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Magic Hour: Monday Morning Yoga at Instar with Val Shaff

  • Instar Lodge 4 Church Ave Germantown, NY, 12526 (map)

The most perfect way to begin the week (and every day) is how we would describe this hour long practice. 

The structure is a fixed set sequence instructed in a vinyasa style. It is a fully balanced class which includes surya namaskar, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation. We will begin each class with the Magic Ten, a series of 10 asanas that you can take with you as a daily spiritual practice. It is an invigorating class yet accommodates all levels of practitioner, that through a consistent breath count and wonderful sequencing, leaves your mind, body and spirit reset to great well being.    

$15 / $12 for members                    


About Val Shaff:

Valerie has been a yoga practitioner for 30 years. She found her teachers, Sharon Gannon
and David Life in 1982 and has studied with them, as well as other Jivamukti teachers, since
the founding of Jivamukti in 1984. She completed the Jivamukti Teacher training in 2007 and
spent her apprenticeship in 2009 with Ruth Lauer Manenti. Though reverent towards all forms of yoga practice, Valerie finds that the Jivamukti practice has been a method that has enriched her life profoundly. She is honored to have the opportunity to share the grace of having perfect teachers with all interested students.

About the Magic Ten (Words by Sharon Gannon):

Magic happens when there is a shift in perception, perception of yourself, others and the world. Every serious practitioner of any art or science knows that to become accomplished, to feel at ease with your art, both practice and humility are necessary. Ultimately Self-realization is a solitary journey inward and because of that we should develop independence—dependence inward. The Magic Ten and Beyond is a practical book, offering guidance to the traveler of infinity. 

Through repetition the magic is forced to rise. For a practice to yield sweet fruit it must be done regularly—daily is best. It should become a habit, a good habit like brushing your teeth. And like brushing your teeth, a daily yoga practice doesn’t have to take all day. Do it first thing in the morning and allow the benefits to unfold throughout the rest of the day. But if for some reason you are unable to do your practice first thing in the morning then do it later in the day or last thing before bed. The important thing is that you do it. Over time with consistent regular daily practice, along with a sense of detachment regarding specific results, the benefits will accumulate on their own accord.