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Fall Immersion: The Yoga of Darkness and Light – Oct 2-5 2022 Ely, Mn

Posted by on May 12, 2022 in Featured Events, Retreats, Travel, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fall Immersion: The Yoga of Darkness and Light – Oct 2-5 2022 Ely, Mn

The Yoga of Darkness and Light

Holding the Whole of of Life with Reverence

October 2-5, Ely, Mn

Our annual Fall Immersion is intended for yogis looking for deeper study and practice of yoga in a communal retreat setting.  This year we will be delving into “The Yoga of Light and Darkness: Holding the Whole of Life with Reverence.” The immersion will explore in-depth teachings and practices individually and collectively through dharma teachings, holistic practice (asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, chanting, yoga nidra, self-reflection, etc.), meditative ritual and time in nature and community.

  Let me share with you a story, or rather weave together a few into an origin myth that brings perspective to these times.  Various traditions speak of a primordial essence or void before the universe emerged.  At the dawn of existence, the universe burst forth from its mysterious origins, composed of complimentary opposites (dvandvas): chaos and cosmos, creation and dissolution, darkness and light, form and formless, energy and consciousness, finding form as the five great elements.  This dynamic interplay of the dvandvas has been referred to as yin and yang, and the gunas in the Taoist and Yogic traditions respectively.  These opposing forces both form one another and also allow for balance amidst constant change.  If this story doesn’t seem relevant yet, stay with me and it will.

  Our earthly life is governed by the dance of the dvandvas:  birth and death, persistence and evolution, nature and culture, masculine and feminine, joy and sorrow, etc.   These unfold amidst cycles of time and causation: day and night, seasons, years, generations and eras.  According to the ancient seers (rishis), the era we are living in is the Kali Yuga or “long dark”. In this time, human consciousness has become darkened, fragmented, lacking understanding of its own essence, interconnectedness and place in the cosmos.  This is not end times – rather a time of endings.  A time in which our shadows are becoming more clear, our deep wounds are surfacing, and the ways we are living that violate our interconnectedness and desecrate the web of life are becoming unavoidable.  In the karmic realms, the pain we are experiencing is deeply connected to the essence that brought us into life. This incredibly challenging and painful time also holds the potential to be a rite of passage to profound healing, awakening and transformation – individually and collectively.  How we face this darkness will influence whether it deepens our divides, or allows a new, life affirming human culture to emerge, honoring our place in the order of things.  If humanity is to survive these times and not irreparably damage the web of life on Earth, we must learn how to hold both darkness and light with reverence.  

In this immersion, we will delve into:

  • Learning to be in the dark, understanding the nature of these times
  • Exploring the shadow individually and collectively with compassion
  • The shadow as “pure gold” – how facing darkness can reveal our dharma/ genius
  • Self-Compassion: Holding shame from a place of love, belonging and acceptance
  • Holistic Yogic practices for living fully in the Kali Yuga
  • Meditative rituals for healing, awakening and transformation
  • Myth as wisdom stories for greater perspective in the cycles of light and dark

Daily Session Schedule:                                                                                                      

Sunday Oct 2:  6:30-9 pm                                                                                                       Monday Oct 3:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5:30 pm                                                               Tuesday Oct 4:  8:30-11:30 am, 2:30-5 pm,  7-9 pm                                                   Wednesday Oct 5:  8-11am

Optional Chanting and Silent Meditation M-W from 6-7 am

Covid Safety Protocols

Your safety and enjoyment of the retreat is our highest priority.  We will continue to monitor the conditions of Covid and adjust safety precautions accordingly.  As of now, we will be requiring proof of a negative PCR test, or 2 negative antigen home tests taken within 72 hours of the beginning of retreat.    We will have air purifiers as an additional layer of protection for the practice space.    We will re-assess all safety precautions based on CDC guidelines and the state of the pandemic in MN at that time.

Your Investment: 

  • $595 – Twin bed in a communal Loft Space
  • $675 – Shared bedroom space (2 people/room, twin beds or queen bed for couples)
  • $775 – Private bedroom space (queen bed)

Early Registration Discount- Receive $25 off the shared bedroom or loft rates when you register and pay in full by July 31.  Yoga Studies grads receive $50 off with early registration. Early registration discount does not apply to private rooms or cabins.

All rates are per person. This is a small group immersion and space will be allotted in the order in which registrations are received.

Rates are inclusive of:

  • Lodging: For more information on accommodations and activities, visit the fall retreat page.
  • Immersion Tuition
  • Use of Camp du Nord facilities (sauna, hiking trails, canoes + kayaks, etc.)

Massage will be available during breaks.  Please note meals are not provided. Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for all your cooking needs. We will plan to eat dinners communally, with groups taking turns preparing food if the group size accommodates eating/cooking together.  

To reserve your space: please submit all registrations materials + deposit at the same time, via email to [email protected], with a copy of:

  1. Fall Immersion Registration + Waiver
  2. Submit a $250 deposit per-person (non-refundable). Payment are preferred through Venmo (@vincent-yoga), and can also be made through PayPal ([email protected]), check (see directions below), or CC. There is a 3.5% fee for paypal or CC to cover costs.  Contact us directly to pay via CC or paypal.

All payments are due by Sept 3. There will be a $50 fee for payments, payment plans and registrations received after Sept 3.  For those unable to pay-in-full before Sept 3, payment plans are available through paypal credit. All payments are final. The non-refundable $250 deposit covers the costs to camp du Nord in the event that the retreat should have to be cancelled for unforeseen reasons  If you’re unable to attend the retreat due to covid exposure, you may receive a 50% credit to future Vincent Yoga events good for 1 year.  Other discounts and scholarships are not available.

Ben Vincent (not Vincent Yoga)

5354 40th Ave S.

Minneapolis, MN, 55417

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries

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Spring Cleanse for Renewal + Vitality: April 23 – May 7, In-Person or Virtual

Posted by on Mar 23, 2022 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Cleanse for Renewal + Vitality: April 23 – May 7, In-Person or Virtual

Yogic Spring Cleanse for Renewal + Vitality with Ben + Angela

April 23-May 7, 2022 – In Person or Virtual

Spring is a time of rejuvenation and rebirth, a natural time of cleansing to cast off the dregs of winter. From the melting of snow and emergence of tulips, to cleaning our homes and gardens, to the holidays of Easter and the Spring Equinox, everything is casting off the remnants of the past so life may renew. In Yoga and Ayurveda, spring is considered one of the best times to purify the body, mind and heart and restore vitality.  After all that has transpired in over the last two years, we’ve never been more in need of an opportunity to cleanse and renew.   Our annual cleanse is offered in-person (in Minneapolis) or virtually, and can be adapted to meet your individual needs. We invite you to join us and see how good a spring cleanse feels!

The Cleanse Will Include:

  • Opening + Closing Workshops (April 23 and May 7, from 1-3:30) consisting of teachings, holistic yoga practice, personal reflection and group discussion.           
  • Recordings of the workshops.  If you are unable to attend either of the workshops, you can still receive the audio and video recordings to participate in the cleanse.
  • Structured cleanse guidance including diet, lifestyle, yoga and self-care practices, which can be adapted to meet your individual needs.
  • Yoga practices for physical, mental, emotional and energetic purification and rejuvenation.
  • Daily inspirations and practices to to support your cleanse.
  • Virtual support through readings, A/V files, practices and recipes for cleansing the body, mind and heart.
  • Weekly check-ins for support and personal guidance.

Give yourself the gift of clarity, vitality and a renewed well-being this Spring!

Your Investment:

The Spring Cleanse is offered on a sliding scale of $125-250 per person. If you are doing the cleanse with someone else in your household, please register individually.

To register, please email Ben and submit payment:

Payment via venmo (@vincent-yoga) or PayPal ([email protected])

Email [email protected] and let us know whether you will participate in the workshops in-person or virtually. In person spaces are limited for Covid safety, and will be reserved in the order in which we receive payment.

If you’re interested and have any questions or are financially unable, please reach out to [email protected]

 

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A Life Worth Grieving: March 10-13, Devanadi Yoga – Minneapolis w/ Ben

Posted by on Jan 17, 2022 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Life Worth Grieving: March 10-13, Devanadi Yoga – Minneapolis w/ Ben

A Life Worth Grieving

How Living Through Challenging Times Can Open the Heart

March 10-13, Devanadi Yoga, Minneapolis

The last two years have been a time of profound challenge and change in our lives, community and world. We are living through collective crises of: climate, global health pandemic, structural racism, vast social inequities, and eroding civic institutions. Our strained familial, social and cultural connections are ill prepared to navigate the ongoing desecration of life. If reading this paragraph is stressful or unsettling, know that you are not alone – you are human.

This time has been stressful and traumatic for many. The stress response evolved to allow us to endure challenging situations. However, if chronic stress prevents painful experiences from being fully processed, grieved and integrated. Grief is part of love in a changing world – a natural and healthy response to significant loss and change. Grieving allows us to feel, process, learn from and grow through painful emotions and experiences – so we are shaped but not defined by suffering. It is an opening to what is wounded within, to allow for healing and re-integration. Grief can lessen the bonds of karma, re-open our hearts to the sacredness of life, and allow us to live more fully. In these times of sea change, if we are to truly transform so new life may come forth, it is imperative that we honor our need for one another and collective space to grieve.

The immersion will explore in-depth teachings and practices individually and collectively through teachings, holistic practice (asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, chanting, yoga nidra, self-reflection, etc.), meditative ritual discussion and time in community. We will delve into:

  • Processing what has unfolded in our inner and outer worlds in the last two years
  • Learning to work skillfully with the stress response: Experiential understanding of regulating the limbic and autonomic nervous systems
  • Exploring the relationship of stress, emotions, trauma, grief and karma through eastern wisdom traditions and modern science
  • Cultivating presence and (self) compassion amidst painful emotions and experiences
  • Learning to re-integrate our shadow: the parts of us which are wounded or exiled
  • How life’s rewoundings can be a catalyst for deeper healing: Grief as the ripening of painful emotions to awaken the spiritual heart
  • Sangha: Sacred community as a refuge in dark times
  • Ritual: The healing power of holding collective sacred space
  • Yogic practices unwinding chronic stress and wading though grief
  • Yogic practices for remembering the part of us that is untouched by sorrow

Daily Schedule: Morning and afternoon sessions each day which include teaching + practice, individual and collective processing. The will be a 90 min. lunch break daily. March 10-12:  9:00-5:00                                                                                                       March 13:  9:00-4:00                                                              

Covid Safety Protocols

The immersion will be hosted by Devanadi Yoga, in the Fellowship Hall of the Lake Harriet Spiritual center in south Minneapolis. The space is very large, with PLENTY of room for social distancing. Masks will be mandatory when not on your mat. Additional safety measures may be instituted depending upon conditions of the pandemic locally.

Testimonials:

“I have to tell you, Ben, the immersion was really powerful. Quite honestly, I feel like I learned more over those three days about grief, how to create space for and contain all the emotions to corresponding with grief, and how to honor the myriad of emotions that I feel surrounding grief, then I have learned in 15 years of therapy training. It was really phenomenal. And I don’t want it to end!” Bridget M. MS, LMFT, YTS-500

” This retreat really broke that illusion for me, and broke open this kernel of separation from the whole that I have been carrying for such a long time.  Now I look around and see: of course!  We are all grieving, or worse, not grieving, and just frozen or frantically striving or shut down and angry and despairing and alone.  I can see this because for those precious days up at DuNord you made use of a Sacred place; beautiful practices; and a fusion of yoga and traditional grief practices; and you harnessed the energy of a beautiful group of individuals and helped us become in a very short period of time a beloved community.  In that short period of time, I touched right into an aliveness that I had forgotten I could access. ” Katrin C. LCSW, EYT-500

Your Investment: $575

Once you register, you will receive preparatory practices and materials to make the most of the immersion.

Early Registration Discount- receive $50 off when you register before + pay in full before Feb 10.

Devanadi TT Graduates receive $50 off – only one discount per participant

To register, please visit devanadiyoga.com

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Portal To You : February 15 – March 25 A 6 Week Online Course with Angela

Posted by on Jan 9, 2022 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Portal To You : February 15 – March 25 A 6 Week Online Course with Angela

Portal To You

Returning to Your True Self ~ February 15 – March 25, 2022

I see tremendous pain and disconnect in our world right now.  I hear so many people feeling stuck, lost and yearning for a depth of connection – longing to come home to SELF!  I have walked my own journey through disconnect, doubt and distraction.  It was during a tumultuous time – amidst great tragedy within my family and home community – when yoga found me.  Yoga has touched every part of who I am, allowing me to open gradually and courageously to the fullness of life.  This course was born from my heartfelt desire to share what I have learned through my experiences. To provide tools, teachings and support for growth, self-awareness and meaningful connection in these turbulent times.  In this spirit, I invite you to join me for: 

PORTAL TO YOU : Returning to Your True Self

This 6 module course includes:

6 – 60 minute – LIVE sessions : Tuesday 8-9PM CST via Zoom will include: teaching, self-reflection, group discussion and yoga practice (movement, breath work, meditation)

6 – 20 minute – LIVE meditation sessions : Friday 6:45-7:05AM CST via Zoom

Video recordings of each of the live the sessions

Weekly pre-recorded yoga practices to support the inner work and process

Journaling prompts and self reflection practices

Community connection and support

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February 15 : ENVISION : take stock of your current situation + inner relationship, look to the horizon to what you aspire that relationship to look + feel like

February 22 : INTUIT : familiarize yourself with intuition, gut, spirit, heart connection (whatever language resonates) to lean into an inner source of support to reveal insight + ease in decision-making

March 1 : INQUIRE : explore self-inquiry + curiosity as a regular practice

March 8 : NOURISH : tending your self care rituals + rhythms, building your reservoir

March 15 : IGNITE : take action, ignite + initiate a plan for moving forward, your unique next steps

March 22 : INTEGRATE : process + embody the learnings of this time, both to weave + digest

In this course you will:

Expand your tools and skills to serve you well through all life’s passages of grit, dullness, inspiration, tenderness, grace and all that resides in between.

Learn to integrate tools including: yoga postures, breath work, meditation, guided relaxation, morning and evening self care rituals, self-reflection, journaling and more.

Learn to transform patterns of distraction, avoidance, self-sacrificing and numbing to make room for clarity and inspiration.

(Re) Establish sustainable and nourishing self care rituals in your life.

Learn to acknowledge and honor your Self in relationship.

This is for YOU, if:

You believe there isn’t time for you.

Choosing you feels like a radical act.

You desire coming back to YOU – a life of greater clarity and authenticity!

You are ready to cut through overwhelm and distraction and claim your time for YOU.

You are ready to invest in your well-being and (re)commit to self-care.

You are inspired to ignite a personal practice tailored to your uniqueness.

Your investment:

$495 (6 week course)

$645 (6 week course + 2 one-to-one sessions) If you want additional guidance and support to zero in on your unique journey, add 2 – 45 minute one-to-one Zoom calls with me.

To claim YOUR spot:

  1. email [email protected], this is the email I will use to send course information and Zoom links
  2. Venmo payment to @vincent-yoga or contact [email protected] for other payment options

Early Registration : Receive $50 off when paid in full by January 27, 2022.

Friend Discount: Register with a friend and you each receive $50 off.

* Only one $50 discount available per registration.

Refund policy – 50% back if you cancel before 2/1/2022.

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Living Yoga in Uncertain Times…

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living Yoga in Uncertain Times…

Living Yoga in Uncertain Times

Greetings world,

I hope this finds you healthy and hunkered down amidst the surge of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 through our world. The word yoga means “union”, and now more than ever our inter-dependence with one another is apparent.  Like the proverbially butterfly’s sneeze, our actions ripple far beyond our immediate sphere.  Our family has been practicing social distancing/ self-quarantining amidst this time of uncertainty, and it is imperative that we all do what we can to preserve our own health, the health of our families and friends, and slow the spread of covid-19 to protect our elders, those who are most vulnerable and the healthcare system itself.

In this time of global uncertainty, stress, fear and other painful states that arise from them are rampant.  This all pervading fear, which causes us to grip tightly to our lives is known to the yogis as Abhinivesha.  Abhinivesha is said to afflict even the wise, so even in this time of extreme social distancing, know that you are in good company:-)  Abhinivesha manifests in us through the stress response known as fight, flight or freeze.  The stress response is the natural intelligence of the body giving us the energy to do what we need to do to keep ourselves safe (ie. prepared adapt)..  However, if the stress response is not regulated, it will cause dis-ease. Stress and fear cause our bodies to tense, our breath to become rapid, shallow or erratic.  They inhibit circulation, digestion and sleep, while causing our bodies to secrete homrmones that compel stress (cortisol, adrenaline) and suppressing the production of neurotransmitters that support our rest and well-bring (serotonin, melatonin, etc). Stress and fear cause tunnel vision, and can lead to excessive worry, anxiety, irritability, obsessiveness, fear of the future, catastrophizing and scarcity mindset.

Maybe you’ve noticed these present in yourself of late?  I have certainly watched them moved through myself and the larger world in waves.  These states of body, mind and energy cause us to act in extreme ways to meet our desire for safety, self-preservation.  We saw it first in the purchasing and preparing of essentials goods, which quickly became hoarding.  Shortly after our preparation, we begin to cling to our limited self-identity and beliefs, creating a sense of “us and them”.  Suddenly, covid-19 became polarizing politically, socially and between those who believed this was a pandemic and those who thought it was overblown.  Now we hear stories about the sales of firearms and ammunition increasing exponentially.

Beyond the very real dangers of covid-19, so much of this is completed by our inability to regulate stress, and the fear of imagining an uncertain future.   SO WHAT DO WE DO NOW?

1) Stay home, Practice vigilant hygiene and heed the advice of scientific experts in social distancing and best practices for mitigating the spread of covid-19.  Even simple things light getting a flu shot can lighten the burden on our community and healthcare system.  Seek out  information from trustworthy, non-partisan sources.

2) Be mindful and moderate in your media consumption.  When urged to stay home, many turn to there devices for connection and dopamine. Yet they also compel our stress.  It is important to stay informed, yet not over consume. Remember what you consume through your senses, especially what you read and listen to is what you are feeding your mind.   Just as excessive or poor diet will create physical illness, excess or unskillful consumption of information will toxify your mind, and compel stress, fear, anger, etc.  This moderation of sensory intake is half of the yogic virtue of pratyahara, turning the mind inward.

3) Utilize yoga and self-care practice to mitigate stress and maintain well-being as best you can.  This includes regular holistic yoga practice, healthy diet and sleep, exercise, time in nature and time for self reflection.  I am happy to share with you four free practices for  your well-being and equanimity during this time:

  1. Hatha Yoga for calming fear and the stress response (30min.)
  2. 61-point guided relaxation (13 min.)
  3. Antahkarana Meditation for establishing mental equanimity and witness awareness (18 min.)
  4. Yoga Nidra for Healing and Rejuvenation (25 min.)
  5. Mini practice with Angela on YouTube

Angela and I will be launching more and more content accessible virtually.  Many yoga studios, including One Yoga, where we teach, are offering streamable on-line classes.  This is a great way to support yourself and the yoga studios offer communities which are primarily small, independent businesses and non-profits.  Your yoga practice is not just about your own well-being.  It is a time tested means to awaken to our interconnectedness, our union (yoga), which in challenging times allows us to respond with courage, clarity, connection and love, rather than reacting with fear and othering.

4) Do (or don’t do) anything you can to support the well-being of the larger whole.  For as many of us as possible, this means staying home.   Find safe ways to check in and stay connected with your loved ones, and those who are most vulnerable to the potentially severe effects of Covid-19.    Many of us also have incredible gifts and talents, materially and non-materially which we can share.  Times of change, challenging as they are, are also opportunities for creativity, for new life to come forth.

As the interdependence of our world becomes increasingly clear, these times will be largely shaped by how we respond our shared challenges. Whether it is Covid-19, climate change, human migration, the violence and vast inequities of our society, etc., the challenges of living in an interconnected world can not be resolved through the worldview of us and them.  It is imperative that as we aspire to establish our own safety and wellbeing, we also think beyond our narrow self-interests.  Are we willing to change our ways of being to be more inclusive and aware of our our lives touch one another? What is your place within and offering to the greater whole?  Are you willing to share what you have, materially or non-materially to allow the greater whole of life to thrive?

Please be vigilant, be responsible, be kind and be inclusive.

 We are in this together and we shall endure.  

With Love, Ben + Angela

Hari Om Tat Sat

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