(Living My Purpose)
Yoga Workshops & Retreats: "The I That Is We"
My favorite thing to do on this earth plane is to spend a concentrated period of time
going deep into Spirit & Healing with an open & willing group of people. These Workshops (2, 4 or 8 hours long) or Retreats (1, 2 or 3 days long) have 4 components, addressing the four basic, fundamental needs of all humans: the physical, mental, emotional & spiritual parts of ourselves.
(1) PHYSICAL: we'll use the time-honored practices of Yoga to fully relax the body, throw off tension (especially around the neck, shoulders and back), strengthen all the basic muscle groups, and end with an extended period of guided, deep relaxation to begin our healing journey. Also, instruction & practice of Paramhansa Yogananda's Energization Exercises may be added at various points to bring energy into the body when appropriate. (Occasionally, I'll teach very simple hand, foot & head massage techniques and / or lead "Musical Healing Circles" when those modalities seem needed).
(2) MENTAL: in the Eastern world, it is a well-known fact that the rate of one's breath will always correlate with the rate of mental activity. Thus, by practicing pranayama or breath-control practices, we are able to slow down the mind when we are frantic or highly stressed and vice-versa, increase our mental state when very lethargic or moody or depressed.
(3) EMOTIONAL: For me, the most effective way to open the heart is Sacred Circle Dancing (and it's corollary, Dances of Universal Peace). Both of these practices use simple body movements, singing & easy dance steps to generate "connecting energy" between individuals and the group as a whole. The veils that separate us start to part and the commonality that is our true nature emerges & can be celebrated & deepened. Conscious eye contact, shared laughter, tears of release & long -- held hugs are signs of hearts that have become wide open & loving ......
(4) SPIRITUAL: Last, but hardly least, we will use the transformative practice of Kirtan or chanting to bring us deep into our Spirit bodies and open the door and set the stage for Meditation that brings us to an actual experience of Spirit. Yogananda once said that peace was the first sign of feeling the Presence, then joy was the further sign of deepening that contact & bliss was the final and irrevocable sign of the Presence that "passeth all understanding." Peace we open to with the first 2 practices above, joy follows from the conscious practice of the 3rd segment or emotional work, & bliss is the by-product of the ever-deepening practices of kirtan (chanting) & meditation.
This is the testimony & legacy of the Great Masters of the East. A perfect blending of scientific technique & spiritual devotion. It works like clockwork -- if we follow the tested and proven practices they laid down for us ...... OM
NOTE: I have certification & over 15 years experience as a Yoga Teacher. Certification & 7 years of experience in Massage & Bodywork. And many years of leading Sacred Circle Dancing, Meditation, Pranayam, and Kirtan.
WHAT TO BRING: A yoga mat is preferable; heavy towel could suffice. Water bottle, a notebook & pen, layered clothing, and food when needed (please eat light). Also, bring any spiritual item or photo or crystal that is important to you & we will place it on an altar to magnetize & empower the "sacred space" we are creating together ...... Mostly, bring an open mind & a grateful heart that we get to share this sacred journey together. Ram Dass once described it as: "The Only Dance There Is"
Dances of Universal Peace --
Come join in playful, deep, and connecting interfaith song and dance! Dances of Universal Peace (DUP-
Sufi dances) are easily learned spiritual folk dances from all traditions, with gentle, simple movements that even "non-dancers" can greatly enjoy. There is a natural joy in moving and singing together, and many dances include eye contact and hugs with the other dancers.
We emphasize interfaith spirituality, so we do a selection from many traditions, such as Hawaiian, Native American, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, etc. Singing sacred, ancient phrases creates a full body healing vibration, and when conscious movement is added, these become powerful spiritual practices.