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Thomas Michael Fortel

Thomas Michael Fortel

Thomas Michael Fortel
is a longtime yoga practitioner/teacher, influenced by the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Anusara styles of Hatha yoga, and drawing from his devotional experience in Bhakti yoga. He travels widely, sharing his love for yoga.

Yoga Practice: Refining and Magnifying Body, Mind and Spirit

Jan 15 - 17, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Thomas Michael Fortel & Karen Cook

One of the fundamental tenets of yoga philosophy is that every human being is, at the core, an expression of divine light and love. The yogis refer to this as the Supreme Self or Inner Self. Many of us glimpse this from time to time, yet a primary focus of our journey is to honestly address the physical, mental, and emotional heaviness which covers up our inner luminosity. This is a necessary paradigm shift as we move into a fuller expression of our true nature.


A Matrix of Light: Prana and the Practices of Yoga

May 01 - 06, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Thomas Michael Fortel

Just as a plexus of nerves (many criss-crossing at the same place) in the body emits a stronger force of energy, the practitioners of yoga, by virtue of ongoing practice, have developed a high level of pranic force within the body and nervous system. We could say that the prana is an invisible or metaphysical force of energy, yet flows through and illuminates the physical body and being of the practitioner. We students of yoga engage conscious breathing as a way to connect to alternative states of consciousness.



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