Get Grounded and Let Go: Hip Opening
January 20, 12-3pm
What does it mean to “open” the hips? We’ll explore this question from anatomical, biomechanical, energetic and philosophical perspectives, utilizing the techniques of inner and outer spiral to guide our unfolding. The complex and potent practice of hip opening helps connect to the earth, release those energies that no longer serve and ground us in present moment awareness.
An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras
January 20th, 4-7pm
This foundational yogic text gave us a map of the conscious and unconscious mind nearly a millennium before Freud. We’ll explore how the key teaching of the Yoga Sutras, particularly the yamas and niyamas, still relate to our modern lives and invite stillness and peace amidst the complexities of everyday living.
Release the Heart’s Joy: Arm Balances and Backbends!
February 17th, 12-3pm
The shoulders truly are the doorways to the heart. The shoulder girdle is an instrument that can either block or unlock the heart’s power and joy. Performed well, arm balances and backbends have the potential to release long held tension in your shoulders and set a healthier alignment for your breath and nervous system. We will learn how optimal shoulder alignment, facilitated by the loops and spirals on Anusara yoga, creates pathways to more joy and power.
Clearing the Mind Part One: Pranayama and Pratyahara
February 18th, 4-7pm
The practices of pranayama and pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) invite us into deeper relationship to our own source energy. While these practices give us practical tools and techniques for both calming and stoking that energy at will, the more subtle aspects of pranayama invite us to a deep listening and discipleship to the flow of life itself.
Root and Rise: Standing Balances
February 18th, 12- 3pm
In this class, we will use more complex standing balances to investigate how sending our energy out helps us bring more energy in! When we are rooted, we are able to give and receive nourishment more freely.
Clearing the Mind Part Two: The Witness
February 18th, 4-7pm
To experience santosha, the supreme contentment that is the promise of yoga, we need to gain some leverage on the the mind and it’s activities. The Yoga Sutras provides us with a spacious framework for understanding the mind. Through ever deepening levels of observation and awareness, where we witness the flow of consciousness itself, we begin to access the deep stillness that underlies all experience.
Next workshop cycle occurs April 21st and 22nd. Stay tuned!