Raja Yoga (Heated)


This class is taught by:

Vikky Santana

Vikky Santana, 500-hour RYT, was born and raised in Miami, Fl. and lives with her daughter in Coral Springs, FL. She was introduced to yoga 20 years ago but it wasn’t until the birth of her daughter 16 years ago that she really saw her life’s purpose. “Yoga literally saved my life. I am compelled to teach all aspects of the practice in the hopes of helping others help themselves.”
In 2010 she completed her first 200hr RYT certification and soon after her 100hr Philosophy certification at Philip Christodoulou's Anuttara Yoga Shala. She continued her education with BEa Raydo at Yoga Connection earning her 300hr RYT.

Her training is classic, orthodox Yoga. Her goal is to teach others the ancient practice and tools in a contemporary fashion. Be prepared to be challenged, to laugh and to be moved.

Vikky leads our Yoga Certification program at Evolution Yoga, is the Team Lead for our Hot Yoga and is the founder of KriYin® Yoga. Follow her wisdom and antics @VikkySantanaYoga, www.VikkySantana.com, www.facebook.com/vikky.santana

GiGi Brandofino

GiGi found yoga through free classes offered at her local 24 Hour Fitness while living in San Francisco, CA. The very first class brought her to tears for the entire hour in a room full of strangers. These were tears of joy for she’d finally found this missing internal link. No stranger to anxiety and depression, the practice became her saving grace during these undesirable moments of life. The greatest gift that yoga gives her is this moment right here, right now; the more she focuses on her breath, the more control she has over everything.

Upon moving back to South Florida, she found Evolution Yoga and was immediately drawn to teaching. In October 2017 she earned her 200 RYT certification in Hatha with Vikky Santana (RYT 500) at Evolution Yoga.

From a background of language and literature with a Bachelor of Arts in English, this fusion of mind, body, and spirit appeals to her in many forms. Her intention with teaching is to guide others towards self liberation through creative expression.

If your Yoga practice focuses primarily on posture, this is an excellent transition to begin exploring meditation through the body.  A journey of myoskeletal alignment, this form of Yoga understands that through this alignment of the body, we shall also find the alignment of the mind.
 
Raja is a Yin inspired practice conducted in a heated room.  An ALL levels class, it is also physically and mentally challenging.  Consider it a transition between Flow and KriYin Yoga.  A heated Flow class focuses on engaging muscle and connecting movement with breath.  KriYin focuses on breath to disengage muscle and transition the practitioner into deep states of meditation.  Raja Yoga is in-between these two styles of classes.
 
Raja is posture based with an exploration of meditation.  The postures are challenging even for experienced yogis and yet accessible to ALL levels.  Transition from one posture to another is intuitive.  The sequencing is very efficient and unnecessary movements are limited so that the mind can focus on breath and alignment.  Different than a traditional Yin class, Raja postures initially require more muscle activation to initially enter into the poses.  Then the practitioner works with breath to find their level of relaxation and calmness of mind.
 
You learn:
- to relax in classic and challenging postures
- the Yoga Sutras
- mantras
- how the mind, body and nervous systems work
- enjoy a delicious Savasana at the end
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Oct 21 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Oct 22 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Oct 28 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Oct 29 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Nov 04 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Nov 05 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Nov 11 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Nov 12 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Nov 18 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Nov 19 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Nov 25 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with GiGi Brandofino
  • Mon Nov 26 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Dec 02 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Dec 03 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Dec 09 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Dec 10 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Dec 16 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Dec 17 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Sun Dec 23 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm with Vikky Santana
  • Mon Dec 24 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm with Vikky Santana


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