Maha Yoga is Philadelphia's premier alignment yoga studio
specializing in chronic pain and injuries.
Gentle yoga is softer and slower paced, allowing time for you to explore the variations of poses that feel useful to your body and mind. Come as you are. Gentle yoga at Maha is great for anyone (beginners to experienced yogis) looking for both an accessible and supportive practice. This is a great class for those returning from an injury or experiencing pain.
Join Suzanne, one of our gentle yoga instructors, for this free introductory class.
Dive into the ocean of yoga! This training is designed for serious students who want to deepen their studies of yoga by exploring physiology, biomechanics and philosophy, and how they relate to asana practice.
Learn how to align your physical body to be healthier and more vibrant. The course discusses common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, as well as the safe practice of inversions using a sound science of progressions. Explore how to apply alignment to address specific therapeutic needs with yoga. We will delve into all asanas from the Maha Yoga Level 1 syllabus, and many continuing variations.
This course is a prerequisite for Maha’s Teacher Training. You may take it as the first step towards getting certified to teach, or on its own as a way to deepen your personal practice.
All-levels Standing Poses & Arm Balancing w/ Christina Sell
“Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a
field. I will meet you there.”- Rumi
Beyond right and wrong, protocols and prescriptions, yoga points us to the field of love in which opposites are held with clarity and creative possibility. While asana instructions often seem black or white, in truth, they are a starting point for self-awareness, a springboard for self-discovery, and a means by which we can discover our needs and how best to respond. These two-hour classes with Christina Sell will offer biomechanical explanations, demonstrations, modifications, hip and heart opening postures, bad jokes, and inspirational pep talks to help you gain sensitivity and discernment in your practice.
Sunday, November 1, 2-4pm, live-streamed on Zoom. $45 by 10/25, $55 after.
Christina Sell has been practicing yoga since 1991 and teaching since 1998. Author of three books on yoga and body image, Christina is known for her passion, creativity, and down-to-earth teaching style. Her classes are fun, inspiring, and aimed at helping people of all sizes, shapes, and abilities experience the joy of yoga. She currently resides in Buena Vista, CO with her husband, two affectionate cats, and the world's best dog, Locket.
The word “yoga” has a long and storied history as it moves
through the original sources in Sanskrit and other south Asian
languages. From its first appearance in the ancient Rg Veda, “yoga”
is used in diverse and complex ways to describe concepts, values,
practices, and traditions of interpretation. We’re going to start
from the beginning and create a basic “canon” of the yoga
tradition, not only listing and describing the sources of yoga but
comparing interpretations and sources to other sources.
We need to bring the complexity and diversity of traditions into focus and present a picture of history and context that takes us from Rg Veda to the Tantras and into modernity. This work is not only foundational to any student of yoga but deeply revealing of the continued relevance of yoga as it morphs and evolves into our own experiences. No previous experience is expected or required. Bring an open mind and a willing heart.
Friday 11/1 6-8:30pm
Saturday 11/2 10:30-1pm
Saturday 11/2 2:30-5pm
Sunday 11/3 10am-1pm
Full Weekend (recommended!) $185 by 10/31, $205 after. Individual session drop ins $55 by 10/31, $65 after.
The Maha Yoga Teacher Training is a thorough, effective program designed to deepen your yoga practice and deliver the key skills needed to lead outstanding yoga classes. The best yoga classes integrate fun, movement and alignment within the larger context of yoga’s rich history.
Throughout the course of this training, you are guaranteed to first transform your own yoga practice and up-level your personal health in the Yoga Immersion and then develop practical techniques to share your authentic wisdom with others in meaningful yoga classes.
This course covers
-Thorough, in-depth asana practice of all categories of yoga
poses, including standing postures, balancing poses, arm balances,
inversions, backbends, twists, seated poses, hip openers and
-Learn to adapt and modify these poses for different bodies, and expect to thoroughly deepen and polish your own practice.
-Principles of alignment, anatomy, and kinesiology, and their relevant application to all types of poses.
-How to develop a strong home practice, which is the most potent way to keep your teaching fresh and inspired.
-Skillful sequencing strategies for beginner, open levels, and intermediate/advanced groups. Includes a template for 60, 75 and 90-minute classes.
-Developing meaningful themes, and a structure to weave themes in to your class that gives your students deeper insight and understanding.
-Effective verbal adjustments that give you a clear, confident approach as you serve your students.
-Progressive science of teaching inversions, from addressing raw beginners to advanced practitioners.
-Pranayama and meditation techniques, and how to expertly teach these in public classes.
-Yoga therapeutics, or how to use the science of yoga to heal common aches and pains in the physical body.
-Survey of common yoga injuries, and how to empower yourself and your students to practice in a way that promotes radiant health.
-History and philosophy of yoga and its practical relevance to the modern day yogi.
-Yoga lifestyle, which includes diet discussion, daily practices, and the simple wisdom of ayurveda you can use to thrive and lead by example.
-The business of yoga, including how to market yourself and grow your teaching career post-graduation.
-Best practices for teaching yoga virtually.