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Our expectations often keep us from being ready for something different, and, unfortunately, we then feel that there is something "wrong" with the experience that was not in line with what we were expecting.
It is true that the Integral Yoga approach to yoga includes work with sound (about 2 or 3 minutes of chanting at the beginning which serves to free us from all that we had been engaged in before coming to class, brings the class into a unit more than just individuals, and has wonderful effects through the sound itself - most of the yoga done in the world is work with sound... which is also why we often use sound at the end to help move us into a meditative state).
And it is true that we have the class intentionally designed to move us into meditation. The yoga work with the body (the asanas, cleansing practices, locks and energy patterning) was originally developed specifically to prepare us for meditation. That is its purpose. Swatmarama, the author of one of the main texts on the yoga of the body, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, says in the opening that unless the Hatha Yoga (yoga using the body postures) is done in the context of Raja Yoga (which has the eight limbs of yoga leading into meditation), then it is missing the mark.
Of course, each of us has a style that works best for us at this moment. We are sorry if our style is not fitting you right now. Many of those who come are especially appreciative of how the classes work to move us into a meditative state. And many who initially experience the chanting as "strange" come to love it and find that it is such a useful, easy tool for them to use anytime, anywhere.
We hope that you will come to love what happens for you in our classes. Admittedly, few of our classes are as "intense" physically as you may be used to. The Tuesday 5:45 Level II classes with Margaret are the most likely approach what you are used to. Perhaps you will get to experience that soon. Let us know.
May yoga be a wonderful joy in your life, and serve you well.