Workshops & Retreats
Djuna Mascall and Jisan Anna Thorn
May 24-29, 2016
Tassajara Zen Center
Embody Peace, Embody Wisdom: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation
A clear mind and open heart cultivated through yoga, meditation, and nature will bring your practice to life. How do we embody the teachings of yoga and Zen in our daily lives? The word prajna suggests an embodied wisdom that permeates every cell. Prajna Yoga offers detailed guidance, along with a focus on internal alignment and awakening to sensation to facilitate deep presence. Zen meditation will integrate your embodiment practice and bring ease and equanimity. We will explore teachings on living your practice and the full expression of your life. Balance vigor with rejuvenation and return home to your body. Springtime at Tassajara offers the perfect container for this inner journey with incredible food, healing baths, and unparalleled natural beauty.
All levels welcome. $385, $327/Member REGISTER
July 6, 2016 | 9:30am – 5pm | $125.00
This class is designed to inspire teachers and empower practitioners to explore how to
adapt the practice and support women in all life phases. We will move through sequences
of asanas in order to demonstrate beneficial actions and contraindications for pregnancy,
menstruation, peri-menopause and menopause. REGISTER
THE SPIRAL | 9:30-12:00 AM
The spiral pattern is one of the most ancient forms of life as it gives birth to galaxies, DNA, seashells and the inner ear. The word spiral comes from the Greek speira meaning coiled, wreathed or twisted. In this class we will investigate the coil (in Sanskrit– kunda as in kundalini) that in yoga practice is the source of all movement. We practice revolving poses that activate spiral movement within the spine. We tap the profound ways that twisting movements bring life, creativity, joy and energy to the body.
The quintessential metaphor for awakening in the culture of yoga is the lotus. This involves a slow process of opening outward from a bud into flower. This class helps cultivate the beauty and lightness of the lotus to help open the body/mind. First we activate the roots of the water-born flower through the feet and legs. This serves to open the hip joints and activate the tail-bone as a way of initiating the flow of life-force through the spine and spinal cord.
Must Pre-Register $100.00 for both classes or $55.00 EACH | Register Online through Prajna Yoga | Call Prajna office 505-988-5248
PLEASE SEE MY TEACHER TRAINING PAGE FOR SESSION III AND MASTERING THE BASICS WITH TIAS AND SURYA LITTLE ON ORCAS ISLAND.
July 22, 2016 2-4:30pm
Yoga Mountain Studio
The bandhas are the skillful engagement of your deepest core muscles and ligaments along the spine. They allow you to find inner alignment in asana and tap your energetic reservoir. By learning to utilize the bandhas, you will experience levity and grace in your body, fullness of breath, and greater mindfulness. The practice will include standing poses, back arches, inversions, and arm balances, along with breath work and meditation. REGISTER
Yoga and Zen Retreat
July 23-24, 2016
Green Gulch Farm
Clear Mind, Radiant Body: Zen Meditation and Prajna Yoga
Revitalize your body and cultivate clarity of mind through the profound techniques of alignment-based yoga, and Zen meditation. The word Prajna suggests an embodied wisdom that permeates every cell. The yoga practice will be both dynamic and restorative, with a focus on inner alignment and awakening sensation to facilitate radiant health and wellbeing. Zen meditation will give insight into the mind, heart and emotional body. Each day will include yoga postures, breath, wisdom teachings and meditation. 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.
August 26-28, 2016
Vista Yoga Studio
Nourishing Blood, Breath, and Bone: Restorative Yoga
Friday 8/26/16 5-7:30pm
This class guides students in poses that are designed to reduce fatigue and stress buried in the body. By the application of supported postures, the class will soothe your nervous system, empty strain and holding in your organic body, and calm your mind. When supported postures are held for greater lengths of time, there is a profound rejuvenating effect on the body, while helping to build greater resilience and flexibility throughout the entire system.
Vital Core: Inner Alignment and Outer Grace
Saturday 8/27/16 10am-12:30pm
Skillful engagement of your deepest core muscles and ligaments along the spine allows you to find inner alignment in asana and tap your energectic 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 include standing poses, back arches, inversions, and arm balances, along with breath work and meditation.
Free Your Prana: Unlocking Your Breath
Saturday 8/27/16 2-4:30pm
Your breath is your immediate relationship to your nervous system and the key to your overall well being. Through side bends, dynamic twists, backbends, and inversions we will release the muscles around the rib basket, upper chest, and back body to unlock your diaphragm and lungs. The asanas will prepare you for a sustained pranayama practice which will flow into deep meditation.
Wakeful Relaxation: Releasing the Neck, Jaw, and Cranium
Sunday 8/28/16 10am-12:30pm
Often anxiety, stress, and mental agitation are buried in the jaw, upper back, and neck, obstructing the flow of blood and nerve impulse between the heart and the head. The asana sequence will stabilize your shoulders and upper back to realign your neck and unwind your jaw. Through inversions, jalandhara bandha and softening the senses, we will relieve holding patterns in the cranium, fostering wakeful relaxation.
This session will build on our previous core and diaphragmatic release work.