Workshops, Retreats, Teacher Training

Workshops

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Green Gulch Zen Center

Healing Mind, Body and Heart: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation

Daylong Retreat at Green Gulch Zen Center

July 27, 2014 9am-5pm

Marin, CA

Fee: $90; $81 current SFZC members; $72 limited income.

Yoga, meditation and nature offer a potent resource for healing. This retreat will promote greater well-being through the therapeutic application of Prajna Yoga: a unique combination of asana, somatic movement and pranayama to deeply unwind and restore the body. Zen meditation will develop ease and stability of mind to access your innermost being and embrace what arises. We will reflect on our experience of time, presence and beauty to access their healing potential.

This daylong will include alternating periods of yoga, sitting and walking meditation, and time in nature. Weather permitting, the meditation will be outdoors on the gorgeous grounds of Green Gulch. All levels are welcome.

Register online or call toll free (888.743.9362) or locally (415.475.9362)

Tassajara Zen Monastery

Healing Mind, Body and Heart: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation

6 Day Retreat at Tassajara Zen Monastery

May 18-23, 2014

Carmel, CA

Fee: $370 ($315/Member)

The curative power of deep relaxation and the clear presence cultivated through yoga, meditation, and nature offer a potent resource for healing.

This retreat will promote greater well being through the therapeutic application of Prajna yoga, with a unique combination of asana, somatic movement, and pranayama. Zen meditation will develop ease and stability of mind to access your innermost being and embrace what arises. We will experience time, presence, and beauty as the ultimate healers. Our gentle schedule will provide alternating periods of yoga, sitting and walking meditation, Zen teachings, and shared wisdom in group discussions. The yoga sessions will be both dynamic and therapeutic, skillfully sequenced, and alignment based. There will be ample time to enjoy the nourishing spring wilderness of Tassajara.

This retreat will inspire students at all levels.

Register online or call (415.865.1899).

Prajna Yoga Immersion

3 Day Retreat at Rasa Yoga Center

June 6-8, 2014

Ashland, OR

“The word Prajna in Sanskrit means Insight, Deep Understanding and Wisdom. It suggests an embodied wisdom, a knowing that permeates the nerve endings, the connective tissues and the blood cells throughout the body.” 
~Tias Little

Prajna Yoga is defined by a depth of study that combines the powerful techniques of asana, anatomy, pranayama, and meditation, with the poignant teachings of yoga philosophy. The asanas are explored through somatic movement, anatomical illumination, and discussion of the energetics of practice. Meditation gives insight into the mind, heart, and emotional body. Each session will include postures, breath, wisdom teachings, and meditation.This immersion is open to all practitioners who wish to gain a deeper understanding of yoga.

Friday pm  6-8 pm

Stability and Agility: Yoga of the Feet and Bones
The feet are the foundation of the physical body and the bones are the wellspring from which blood, lymph, and stem cells are born. When we open and strengthen the feet and practice asana from the bones we build sturdy support in our bodies and minds.
This session will include asanas focused on the feet and legs for dynamic stability in standing poses and provide the foundation for more advanced postures. We will close with meditation to ground the mind.

Saturday 11-1:30 pm

Pelvic Bowl of Wellbeing 2.5 hrs
The pelvic bowl is the foundation of the spine, home to our root chakras, and the deep support for our organs. Strength and release in the pelvis fosters fluency of movement in the sacrum and low back, as well as healthy reproductive and digestive organs.  The hips and the breath are intimately connected; when we release the hips we access the breath. This session will begin with asana practice to balance and support the pelvis, while releasing the hip flexors and diaphragm in preparation for pranayama (breathing) practice.
(The title to this workshop is borrowed from Mary Paffard. I am deeply influenced by her holistic approach to promoting well being through yoga, ayurveda, and meditation. I am currently enrolled in her and Cyd Bernstein’s yoga and ayurveda course Bowl of Wellbeing).

Saturday 2:30-5 pm

True Core 2.5 hours
The core is the innermost sheath of the body, arising from the inner arches of the feet, inner legs, and the muscles closest to the spine. The core provides deep support for the organs and low back. When we engage the core we use less force and increase ease in all movements including arm balances and inversions. Meditation is the core of the yogic practice and through the physical core work we will move into the centering the mind.

Sunday 1-3:30 pm

Arching Back
Backbends elicit a strong response from yoga practitioners- you either love or avoid them. Many struggle to backbend due to strain or tension on one side of the body. However, backbends are deeply therapeutic because they counter most of our daily forward movements. They stimulate the central nervous system, support immunity, counter depression, and access the heart and lungs. Through intelligent practice we will learn techniques to open the front body, balance the spine, and arch back with ease. This session will include postures, pranayama, and meditation.

Prajna Yoga Immersion

3 Day Workshop at Eugene Yoga Studio

September 26-28, 2014

Eugene, OR

“The word Prajna in Sanskrit means Insight, Deep Understanding and Wisdom. It suggests an embodied wisdom, a knowing that permeates the nerve endings, the connective tissues and the blood cells throughout the body.” 
~Tias Little

Prajna Yoga is defined by a depth of study that combines the powerful techniques of asana, anatomy, pranayama, and meditation, with the poignant teachings of yoga philosophy. The asanas are explored through somatic movement, anatomical illumination, and discussion of the energetics of practice. Meditation gives insight into the mind, heart, and emotional body. Each session will include postures, breath, wisdom teachings, and meditation. This immersion is open to all practitioners who wish to gain a deeper understanding of yoga.

More details to come!

Prajna Yoga Immersion

3 Day Workshop at Yoga One Studio

November 14-16, 2014

Cedarburg, WI

“The word Prajna in Sanskrit means Insight, Deep Understanding and Wisdom. It suggests an embodied wisdom, a knowing that permeates the nerve endings, the connective tissues and the blood cells throughout the body.” 
~Tias Little

Prajna Yoga is defined by a depth of study that combines the powerful techniques of asana, anatomy, pranayama, and meditation, with the poignant teachings of yoga philosophy. The asanas are explored through somatic movement, anatomical illumination, and discussion of the energetics of practice. Meditation gives insight into the mind, heart, and emotional body. Each session will include postures, breath, wisdom teachings, and meditation.This immersion is open to all practitioners who wish to gain a deeper understanding of yoga.

More details to come!

Awaken Your Life: Yoga Teacher Training

Sienna Smith RYT and Djuna Mascall RYT

September 20-22, October 2-6 (retreat), November 15-17, & December 13-15, 2014

Tuition: $1,495. This training is now full. Please contact Djuna to be placed on the waiting list.

Payment plans: Available by autopay debit or credit card for as low as $235 a month for the 6-months.

Our lives are precious and each moment is a gift ~ Elevate your yoga practice for your benefit and the benefit of others.

This training will bring yoga to every aspect of your life. Daily practice will become the support for living with deep integrity and presence. This 100-hour training is part one of our 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training. It will immerse you in the entire mandala of yogic practice, with a focus on establishing a living connection with asana, pranayama, meditation, self-study and our highest self. When you experience yoga in your being each day you gain an intimacy with the techniques which translates to the ability to teach them with excellence.

The training will include three weekend immersions at Yoga Mountain Studio in Fairfax and a four-day retreat where you will explore the following:

  • Asana to emphasize proper alignment to create stability and freedom. You will learn how to modify postures to fit all bodies and their therapeutic applications.
  • Anatomy study will be experiential, illuminated through images, hands-on work, and kinesthetic practice.
  • Sequencing will be emphasized as the means to safely and effectively open the body.
  • Art of breathing and pranayama to stabilize the emotions and steady the mind.
  • Beauty of chanting and sound to open the heart.
  • Yoga philosophy for self-reflection and connect to our internal compass which helps us navigate modern life.

The 4-day retreat will be held at the Land of Medicine Buddha in Santa Cruz Mountains. A beautiful retreat center where we will drop into a daily yoga and meditation practice. Delicious meals will be provided. In a retreat setting potent and supportive sangha (practice group) can form that will provide a safe an effective learning environment. Learning in this way, you will feel safe to dig deep, shift patterns, and expand in new and exciting ways. Students will connect with a yoga buddy (fellow student) for support and motivation. Each student will also have a mentor teacher to provide reflection and refinement to the student. Upon completion of the

Awaken Your Life Teacher Training (Part 1 and Part 2) you will have the skills necessary to teach a basic yoga class, assist experienced teachers, and become a leader in the community. You will also meet all requirements to become a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher. When you commit to yoga there are insights and healing that come only through a sincere and consistent practice- you must dive in to experience it fully.

Part I is 100-hours. Part II will be held in Spring 2014 with a similar format.