Workshops, Retreats, Teacher Training

Workshops

To watch Djuna speak about her work live click here: Prajna Workshop Video

The Simple Joy of Presence: Prajna Yoga and Zen Meditation
Weekend Retreat at Green Gulch Farm

Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2015 9 am – 5 pm
Djuna Mascall and Jisan Anna Thorn
in Stillwater Hall at Green Gulch Farm
Either stay overnight at gorgeous Green Gulch Farm or commute from home

A simple joy arises when we become present with the reality of our lives and return home to our bodies. This retreat will be a time to slow down and cultivate presence through the profound techniques of alignment-based yoga asana and pranayama, and Zen teachings on compassionate awareness.

The yoga practice will be both dynamic and restorative, integrating teachings on how the body works with the energetics of practice to foster ease and deeper awareness. 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 early spring beauty of Green Gulch Farm and Muir Beach.

This retreat is open to students at all levels.

Fees: $180; $162 current SFZC members; $144 limited income.
Some partial scholarships available.
Fee includes delicious, organic lunch cooked in the Green Gulch kitchen.
For overnight accommodations please call the Green Gulch office at 415-383-3134.
SIGN UP NOW!  THIS RETREAT HAS ONLY 10 SPACES LEFT!!

Prajna Yoga Workshop Series at Yogini Yoga

Copenhagen, Denmark
March 20-22, 2015
Details coming soon!

 

Prajna Yoga Immersion
Yoga Intensive and Workshop Series at Breathe Como, Italy
Lake Como, Italy
Intensive: March 23-27, 2015 Workshop Series: March 28-29, 2015
Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places in the world; vibrant Italian culture set on the lakeshore, surrounded by alpine peaks. A quick train ride to Milan!
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Maps

Intelligent Asana Intensive: March 24th, 25th, 27th 7-9pm
Have you been practicing yoga for years yet don’t understand the poses or feel that you are not progressing? Are you new to yoga and want to go deeper? Or, maybe you recognize the signs of your body aging and are wondering how to support long term health. Asana means posture in Sanskrit and is the science of maintaining a healthy body and mind in harmony with nature. This immersion will focus on understanding the design and intelligence of our bodies and how asana promotes ease, strength, and longevity.The intensive format allows you to go much deeper and progress in your practice beyond what is possible when you attend a weekly class. Our focus on asana will be supported by living anatomy illuminated through images, skeletal models, and experiential learning.
Weekend Workshop Series: Saturday and Sunday March 28-29th, 2015

“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.

 

Pelvic Bowl of Wellbeing Saturday March 28th 10:30am-12:30pm
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.

 

True Core Saturday March 28th 3:30-5:30pm
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 spine. When we engage the core we use less force and increase ease in all movements including arm balances and inversions.

 

Free Your Low Back Sunday March 29th 10:30am-12:30pm
Low back pain is so prevalent in our culture. We will investigate how weakened abdominals, hamstring strain, and imbalanced movement patterns lead to stress, pressure and misalignment in the lumbar region. This session will include therapeutic movements and postures to unwind and realign the spine, cultivating the awareness necessary to free your low back.

 

Inversion Immersion Sunday March 29th 3:30-5:30pm
Inversions are powerful medicine for the body and mind. They require deep stability in the core and shoulder girdle. This course explores forearm balance, headstand, shoulder stand and their variations, cultivating understanding of safe practice. We will explore sequences to open the upper back, strengthen the shoulder girdle and release the neck. Our emphasis will be to open the thoracic cavity through inversions in preparation for the practice of pranayama.

Orcas Island Retreat
Doe Bay Resort Orcas Island, WA

June 5-8, 2015 Friday afternoon through Monday morning
Restore and find deep calm on this three night immersion into Prajna yoga, meditation, pranayama, and the unparalleled natural beauty of Orcas Island. Orcas is a healing place and Doe Bay offers a complete experience of letting go. Set on the shores of the Puget Sound and surrounded by hiking trails and organic farms, Doe Bay offers hot tubs, a sauna, and an incredible local farm to table restaurant.
Schedule: Friday 5pm to Monday 10am
Accommodations vary from camping, hostel, yurts, and cabins.
Cost: $195 early bird by May 9th, $220 after May 9th (Price is for yoga only)
Please call Doe Bay to reserve accommodations: 360-376-2291 or Reserve Online


Replenishing Your Inner Reservoir: Prajna Yoga and Zen at Tassajara
August 16-20, 2015
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
Carmel, CA 

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

The word Prajna suggests an embodied wisdom that permeates every cell and tissue in the body. Prajna Yoga employs detailed guidance in postures, breath work, and ayurveda to bring a depth of understanding, and appreciation for, the inner workings of the body. Zen meditation brings us home to the true reality of mind and heart.

A retreat is a time to return home to your body, clear space of mind, and open heart. While life’s busyness can dull or exhaust you, this retreat will refill your deep inner well, and in height of summer, offers inner hydration. Deep yoga practice will balance vigor with rejuvenation. The postures, ayurvedic wisdom, and breath work will give insight into every system of the body including the bones, organs, and hormones, bringing greater awareness and subsequent health. Tassajara offers the perfect container for this inner journey with incredible food, healing baths, and unparalleled natural beauty.
Registration details coming soon!

Advanced Teacher Training RYT 500

Yoga Mountain Studio with Sienna Smith RYT & Djuna Mascall RYT

Begins October 4, 2014

Fairfax, CA

When we dig a deep well, we tap the wellspring of yoga. This advanced training will take you deeper into all aspects of the practice and teachings of yoga. The training will include expertly guided asana practice with a focus on alignment and the gross and subtle energy and architecture of beginning and intermediate postures. Learn the art of more intricate sequencing, and how to weave intentions and breath work into your practice and classes. Grow your understanding of the therapeutic application of yoga including techniques for working with injuries, specific populations, skillful hands-on adjustments, and teaching methodology. Become a potent teacher through use of voice, principles of demonstration, and skills to create unique experiences for your students.

Delve into the ancient teachings and integration of the koshas, bandhas, chakras, and vayus. Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit study, and meditation will be emphasized. Internationally recognized guest teachers will include Christina Sell and others will offer a focused look into asana, breath and applied anatomy. Through a dynamic group experience, home study, and mentorship you will have a truly unique opportunity to grow not just as a teacher but as an individual. Immerse in a safe and creative environment with the support of a tight knit community who share a commitment and passion for yoga. Seize the day, and join us! This 300-hour Registered Yoga Alliance training can be combined with RYT 200 to earn the designation of RYT 500. The training is divided into three 100-hour segments, this is segment one.

Part 1 of 3: 100-Hour Training Dates:
Oct 4-5, 2014
Nov 1-2, 2014
Dec 13-14, 2014
Jan 10-11, 2015
Feb 7-8, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
Mar 29, 2015

Times: SATURDAYS 9:00am-6:30pm & SUNDAYS 1:30-8:30pm

To register please submit a letter of interest to Yoga Mountain via email to hello@yogamountainstudio.com. Space is limited to 20 participants to foster a potent, small-group learning environment. Part 2 and 3 will be 6 months each and one weekend a month with similar cost and format to this session.

$1150 early registration if paid in full by August 15, 2014.
$1250 regular registration after Aug. 15th or for payment plans.
Payment plan available:
6 Months: $215 per month