Looking for things to do in the Destin or Fort Walton Beach area? Dragonfly Yoga Studies in downtown Fort Walton Beach is hosting a life-changing public yoga workshop that will revitalize your body and soul. Join us on Friday August 2 - Saturday August 3rd for a series of unforgettable spiritual talks and special yoga classes by Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati.
The beginning of August is the perfect time to regroup from the carefree summer season. It's a time to renew your focus as school and normal routines near. Swami Jaya Devi will present a series entitled "If You Can Change Your Breath, You Can Change Your Life: A Prana." This is Kashi Atlanta’s annual beach yoga retreat at the Dragonfly Yoga Studio in Downtown Fort Walton Beach Florida.
The public yoga workshop includes a spiritual talk by Swami Jaya Devi on Friday, August 2nd from 7 - 8:30 pm. Saturday, August 3rd begins with Kali Natha Yoga at 10 am, followed by another spiritual talk by Swami Jaya Devi at 1 pm.
There's also a 300-Hour Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training Module:
Friday, August 2 · 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 3 · 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, August 4 · 6:00 – 11:00 am
About The Yoga Workshop
Complaining evaporates the subtle essence of love. You can choose to exist in the vast, wild dimension of love or you can live marinating in dark thoughts. Yet some part of you knows that love is the reality of the universe. Everything arises out of love, everything exists in love and everything recedes into love.
When you choose love over fear, you begin to manifest the life that you want to live. You realize that you choose your own reality. You can choose to love in any situation. The abundance of the heart holds an untold region of awareness. There is powerful choice in this realm, where love can and does heal the wounds of the heart.
About the 300 hour Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training Module
The 300-hour Yoga Alliance-certified Teacher Training program has an emphasis on Kali Natha Yoga, a classical yoga of over 60 vinyasa flow series designed to unite the heart and body into moving prayer. This ancient yoga combines unique asana, pranayama, mudra and mantra to awaken the deepest realms of the heart.
Guests to the public yoga workshop will have the opportunity to join Swami Jaya Devi for a special Kali Natha Yoga session on Saturday, August 3rd at 1 pm. This yoga workshop weekend also includes a 300-Hour Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training Module for any yoga teacher training students who qualify.
“Recently, I was introduced to the practice of Kali Natha Yoga and I am absolutely enchanted with it! The potent manner in which pranyama, mudras, mantra and meditation are interwoven through a Kali Natha Yoga class is a most evocative blend. I believe that The Kali Natha Yoga experience powerfully lingers with the practitioner long after the mat is put away. The idea that many, many more of Ma’s lovingly crafted sequences awaits, thrills me with promise.”
— Lucia d’Ancona
What is a Prana?
Pranayama or Prana is the yogic breath. It refines the energy body. Pranayama revitalizes the entire body, opens the heart, and calms the mind. Through these practices we begin to learn the basics of concentration and meditation. We develop an ability to clear the body and the mind, developing the necessary capacity for one-pointed focus.
Pranayama is one of the most important tools in your yoga practice. It is centering and grounding, bringing you constantly back into an awareness of the body. Staying aware of the breath during your practice creates a deeper experience of yoga, an experience of real union. If your mind is wandering when you are practicing your asanas, you are not practicing yoga, you are practicing duality – thinking while in a yoga pose.
Pranayama changes your experience of yoga. It is one thing that helps differentiate the asanas from any other physical exercise. Linking the mind to the breath as you move the body – this is powerful stuff. The power of pranayama can fuel your practice to ever deepening levels, and will affect how you live “off the mat.”
About Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati
Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati is the executive director of Kashi Atlanta. She has been voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Atlanta annually since 2006 in the Creative Loafing survey.
Swami Jaya Devi has taught yoga and meditation all over the world. Since 2003, Swami Jaya Devi has developed and conducted Kashi Atlanta’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training, which has graduated over 150 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers at the 200-hour level.
Swami Jaya Devi has studied yoga, meditation and healing in depth since 1985. The focus of Jaya Devi’s training has been in Hatha, Kundalini and Kali Natha yogas. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level, a Certified Yoga Teacher through The Kundalini Research Institute, 3HO International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, Amrit Yoga Institute, as well as a Senior Teacher of Kali Natha Yoga. Swami Jaya Devi is a member of the Dattatreya Saraswati Kali order of Sanyas in the lineage of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati and the Kashi Foundation, and a close student of Ma Jaya at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida. She was given the title Yoga Acharya which means “master teacher of yoga” in 2007.
Since 1992, Swami Jaya Devi has taught yoga extensively and to a wide range of audiences – from international interfaith conferences, corporations and hospitals to meditation centers and yoga studios. The author of the Classical Yoga Teachers Training Manual, Swami Jaya Devi initiated the first Immune Yoga for AIDS and HIV in the Southeast, and founded Kashi Atlanta’s Street Meals program. Her well-rounded classical style is approachable while still maintaining the great depth of an authentic practice. Throughout her teachings, Swami Jaya Devi emphasizes personal depth, compassion, awareness and open-heartedness.