning psychic sleep, places the participant into a deep state of physical relaxation while the mind explores deeper realms of the psyche. Yoga Nidra is an effective way to uproot negative mental patterns and replace them with more positive ones. See your manifestation powers at work in your life!

You'll leave this mini-retreat feeling rested and rejuvenated on all levels!

$30 Early Bird Rate 
$40 Day of
Register early. Only 12 spots available.
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We are looking forward to holding our Community Kirtan Sunday!  We are Keeping a close eye on Irma and weather permitting we will be at Prana to serve the community.  Chant our way into feeling safe and surrounded with helping friends.  We chant to raise our vibration to dissipate fear and anxiety.  Keep us safe and dry. 

Stay tuned to the web site if anything changes.

Prana Community Kirtan

Dedicate your voice in song as we sing and play music from the heart. Our community Kirtan lead by the Prana Kirtan band and local musicians bring love and warmth to the studio. We can't be community without you. Join us for veggie potluck and bring a dish to share beginning at 5:30pm, At 6:30pm we begin the music. It's all about the sound current, remember you are the instrument and the voice is the opening for sound. Let it come from your heart. 

The potluck begins at 5:30pm; bring a dish to share

Music starts at 6:30pm

You are welcome to join us if you haven't experienced Kirtan before. This is a perfect event if you love to enjoy good food, sing, dance and play music.

Our community of musicians gather to support the Prana Kirtan Band. 
Come and enjoy, support the band and one another.

Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience. You can think of it as a sing-along. A kirtan concert is not your typical concert either. Everyone sits on the floor, although chairs are usually available. The performers are accessible, in fact there’s not much of a distinction between performers & audience. The wallah (leader) sings the mantra, and the audience sings it back.  As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.

Join us as we continue the Second Sunday of the Month community Kirtan.
$10 donations

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Introducing The Iyengar Yoga Wall

The Iyengar Yoga Wall

A brief history of the yoga rope wall

 The rope wall is yoga’s answer to achieving some of the same healthful benefits. It was first developed by BKS Iyengar, who used it as a prop to support and intensify his asana practice. He called the rope work “yoga kurunta,” which means “yoga puppetry.”

Benefits of using the yoga rope wall

The ropes work by using gravity as a natural form of resistance, causing the body to open much further than in regular yoga practice. Like the bats and sloths hanging upside down, this releases tension from the joints and deeply stretches the entire muscular-skeletal body.

Rope poses are especially beneficial for spine health through use of traction to relieve pressure from compressed vertebral discs. They can also be used to create deep opening in the organic body, which nourishes the organs, soothes the nerves, and quiets the mind.

Did you know that bats and sloths are the only two mammals in the animal kingdom that don’t get arthritis? The one thing they both uniquely have in common is that they spend much of their lives hanging upside down. Because of this their joints escape the typical wear and tear that other creatures experience, and they suffer from less joint degeneration as a result.
Class will begin in September.  Watch our class schedule for the update.

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 Sunday Sept 3rd, 2017

5:00 am - 7:30am

A morning practice of  kriya yoga, chant and meditation in the kundalini yoga tradition according to Yogi Bhajan.   Experience your inner essence during the amrit vela.  A time where soul meets the universe.  Yoga! 

"What is sadhana? It’s a committed prayer. It is something which you want to do, have to do, and which is being done by you. … Sadhana is self-enrichment. It is not something which is done to please somebody or to gain something. Sadhana is a personal process in which you bring out your best."

~Yogi Bhajan

The Benefits of Aquarian Shadhana:

  • It balances the nervous system, supports a healthy spine, and improves digestion
  • It grounds body, mind, and soul with powerful affirmations
  • It helps us tap into our original light every day and meet life's challenges better
  • It fosters meaningful connections and sacred community
  • It encourages stillness and thereby promotes closeness to God
  • It clears karma

We gather at 5:00am for morning prayer of Japji, followed by an hour of Yoga (Kriya). A set of postures to prepare the body for meditation by listening and chanting the 7  Aquarian chants.
A 2 1/2 hour practice that represents tithing  10% of the day to source.
Join us for this early morning meditation during the amrit vela. When the world is quiet before dawn and our prayers can be heard

During what are called the “ambrosial hours” (the two and a half hours just before sunrise), when the sun is at a sixty-degree angle to the Earth, the energy you put into your sadhana gets maximum results. Your world is quieter. It’s easier to meditate and concentrate before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. 

Develop a regular sadhana and you take control of your life. Develop a deep sadhana and you open the doors of experience. Commit to meet your higher Self each morning and your decisions and your life become original; your life will bear the signature of your soul; your radiance will express the meaningful intimacy of the Infinite in each moment. Immerse yourself in the joy of victory that comes from starting each day with a powerful sadhana and every challenge becomes opportunity. 

   Everyone is welcomed.  No experience required.

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Gong Clinic ...Sunday July 23rd, 2017


The gong is one of the oldest instruments of healing and has been used for thousands of years in meditation, ceremony and rituals. Today they are used in yoga and meditation classes, sound therapy practice, group gong bath meditations and in palliative and jcancer treatment centers to promote healths and well-being. They are also a wonderful addition at weddings, family celebrations, workshops and music festivals.
"The gong is more accurately a force of energy. like a divine engine, affecting the body's meridians. By and large, after it's over you just feel great." You feel like you've been healed by the spirit of nature. And the wonderful thing about it is that the instruments heal the player while the player is playing the instrument.

On Sunday July 23rd Prana's" Gong Club" will gather again to offer "healing sessions". We have 2 time slots available for you to register. 2pm and 3pm! Each session last aprox 45min. We except multiple reservations for each session.
Please call to reserve your time slot...941-928-2137
$10 donation requested

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New Class for Teens

11 to 19 year olds

12:00 -1:15pm

4 class/ $36

Drop ins welcome $11

In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, scientific research validates the benefits of yoga and meditation on social and emotional habits, decision-making as well as an improvement in athletic performance and academic grades.

During this class, teens will learn techniques shown to enhance focus, reduce impulsivity,  increase athletic performance,  increase flexibility and core strength and reduce stress.

During the hour and 15 minutes, students will practice breathing techniques (pranayama) and yoga postures ( asana ) combined with guided meditation and relaxation.  The benefits of the practice will be linked to activities beyond the yoga studio for students to use when they return to school, extracurricular activities and their social circles. 

All are welcome

No prior experience is necessary


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Yoga; its not about the stretch


Modern science is just catching up to the ancient wisdom of the mind-body connection.  There is a growing understanding of how mental patterns, like stress, can impact the body.  Yoga and proper alignment is an effective method than exercise to change physical patterns and impact the emotions which may be holding there.  Medical science broadly recognizes that our mental state can impact our health for better and worse.   Most of our emotions start in the nervous system then are exported to your muscles.  

"The aim of yoga is to calm the chaos of conflicting impulses."   Good health results from perfect communication between each part of the body and mind, and when each cell communes with every other.  Although yoga is essentially a spiritual science, it leads to a sense of physical and emotional well- being.

All of  the teachers at Prana Yoga are experienced with guiding you into your own mind body connection.  Whether its Hatha or Kundalini tradition, after a session of yoga, the mind becomes tranquil and passive.  Change the mind, then it's easier to change the nervous system, the circulatory system and so a complete state of balance...Health!

See you on the mat!

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The Lost Teachings of Yoga

This article from the Yoga International archives was originally published in October 2002. 

The “lost” teachings of yoga, the profound wisdom that has all but vanished in the West, are not, of course, really lost. But we are rapidly losing sight of them. Yoga cannot be effective, however, unless we apply it in our own lives, and to do that we must be able to draw on its traditional teachings.

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Yoga is not about the stretch.

You have pushed me beyond my comfort zone and fears. You have helped me to change myself - become braver, and stronger. I have taken what you have given me on the mat into my life, and for this I will always be grateful.

Thank you for the quote. I have already passed it on to one of my sons. I will miss you, but will keep you close to my heart.
Sherry Warshauer

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What is yoga and how would you like to age?

Earlier this month we celebrated Hukam's (Mark) 60th birthday.  Later on this year in November I will also celebrate this landmark. Hard to believe, I know.  When I began yoga in 1995  I was still in my prime working as a scrub nurse in Open Heart surgery.  Who knew yoga would take me this far.  As my interest in yoga grew our western health care began to wane.  Discovering for myself what health care is and how I want to age became a quest.  Combining my experience of knowing the body from the inside through surgery and the outside with yoga is what led me to opening a yoga studio.  Sharing the education that "yoga is not about the stretch" and so much more.  All the aspects that main stream health news would tell us i.e., get you heart rate up, weight baring exercise, core strength, relax, meditate and diet just to name a few..these all come together in one yoga class! When we age some of our activities become a little harder.  So my question is ...How do you choose to age?  The longer we sustain a yoga practice that is based on curiosity about the body the mind will take on an inner journey that leads us to a quieter place within. The breath (prana) has a place to dwell.  The combination is health and vitality.  The following is a quote I picked up along the way...

"I first began yoga for flexibility in my body and toning my muscles, I got hooked on yoga because something else was happening inside and I felt incredible.  I quickly learned the physical aspect of yoga is merely a fraction of this vast practice.  Yoga is a verb, an action word, about stilling the fluctuations of the mind.  From the inner stillness I uncover mental clarity and peace of mind, how to be compassionate with myself, how to be authentically compassionate with others. 

This practice on the mat mirrors living life with a powerful inward focus and a graceful outward expression"
What is your yoga? and How would you like to age?

Prana's faculty of yoga instructors have years of wisdom and experience in caring for the body through yoga.  I am grateful for Gilian, Mary, Julie, Tamara, Susan, Dev Atma, Randall, Hukam, Dixie (assistant) and all of you who sustain the life and growing older of Prana Yoga and Healing Center.
See you on the Mat!
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What is a Yoga Body?

What is a Yoga Body?

Yoga culture is not beyond this. Despite declarations that, “we are not our bodies,” what our bodies look like seems to be of paramount importance in yoga culture. Selfies of fancy poses, performed to perfection by mostly young, svelte, mostly scantily and fashionably clad, white women dominate social media. While these photos may be pleasing and even impressive to look at, their demographic does not represent the population at large or even the majority of people practicing yoga. They may draw some people to practice who aspire to look like these models. They may also scare people away, when they misinterpret yoga as being available only to those who are young, thin, fashionable and impossibly bendy.

The good news is that conversation around body positivity is growing. It’s been bubbling under the surface for a long time, but influential bloggers such as YogaDork and it’s all yoga, baby have taken up the cause, along with Curvy Yoga founder Anna Guest-Jelley, who’s been advocating for body positivity for years. Even Yoga Journal, long criticized for their young, thin, white female cover models and plethora of diet ads has dipped a toe into the conversation.

I’m very encouraged by this development. I think it’s a huge step in the right direction.

What Happened to the Boomers?

But this is one area where the voices of the Boomer generation have been largely silent—or perhaps silenced. With the exception of Cora Wen and Linda Sama-Karl, few over-50 yoga teachers speak to the blogosphere about the relationship between Yoga and aging. When did the system of Yoga begin to espouse the philosophy of youth over experience? When did Yoga adopt the idea that once your body begins to age that your mind, heart and accumulated experience become irrelevant? And why are we made to feel ashamed of the inevitable, even beautiful, process of growing deeper, wiser and more equanimous just because our bodies no longer fit into a shallow, limited and completely arbitrary cultural idea of beauty?

My theory is this: We are a body-oriented culture. We are our bodies. Our bodies are our Selves. We judge ourselves by our appearance and our body’s ability to perform. When our bodies change—as they inevitably do—our self-worth goes with them, for better or for worse.

When the prince, Siddhartha, ventured out of his palace for the first time, he was shaken by his first glimpses of a person bent with age, a person wracked with illness and the body of a person who had died. Seeing the inevitable path of all our bodies to our final demise caused him to inquire into how he might transcend the suffering he had witnessed. This led him to realize that in order to transcend suffering, he had to transcend his attachment to and identification with the body. He had to look deeper, beyond the pleasures and suffering of the body for lasting happiness.

This is what our yoga practice is about. The squabbling about what is or is not the perfect yoga body has absolutely nothing to do with Yoga. Any person in a body who is practicing Yoga is living in a yoga body, regardless of age, build, gender or flexibility. And the deeper practices at the heart of Yoga—meditation—require a body simply as an anchor for awareness.

This is not to say that our bodies are not worth appreciating. They are infinitely worthy of our appreciation. My takeaway from three semesters of anatomy training is pure amazement at the elegant design of these vehicles in which we travel. That design is not a mistake. Nor is our genetically determined build, height, skin color, hair color and joint flexibility. And aging is not a mistake. We can take good care of our bodies so that we live more comfortably in them, but we can’t stop the aging process. It happens to all of us if we are lucky enough to live into old age.

Practicing asana is an intelligent and inspiring way to keep our bodies balanced and happy. Tending to our bodies mindfully, and with love and appreciation, cultivates a sense of grace that permeates not only our meditation, but the whole of our lives.

So please, give this body, the one you’re living in right now, a little appreciation for having gotten you this far into your life. Know that it will change, and that you can grow with those changes. Know that aging brings riches you can’t fathom when you are young. Yes, there are tradeoffs. While I might wish I had the hip joints of my 30s, I’m very happy to living in the mind and heart of my 50s.

Love your body. Love your mind. Love your heart. Ride their evolution with curiosity and delight.


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 Yoga on the Terrace of the Ringling Ca' d'Zan

What a blessed opportunity for me to teach yoga from 

Sarasota's finest historical landmark.

Join me for early morning yoga beginning at 8:30 am

with live music provided by Hukam

to enliven the practice. 

Enjoy the view, Sarasota's finest weather, and yourselves.

This is a community event that the Museum offers once a month 

with a yoga teacher from a different studio and yoga style.

What a fun time we will have!

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Back Care workshop

1:00 - 3:30 pm

Back Pain afflicts at least 60% of Americans and costs billions of dollars in treatments each year. Many feel that they must learn to live with this chronic pain. Many turn to yoga to seek relief with little relief or worsening of symptoms. In this workshop students will learn about some basic problems with the spine and how to address them in their personal practice. With correct attention to alignment, yoga asana practice can increase the health and longevity of the spine. A systematic approach using props can create stability, fluidity, and mobility in the spine thus breaking down the bodies habitual patterns of movement. 


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