The essence of yoga is captured by the practice of Rasayana Yoga. This is a deep, contemplative form of yogic exercise that blends meditation, guided imagery and affirmations with slow, prolonged and deliberate yoga poses.
Functional posture and breath work training are at the heart of this practice along with the strengthening of the mind-body connection and sense of intuition.
Transitions and asanas/poses are slow and done with breath and guidance. Focus on maintaining the functional breath and postural patterns during as many of the moments you remember to do them reinforces the act of mindfulness, these concepts and more are revisited at the beginning of each class.
The power of contemplative practice has been demonstrated not just in research but probably in your life’s experience. People who are drawn to yoga and alternative forms of health care tend to engage in the practice of mindfulness, or paying attention on purpose to how they feel and trying to understand and maybe augment the feeling. If this is at the core of your yogic or meditative practice or if you would like for it to be, then this is the place for you. The purpose of this exercise is to help sew the seeds of opening space within your mind and body in order to expand, take up space and show up in your life the way you want.
Everyone can benefit from this practice, whether you are a beginner, an experienced practitioner, overweight, frail, inflexible or in a wheelchair, this is a yoga class for you. Each class is kept small so that everyone gets the amount of guidance they need but also to keep space for the eye and amygdala to rest. Over the hour long class, approximately 6-10 asanas will be held total and for reference, this is but a fraction of the number of asanas you’d do in a typical yoga class. The purpose is to work on the breath, the chattering mind and the posture all at once and this takes time. The class is also flanked by restorative postures, chimes, bells and sound bathing to engage the entire central nervous system and allow the sympathetic portion of the autonomic nervous system to take a break while we rest and digest and heal.
We are currently forming classes for $13/session. If you are interested in joining, please let us know if Saturday morning or Thursday evenings would better suit your needs. Thanks for your interest!
Dr. Blake Ashley Kovner ND, is a graduate of Salem College’s Fleer Program where she earned her B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry with an emphasis in the crossroads of the two, biochemistry. She went to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington where she was trained as a Primary Care Provider in Naturopathic Medicine. During her education, Dr. Kovner underwent specialized and extensive Naturopathic training in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and autoimmune disease management approaches. She also became a licensed massage practitioner at the same time.
Her practice is comprised of roots-based, constitutional medicine that stems from Western Medical Herbalism, German Biologic Medicine and Ayurveda. As a Medical Herbalist, Dr. Kovner employs the art and science of individualized formulation where she makes botanical medicine for her patients, teaches them about the plants and how to grow them.
While she is a specialist in nutraceuticals, Dr. Kovner believes strongly in the Hippocratic principle, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” With this in mind, she teaches her patients about the gut-brain axis, empowering them from the inside out. In a similar light, she excels in drug-free pain management for almost any chronic condition utilizing functional medicine and biofeedback.
She worked in New Orleans at LSU as a research associate on an NIH-funded clinical trial on the safety and neuroprotective effects of a green tea extract on people with Multiple Sclerosis. There, she co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on MS that were published in scientific journals. The first is entitled, “Cognitive Impairment in multiple sclerosis” and the second one, “Polyphenon E, Non-futile at Neuroprotection in Multiple Sclerosis but Unpredictably Hepatotoxic: Phase I Single Group and Phase II Randomized Placebo-Controlled Studies”. She also participated in building an MRI database to see if brain atrophy is directly related to disease progression as measured by EDSS score and was trained as a Wheelchair Hatha Yoga Teacher and a Rasayana Yoga Teacher.
Prior to practicing medicine, Dr. Kovner was a poet on the local SLAM poetry team and is the artist who created the iconic Trade Street figure called, Sax Man and had two gallery openings at AFAS's former UnLeashed Gallery.