|Big River Yoga welcomes you. We strive to cultivate community by practicing yoga to remember and to celebrate our interconnection and the many gifts life has to offer. Yoga is a harnessing of energy through skillful action to align and integrate your body, mind and heart with consciousness, with love, with a “oneness” that emanates through everything. Our teachers have years of training and experience and we offer a variety of classes, including align and flow classes, vinyasa yoga, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, meditation classes and more. We humbly strive to share the deep and profound wisdom of yoga with you. All of our teachers are certified and registered with yoga alliance. Classes are taught with clear alignment instruction and encouragement to connect to your body, mind and heart. Chris Gordon is the owner/director of Big River Yoga.
To support your wellness, we offer massage therapy, wellness coaching and a variety of wellness workshops. Our massage therapists specialize in Thai Massage, deep tissue massage and relaxing swedish massage. Rest on the Biomat as you receive your massage session. This special device emits Far Infrared Ray heat that penetrates and warms the body from the inside out. It is deeply relaxing and healing.
Chanting the Shanti Mantra
At the beginning of Chris Gordon's yoga classes we chant the Shanti mantra. The mantra establishes the yoga studio as a sacred space
of peace and learning and invites peace to rain down upon those who practice yoga here. Listen to the chant here
Om Saha naa vavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha viiryam karavaa vahai
Tejas vinaa vadhita mastu
ma vidvishaa vahaihi
Om shanti shanti shanti
May we together be protected
May we together be nourished
May we work together with great energy
May our study together be brilliant and effective
May there be no disputes among us
Om peace, peace, peace.
Shanti is chanted three times at the end. The first shanti is for peace from personal suffering, such as our own physical and mental aches and pains. The second shanti is for peace from the suffering caused to us by other beings. The third shanti is for peace caused by universal events that affect us all, like weather and the environment. The three shantis also refer to physical, mental and spiritual peace.
"I am a beginner's beginner and from the first time I began practicing I knew this was something right for me. Each teacher shows deep respect for the yoga traditions in which they trained and bring their own very accessible and helpful language to encourage, instruct, and in all instances valuing that we, the students, know what our bodies can do, while helping us believe we can do more. This is a welcoming setting where young and not so young, female and male find our space to become more balanced, more grounded, more aware of ourselves in our bodies. Do come and try it!!"
"I don't know why in the world I waited 20 months to walk in the door. What a sweet, welcoming little studio with everything I need right here. Great instruction, a variety of classes, beautiful space. Classes available at times I can get to and all within walking distance. Been practicing yoga 30+ years, at home, in studios across the country and tried many throughout the Cities. I'm really pleased with Big River. Thanks for being here!"
"I have advanced osteoarthritis and didn't think I would be able to do the poses. I was wrong. The instructors at Big River who have led me on my yoga journey have guided me with such care and compassion. Yoga at Big River has definitely made a positive difference in my mind, body, and spirit."
I am loving my experience so far!!! I went to the Saturday Beginner's class and LOVED it. I can't tell you how great I feel just after 2 1/2 weeks! I have found my yoga home. Could I use any more exclamation marks?