- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Transitions in life – such as the New Year – awaken the human inclination for self-reflection. Any time we return to the eternal questions “Who am I?” and “How do I wish to live?”, is an auspicious time for yoga and spiritual inquiry. The New Years Yoga Workshop is an annual tradition of reflection and envisioning to support our inquiry.
This year we will explore the power of Sankalpa or “Inspired Intention”. It is not just any intention; it is a vow of heartfelt desire and willful determination. Sankalpa is a statement of guidance from our Highest Self, revealed through listening to our inner wisdom. By allowing us to see clearly what we really seek, Sankalpa empowers the mind to move from intention to realization.
The yoga tradition identifies four essential human desires that compel all our actions: meaning, prosperity, happiness and freedom. Through teaching, practice and self-reflection we will use these desires as the basis for exploring and realizing your Sankalpa. This vow becomes the force that brings our thoughts, choices and actions into alignment with our True Nature – empowering our ability to act while lessening our resistances, uncertainties and fear.
In this workshop, we will:
For more information or to register, please visit One Yoga’s website. Please Pre-Register, this workshop will fill up. Early Registration discount ends Dec. 25
For more information on the teaching of Sankapla, here is a nice article in Yoga International: Inspired Intention
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In our busy, modern world, anxiety is epidemic – in many ways, it is our modern human condition. The physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of anxiety can influence every aspect of our lives. Many people suffering from anxiety view it as a pathology, to be eliminated. Yoga offers a somewhat different view. Anxiety is a common response to stress when our lives out of balance- it is the call to change, which brings awareness to our imbalances. Yoga seeks to understand its causes and symptoms, so that we can work to restore balance and make meaningful change through skillful choices.
Anxiety is rooted in overstimulation of the Sympathetic Nervous System – our “Flight, Flight or Freeze” response. Yoga is one of the most powerful ways to restore balance to our nervous system. Through the use of specific postures, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation techniques and self-reflection, yoga is a holistic means to calm anxiety and restore balance and well-being.
In this workshop, we will:
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A snippet of our past 2 months. We’ve been living on the move.
An amazing group of practitioners came together at Camp duNord for our annual retreat. We practiced, laughed, played in the snow, explored Ayurveda + Yoga, enjoyed massage, fires and food together…Fall Yoga Retreat 2012 = a success! The next week we hit the road for Colorado + a training with our teacher Rod Stryker. We nestled into mountain life at Avalanche Ranch (cabins + hot springs = perfect retreat). We quickly fell into a daily routine of soaking in the hot springs, breakfast, yoga, soak, dinner, sleep. Upon return, we received our India Visas! We head to India in January…more details to come of our pilgrimage thru the Himalayan Institute. And, finally, our completion of the fall harvest. Our kale, collards + brussel sprouts were so unbelievably patient with us this year and now the freezer is stocked!Read More
I came across a wonderful article about Transforming Anger recently from Yoga international, written by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Anger, is a powerful and pervasive energy in our lives. As symptom of unfulfilled desires and unmet needs, it is a call to change. When unprocessed, its transformative fire is often projected onto others in the form of anger- creating a cycle of blame (not taking responsibility) and destruction that can go on endlessly. When we take responsibility for anger and unfulfilled desires in our lives, we can then use the fire of anger as a means to transform ourselves, our lives and our world. For more on why anger is important, powerful and needs to be understood and processed, click hereRead More
It is time now, I said,
for the deepening and quieting of the spirit
among the flux of happenings.
Something had pestered me so much
I thought my heart would break.
I mean, the mechanical part.
I went down in the afternoon
to the sea
which held me, until I grew easy.
About tomorrow, who knows anything.
Except that it will be time, again,
for the deepening and quieting of the spirit.
I am excited to offer these teachings committed students and teachers of Yoga in the Twin Cities. We will Explore the sequencing of postures, pranayama and meditation to form a skillful yoga practice - Learning from both ancient and modern sciences, to inform the art of applying Vinyasa Krama. By doing so, yoga becomes balancing and transformative, helping us realize our capacity for healing, well-being and empowerment in our lives. Students are encouraged to register for the whole intensive, but may also sign up for daily sessions individually. For registration, visit the One Yoga website - Register for the whole weekend by November 5th to receive the early registration discount of $250!
Friday Nov. 16, 1-9 pm (Break 4:30-5:40) $110
This full day workshop will focus on the physical aspects of creating safe and effective yoga practices. We will use six primary categories of postures based on movements of the spine: Forward Folds, Backbends, Twists, Laterals, Inversions & Extensions. Learn the essential principles of anatomy/physiology, alignment and bio-mechanics of each category. Using these essential principles, we will explore the arch of structuring a class: centering, warm-up/preparation, ascending to a peak pose, balancing counter-poses, common contraindications and how to adapt and modify.
Saturday Nov. 17, 8:30-5:30 pm (Break 12-1) $110
After an effective yoga practice, we feel more awake, centered and at ease, yet little has changed in the world around us. So what is different? Our Energy ~ Prana. As the force of life in all things and the connection between body and mind, prana influences every aspect of our lives. By learning to feel, cultivate and harness prana, we unlock our highest potential and experience the interconnectedness of life. The practices of Hatha Yoga (postures, breathing + cleansing practices and meditation) have evolved for these purposes. This workshop will explore the anatomy of the energetic body, how Hatha Yoga practices affect it and the art of using energetics to create practices that are empowering and balancing.
Sunday Nov. 18, 12:30-4:30 pm $65
Yoga (Self-Actualization) and Ayurveda (Self-Healing) have been used together for millennia. When our lives are balanced, it is much easier to fulfill our purpose and potential. Understanding Ayurveda is important for dedicated yogis. Ayurveda (“Wisdom of Life”) sees each Human being as made up of the same elements that compose the universe: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The combination of these elements within us creates specific physical, mental and emotional qualities, called Doshas. This workshop will explore the essentials of Ayurveda: Your individual constitution, the Doshas — their qualities + subtle essences and how to balance them through yoga, diet and lifestyle. Experience practices for balancing each dosha and learn how to apply them as a practitioner and teacher.
Yoga is the quintessence of the human search for meaning, freedom and joy in life. Its teachings have come through the ages as a means to help humanity realize its fullest potential. Composed 2,000 years ago, The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is one the most essential and comprehensive texts on yoga philosophy and practice. It is a map to guide us from suffering and fear to lives of freedom and love. Offering timeless teachings on how to awaken the capacities of the human heart and mind, The Yoga Sutra is as relevant today as when it was written.
This special six-week series is intended for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of themselves through yoga. Each class will consist of a dharma talk (an engaging lecture on the teachings), guidance and practice of meditation & self-reflection, and time for Q + A. There will be reading, journaling and meditation practices for guided home-study.
Early registration discount before Sept. 18th…For information on rates and registration, please visit one yoga’s website