Yoga from the Land of the Snows – the Magical Movements of Bön Yoga
雪深き地より – ボン・ヨガ マジカル・ムーヴメント
Saturday July 18 – Monday July 20, 2015
at Nobori Shukubo, Mitake, Tokyo
Join us this Summer for our fifth annual yoga retreat in Mitake mountain!
Thousands of years ago in the ancient lands of central Asia emerged the spiritual tradition of Bön, which is said to be the seed or root of all spiritual paths of today. It teaches that we are already naturally enlightened, and by clearing away the obscurations that cloud our awareness we can experience this inherent Buddha nature. It is considered the indigenous spiritual tradition of Tibet, yet the practices and teachings support all varieties of spiritual traditions that exist on the planet.
The pre-Buddhist Bön practices are grounded and earthy, connecting us with nature and the elements, yet at the same time expand our consciousness beyond the vast space of the cosmos. They are wonderfully useful for handling the stresses of daily life; purifying and harmonizing our body, speech and mind; and realizing our ultimate goal of liberation. Bön includes the paths of Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen, all which guide us to having a true spiritual life.
Come join us for this year’s Summer Retreat where we will learn the Bön Yoga practices which can add depth and dimension to our current spiritual practices/beliefs. Prostrations prepare the body and mind; pranayama balances the channels; yoga exercises remove obstacles and create space; mantra opens the heart, cultivating joy and equanimity; and meditation guides us to the realization of our Buddha nature. Once introduced, these practices act as a loyal friend who will accompany us throughout our spiritual journey.
Preparation – Prostrations (foundation of Sun Salutations)
Pranayama – 9 Purification Breathings (activates the subtle channels)
Yoga – Magical Movements (clears blocks in the body, energy and mind)
Mantra – Guru Yoga, Great Matri Mantra, Dedication
Meditation – Preliminary Practices (balances emotions, stabilizes the mind)
Healing Circle & Sufi Dancing!
This is a beautiful and unique yoga program which can be a tremendous enrichment for cultivating one’s spiritual life. Come and be nourished by the healing energy of the mountains, enjoy community with Dharma friends old and new, and explore these ways of Bön to attain our innately luminous state of being. This program is open to all students, no previous experience necessary.