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.
Kristie will not be teaching during June. Offerings will resume in July. Registration is open for fall Restorative Grounding retreat and Reiki Training; see below!
Grounding 2016: A Restorative Retreat
October 6-9, 2016 at Salamander in the mountains outside Los Gatos
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 6-9. 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. Kristie's retreats generally sell out; it is wise to register early.
Reiki - Level I Training and Certification / Immersion
October 21-23 016 at the Integral Yoga Institute
Reiki is a simple and profound form of hands-on healing. Many modern scientific studies have demonstrated the efficacy of this modality for healing and pain relief; experience shows it also useful for emotional integration. The training is a healing experience itself; in working to deepen our energetic capacities, we experience deeper awareness of being. Reiki is a word for life force; in this practice we learn to connect with the flow of life. This can be transformational.
Reiki is passed from teacher to student through a process of attunement which clarifies energy channels and amplifies our innate healing abilities. In addition to the attunement process, we will practice centering, grounding, clear energetic boundaries, meditation, and giving and receiving Reiki. Lecture and conversation will address Reiki ethics, philosophy, practice, the energy body, and the nature of healing.
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
On Meditation and Time
I've heard about the magic of 20 minutes of meditating a day several times - most memorably from a middle-aged woman in a hotel gym bathroom who said that she and her husband were promised by a guru that meditating 20 minutes a day would change their lives, and bingo, five years later and they own their own strip mall! No judgement - each has our own idea of enlightenment...
My question: what can be accomplished if you only have 10 minutes a day?
Sweet love, I am not a guru and I make no promises other than to tell you the truth as I know it, but I will say some things about practice and about time. This little question, is, you might be surprised to hear, the hardest one I have been asked in this Meditation Course thus far -- because the answer is along the guru lines. Guru literally means "dispeller of darkness." In America, we use guru to mean teacher. In India, a guru is an enlightened being who is standing on the rim between states of awareness shouting COME ON IN THE WATER IS FANTASTIC.
How We Change - On Pratipaksha Bhavana
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."