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October 9th, 2010

The Tao Of Yoga Workshop @ UTL

Saturday October 9


the internal practice of yoga and stilling the mind
@ Under The Light Yoga School, Yoyogi

Life is an undivided river.  Yet we experience the various currents pulling us this way and that, which can make us feel disconnected from ourselves and our environment.  We see ourselves and life as separate, and become stuck in habitual patterns trying to ease our pain and suffering.  Spiritual work can help us to get unstuck, to unify our inner and outer worlds and guide us along the river of life.  And when we bring this work into our everyday lives, the whole of existence becomes our temple and simple daily activity becomes our sacred work.

Spiritual work comes in many forms.  Some are attracted to the physical experience of yoga asana, where others are drawn to the subtle practices of meditation.  In this workshop we will discover the path of “both/and” where we find the benefits of cultivating stillness in the mind through physical movement.  Like the river that flows around the rock, this “both/and” way is a support to experiencing “effortless action” in life, building strength and determination yet at the same time leading into deeper states of surrender.  Eventually, with these two elements together, we understand that we don’t practice yoga, we live it.  Life flows spontaneously and naturally.

In this workshop we will work with asanas that are designed to expand our body’s capacity to store energy (chi/prana), bringing the quality of space and emptiness to our actions.  We will do healing breaths to restore vital energy for health and longevity in our body and mind.  And we will practice meditations to experience more subtle states of “Being” and to expand awareness.  These tools can be integrated with any spiritual practice one may already have, and is perfect for beginners as well as for those wanting to bring a beginner’s mind to their practice.


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