Insight Yoga and Psychological Inquiry:
An Integrated approach to Yoga / A yin yang yoga and mindfulness workshop with interpersonal awareness practices
Asana, Pranayama, Insight Meditation, Compassion Meditation, Contemplative dialogues
In this 8 hour workshop Sarah will encourage us to develop and/or deepen our commitment to a balanced daily practice that nourishes not only our body and breath, but our hearts and minds as well. Each class will give us the opportunity to highlight these four themes individually, so that we might braid them together inside us as a holistic mandala (or sanctuary of practice) that we can enter daily for renewed inspiration and insight.
The first hour of each class Sarah will focus on salient features of Buddhist Mindfulness meditation with both lecture and practice. Through clarifying and highlighting the basic tenets of a skillful practice, Sarah will help make meditation a joyous endeavor, reminding us of its essential place in our lives.
The meditation practice will be followed by various Yin/Yang asana sequences that encourage stability and mobility, grounded-ness and ease, enabling us to merge what Taoists call heaven and earth within our own bodies and minds, while cultivating the sensitive energy body simultaneously.
The last section will be given to heart based practices mingled with interpersonal dialogues. In Buddhism, these qualities of loving kindness and compassion are suggested as having boundless possibilities within each of us. To initiate the proliferation of these values in our personal experience, we can lean our hearts and minds in these directions through contemplation on these themes, as well as daring to share interpersonal awareness practices out loud. Please come with an interest in sharing some of these personal themes in dialogue with others. Each class will be a complete experience, but these practices also build on each other.
Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She is the founder and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar teachings, and QI gong. Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one’s essential nature–a natural state of awareness. She draws from her studies in Transpersonal Psychology, as well as her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor and B. Alan Wallace.
Sarah and her husband Ty Powers live in the San Francisco bay area and co direct the Insight Yoga Institute which offers 500+ hour trainings blending yoga, buddhism and psychology. To learn more about her see her dvd’s Insight Yoga: Mingling Heaven and Earth, as well her original dvd called Insight Yoga, and her oldest one, Yin and Vinyasa, and go to www.sarahpowers.com.