Jafar Alexander

Jafar Alexander

Join Jafar Alexander for classes where philosophy inspires physical movement, exploration, and expression. Practitioners can expect a practice that is woven and layered, all enabled by a strong relationship to the breath. Jafar teaches as a way of offering a catalyst for people to awaken their inherent strength, beauty, and gifts to fully step into their authentic self and own their independence.

Jafar began sharing the practice of yoga in 2008 and is certified in the styles of hatha, restorative, therapeutic, vinyasa, and yin. He is also a passionate meditation guide. Jafar enjoys sharing the tools of yoga and meditation in a profoundly simple way through an understanding that most of the time, it is complexity that stands in the way of our optimal self and approach to life. He believes in a return to the simple beauty of a moment and an appreciation of life and what is possible. Jafar strives to live his life in a way that supports the idea that if you have the ability, you have the responsibility, and to never ask another to do what you are not willing to do yourself.

Jafar is honored to have studied with many truly amazing humans over the years including Kelly McGonigal, Maryam Ovissi, the Mohan family, Gary Kraftsow, and Doug Keller. He is also affiliated with Beloved Yoga and United We Om. Connect with Jafar here on Gaia as well as through his web site (jafaralexander.com), on instagram (@jafar.alexander), and on his facebook page (Jafar Alexander).

Off of the mat, Jafar loves spending time with his beautiful family and has a deep passion for reading. He aspires to be of service in any way he can and works to stand against any injustices that humanity faces.

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Learn to maintain your breath through standing balancing poses. Break down the muscular activation in standing postures so you can build off of these balancing poses in your yoga practice.
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Start your day with a guided meditation to practice shifting awareness toward the things in life that support our wellbeing. Observe your senses, notice the bounty in your life, and move into your day with a clean environment both internally and externally.
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A large part of play (lila) is the attitude you bring instead of the one you wait for. Explore the concept of play in your practice today with a willingness to step into your curious ability to customize the experience through fluid movement.
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Explore forward folds and long, lengthening holds with the intention of gently opening up your hamstrings and back body. Take time to soften and notice what happens when tension dissipates.
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You are the rock that life’s waves crash against. Find your steadiness through this practice of postures for your hips and spine and become the grounding force that is undisturbed through any changes that come your way.
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Find your way back to center even when life feels scattered or overwhelming. Begin standing for a forward fold, then find a comfortable seat for meditation and try out a symbolic hand gesture (mudra) to guide your way back to balance.
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Explore the dynamic and varied movement of the shoulders. Allow the shoulders to express themselves in many ways, and grant freedom to choose what is most needed, versus a rigid approach. Flow through active standing poses to build some heat, then cool down to prepare for rest.
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For days when you feel a little run-down, invite gentle movement to encourage your immune system to activate and help promote your natural system defenses.
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Choose Joy: Audio Meditation
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A guided audio meditation offering the opportunity to come home to joy by looking within.
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A Pause for Parents: Audio Meditation
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A guided meditation for busy parents to build a strong relationship with the “pause” — the moments everywhere to simply pause and soak in the rejuvenating energy of a simple moment.
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See What's Possible: Audio Meditation
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A guided audio meditation to find an internal space of safety and power with gentle curiosity.
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Utilize twists to look through new eyes while creating a perspective of wholeness. Experience the whole body as a unit rather than separate pieces through grounded, long-held poses including variations of sleeping deer, swan, sphinx, and dragon.
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Build awareness with the various movements of the spine. A short and sweet pause to reset ourselves as we transition through life.
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Asteya Gateway: Audio Meditation
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A guided audio meditation focused on one of the guiding principles of yoga: asteya (non-stealing). Often, stealing can take the form of robbing ourselves of lessons, guidance, or purpose. Observe your surroundings, notice your thoughts, notice the space and silence between thoughts. As we do less, we are able to hear lessons in the silence created.
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A practice of gratitude that offers a step-by-step exploration into the relationship with our hips to appreciate all they offer us. Begin with variations of legs up the wall then move to the ground for frog, swan, dragon, and square pose.
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Wake up to this well-rounded vinyasa practice to uncurl and create space for the day. Travel through simple movements to warm up your entire body so you can step into the day with a sense of freedom and clarity.
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Gradually set aside the day and walk slowly into a place of rest so that you may arrive peacefully into sleep. Begin seated in hip- and hamstring-opening forward fold variations and complete your practice in a supine twist variation.
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Soften into the current moment in this slow and mindful practice designed to experience settled presence and grounding. Cultivate a space to tap into unwavering calm and steadiness through gentle breathwork, kneeling movements, grounding foot work, standing postures, and seated asanas.
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Breath is the bridge to connect the mind, body, and emotions. This audio practice uses the tool of breath to prepare our energetic field for any endeavor, creating a smooth rhythm inside ourselves that emanates outward as calm confidence.
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Release accumulated tension and invite in a healthy range of motion in your shoulders with this grounding yin practice. Begin lying down on your back in long holds that use the earth as a tool to open your shoulder musculature. Move to seated for gentle shoulder and neck release with subtle movements. Enjoy stretches in sphinx pose then complete your practice in a reclined position.