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.
An intimate evening concert of traditional Sufi devotional music.
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.
This 16-hour offering, led by Adam Rumack & Jared Seide, is a powerful and inspiring introduction to the practice of Council and offers an experiential opportunity to work with the basic elements, modalities and forms. Council Training 1 workshops are offered by Center for Council throughout the year in a variety of locations.
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 one of the foremost western teachers of The Yoga Sutra, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of Yoga. This seminar series will consist of a close reading of Patanjali's original text, focusing on the opening section of the work, wherein Yoga is defined and the state of samadhi, liberation, described, as well as on the eight limbs of yoga covered in the heart of the text, which outline the step by step methods for attaining this enlightened state. Attention will be paid to the pre-modern commentaries of the text, thus exposing students to the traditional understanding of the practice of classical Yoga and its goals.
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.
This weekend workshop will be a space to explore, inspire and reimagine the conversation about death. With discussion of yoga philosophy, yoga and meditation practices and practical information about preparing for our own death as well as supporting others in dying, we will dive in to the topic of death and learn to approach this natural reality with grace and recognition of our true nature.
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With writer and translator, Julia Napier and Mysore Oakland Director, Adam Rumack, a collective exploration of the deep terrain of our hearts through formal practice and writing, offered in Spanish and English.
Practice meditative techniques for presence and self-study, sit in sharing and listening circles, and write. Fully present in our bodies, we will investigate the deep questions that can help us move forward in our creative and personal lives. Time in nature, walking the local trails and in ceremony will support our journey.
A full packing list will be provided. Vegetarian meals are included. Please bring a journal and pens and pencils that you like. Consider unlined paper, in case drawing becomes useful.
Julia Napier is an American writer and translator who has lived in Argentina for most of her adult life. A graduate of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges (BA, MA), she also has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College (University of London). Her writing has been published in anthologies and journals in many countries (The US, UK, South Africa and Argentina). She currently works as an editor and translator at the Argentine publishing house El hilo de Ariadna, where she oversees La Colección Ananta, a series of books dedicated to the yoga tradition. She is also an avid yoga practitioner and teacher, and much of her current writing focuses on the intersection between yoga philosophy and everyday life. Julia is a devoted student of Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor and has studied closely with them for several years, in addition to translating their literary work. She is fascinated by the overlap of formal contemplative practice (asana, pranayama, meditation) and the creative process.
Adam Rumack is the director of Mysore Oakland, a yoga practice community and school in Oakland, CA. He is also the founder and CEO of We are Open Circle, which builds re-humanizing organizational structures in businesses and organizations, and a senior trainer in the Inmate Council Project in California State Prisons. He has been a student of Ashtanga Yoga for over a decade, and yoga/meditiation since his teen years. He studies now under the guidance and intensive mentorship of Dena Kingsberg. He has taught in some of the most wild and cultivated places of California and Australia, from the Esalen Insitute to State Prisons and many places in between. He is a closet poet and with a bad wilderness habit and chronic wanderlust.
www.mysoreoakland.com / www.adamrumack.com
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.