Open-Level Flow (pre-registration required)


This class is taught by:

Gary Dacanay

I am a Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor. I completed my teacher training with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute finishing Levels 1, 2, and 3, as well as Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting. Additionally, I’ve been a professional musician and music teacher for over 20 years, I practiced Tai Chi for 15 years, and I’m a Reiki Level 2 practitioner.

What to Expect in Gary's Classes: Powerful, passionate, and inspiring, with unexpected shots of humor. In various classes, I often use live music to accompany guided meditations and highlight the flow of classes to inspire students.

 

Gary is also a certified Reiki practitioner. "Reiki" is is a Japanese term comprised of two symbols, "Rei" meaning universal life , and "ki" meaning energy. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation which also facilitates healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Gary Dacanay has been a Level 2 Reiki practitioner for over 20 years. He administers Reiki when assisting students in his yoga classes and also gives full treatments by appointment.

Geoff Knox

Geoff Knox grew up learning the practices of meditation combined with bodily movement through martial arts. After taking classes in Tang Soo Do and achieving his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, he began to see the power of these ancient practices go much deeper than mere physical fitness. Studying for his BFA in Acting at Kent State University, he found yoga in a movement class and became instantly fascinated with that ancient practice as well. In 2008 he attained his first certification from Cameron Shayne, whose Budokon system combines elements of martial arts and yoga. Geoff quickly found himself hungry for more in depth study and devoted himself to reading and practicing different styles of yoga such as Iyengar and Ashtanga while working towards his MFA in acting at the Asolo Conservatory in Florida. He finally came across a Dharma Yoga class while studying abroad in London, and upon learning Geoff was from the states, the teacher said he simply must find Dharma Mittra. Heeding this advice, Geoff found Dharma in New York City and knew he'd found the teacher he'd always looked for, one whose profound spiritual life and philosophical insight matches his inspiring physical practice. Geoff became certified in 2012, right before his move to the windy city. A dedicated practitioner himself, Geoff believes in guiding his students towards their own personal practice. Whether performed in a class with a dozen people, or alone in one's home, yoga is a personal journey. In the words of Dharma Mittra, "the best guru lies within yourself."
 
What to expect in Geoff's classes:  My classes are Dharma yoga based, but I draw upon every bit of learning I have received from my many teachers. They're simple yet challenging. I stick to the classical postures so that beginners are welcome, but I always introduce the advanced students to more difficult versions of those postures. I weave in certain meditation and pranayama techniques into the practice. My shavasanas are guided, which will take you to a much deeper level of relaxation.
 
What to Expect in Geoff's Classes:
"Awesome challenging class this morning. Great way to start the day. Thanks Geoff!"

"Great class with mind body awareness. Improved my flexibility and strength in awareness of my true self. Thank you! Namaste"
Open Level Flow classes focus on alignment, attention to the breath, and mindfulness, inviting the body to move with increased awareness and ease. Often, we'll hold poses a bit longer and take more time to explain the subtleties of the pose, incorporating plenty of modifications to address physical limitations or to make the poses more challenging. This class will be accessible to any level of practitioner, whether it's your 5th class or your 500th class.
 
Please note: Because this type of class caters to all levels of experience, it's likely that one teacher's class may be very different from the next. We recommend trying all of our Open Level teachers to discover the class that is best for you!

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Oct 19 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Fri Oct 20 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Geoff Knox
  • Mon Oct 23 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Tue Oct 24 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Wed Oct 25 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Thu Oct 26 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Fri Oct 27 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Geoff Knox
  • Mon Oct 30 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Tue Oct 31 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Wed Nov 01 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Thu Nov 02 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Fri Nov 03 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Geoff Knox
  • Mon Nov 06 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Tue Nov 07 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Wed Nov 08 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Thu Nov 09 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Mon Nov 13 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Tue Nov 14 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay
  • Wed Nov 15 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Geoff Knox
  • Thu Nov 16 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Gary Dacanay