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Prajna Yoga Session 3: The Subtle Body
Nov
13
to Nov 18

Prajna Yoga Session 3: The Subtle Body

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Session III presents ways to posturally balance the skull efficiently on top of the spine and to mindfully create a “psychic shield” to protect and empower spiritual awareness.
The pathway into the subtle body involves practice for the delicate structures of the throat, neck, cranium and brain. In yoga practice, the brain and sensory organs must be carefully protected and drawn inward.

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Djuna on retreat and study with Tias Little and Carrie Owerko
Dec
10
to Dec 16

Djuna on retreat and study with Tias Little and Carrie Owerko

The Heart of Silence with Tias Little

We are in a time when deep practice is necessary to heal the schisms that persist all around us. “In an age of constant distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention”, wrote Pico Iyer. In the midst of political and social unrest, feelings of fracture and division get embodied. This silent retreat is designed to bring us back to our very source—our breath, bone and spirit. Through silence we are able to touch a part of ourselves that typically gets overlooked and forgotten. When thoughts, feelings get stuffed inside, they can wreck havoc on the subtle body. This retreat will give support to an entire spectrum of feeling states in order to reclaim ourselves. For in silence, the heart’s own truths come to the surface. Through sitting practice, SATYA, asana, and walking meditation we allow the winds of the heart to roam freely. In the support of sangha, holding the noble silence together, we move through cycles of healing, for in silence we commune in the midst of both personal and collective loss. The alchemy of silence allows for the psyche to become unburdened. This gives us tremendous energy of renewal, in order to be in the world with a sense of confidence, courage and hope.

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Form, Fluidity, and Function with Carrie Owerko

Let's face it: Motion is lotion and movement is medicine. To some degree it depends on how we practice and how we move. We will explore how our practices can improve the functionality of our joints, create more fluid integrated movement, and improve the quality of our life in numerous ways. We will look how we can improve our strength throughout our ranges of motion, and gain have better motor control in all of our asanas and all of our movements. We will play with classical yoga poses, novel variations, and learn ways to help our students do more of what is meaningful for them. As always, intelligent yet playful practice will be our guide.

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Dharma and Yoga Training | Session 1 - Foundations of Body, Mind, and Heart
Jan
27
to Jan 31

Dharma and Yoga Training | Session 1 - Foundations of Body, Mind, and Heart

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In this session, we address the foundational asanas with a focus on standing postures and the feet as the “foundation to the temple of the body.” This work is supported by the core teachings of the Buddha and Yoga Dharma. Our focus is on healthy alignment in asana and somatics training to increase sensory awareness and grounding the practice in mindfulness. Through lectures, images, and hands-on practice, we study the anatomy of the feet, legs, and pelvis for more effective asana practice and teaching. Anatomy study fosters internal, or mindful, awareness through deepening knowledge of the body and its structure. Central to this course is the training of the mind and heart. We connect with the triple gems: the Buddha (Awakened Mind), Dharma (the Teachings of the Buddha), and Sangha (the community of practitioners). Our daily meditation includes the practices of Shamatha and Vipassana with the support of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the Eight Limbs of Yoga will be studied throughout the five-month training through traditional texts, poetry, and contemplation for an embodied connection to the Dharma.

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 Dharma and Yoga Training | Session 2- •	Mindfulness of the Breath
Feb
24
to Feb 28

Dharma and Yoga Training | Session 2- • Mindfulness of the Breath

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The emphasis of this course is on cultivating your deep connection to the teachings and your personal practice as the wellspring from which you share Mindful Yoga. Intimacy with the breath is central to this session. We explore the anatomy of the torso, hands, arms, and shoulder girdle as gateways into the upper torso. We detail the structure and function of the diaphragm, lungs, heart, and kidney/adrenal complex in relation to the breath. Through asana sequencing, students learn how to stabilize and open the shoulder girdle and upper chest. The asana sessions include arm balance, inversion, backbends, and practices to restore the organic body. Pranayama or breath practice is taught as “the art of listening,” cultivating an intimate relationship with the breath and viewing the breath as the vehicle for insight into mental and emotional well-being.
Students will begin teaching mindful yoga to integrate what they have learned and gain fluency in articulating the body in asana and guiding meditation.


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Dharma and Yoga Training | Session 3 - The Wisdom Body
Apr
27
to May 1

Dharma and Yoga Training | Session 3 - The Wisdom Body

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·      This session gives insight into the emotional and subtle body. This is essential to yoga practice and teaching, as our held tensions and beliefs are stored in our tissues and nervous system and affect our deep biorhythms and well-being. We study the neck, jaw, and cranium, and yogic and meditative practices to release physical strain as well as psychological tensions. Our anatomical study illuminates the delicate structures of the throat and jaw. We look at how healthy alignment of the skull brings balance to the entire system both in asana and sitting meditation. In addition, we address the nervous system and the triune brain with the aim of calming the habitual stress response. Through inversions, supported asanas, somatic practices, and chanting we learn to balance the nervous system. This facilitates a spacious mind, the possibility of insight, and heart opening. We highlight pratyahara, or tending to the senses, through working with the eyes and tongue, deep inner listening, and tracking internal sensations. By pacifying the senses, we enable the inner journey. The meditation practice highlights mindfulness of emotions as well as the Five Hindrances. We study the Brahma Viharas as powerful means for connection to Buddha nature and the antidote to stress, psychic pain, and anxiety.

Students continue to practice teaching to their peers and small groups.

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Copy of Dharma and Yoga Training | Integrating the Teachings
May
2
to May 3

Copy of Dharma and Yoga Training | Integrating the Teachings

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·      In this course, students further their skills in offering mindful yoga with clarity and confidence. We cover class planning and sequencing, prop use to support all bodies, demonstration, and directing students’ awareness to their internal experience rather than the achievement of a pose. Additionally, we focus on how language, silence, voice tone, and word choice strengthen mindful awareness when teaching yoga.

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Prajna Yoga Session 1: From the Ground Up
Jun
6
to Jun 11

Prajna Yoga Session 1: From the Ground Up

This session explores the foundational teachings of the yoga practice with an emphasis on how the feet are “the foundation to the temple of the body”.
Progress on the path depends on strong legs and deep breath. This session explores the ancient traditions with a contemporary insight into the body-mind connection. Students build stability in their legs through standing poses that spontaneously lead to the lift of the yoga bandhas – mula and uddiyana bandhas. To open the heart-mind, we will cultivate loving kindness (metta) and hone the essentials of mindfulness training.

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Dharma and Yoga: The Practice of Non-harming
Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

Dharma and Yoga: The Practice of Non-harming

The foundation of Dharma and Yoga is ahimsa or non-harming. Ahimsa can be realized through a kind and nurturing approach to the body. In this day retreat, we will cultivate ahimsa through mindfulness of the nuance of sensation in the body and the subtle pathway of the breath. This will foster calm abiding from which we can see into and transform our underlying habits of aversive thinking and forcing the body.

Our practice will combine mindful asana, somatic movement, pranayama, and meditation on kindness.
By realizing ahimsa in our personal practice, we find connection with all beings.

All levels welcome!
Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – 200. Code DM2D18.

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Dharma and Yoga: Joyful Presence
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Dharma and Yoga: Joyful Presence

Joy is always available to us, but is often obscured by a distracted mind and contracted body. When we align the mind with the slower rhythms of the body and infuse the body with mindful awareness, joyful ease can arise — even in the midst of difficulty or grief.

This retreat will weave Dharma teachings, meditation, somatic movement, asana, and breath work. We will practice mindfulness of the breath and body for present moment awareness. The yoga practice will be both dynamic and nourishing, cultivating focus and ease through attention to inner alignment and awakening to sensation.

All levels welcome!

Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – 200. DM1D18.

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