The Perfect Chaturanga



I, Jennilee Toner, LOVE practicing and teaching yoga.

After years as a super tough Deputy Sheriff, Army Medic, Military Policewoman and Drill Sgt candidate, I found myself in 1996 practicing yoga and crying in tree pose. Those first few years I found myself in attics, basements, living rooms, garages, parks, etc. In 2000 I began to practice Bikram Yoga six days a week, both in Key West and in Massachusetts. In 2002 I added Baron Baptiste Power Yoga to the mix. In 2003 I decided I wanted to teach this wonderful form of body, mind and soul connection!

In 2008, as I completed my advanced degrees in both mythological studies and transpersonal psychology, I spent time studying Sampoorna Yoga (Sivananda lineage) with Yogi Hari at his ashram in Florida. This living master opened my mind and heart to bhakti, jnana, karma, nada and raja yoga. I have been forever changed.

In 2009 I began teaching the anatomy portion of the Frog Lotus International Teacher Training Program. Joining Vidya Jacqueline Heisel and Jennifer Yarro in training some of the best new yoga teachers this world has and will see has such a peak experience in my yoga teaching career. These two strong, beautiful and wise yoginis are AMAZING! I have learned so much from them both. I am deeply grateful to be a part of their dream!

In 2011 I created Hot Warrior Yoga, a 50plus posture sequence practiced in 90-95degrees. Hot Warrior Yoga is the BEST of both HOT HATHA and HOT VINYASA! My team and I are about to begin our seventh 200-HOUR HWY teacher training and are super excited to present, in the near future, Hot Warrior Yoga as a 27 & 54hour advanced certification program for both yoga teachers and fitness professionals.

Also in 2011 I started teaching The Perfect Chaturanga workshops. These workshops were a call to action! Inspired by my students and their heartbreaking tales of injuries and frustrations resulting from practicing vinyasa yoga, I began to teach how to safely and intelligently practice vinyasa flow yoga. After teaching many Perfect Chaturanga workshops that first year I realized I wanted to help as many students and yoga teachers that I could. I started writing The Perfect Chaturanga book. While teaching the workshop at Wanderlust Vermont in 2013 I realized I needed help in order to turn my dream book into a reality. My talented friend, Suzanne Martin, help helped me do just that! I am so proud of this gem of an anatomy and injury prevention book you hold in your hands today!

It tickles me so to realize that I am still madly in love with practicing and teaching yoga. The journey within is an ever so important one. The science and practice of yoga helps us to know ourselves, each other and the planet. Yoga quiets the dis-ease of the mind and the body – leaving us happy, peaceful and free. I am a firm believer that the world is a better place each time we practice our yoga! Namaste.

SURRENDER A kind and empowering, 3 Hour Yoga Practice:

Karen SurrenderMost yoga classes are 75-90 minutes long, allowing modern yogis to fit a practice into their busy lives. This 3 hour practice has been created for those yogis who desire to amp up their awareness and empowerment tools.  Karen has enjoyed the health benefits of the yoga asanas for 16 years, which includes regular 3-4 hour practices. Beginning in January pre-pay $20 with Paypal button below or $25 at the door.  A beautiful way to deepen your yoga practice, Hot Box Yoga now offering  3 hour SURRENDER, come find out how deeply your body will open with uninterrupted yoga.
Here are the dates and times for this wonderful opportunity:
Sunday January 25th, from 6AM-9AM
Saturday February 7th, from 2PM-5PM
This class offers warm-up, strength-building, increased circulation, increased lung capacity, increased flexibility, ample time to explore the creative and infinite possibilities of the asanas while quieting and centering your mind, ample time to wind-down in a well-earned savasana (corpse pose) to integrate the wisdom and care that you bring to your yoga practice.
All of this extra practice time will help condition and tone your body and help keep your metabolism humming at a healthy rate and will keep you strong as we move into the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holiday season!!!
Karen has been certified and trained in multiple disciplines of yoga and brings over 10 years of teaching experience.  She also weaves in her knowledge of the body gained  a 750 hour massage therapy program certification from The Institute of Conscious BodyWork in Marin, CA.

3 hours of practice for $20 with Paypal button (the same price as a regular drop-in class) or $25 at the door

Intro to Mindfulness Meditation Class

Phil selfiIntro to Mindfulness Meditation Class 

Teacher: Phil Engelhardt
When: Wednesday 8:15am-8;45am and 10:30am-11:15am
Donation based:  ($5-$10 suggested)
As in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
If you have been doing Asana yoga, your getting more flexible, stronger, relaxed, finding more space in your body.  You may be aware that the yoga practice originated in India as a part of a spiritual discipline. You may not know that the original practice has more to due with the mind than the body.  Yet Asana practice has an effect, there is a mind body connection, the mind is calmer more balanced.  Our lives are richer for it.We all seek self fulfillment, in this consumer oriented society we do this by getting, or doing.  Always something to get or do, a bucket list, a slight reprieve as we scratch something off the list.  Then with fulfillment should come gratification, contentment.  But it doesn’t last, something else to do or acquire.  The inner void remains.  Whats the meaning of life?  Is there a deeper purpose?  My teacher would say “ Look at the tombstone. A name, birth date, dash, death date. The whole life experience represented by the dash.” In the end is that what it amounts to, a dash on the tombstone?  Read more »
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