WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Breath of Life:   Exploring Prana + Pranayama

 

“Oh my Beloved, Kindness of the Heart, Breath of Life, I bow to You,”   ~ Snatam Kaur

 

Do you ever feel stress or anxiety? Do you ever feel anger, frustration or fear? Did you know that these feelings and sensations can be made more-so or less-so by how you breathe? Our breath is the primary link between our conscious mind, our sub-conscious, and our divine consciousness. In this workshop you will learn breathing techniques to help you breathe more fully and deeply and thus reduce the negative emotions and reactions in your life. You will learn and practice techniques of Pranayama, yoga breathing, designed to calm the body and the mind, as well as stimulate and increase awareness. We will conclude our time together with an integrative practice; applying these methods on their own, and integrating them into your yoga and meditation practice. Come join us for an energetic afternoon of exploration, inquiry and practice.

 

The Great Gifts:   Exploring Lao-tzu + the Tao Te Ching

"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.  These three are your greatest treasures."   ~ Lao-tzu


Lao-tzu, the great Chinese Master, left us with a simple treatise on the way of freedom, service and enlightenment, the Tao Te Ching. In it he shares the secrets of “doing not-doing”; a suppleness, adaptability and endurance with life and all its circumstance.  He teaches us to discover the truth deep within our own lives and experience; through surrender, giving up concepts and judgments we grow naturally compassionate and in harmony with all things; by holding lightly, we become more present to the love within us.  Come explore the teachings of Lao-tzu, and practices designed to awaken the simplicity, patience and compassion within all of us.

 

 

Heart-Break to Heart-Warrior:   Staying Open in Trying Times

 

“For one human being to love another; this is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

 

We’ve all felt disappointment; loss and heartbreak at some point. Change is part of life; people, things, circumstances continue to

come and to leave us. This is the great joy and sadness, the ebb and flow, of our lives. Often, when disappointment or loss occurs we shut down; close our hearts, go inward and protect ourselves. How might we reverse this tendency? How might we use the truth of all things changing to enlighten us? How can we use our relationships and circumstances as a yoga; opportunities to evolve, grow, strengthen our hearts and expand our consciousness? Come explore the ancient teachings of yoga and meditation as they apply to freeing us of our illusions, enlightening us of our suffering, and opening our hearts to ourselves and to all beings.