We can think of each of the yoga postures as a metaphor or an archetype embodied in physical posture: it may be the hero’s pose or the warrior, the eagle, or the posture of the sage. The practice of yoga clearly reflects the multiple layers of human existence, and it gives us a way of being in the world and in the life of spirit — alma — or soul. By doing the physical practice of asana (postures) and the breathing practice of pranayama, we are able to open the inner doors of understanding and potentially access the deeper meaning of our lives. Over time, the practitioner of yoga is deeply sobered, seeing with tremendous clarity the reality of his or her own mind, body, and soul. It is not unusual to traverse a broad plane of darkness and light, hope and despair, a lack of self-love and a growing, deep, inner acceptance. Over and over again, the student of yoga finds himself in a heartfelt place of humility and kindness. This is the focus of our week of yoga practice: pranayama, meditation, active and restorative practice in the context of self-love, mutual acceptance, introspection, fun, and play.
Please have at least 3 months of yoga experience, and bring a yoga mat.