In this immersion we will explore the teachings and stories of Shiva Nataraja. These complex, rich, dynamic, and profoundly relevant teachings are a generous resource for us as we walk though our daily lives. Shiva is the fire keeper; he tends to the flame of change and reminds us that we can’t expect to sit near the fire without feeling the heat.
This immersion will satisfy your hunger for deeper knowledge of the Bhakti (devotional) practices through chanting mantra, deep flowing vinyasa sequences, technical alignment, and personal practices to integrate into your life forever.
The asana theme to this weekend will revolve around the legs, hips, pelvis, and low back. You will be challenged but also nurtured. Come fill your cup, re-invigorate your practice, and elevate your understanding of yoga off the mat.
This weekend is appropriate for strong beginners, advanced practitioners, and teachers. These hours are certified CEU by Yoga Alliance.
Friday: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Chanting: Invoking Shiva, learn the English translations of the chant, understand the why and how of chanting, setting sankalpa (intention) for Shiva-based inquiry.
Shiva practice: Devotional Vinyasa Flow
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meditation: learn simple techniques that will support a home meditation practice.
Philosophy: lecture / discussion on sacred texts and how we can pull the beautiful and encouraging teachings both from Shiva and about Shiva into our lives.
Asana Lab Practice: Detailed technique and focus on the legs, hips, pelvis, and low back. We will explore Natrajasana (Dancer's Pose) and you will learn different ways to use props, how to modify for physical restriction or how to add variation for those who are ready to advance.
Break: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Saturday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Philosophy: accessible and lively instruction
Vinyasa Practice: Fire Keeper Flow - working with legs and pelvis to support the inner fire of creating and tending to needed change. Asana will be specific to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chakras.
Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meditation Practice: engaging techniques learned, further instruction.
Philosophy: Continued exploration and constructive follow-up on philosophical guiding principles of texts, storytelling, and interpersonal practices to integrate in daily life.
Vinyasa Practice: Love, Heat, & Unity - working with inner and outer physical architecture of pelvis including hip openers, psoas lengthening, and energetic anatomy.
Break: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Sunday: 2:00 - 4:00pm
Philosophy wrap-up, Q&A, and launch plan
Restorative Yoga: a deep release, gentle restorative yoga for a sweet end to and integration of a full weekend.