Styles: Hatha, Iyengar, Restorative, Yin Yoga
Specialties: Meditation, Private / Individual, Seniors, Therapeutic, Workshops
Teachers: Julie Madill and Velvet Abato Wenker
In 1986, Stan Andrzejewski opened the now-oldest ongoing school in Baltimore devoted exclusively to the study of hatha yoga.
Stan had been an advanced-level student of senior Iyengar teacher John Schumacher of the Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda, and was himself certified in the Iyengar tradition in 1988. But his journey brought him into explorations of breath, subtle energies, imagery and movement in ways the Iyengar system did not allow.
In 1984, Stan met a visionary yoga teacher, Victor van Kooten. It was not until 1994 that he realized how profound Victor's teachings are. Victor teaches hatha yoga as an inquiry, giving us license to explore movement, using tamas, the "letting go" principle, instead of simply rajas, the "active" principle. Tamas then evolves into sattva—spacious, skillful, graceful movement. Victor teaches movement from the center outward, rooting first into the foundation and then into the intended direction and space. While John and Victor continue to acknowledge the incredible impact that B.K.S. Iyengar has made in their lives, their journey is now in a new direction.
What distinguishes our classes is their therapeutic value. Stan has been a practicing physical therapist for over 35 years. He uses the awareness and skillful movement of hatha yoga as a modality for physical therapy treatment. He has influenced our yoga teachers to look at each of their students biomechanically and then to teach their students the elegant motor skills of hatha yoga.
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