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Weekend Yoga Retreat Set for May 30 to June 1 at Stonehouse Farm

My dear friend and fellow teacher, Cynthia Woods, and I will be hosting a weekend workshop—”Your Mat As A Mirror: Cultivating Self-Awareness and Self-Study Through Yoga”—from Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1 at Stonehouse Farm west of Chicago in DeKalb County.

Photo courtesy of Petras Barcas Photography | Flickr.com/pbarcas

Photo courtesy of Petras Barcas Photography | Flickr.com/pbarcas

Many students begin yoga for purely physical purposes, but it doesn’t take long to realize that there’s so much more to the practice than its myriad health benefits.

You’ve probably begun to notice the effects of yoga carrying off of your mat and spilling over into other sectors of your life. These changes may initially show up as increased patience or presence throughout your day, while in interactions at work or during time spent with loved ones. So, why is this happening and where do you go from here in the process?

Using nature as our backdrop, we’ll introduce some of the basic and foundational philosophies behind the ancient tradition of yoga (such as segments of the Sutras including the yamas and niyamas) as a way to explore how yoga transcends the physical and can be seen in all aspects of life beyond the mat as well.

Through vinyasa and restorative asana, we’ll use physical practice to observe habits in our bodies and minds that show up elsewhere in our lives. We’ll dig deeper into these patterns through a variety of meditation practices, both seated in stillness as well as incorporating walks in the woods and star-gazing at night.

By cultivating this greater self-awareness, we can begin making conscious shifts to become more authentic and aligned in our reactions and interactions in everyday life.

Photo courtesy of Petras Barcas Photography | Flickr.com/pbarcas

Photo courtesy of Petras Barcas Photography | Flickr.com/pbarcas

Whether you’re a beginning student or advanced practitioner, this workshop will bring more mindfulness to your practice and awareness to ways you can apply the same principles and insights of yoga off of your mat in your day-to-day life.

The workshop starts at $200 for the full weekend with Cynthia and me at Stonehouse Farm, including camping and food (with plentiful vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options). Other accommodations, including small and large yurts, are available for a slightly higher rate.

Opened last year about 70 miles west of Chicago, Stonehouse Farm is a new 40-acre yoga retreat center complete with large pond for swimming, wooded paths for walking, and open space with camping and yurts for sleeping.

For more information about the weekend workshop or to register, click here to visit the event page on Stonehouse Farm’s website.

April 6, 2014 0 Comments

Restorative Workshop Set for May 3 at Divine Power Yoga

I’m happy to announce that my next public workshop is just one short month away—a restorative workshop scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Divine Power Yoga in Naperville.

Photo courtesy of Petras Barcas | flickr.com/pbarcas

Photo courtesy of Petras Barcas | flickr.com/pbarcas

The perfect complement to a vigorous vinyasa practice, the workshop will offer a slow and soothing class focused on stretching and rinsing out the body, as well as discussion of the benefits unlocked through longer holds of these poses.

Accessible to all levels of students, a gentle flow will move through restful poses intended to induce a state of deep relaxation.

Many poses will involve the use of props including blocks, straps and blankets to cultivate greater stability and support, allowing the body to completely release any muscular tension and open into the stretch.

The class will devote ample time for a sweet and savory savasana at the end to allow both mind and body to absorb the full benefits of this reinvigorating practice.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
—Gandhi

The workshop is $30. Click here and select the site’s workshops tab to register and pay in advance. Hope to see you there!

April 3, 2014 0 Comments