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PEEL BACK THE LAYERS – AUTUMN RETREAT

DIVE DEEP INTO MEDITATION AND YOGA TO PEEL BACK THE LAYERS OF YOURSELF


Weekend Retreat: October 2 – 4

Yoga is a calm and balanced mind…

Are you the person who always wants to know more, who is curious about the deeper aspects of yoga, and wants to have the right tools to go deeper into your practice?

You’ve been praciting Ashtanga yoga, but you want to know what’s behind the postures, and how you can connect more directly with your inner self. You feel certain that a gem of wisdom and self-understanding sits at center of this practice, but you want to know how to directly experience it.

We’ve created this special retreat with you in mind. The practices and philosophy that we will share is for those who are deeply seeking, are dissatisfied with what’s showing up on your Instagram feed, and want to dive into the heart of yoga and know more.

Autumn is the time to start peeling back these layers. If you are here, you’ve started this process already. This is your gateway to touch upon the deepest areas of your consciousness, and reach the seat of the Self. We are here to help you discover the deeper mysteries of the practice, and hidden gems. The secrets.

If all of this sounds appealing to you, then this is the perfect place to find yourself the first weekend of October!

What’s Included:

1 Evening Kirtan
2 Early Morning Mysore Practices (online)
2 Afternoon Guided Meditation Practices
6 Workshops Sessions with 4 highly acclaimed teachers that will include: exploring postures, chanting, philosophy, learning the science behind the yoga practices, breath work, and meditation.
4 open times where you can book your private appointment with any of the teachers to ask your questions.

Investment

Please Note: This is a non-refundable investment. I trust you will make a wise and thoughtful decision

Early Bird Special Price: $339
offer expires September 22

Full Tuition: $450

DAILY SCHEDULE

Friday October 2

6:30-8pm EST Kirtan with Nina Roa – Free for everyone participating in the weekend retreat.
$25 suggested donation for all others. Find out more on how to register to join the Kirtan only as a separate event.


Saturday October 3

7am – 9am EST (Mysore with Lara)

5am – 7am PST (Mysore with Harmony) –

Break for Personal Time – Meet back for first session at 10am Eastern (7am Pacific)

10am – 11:30am Eastern (7am – 8:30am Pacific) Harmony – Introduction to Breathing Practices and Meditation

90 Minute Break for Personal Time / Brunch – 15 minute one-on-one appointments with any of the teachers are available.
Meet back for second session at 1:00pm Eastern (10am Pacific)

1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern (10am – 11:30am Pacific) – Lara – Workshop: Learn To Float: Jump Back & Jump Through

60 Minute Break for Personal Time / Lunch – 15 minute one-on-one office time with any one of the teachers are available.
Meet back for third session at 3:30pm Eastern (12:30pm Pacific)

3:30pm – 5:00pm Eastern (12:30-2pm Pacific) – Russell & Harmony – The Aesthetic Experience and Absorption

5pm – 5:45pm Eastern (2-2:45pm Pacific) – Thimo – Group Meditation Practice

5:45pm – 6:00pm Eastern (2:45-3pm Pacific) – Takeaways From The Day & Intentions For Tomorrow


Sunday October 4

7am – 9am EST (Mysore with Lara)

5am – 7am PST (Mysore with Harmony)

Break for Personal Time – Meet back for first session at 10am Eastern (7am Pacific)

10am – 11:30am Eastern (7am – 8:30am Pacific) Thimo – Introduction to Early Buddhism

90 Minute Break for Personal Time / Brunch – 15 minute one-on-one appointments with any of the teachers are available.
Meet back for second session at 1:00pm Eastern (10am Pacific)

1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern (10am – 11:30am Pacific) – Harmony – Workshop: Happy Hip Openings

60 Minute Break for Personal Time / Lunch – 15 minute one-on-one office time with any one of the teachers are available.
Meet back for third session at 3:30pm Eastern (12:30pm Pacific)

3:30pm – 5:00pm Eastern (12:30-2pm Pacific) – Lara – Cultivating Four Attitudes For Enlightenment

5pm – 5:45pm Eastern (2-2:45pm Pacific) – Thimo – Group Meditation Practice

5:45pm – 6:00pm Eastern (2:45-3pm Pacific) – Final Thoughts and Goodbyes

Want To Know More?

EACH WORKSHOP WILL INCLUDE: A MIXTURE OF EITHER ASANA, CHANTING, PHILOSOPHY, BREATHING EXERCISES, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DISCUSSION, AND MEDITATION PRACTICES

Workshop Outlines:

 

INTRODUCTION TO BREATHING PRACTICES AND MEDITATION

Pranayama is the expansion of the vital life energy within. Expanding our yoga practice into this fourth limb of practice deepens our concentration and improves our health. In this session, we will explore easily accessible ways to begin a practice of breath-control and observe how it naturally leads into a meditative states.

LEARN TO FLOAT: JUMP BACK & JUMP THROUGH

The Ashtanga Yoga series are 90 (ish) minute dances which rotate between sequences of movement and periods of stillness. In this workshop, we will focus on breaking down the moving pieces that link the postures together. Together we will explore the experience of opposition and the connection between this principle, breathwork and bandhas and lightness in your practice. We’ll use these discoveries to delve into the elusive art of the vinyasa, also known as the “jump back” and “jump through” to boost your journey toward floating through this practice.

THE AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE AND ABSORPTION

Most people understand that negative thinking and violent images have a deep and lasting impact on our state of mind and actually the shape of our brain will be broadly understood. Violence affects us. Conversely surrounding ourselves with beautiful things will also affect us. Yoga is the aesthetic experience, and can allow us to heal from pain and to rediscover the capacity for joy. In this workshop, we will both describe and practice various methods of meditation so you can experience for yourselves which type of concentration technique you connect with most. Furthermore, we will explain the science behind what is happening in the brain as it enters different levels of meditative absorption.

INTRODUCTION TO THE BUDDHIST FOUNDATION FOR MINDFULNESS

In this workshop we will have a closer look into the original Budhhist Teaching of Mindfulness Meditation as found in the early Buddhist Teachings of the Pali Canon.
The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, the Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness is considered as the most influential teachings of mindfulness directly related to the Buddha and is seen as the foundation of most of the modern mindfulness practices such as vipassana or  secular mindfulness based intervention programs like MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) or MSC (Mindfulness Self Compassion) .
We will take on the adventure of reading the old texts (or at least some extracts), inquiring their contemporary relevance and experiencing their practical application as much as it is possible in a 90 minutes class. You will come out with a deeper understanding of mindfulness and being able to bridge the gap a little bit more between an over 2500 years old teaching and its application in our modern daily life.

HAPPY HIP OPENINGS

Having more open hips can make many asanas more accessible. Furthermore, opening the hips can help ease back pain and make your life better as you age! This session will explore several different ways of opening the hips outside of the Ashtanga yoga sequence of postures, which you can practice at any time during the day!

CULTIVATING FOUR ATTITUDES FOR ENLIGHTENMENT

In Yoga Sutra 1.33 Patanjali says, maitri karuna muditopeksanam sukha duhkha punyapunya visayanam bhavantas citta prasadanam which can be translated as: “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.” In this workshop we will dig deeply into this proclamation, investigating why it shows up here as a foundation for the othre meditation techniques, how exactly to develop each of these temperaments, and what societal impacts they have when fully realized.

Meet The Teachers

Harmony Slater

Harmony Slater has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga in the Mysore method for close to 20 years. She was first introduced to Yoga in 1995, and began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2000. In 2002, she traveled through China researching Buddhist meditation and in 2004 made her first trip to Mysore, India. That same year she moved to South East Asia where she began a five year journey of living abroad, studying, traveling, and teaching yoga and mindfulness internationally. She made fifteen trips to Mysore, studying for prolonged periods at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, with the Jois family. Harmony was given Authorization by Pattabhi Jois in 2006, and was granted Certification by Sharath Jois in 2015. She is one of 20 women in the world to hold this honor.

Harmony is a strong presence in the Ashtanga community worldwide having founded two Yoga Schools in Canada and has shared her experiences with the practice, pregnancy and childbirth in the books: ‘Yoga Sadhana for Mothers’ and ‘Strength and Grace: A collection of Essays by Women of Ashtanga Yoga.’

She has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon and openly shares her insights about experiencing the full integration of the many different practices of yoga during her workshops.

Russell Case

For the last ten years Russell has been Director of the Stanford Mysore Program—first of its kind in the nation. He had been blessed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2005 with Authorization to teach the Ashtanga yoga method. From 2006-2009, he was the founder of the largest Mysore program in Asia, outside of Gokulum, while living in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2009, he moved to San Francisco and began a decade of teaching Mysore in the Bay Area. He was asked by the Jones Family to help create and launch a Mysore Program at Stanford University. While there, he collaborated with the Jois Foundation, along with the child psychiatry team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and undertook the largest and most comprehensive longitudinal study on the effect of mindfulness and yoga on school age children in history. Russell was project manager of this 4 year research study which scentificaly measured with the B.A.S.C. exam, an fMRI machine, a sleep study, and cortisol swabs the effect these practices had on the endocrine system, brain development, and positive educational outcomes.

Currently, Russell is traveling internationally to share his knowledge and experience of the yoga practices. His humor and wisdom bring color and a more complete understanding to the science behind the yoga.

Lara Land

Lara Land is a Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga teacher with 10 trips of study in India and over 20 years yoga practice. She specializes in accessibility and adaptability in practice and has a unique knack for bringing together discipline and warmth in her offerings. Lara has traveled the world bringing yoga as healing to the neediest, most notably in India and Rwanda where she worked for months with HIV positive women and children. This experience led her to open her first studio, Land Yoga in Harlem. Lara is founder of the non-profit organization, Three and a Half Acres Yoga, which provides yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques to under-served communities, supporting them to discover their innate power to create positive change. Lara is the co-producer of SOULFest, a national wellness festival, which highlights diversity in fitness. She is the author of My Bliss Book, a life-purpose undated daily planner and online coaching program. She works with individuals and corporations as a Wellness and Motivational Speaker and Coach.

Find Lara on Instagram:
@laralandyoga
@landyoganyc
@threeandahalfacresyoga
@soulfestrevolution

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Thimo Wittich

Thimo has been studying yoga and Buddhism for over 15 years. He is an Authorized Level 1 Ashtanga yoga teacher. He trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University and currently is continuing his studies at Bodhi College under the close guidance of Christina Feldman, Stephen Batchelor, Akincano Marc Weber, John Peacock and Chris Cullen. Thimo runs an online magazine concerning health and conscious living in Germany, while traveling and teaching yoga and meditation practices to students in both the USA and Europe.

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