Journey of Yoga: An Applied Exploration into the Art of Practice
Weekend Yoga Workshop with Jennifer Prugh
August 22-24, 2014 in Graeagle, CA
Maps help get us where we want to go. In our yoga practice, as in life, a good map gives us the means to “enlighten the way,” in order to fully reap the benefits of our practice. This series of five workshops explores how yoga works by providing an overview of the scientific and philosophical maps inherent in the practice. In an engaging and accessible way, we’ll explore classical yoga, subtle body anatomy, Ayerveda, Chinese medicine, and western contributions woven into what is known as contemporary yoga. Our time on the mat will be devoted to applying all that we learn to intelligently evolve and inspire our practice.
Best taken together, although each workshop can be taken individually. Please bring a journal.
Mountain of Yoga: The Path of Practice – Friday, August 22, 5-7pm
The practice of yoga is built on a mountain of centuries old wisdom that if understood, can inform the way we practice. Learning from those that came before us saves us time and energy, as long as we learn to listen with discrimination. Through asana, we will survey the terrain of the human body to discover what it inherently tells us about how to practice. We’ll leave with an expanded ability to simultaneously learn from without and learn from within.
Listen, the Wind: Yoga, Subtle Body and Ayerveda – Saturday, August 23, 8:30-11:00am
From the gunas to the ojas to the doshas, from the koshas to the vayus to the chakras, principles of subtle anatomy harbor a vast and often confusing world that has the potential to transform our approach to practice from “outside in” to “inside out.” This workshop includes how a basic understanding of Ayerveda can illuminate our practice every day. We will learn about our own Ayervedic constitution, how to augment our practice with the seasons, and how to include the reality of time to accommodate our evolving body/mind complex.
Lit From Within: Yoga, Illumination and Insight – Saturday, August 23, 3:30-6:00pm
Yogic texts tell of extraordinary abilities that come from dedicated practice. It’s true.. As a result of our yoga practice we become more clear, intuitive, and able to get out of our own way. We’ll explore the value of heat and light in our practice; the illusive bandhas, a variety of kriyas to stoke the inner fire of the breath, and we’ll consider contemporary applications of the word ‘tapas’ that bring purpose and meaning to how we practice, learning how to light our way so we can provide light for those around us.
Yoga Mandala: Building an Integrated Practice – Sunday, August 24, 8:30-11:00am
How do we practice in a way that bridges our interior lives with the practical world around us, between where we are and where we’d like to be, between emotion, thought, sensory experience and what’s going on in our lives? Through discussion, exercises and practice, and drawing upon Tibetan traditions that integrate and build upon Chinese and Indian teachings, we’ll explore what it means to be strong, stable, flexible, balanced and clear, essentially to live our yoga, day by day, moment by moment.
Crossing to the Far Shore: The Anatomy of Joy – Sunday, August 24, 12:30-3:00pm
Patabhi Jois said, “Practice and all is coming.” This workshop explores what “all” means and how best to practice. Patanjali’s eight limbs point the way, but getting there is largely an inside job. We’ll look at what classical yoga tells us about living with joy and mindfulness cultivation. We will also explore some of the other great wisdom traditions of the world to discover what is basically true about how human beings live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Register by contacting Emily@TrailsWithin.com or calling (530) 836-1500
Jennifer Prugh is the owner of Breathe Los Gatos, a yoga studio, tea house and center for well-being located in the heart of Silicon Valley. A yoga practitioner for nearly 25 years, an associate professor for eight, and yoga teacher for 14, she founded the JOY OF YOGA 200 and 500 hour teacher training and leads yoga adventures around the world. Whether it’s through yoga, writing, photography, teaching or daily human interaction, her mission is to use the gifts she was given to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. Learn more about Jennifer at www.jenniferprugh.com and www.breathelosgatos.com.