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kundalini yoga & the practice

 led by Jordan Faye Block

 

 

The Practice is a blend of Hatha, Tantra, & Kundalini traditions.

This class is very special, this practice is amazing and it is for everyone.  At Thrive Atelier, The Practice is being taught by Jordan Faye Block, who has studied & trained closely with Martha McAlpine (500 E–RYT) out of YogaWorks Baltimore over the last 2+ years. She loves the energy, the feelings of confidence and clarity that the practice has brought to her life.  With Martha's guidance, she is now teaching her monthly sequences, two to three times a week in the new studio.  Ms. Block has also studied with Kia Miller to receive her 200 hr Radiant Body Yoga Teacher Certification (focusing on Kundalini & Vinyasa with Kia) at the Himalayan Institute.  Between these two women and their trainings she is delighted to bring more energetic kundalini yoga to Baltimore, Maryland.

The Practice was created by Martha McAlpine. Martha teaches this practice weekly at three YogaWorks Studios in Baltimore, under the YW's class called Kundalini, but as those of us who have experienced the magic of her classes know – it is more than your typical kundalini class.  "If it wasn't for Martha, I wouldn't have fallen in love with yoga in Baltimore as I have over the last several years." – Jordan

In Martha's words regarding the practice – "These classes are available for everyone. The postures or gestures can be modified to suit all abilities and the practice remains just as effective. Feel free to talk with me at the start if you feel you need guidance. Every class is begun from the most modified version and build from there. Just practice at the skill level that best serves you. If we hold a gesture too long for you, stop... Rest. Respect your body. Return when you are ready. Remember, this is a practice to be done again and again. Strength and stamina will come over time if you are diligent." 

 

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The Practice  & Radiant Body Kundalini Yoga  |  Weekly Classes

Our Studio is currently under renovations and will re-open on November 1.

Classes led by Jordan Faye Block

• Monday Morning |  7 – 8 am

• Tuesday Evening | 7 – 8 pm

• ThURSDAY Mornings |  7 – 8AM

our weekend classes will return this fall after we complete our studio renovations. 

ALL CLASSES FEATURE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Prana yoga mats (on a first come, first serve basis)

  • Blocks & straps

  • Blankets

  • Diffused essentials oils

  • Our utmost attention in guiding you during your practice

  • Tranquil light filled studio

 


Frequently Asked Questions :

What do I need to bring? 

Bring your mat. Bring an open mind & a sense of curiosity. Bring a friend. Wear comfortable clothing or yoga clothes if you prefer. We provide all the necessary props (i.e. blocks, blankets, and straps). We do have several Prana yoga mats – they are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Is it appropriate for beginners?

The energetic yoga classes: both The Kundalini Practice and Radiant Body Yoga are suited for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. These practices come from my teachers Martha McAlpine & Kia Miller.  The practice of kundalini & radiant body yoga is designed for everyone. 

How would you describe The Practice?

The Practice is made up of a combination of Asana (postures and gestures), Kriyas, Pranayama & Meditation.  This kundalini practice, has been taught & passed down to me by my teacher, Martha McAlpine. Each month we practice the same warm–up set of postures and the same sequence of energetic movements that she teaches in her classes at YogaWorks. This series of intelligent actions is called a kriya. Although it builds as the month goes on in terms of what the body recalls practice after practice. We are building energy as we move, through our bodies and in our minds and in the space around us. 

We begin with various gestures that warm up the body. After opening up the muscle groups (in our spine, in our hips, and in our upper body)  we then pause to say the Adi Mantra – ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO.  How I interpret the meaning of Ong Namo is all of the things outside of ourselves that teach us – our books, our teachers, the food we eat, the experiences that we digest, the made and unmade which nourish and support us. And then Guru Dev Namo, means everything inside of us, we are inviting the teacher within to guide us in this practice. Then we move on to the kundalini Kriya which is a set of intelligent actions that cause a change in our state, in our energy. We move, we shake, we breathe, we do these gestures all in a very specific energetic and sequential way that is passed down from my teachers, Martha McAlpine and Kia Miller, and their teachers, and their teacher's teachers. Kundalini originally was brought to the West by Yogi Bajan. 

 
 

Circling | pivoting from sits bones & the hips (both directions)

JORDAN FAYE BLOCK & MARTHA MCALPINE after one of M's classes.

 
 

WHAT to expect

Expect to move, shake, let loose, play, explore both your strength & your stamina. Move to find the inner recesses of yourself.  

Discover joy, light, feeling the energy pulse through your body, mind & spirit. 

Kundalini is often called "the yoga of awareness'. 


Our doors open 20 minutes prior to class, and close 5 minutes prior to the beginning of class as we are located on the 5th floor, please leave time to travel through our building to our studio. There are both stairs and of course an elevator to our space. There is free street parking, as well as a small parking lot adjacent to our building. 


Want to learn even more about Kundalini Yoga and it's origins? Read on. 

 

How does Jordan see the connection between Curation & Kundalini?