Atha is an auspicious beginning. Yoga is union. Be now. Experience the divine present moment through yoga asanas (movement), pranayama (breathwork), meditation, massage, and energy work. Balance and strengthen the body and mind in a contemplative, joyful practice. Atha Yoga is offered by Kristie Dahlia Home in San Francisco, California.
A Meditation Course: To Be with the Body
Wednesdays 6-7:30p, June 10-August 5 2015 at the Home Studio in the Castro
Meditation is the heart of yogic practice and in many ways the heart of human being: to be with oneself, purely, in great compassion and awareness. This course will explore meditation through a series of guided, body-based practices useful for integration of practice with daily life, healing, and deepening subtle awareness. Practitioners of yoga, bodywork, and reiki will find that these meditations sweeten those arts. For those who think that meditation is not a fit for them, body-based practice often feels more engaging and rewarding than mental concentration techniques. Practices will be drawn from yogic and Taoist lineages and will include the most detailed exploration Kristie has offered of some of our sangha(spiritual community)'s favorite practices, including Bone Breathing, the Microcosmic Orbit, the Field of Being, and Sunning.
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Thai Yoga Massage Workshops
June 16, July 14 at the Integral Yoga Institute
Thai massage is a sweet, powerful, approachable form of body work. Based on yogic movements, energetic awareness, and Buddhist loving-kindness practices, this healing art is performed fully clothed on the ground. Pressure, percussion, and assisted asanas combine in a dreamy, delicious form. Pressure can be created with many parts of the body (palms, thumbs, elbows, knees) each to different effect; this allows many ways to vary for best comfort for the giver and receiver. This modality is renowned for leaving both participants bright and energized as it liberates energetic flow within the body.
In this monthly workshop you will be led through the movements of the bodywork just as you would be led through a yoga practice; no special knowledge or advance skill is required. You can come with a friend or come solo and make a friend at class.
Grounding 2015: A Restorative Retreat
October 8-11, 2015 at Salamander in the Los Gatos Mountains
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
- Mary Oliver
In autumn we draw toward the hearth and turn inward. This year's autumn retreat will return to Salamander, the sweet little camp beloved by many members of our sangha. Salamander is an intimate retreat site where Kristie can lavish you with personal attention; at most there will be 14 retreatants. Come, let the soft animal of your body love what it loves: sweet rest, warm water, good food, song, and fine company.
Grounding convenes October 8-11. The retreat cost includes all classes, meals, and accomodations. If you have questions about the retreat in general or health concerns in regard to yoga, feel free to email Kristie, or call 415 863 1821.
Why and How We Practice
Once a psychiatrist asked Suzuki Roshi about consciousness.
"I know nothing about it," Suzuki said. "I just try to teach my students how to hear the birds sing."
- Zen Mondo
How we change
One of my students is concerned for the health of their child and asked me for advice about how they could go about compartmentalizing those feelings in the presence of the child. My advice about this is an elucidation of the yogic principle of pratipaksha bhavana which I thought might be useful to share.
The mind has a thing it is concerned about. That is what is happening. The brain's fear/safety center, the amygdala, gets first dibs on responding to thoughts; this keeps us safe and alive. So the tendency is for fearful thoughts about the thing the mind is concerned about to arise. That's natural, and that's fine. What comes next, that's where we practice. In yoga, we use pratipaksha bhavana to shift mental tendencies that are not useful; a common translation is "cultivation of the opposite thought."