Hatha Yoga is an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs and glands, quiets the nervous system, and improves concentration. This ancient system of self-care brings vitality, health, deep relaxation, and peace of mind.
The style of Hatha Yoga taught is the Anusara method. Anusara Yoga is a new style of yoga that is heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring, yet grounded in a deep knowledge of optimal body alignment in the poses. Instructors encourage students to listen to their body, respect its wisdom, and to progress at their own pace.
Deep relaxation is taught in each class after completion of the postures. The intention of the instructors at Garden Way Yoga Center (GWYC) is to assist students in the development of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being: a truly priceless health advantage.
The Garden Way Yoga Center offers 8 eight-week sessions of classes per year. Courses offered include Anusara-style Hatha Yoga plus workshops in related topics. The Yoga Center features well-trained, professional instructors, progressive teaching methods, a non-competitive and encouraging atmosphere, and a beautiful light-filled facility.
The Garden Way Yoga Center also has a boutique that will sell workshop clothing and yoga training aides.
Jill Gordon, Ph.D., founder of The Garden Way Yoga Center, is one of Anusara Yoga's leading teachers. She conducts workshops and teacher trainings nationally and internationally, and has previously established yoga training centers in Santa Barbara, CA; Denver, CO; and Charlottesville, VA. She co-founded and co-developed the Four Winds Yoga Center in Portland, OR, which offered instruction to nearly 1,000 students per week. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1985 and a meditator since 1989. Jill is a certified Anusara instructor and one of the few Designated Teacher Trainers in the Anusara style of Hatha Yoga. She is registered with the national Yoga Alliance at the highest 500-hour level.
The objectives of Garden Way Yoga Center are the following:
The mission of Garden Way Yoga Center is to give the student, whether a beginner or advanced a place to practice Anusara. It is our intention to keep the teaching of Anusara as close to the way we have been taught as possible. It is incumbent for the teacher to always act responsibly and with the student's interest in mind. No matter what we learn or from whom we learn the real and only teacher is within.