Women In Wellness Beginning Yoga

Monday, October 26, 2009
8am 10am
$20 US; $250 Pesos

The workshop will begin with a brief overview of this 5000 year old system, touching on archetypal Hindu deities including Shiva, the Master of Yoga, Lord of the Dance. A hatha practice is one where breath supports the rhythm of the postures, where attention to the body in motion stills the mind into focus. The asanas we will move are distilled from thousands of years of practice into the basics postures of many contemporary yoga styles. These will include learning the sequence of a Sun Salutation, as well as standing, sitting and twisting poses all designed to tone the body, open channels of energy and bring the system into harmony. Guaranteed, you will leave the studio feeling really good!

Hatha yoga is for bringing balance to opposing forces of ourselves as represented symbolically by Sun and Moon. As we learn about balance through the experiences of the body, i.e. outwardly focused heat building asanas and inwardly focused cooling asanas, we can learn about bringing balance into our lives.

Marti Johnston, M.F.A. Mills College, received her yoga teaching certificate from the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica in 2005. With close to 30 years working in the field of dance, including advanced studies in dance therapy, with yoga she has found the system and science to further define her investigations of embodiment. The big questions are how do we live with a balance of spirit and mind contained by the body vessel, being informed and guided by the body; and how does the healing of our body/spirit/mind help facilitate the healing of Mama Earth? With an interdisciplinary approach she teaches yoga as the facilitator for the transformation process of self-acceptance and self-knowledge, creating a living metaphor for new paradigms of wholeness and interconnection. Through vinyasa and flow, through deep restorative, and centering practices the breadth of yoga is explored.
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