Sarai is a new yoga space located on a beautiful tree-lined block in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. We offer daily classes for all levels, led by experienced, kind, and dedicated teachers. Our mission is to empower our community and to foster its well-being through yoga, meditation, and music.
Yoga is a collection of physical, mental, and spiritual practices which originated in India. The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', meaning 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'. Yoga means union: union with all the parts of ones' self, union with each other, and union with the natural world.
Through the practice of asana (physical postures), we are able to calm the mind, strengthen the body, develop stability, balance, and fluency, reform old habits that may have led to injury, learn to recognize nature's patterns within us and potentiate our wellbeing.
Pranayama (control of the breath) allows us to mediate our internal atmosphere and to soothe or stimulate our nervous system as needed.
Meditation is a tool to attain coherence. Coherence is when what you are doing, what you are feeling and thinking, and where you are, are aligned. In other words, it is when you are able to fully exist in the present moment and the thought of past or future that you've been grasping, churning, or ruminating on is able to let go of itself. It is a state of unity between your mind, body, and spirit.
We offer live music accompanied classes once a week and will host small, intimate performances, which we will announce in our newsletter.
This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.
Thich Nhat Hanh