Kavannah Yoga

Howard Katz MA, RYT 500

About Kavannah Yoga

Kavannah is a Hebrew word often used to mean "intention" or "attentive focus." But literally, the word means "direction." People who engage in their spiritual practice with "kavannah" direct their attention to their connection with the Divine and with their deepest expression of who they are.

Yoga is also a process of creating an intention to embark on a profound journey to healing and wholeness. In yoga, we learn to bring our wholehearted focused attention to every aspect of our being--physical, emotional, and spiritual. Through quieting the constant chatter and churning of our minds, we find quiet and peace. And from within that stillness, we connect with the Divine, whatever that means to each of us.

At Kavannah Yoga, we teach the full array of classical yoga practices – asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing practices) bandhas (yoga energy locks), mudras (body positions, often involving the hands, to configure energy) and meditation. We will not lose sight of the fact that, while we are reclaiming our physical health through asana and pranayama, we are also training the mind and spirit to move towards equilibrium and inner peace (Shanti in Sanskrit). At Kavannah Yoga, we consider the inner peace to be especially crucial to a genuine practice of yoga.

We offer classes for all levels of students, including absolute beginners. We also offer classes for specific populations including:

  • Seniors
  • People who suffer from arthritis
  • People with mood disorders (anxiety, depression, etc)
  • People who are struggling with challenging physical conditions
  • Men who would prefer all male classes

In addition, we offer specialized workshops. Some of these will be on traditional yogic topics, such as yoga nidra (yogic sleep). In keeping with Howard’s lifelong interest in spirituality in general and Jewish spiritualty in particular, other workshops will explore the interface between yoga and these various spiritual/religious traditions.

We look forward to accompanying you on your yogic journey!

Om Shanti