The Ojai Valley in California is known for its expansive and wild beauty set against the backdrop of the Sespe wilderness, it’s friendly locals and small town feel, its Chumash history and culture, and its legacy of great spiritual teachers and communities. With the support of this place, and the community that gathers to practice here, join us for small group yoga practice in the mysore tradition.
with Steven Harper, joined by MO director Adam Rumack at the Esalen Institute. This workshop will present simple yet profound practices designed to access our capacity to innovate and participate with the essential movement processes of life. Through physical practices, work in pairs, group discussions, and direct experience of nature, we draw on ancient movement traditions of tai chi, aikido, and contemporary somatic practices that offer ways of centering, grounding, and knowing our belonging to the greater community of being.
Join Adam Rumack to look at the integration of yoga into our lives at this six part online study circle.
Along with guided breathing and meditative practices, we will gather philosophical insights from traditional yoga texts to help deepen our individual and collective understanding of these topics. In the process, we will become students, teachers, and community.
In a weekend workshop David offers clinic style led classes that investigate specific aspects of the practice in varying levels of detail according to the tastes of the workshop host. These investigative classes help students come to new perspectives on how to practice more intelligently, safely and joyfully.
An intimate evening concert of traditional Sufi devotional music.
In this 1 + 1/2 day workshop, Kathy will offer her over 42 year of study and practice of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga to support you to reap the benefits of this path of yoga. She began her study with Pattabhi Jois in 1976, and brings a perspective and wisdom that transcends many of the dogmatic ideas about Ashtanga VInyasa yoga. Focusing on the breath, bandhas and alignment, she will help to fine-tune our practice to access the deeper layers of the body/mind where release initiates.
A (mostly) bi-weekly study group, based on the new book by Roshi Joan Halifax, Standing on the Edge: Finding Freedom where Fear and Courage Meet.” We will use listening circles and open dialogue to explore the themes of the book and our lives.
James Fox, founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, will by joined by Formerly incarcerated San Quentin students in leading this half-day introduction. Topics will include Karma Yoga; Mindfulness and its role as an inherent aspect of traditional yoga; Trauma Informed Yoga (TIY), Yoga’s contribution to Restorative Justice principles and practices; Asana, pranayama and meditation practices proven effective for psychological and emotional well-being.
This workshop will explore the fine art of hands-on adjusting and specific techniques for working safely and intelligently with students practicing yoga poses in a class or one-on-one setting. Technical inquiry will include working with and adjusting different body types, principles of anatomy, reviewing details of alignment and energy movement in the asanas.
Council is a communication and mindfulness form being used in schools, organizations, prisons, and relationships to build bridges of understand, compassion, and awareness. It can be a way of bringing yoga practice more deeply into our daily lives and interactions. Space is limited in this popular training being offered for the first time publicly in the Bay Area.
For a thousand years prior to the 20th century, the central practice of Hatha Yoga was pranayama, yoga breathing. Asana, which since the early decades of the 1900s has more and more become the practice's focus, was considered an important preparation for breathing, but nothing more. This 5-week, 10-hour series will introduce you to the basic breaths and techniques of modern pranayama, including proper sitting not only for breathing but meditation as well.
This is a monthly meeting of leaders and change makers involved in all types of organizations and communities. We gather around our shared interest and passion for refinding the infrastructures of connection to self, others, and the whole of life and spirit in unlikely places.
Join Jared Seide, director of Center for Council, for an exploration of Council as a "skillful means" for deepening community, easing suffering and fostering collective wisdom. This evening talk will explore how the practice of Council, which includes listening and speaking from the heart, is being integrated throughout the social justice continuum and how it may be extended into our lives and work.