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“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” — Maya Angelou


 

Daylong Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat 
Transforming Judgment

Sunday May 19th 9:30 – 3:30

Just three times each year, I invite students to my home studio for a day of mindful yoga and meditation.  I am such a big believer in the power of Mother Nature to help heal our addled minds and bodies. And on this retreat day we will take our practice outside under the trees and sky.

The theme of this retreat is Transforming Judgment.  It was inspired by this poem by Dorothy Hunt:

Do you think peace requires an end to war?
Or tigers eating only vegetables?
Does peace require an absence from
your boss, your spouse, yourself? …
Do you think peace will come some other place than here?
Some other time than Now?
In some other heart than yours?

Peace is this moment without judgment.
That is all. This moment in the Heart-space
where everything that is is welcome.
Peace is this moment without thinking
that it should be some other way,
that you should feel some other thing,
that your life should unfold according to your plans.

Peace is this moment without judgment,
this moment in the heart-space where
everything that is is welcome

Working with the judgmental mind has been a big part of my personal mindfulness practice. I agree with the main premise of the poem; reducing judgment enhances peace.  You’ll have a chance to unplug from your digital life and from other things on your mental plate, in order to nurture yourself in the serenity of the here and now. Research shows that simply being present with what you are doing in the moment is great at reducing stress and anxiety. You’ll get a chance to practice the skill of present-moment awareness.

Come rest and rejuvenate your mind and body amidst the company of like-minded friends and give yourself the gift of a day of mindful reflection in the sweet arms of Mother Nature.

 

Cost:  Sliding Scale:  $75+ – includes lunch.  

Location: The Opener Studio – Oakland Hills

Register:  email Domonick.

 

Transformational Breathing 

Eight Monday evenings, Aug 12th – Oct 7, 7:15 – 8:45

We all recognize that breathing is important; but since it happens automatically, we tend to take it for granted. However, the breath is the cornerstone of yoga. Breath is directly related to Prana – our life-force energy. Without breath there is no energy, and there is no yoga.  Breath is the cornerstone of my own home practice; my husband and I start each day with the Pancha Sahitas, one of the advanced pranayama techniques I include in this training.  

Yogic Breathing can help develop good physical and mental health, build life-force energy to support longevity and cultivate states of relaxation and focus.

During this 8-week pranayama program, you will:

-Develop an easeful diaphragmatic breath.
-Develop a daily pranayama home practice.
-Explore breath techniques to calm the nervous system.
-Examine the anatomy of advanced pranayama techniques.
-Develop a greater sensitivity to how and where the breath moves in your body.
-Learn yoga postures for effectively opening and strengthening the accessory muscles of breathing to make your   breath flow more easily.
-Practice advanced Pranayama Techniques to lead you to deep meditative states of relaxation and focus.

 

Cost: $325 / $275 Early Bird by August 1

Location:  Namaste Yoga, Grand Lake Studio.

Register:  with Namaste Yoga.