Loving Kindness and Self Care Retreat
with Jennifer Prugh
May 24-26, 2019
It is as though we are all artists, but instead of canvas and paint, or marble or music, as our medium, our very bodies, minds, and life experience are the materials of our creative expression. ~ Joseph Goldstein
The practices of self care within the tradition of yoga were designed as a means to transform how we relate to ourselves and to life. Research reveals that focused attention, open awareness, and kind intention can improve the health of our bodies and support our sense of well being. Through asana, breath, self inquiry and awareness practices, we will spend the weekend looking through a variety of lenses at specific aspects of self care, from how to
1) bring structural integrity and “stability and ease” to the mat and through our day
2) use our practice to gently meet and work with what whatever happens to be going on in life at any given moment.
3) incorporate the time tested science of Ayurveda and Blue Zone (the science of longevity) research into our daily efforts to support mind/body health.
4) employ “metta” practices described in the Yoga Sutras (compassion, loving kindness, equanimity and joy) to fundamentally inform how we move through practice and life.
Attend any or all, and the more the better because each workshop will enhance the other. Please bring your mat, a journal and some writing implements, curiosity and a sense of humor. It’s going to be an exceptionally useful and fun weekend that will leave you with simple tools to support your health and happiness.
Now Begins the Yoga
Friday, May 24, 5-7:30pm
So much is taking place in the moment that goes unnoticed. This evening is dedicated to becoming more aware of the inner workings of the our own bodies. Through moving mindfully, we’ll explore a variety of awareness practices (backed by peer reviewed research) that support our capacity for deeper awareness, equanimity, and a greater understanding of the “samastitihi” of structural integration in our yoga-asana practice.
Meeting the Moment As It Is
Saturday, May 25, 9am-11:30am
A transformational flow-based practice yoga practice incorporates the critical ingredients of asana, breath, awareness practice and self inquiry enables us to learn how to with kindness, meet whatever arises, physically, mentally or emotionally. These same skills that we have the privilege of developing on our mat can be implemented into all facets of our lives, including a greater capacity to meet ourselves and others where they are.
Tending Our Fire
Saturday, May 25, 2-5:30pm
We’ll consider how we nourish, replenish and care for ourselves on a daily basis. We will consider our unique constitutions through the ancient and time-tested lens of Ayurveda. And then through a warming practice that incorporates backbends, abdominals, twists and forward folds, we’ll explore how passion, compassion and purpose are the conduits for a life of fulfillment.
A Life Wide Open
Sunday, May 26, 9-11:30am
We can’t make joy happen, but we can create the conditions for joy to arise. Like electricity, boundless joy flows through things that best conduct it. Our bodies are our conductors of joy, and we are the artists of our lives. We’ll toy with unique flows, inversions for everyone, and seated practice to widen the aperture on our inherent capacity for joy
Proof is in the Science
Sunday, May 26, Afternoon Hike 1-3:30pm
Another means of enhancing overall well being is hiking in nature the with like-minded people. Join us for this Sunday afternoon walk.
Space is limited ~ Register in Advance
Each session $45 before 5/4
or $50 after 5/4
All 4 sessions before 5/4- $160
All 4 sessions after 5/4 – $180
Sunday Hike $15
To register, please contact Emily @ (530) 836-1500 or Emily@trailswithin.com
Jennifer Prugh is the founder of Breathe Together Yoga and the JOY of Yoga 200 Hour and 300 Hour teacher trainings. With a Master’s Degree in Art and Consciousness, eight years as an Associate Professor, and ten years as a professional artist, Jennifer is passionate about making traditional yogic teachings accessible, so that students are enabled to develop a personal practice and live the practice of yoga.
Introduced to yoga as a child in 1969, Jennifer has been a steady practitioner since 1989 when she began with Sherri Baptiste. She has trained within the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bhakti Vinyasa, Vinyasa Krama, and Prajna Yoga lineages. She is also certified as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy.
She teaches Mandala Vinyasa Krama, a creative and exploratory form of moving meditation. She developed the Tapas series, a seasonal approach to yoga-asana. She opened Breathe Together Yoga in Los Gatos, California in 2011 to provide yoga to everyone. You can find her online classes on YogaAnytime.com.
Since 2009, she has traveled virtually all over the world leading yoga trainings, adventures, and retreats. Jennifer has traveled to India over a dozen times and is in the process of completing a photography book on the River Ganga. Jennifer took refuge in 2010 and is a member of the board of the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation. She lives with her husband Will, their teenage son, Liam, and two golden retrievers, Hobbes and River.
Cancellation Policy for Workshops at Trails Within
Workshops fill on a first come, first served basis. Your spot is not guaranteed unless you prepay for it.
Cancellations 7 or more days prior to start of a workshop will receive a full refund.
For cancellations less than 7 days before the workshop, we will only be able to issue a refund or studio credit if you are able to find a replacement for your reserved space.
Cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the workshop, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason, no credit or refund is available.
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