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Alchemy of the Heart: Yoga Practices for Transformation Week of March 18-23, 2018

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Connecting with our hearts can change the way we interact with the world. During this workshop, you can find yourself on a path towards radical spiritual presence and tap into the transformative aspects of yoga asana and philosophy. Break out of the all-too-common tendency to focus on what is wrong with our bodies, lives, and the world. Face the challenge and build skills to manage momentary (and sometimes prolonged) feelings of worry, anxiety, and depression. Each day will include a mix of intensive vinyasa yoga classes and process work. Back-bending, deep twists, work with the hips, and inversions can cultivate strength and opening, and guided meditations will provide an opportunity for integrating your insights from the practice. By focusing on both the physical and emotional body you’ll create a platform for transforming your relationship to fear and forgiveness, and exploring loving kindness, gratitude, and equanimity as building blocks for a lifelong practice of compassion. You will be given plenty of resources to stay grounded in your more connected heart and body. Workshop participants should be able to practice in a heated room, and have some familiarity with sun salutations. Not appropriate for absolute beginners. Please bring a yoga mat.
Recommended reading: Kornfield, A Path with Heart.


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