Workshops & Retreats
All programs qualify for Prajna Yoga Training credits (up to 16 hrs) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).
Yoga and Zen: Access Vitality, Return to Stillness
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
June 18-23, 2017 (Sunday-Friday)
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with powerful practices to transform your life.
The essence of yoga and zen is to release our habitual ways of being and awaken to the beauty and creativity of life, available to us in each moment. The yoga practice will be both dynamic and restorative, with a focus on inner alignment and awakening to sensation, for deep internal transformation. Zen meditation will allow us to drop into the stillness and spaciousness of calm mind, and experience subtle intimacy with all things. This potent combination will unwind our deeply held tensions and bring vitality and tranquility to the body-mind. Our time together at Tassajara will provide a wonderful opportunity to step out of everyday habits and pressures, and experience renewal and reconnection.
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Yoga, Zen and the Art of Letting Go
Green Gulch Farm
Sept 29-Oct. 1, 2017 (Friday 4pm-Sunday 1pm)
A rich and spacious experience awaits us when we quiet the noise and stress of our habitual thinking and the myriad ways we harbor physical tension. We can then become curious and explore an inner space of acceptance and connection with things as they are. In this retreat our yoga practices will involve both dynamic and restorative poses, combined with breath work, with an emphasis on gaining sensory awareness and embodied presence. We will slow down and allow the body/mind to be a vehicle through which to develop intuition and openness to possibility.
Fee: $180; $162 current SFZC members; $144 limited income. Some partial scholarships available. Please note that the retreat fee does not include accommodations.
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June 9-11, 2017
Doe Bay Resort and Retreat
Orcas Island, WA
The yogic journey is alchemical. Through the combination of somatic movements, intelligent asana, wisdom teachings, and meditation, deep transformation can occur. During our weekend together the asana practices will be both dynamic and restorative to powerfully unwind and reset your body. Our focus will be on inner alignment and awakening sensation to facilitate wakefulness and meditative awareness. We will discover how releasing deeply held tension, opening your structure, and calming your mind can bring insight and lasting change~ far beyond what is experienced in a class setting. The retreat setting will hold the space for you to unplug, move and eat mindfully, and find stillness. This precious weekend is an opportunity to progress your asana practice, move beyond habitual thinking, and cultivate clarity.
Tea and snacks will be provided.
Saturday and Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:30-6pm
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“The contemplative life must provide an area, a space of liberty, of silence, in which possibilities are allowed to surface and new choices, beyond routine choices, become manifest.” ~Thomas Merton
Day Long with Tias | Thursday July 6, 2017
Moving into Stillness | 9:30-12:30 PM
This class includes movement with precision of alignment. In the alchemy of our practice we unite stillness with movement, whether in seated meditation, flowing through postures or doing unwinding movements on the floor (SATYA). This leads to states of sublime awareness and feather fine concentration.
Opening the Inner Eye of Yoga | 1:30-4:30 PM
More than ever, we must find ways to open to new possibility. Theodore Roethke once wrote, “ In a dark time the eye begins to see.” In this practice, we bring lightness to the body in order to become centered and still. This involves opening the central pathway through the spine, mystically described as a shaft of light. In meditation, we open the eye of wisdom, to realize the freshness and clarity of each passing moment.
Day Long with Surya | Friday July 7, 2017
Backbends: Opening the Heart | 9:30-12:30 AM
Lift the spirit! Open the chest and heart! This class promotes youthful vitality, and energy. We will be doing backbends to energize the reproductive system and release tension in the pelvic area. The increase blood flow supplies important oxygen and nutrients to the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Stoking the Fire of the Inner Body | 1:30-4:30 PM
This class will focus on a wide range of motion in the pelvis, knee, and ankle joints. Twists are important for women because they tone and strengthen the internal reproductive organ as well as tone the endocrine system and improve digestion. This practice will help to restore the vitality and radiance of the internal organs and offers protection, transformation and aid in digestion. This is a vital class for this time of the year as we turn within and harvest our vital chi.
Anatomy of the Chakras | July 8-12, 2017 9:30 am- 4:30pm each day
With Tias Little
The chakras evoke mystery, an artistic imagination and connection to the subtle body. In this specialized course we cover the physical structures that correspond to each chakra beginning with the tailbone and leading to the crown of the head. At the same time we explore the energetic and emotional vitality that pertains to each vital energy center. We refer to the dynamic force of siva/sakti and the reptilian power of kundalini rendered in ancient yoga texts. We will map the muscular-skeletal, organic and neurological association with each chakra. We investigate how the five elements of yoga (earth,water, fire, air and space) and the yogic “winds” (vayus) pertain to each energy center. Tias includes a rich array of iconographic images from the yogic tradition in order to describe the subtle body along with anatomical images that provide insight into the anatomy of each chakra. In daily practice, we activate each of the vital energy channels through asana, sound resonance, visualization and meditation. Tias brings his background in Buddhist studies, dreamwork, cranial-sacral therapy and classical yoga to this unique course on the chakras. In this course Tias draws from his new book Yoga of the Subtle Body.
Day 1 – The Root of It All
The first day covers the first two chakras, while focusing on the sacrum and pelvis. We practice hip openers and sacral mobilizations in order to support the cranial-sacral system and the energetics of the body’s deep life force, the kundalini.
Day 2 – The Belly: The Fire Center
The abdomen, the third chakra, is the hearth of the body. This class covers uddiyana bandha, how to build core strength in the abdomen, the digestive center and the power stored in the kidneys.
Day 3 – The Lotus Heart
The heart chakra is the mediator and synthesizer of all the other chakras.This day focuses on the heart and lung within the heart chakra. We practice asana to expand the chest and pranayama to open the ribs and lungs.
Day 4 – The Place of Purification: The Throat
In the chakra system the throat is the critical juncture leading up into the cranium. Food, the breath and major arteries pass through the throat. This day covers the delicate cervical structures relating to the throat chakra and we practice bridge poses and shoulderstand.
Day 5 – The Cranial Chakras
In this day we look at the mystical centers in the skull relating to the brain, the sensory organs and the deep consciousness. This day investigates the
cranial sutures, the cranial-sacral system and the “master” pituitary and pineal gland. Through inversions, meditation and visualization, we contact the pranic rhythms within the subtle body.