Intro to the History of Yoga: Philosophy, Practice, Transformation
Sun, June 21 – Sun, Aug 13, 2020
This 8-week online History of Yoga course is a university-level introduction to Yoga history designed for dedicated students of Yoga and meditation. The course includes lecture, practices, and reflection to support culturally literate contemporary practice through pre-recorded self-study as well as live community calls.
Our 2020 cohort is forming and begins on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. Join us and lay the foundation for a lifetime of study and growth.
Home Retreat: Living the Dhamma
Wed, July 8 – Sun, July 12, 2020
Living the Dhamma will be our second “home retreat” conducted entirely online. The retreat will be mostly self-paced, with meditations and practice instructions to work with on your own, plus 3 daily group calls on the Zoom video platform.
The focus of this retreat will be on embodied practice, working toward continuous somatic awareness as the foundation of daily life practice. We will work with proprioception (posture and gesture awareness), interoception (sensation awareness), and orientation (environment awareness), and maintaining embodied awareness throughout the day.
As always, we will ground our practice in the method of mindfulness of breathing known as the full-body breath, supported by somatic movement practice and gentle energy work with the Haṭha Yoga disciplines of prānāyāma and bandha. As we’ve been doing lately, we’ll also ground our practice of orientation in the felt sense of place and time as both somatic (individual) and ancestral (transpersonal) action. In order to be fully where we are, we must be present with the history of the land we live on and the bodies we live in, and that means reckoning with our colonial legacy both internally and externally.
Trauma and Spiritual Practice: Mindfulness and Embodied Healing
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Many people come to meditation and yoga to help heal old wounds, both physical and emotional. Trauma is a nervous system injury, caused by shocking or dangerous events as well as ongoing relational and systemic threat. Meditation and yoga, as nervous system interventions, can be helpful in healing, but like all interventions must be used with sensitivity.
In this class, we will explore current trauma resolution theory, and learn gentle embodiment practices that can support healing and resilience for everyone. The first half of the day will be focused on practice, and on working gently and skillfully with our own nervous systems. In the afternoon we’ll look in more detail at nervous system physiology and the relationship between the Buddhist teachings on liberation from suffering and the resolution of trauma, both individual and collective.