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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 as a Journey of Being

May 07 - 12, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Thomas Michael Fortel

“In many ways, our whole lives are a series of doorways and passages into new or forgotten ways of being,” says Thomas Fortel. “Over time, the practices of yoga can create a softening of habits and patterns, a clarifying of mind, and a gradual opening of the spiritual lotuses (chakras). All of this can lead to an expanded field of awareness beyond our personal ego, and into a wellspring of life-force (energy) and our natural place in the ocean of consciousness.

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Yoga Practice: An Ongoing Metamorphosis

Sep 01 - 03, 2017 Begins in 6 months
with Thomas Michael Fortel

One's whole being, starting from the physical body, can be refined and strengthened so it acts as a medium for the higher cosmic force. The system of hatha yoga was designed to transform the gross elements of the body so they can receive and transmit a much subtler and more powerful energy. — Hatha Yoga Pradipika (6th century text)

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Dharana and Drishti

Oct 08 - 13, 2017 Begins in 7 months
with Thomas Michael Fortel

“Dharana and drishti are Sanskrit words that indicate a process of development in our ability for a depth of mental focus and concentration,” says Thomas Fortel. “It could be said that asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breath) are a foundation of yoga practice for the gradual healing of the mental, physical, and emotional bodies. Drishti is a yogic gazing technique that develops concentration; gazing outwardly and at the same time, the attention turns deep within.

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