9/11: Working with Fear: Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Sunday, September 11th: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.
“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.” Meg Cabot
September 11th is a notorious day in our country, associated with the worst terror attack on US soil in recent history. The devastation of that attack left many traumatized, whether they were in NYC or not, and shifted the whole country’s vigilance regarding potential threats.
While fear is a natural part of our human experience, it can build to a point that interferes with our health and well-being, leaving us in a perpetual state of anxiety and worry.
I thought it appropriate to dedicate this day, September 11th, to diving into formal yoga and meditation practices to develop the ability to observe your fear reactions from a more objective perspective, so that you might be able to deal with fear more skillfully, instead of feeling overwhelmed by it.
In this daylong retreat, you will practice formal yoga and meditation exercises to develop your ability to be a witness to your fear response, including body sensations, emotions and thoughts that manifest with fear. You will practice observing without reacting. Further, you will learn some breathing exercises you can use to calm your body’s fight or flight response in the span of a few minutes. We will include both indoor and practice outdoors that incorporate the wisdom of Nature, including a hike in the Chabot Regional Park.
A recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that a 90-minute walk in Nature decreased participants anxious worry and fear. Further, brain scans of the hikers showed decreased activation in a frontal area of the brain associated with depression and anxiety, compared to the control group, who walked for 90-minutes in an urban environment. So, Mother Nature will help soothe our anxious brains, helping us quiet an internal dialogue that might emphasize the fear of others who are different from us.
This is a day to unplug from your digital devices and have time to rejuvenate and restore yourself. Come take a-step towards leading a value-based life and grow kindness towards yourself and others.
Vegetarian lunch is included in the retreat.
This is a donation-based (Dana) retreat. For reference, similar retreats in the area range from $75-$200.
Please email Domonick and Paypal the $50 deposit below.
You may also mail a check deposit to: Domonick Wegesin, 12 Shetland Ct., Oakland CA 94605
Thank you for your interest in this offering.
6-week Yoga for Anxiety Course starts September 19th.
Mondays evenings from 7:15 – 9:00. Visit Namaste Yoga for details and registration.