Workshops & Retreats
All programs qualify for Prajna Yoga Training credits (up to 16 hrs) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).
A Yogic Journey From the Ground Up
St. Galen, Switzerland
February 4-5, 2017
Prajna Yoga is defined by a depth of study combining the powerful techniques of asana, anatomy, pranayama, and meditation with the poignant teachings of yoga philosophy. The asanas are explored through alignment study, anatomical illumination, and discussion of the deep internal effects of each posture. Meditation and investigation of the wisdom teachings give insight into the mind and heart. With your commitment to a weekend immersion, your physical practice and personal connection to yoga will transform. This immersion is open to all.
Stability and Agility: Yoga for Your Feet, Legs, and Pelvis Feb 4th 10am-12:30pm
The feet are the foundation of the physical body. The pelvic bowl is the foundation of the spine, home to our root chakras, and the deep support for our organs. Stability and release in the pelvis fosters fluency of movement in the sacrum and low back, as well as healthy reproductive and digestive organs. This session will include asanas to open and strengthen the feet, legs, and pelvis for dynamic stability in the spine and provide the foundation for advanced postures. We will close with meditation to calm the mind.
Vital Core Feb 4th 2-4:30pm
Skillful engagement of your deepest core muscles and ligaments along your spine allows you to find inner alignment in asana and tap your energetic reservoir. By learning to utilize your true core, you will experience levity and grace in your body, fullness of breath, and greater mindfulness both on and off your yoga mat. The practice will be dynamic and will include breath work and meditation.
Strong, Open Shoulders & Easeful Neck Feb 5th 10am-12:30pm
Proper alignment in the shoulder girdle is the foundation for upright posture and ease in the neck. In this session we will release and strengthen the shoulders and arms to facilitate the flow of blood and nerve impulse between the heart and head. The asana sequence will deeply open your hands and inner arms, while stabilizing your shoulders to realign your neck. Through arm balance, inversions, jalandhara bandha and softening the senses, we will relieve holding patterns in the upper body. This session will build on our previous core and diaphragmatic release work.
Yoga and Zen Retreats
Green Gulch Farm
March 17-19, 2017
The True Nature of Body, Mind, and Heart: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation
The alchemy of Yoga and Zen illuminates the true nature of our being: precious, ever changing and interconnected. “Prajna” suggests an embodied wisdom cultivated through sensitivity and inner listening. The yoga practice will be a unique combination of dynamic asana, somatic movement, and pranayama to deeply unwind and revitalize your body. Zen meditation will allow us to drop into the silence and expansion of calm mind and settle into our innermost being and an intimacy with all things. There will be ample time to enjoy the beauty of Green Gulch Farm and Muir Beach. This retreat is open to students at all levels.
Fee: $180; $162 current SFZC members; $144 limited income.
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
June 18-23, 2017 (Sunday-Friday)
Yoga and Zen: Access Vitality, Return to Stillness
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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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
Please contact me to register.
“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