Daring Greatly because Black Lives Matter

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Talk & Discussion with Jen-Mitsuke Peters, MA
Saturday, June 13, 2020
8am–L.A.  9am–DENVER!  11am–N.Y.C.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED–
Recording available for 24 hours if you can’t make it live!

Investment: Optional Donation to the organization you feel is doing the most now for the BIPOC community

In this 75-90-minute gathering, Jen will give a brief talk on Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” and share some initial thoughts on how vulnerability can be practiced on the mat.  We will then expand on these ideas in the group.

No preparation is required, however, you might like to read the book or check out Brene’s Netflix special “Call to Courage.”  You might like to contemplate times in your life where vulnerability opened you up for special connection and action that you didn’t feel was possible for you ever before.

This will be a space where participants are invited to be as vulnerable as feels right for them.  This will be a space where we don’t have to show up having all the answers, being perfect, or expecting to say all the right things.  This will be a space for growth and inspiration so that we can each cultivate the courage to find the depths of our personhood.  From such a place the most skillful action arises.

If you would like to delve much deeper into this material in June, my new course Home Practice BLAST-OFF! will go into great detail about the nervous system, yoga technique, and how the practice can help us tune up and stay regulated to be our best self in this time of global crisis and opportunity. The course starts Tuesday, June 9th, and early bird ends Monday at noon.

New Course: Home Practice BLAST-OFF! now open

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I’m thrilled to be offering a new set of courses this summer. A 2nd course starting in July will build on this one. Hope you can join!

In this 6-session theory & practice course June 9-26, 2020, you will learn the science to transform your life both on & off the mat. We will clarify key yoga scriptures, implement classic deity visualizations, and practice essential vinyasa techniques using a nervous-system-savvy lens. By listening deeply to the body-heart-mind through both eastern and western healing perspectives, priorities will shift, difficulties will dissolve, and you will fall in love with yoga all over again. This course builds a solid foundation for a profound practice oriented towards thriving and gifting your best self to a world that needs your unique contribution.

  • Ever wonder whether your yoga practice could be more effective and/or less painful?
  • Ready to trust in your own limitless embodied wisdom rather than struggle to maintain faith in authorities? 
  • Tired of the mystery surrounding esoteric techniques like bandha and drishti? 
  • Itching to discover or rekindle your true inspiration for practice?
  • Are you willing to invite pleasure into your yoga and your life?

An early-bird special is available through Monday, June 1st, noon MDT!

Details and registration here!

Prana, Chitta & the Body-Mind Connection

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In this video, I talk about the direct relationship of prana (~inner breath) to chitta (~mind), and how the Ashtanga Vinyasa path is so often considered in terms of the Patanjali Raja Yoga definition chitta vritti nirodah (yoga is the suspension of the fluctuations of the mind). However, in an embodied asana practice, we must also be aware of the Hatha Yoga definition prana vritti nirodah (yoga is the suspension of the inner breath), leading to pretty much the same result.  

It then becomes obvious how knowing more about the nervous system and basic physiology becomes imperative for a healthy practice. If we are disrupting the energy systems (and thereby all bodily systems) through improper breathing, injurious alignment and unexamined negative attitudes, we cannot hope to purify either the body or the mind, and can in fact disrupt both of them, since they are never separate from each other.

We see how this law of nature is used by trauma therapists (nervous system technicians, much like yogis) expressed as “story follows state.” This means that our physiological state determines the kinds of thoughts that are possible for us at any given moment to a very large degree. This gives us a new kind of respect for our embodied experience and allows us to fine-tune and deepen our practice to be far more beneficial in our own lives and in relation to all other beings to whom we are intimately connected. 

Tomorrow I’ll be launching a new set of courses leading up to online retreats and a teacher training where we investigate such themes deeply in both theory and practice! Stay tuned… 🙂

Creative BUST-OUT starts Thursday!

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Now, more than ever, we need to carve out time, structure and communities to tap into greater ways of knowing, feeling and loving!

Our new 4-week course starts Thursday, April 16th and runs through Friday, May 15th. Jiyu and I will be sharing our favorite practices with you each weekday morning. We will chant, invoke healing, guidance, protection and inspiration, engage in shamanic journeying, spend some time expressing ourselves creatively, as well as learn and practice nervous-system savvy techniques to remain adaptable during this critical period in history. You will also have opportunity to share with each other in our online group. These practices leave me feeling connected, capable and energized, and I hope you will also benefit from them. 🙂

Early bird continues through tomorrow 6pm Denver time! Live sessions take place on Zoom 7:50-8:50am, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule, the video will remain available until the next one is posted. More details and registration here!

Discounted Online Sessions thru May 2020

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Hi Friends, hope you and your loved ones are safe and well in these turbulent times! We have gone 100% online for now and are thrilled to be offering discounted private or corporate sessions this April. Keep an eye out for us also on our social media. We are currently dreaming up some live events and classes. Can’t wait to see our friends from all over the world 🙂

I absolutely love giving private sessions! Our first exclusively online week felt so rewarding, and I got to work with folks from around the globe. I offer neuroscience-enriched, mindfulness-based and trauma-informed yogacoaching and counseling for healing and thriving. I have extended a deal through March 31st on a package of 3 individualized sessions (50-min each) for $325 to be used by May 1st. You can mix and match topics or delve deeper into a single theme that interests you.  Although in our culture group classes and self-help has dominated, there is no substitute for one-on-one relationship focused on what matters most to you now. Our ability to stay centered and to adapt will have a powerful impact on how we show up for ourselves and others during this difficult period. Read more about me here, and contact me to schedule!

New Year’s Early Bird Sale Ends Soon!

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Registration and Early Bird Open for the following programs (additional savings for January Soulful Morning Sadhana Members):  4-session TIAVY CourseBandha Workshop15-hour TIAVY (trauma informed Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga) training5-day Advanced TIAVY Intensive3-day TIAVY Adjustment Clinic. Applications for my 200-hour TIAVY Teacher Training are now being accepted as well and I extended the Early Bird for that also until January 8th! Each training is limited to 12 people. Click links for more infos and registration!

Apply now for my 2020 200-hour TIAVY Teacher Training in Denver!

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Hi Friends! Applications are now online for my 2020 200-hour TIAVY teacher training in Denver 🙂 Looking so forward to it this year. This will be a cohort of 10 or less people, so apply early for a spot, a discount and a chance at the work-study scholarship…

In this intensive training, we will explore key concepts in trauma resolution and apply them directly to our yoga practice. We will study fundamental features of trauma physiology and gain awareness of how culture, philosophy, the practice environment and student-teacher relationships influence the nervous system and perpetuate or alleviate trauma in ourselves and others. Most exciting of all, we will investigate how elements of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (such as bandha, mudra, pranayama, kriya, visualization and chanting) fit in alongside some of the most ground-breaking trauma theories available, potentially enhancing evidence-based yoga interventions for PTSD. 

While trauma robs us of our capacity for joy, spontaneity, empowerment and connection, rehearsing these in our practice can serve as a potent daily reminder of our nearly unfathomable potential to live and to give. By inquiring deeply into neuroscience, psychology, yoga technology, our own personal circumstances and deepest intentions, we will begin or continue the never-ending journey of constructing a practice that truly serves us and our world. For way more infos and the application, please click here!

Wind down 2019 with a refreshing deep dive: Omen Days Retreat

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Registration is now open! Only 10 spots available. Early bird pricing through November 4th 🙂

Anybody looking for a refreshing and deep-diving alternative to the holiday madness?  Come and join our Omen Days Retreat!  We will tap into silence and listen to our bodies and souls through a variety of powerful methods:  TIAVY (Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), meditation, shamanic journeying, expressive/creative arts and movement, chanting, group process and divination…  Prepare to enter 2020 rejuvenated, with a sense of clarity, purpose and readiness.

This retreat will take place at our home studio in Denver at the end of the year during the Omen Days from the Winter Solstice through the beginning of the New Year (December 20, 2019-January 1, 2020), a time considered by many cultures to be especially potent for doing inner work and setting the tone for the year to come. If you find you cannot join us for the entire time, a daily option will be opened after the Early Bird registration period is over. 

There will be free time each afternoon for nature walks led by Jiyu, drawing and journaling, doing restoratives using our extensive prop collection, and optional add-ons like IR sauna sessions. You may also choose to add on a juicing and/or V-GF organic kitchari cleanse package for turbo detox and renewal. 

The bulk of the retreat will be held in noble silence. For our purposes this means allowing ourselves to get away from talking about our usual concerns and identities and speaking only when necessary or when encouraged during group practices. (To whatever degree possible, you are invited to take a break from electronic communications as well, such a relief!) Through guided group and partner activities we will create space to feel seen, heard, held and thoroughly appreciated for the star beings we truly are.

New Year’s Eve will be an even bigger celebration than every other night  and additional members of the community may join in. We will have a healthy & delicious V-GF potluck, dancing, kirtan/sing-along, puja to bring our intentions for the new year into consciousness, and finally we will sit or move in silence for the last hour of 2019. At midnight, we will salute the new year with 108 repetitions of the mantra LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU (may all beings be happy) and have a brief toast with tea, snacks etc. before retiring so as to be fresh for 7am ceremony on New Year’s Day!!!

Jen-Mitsuke will be leading all of the activities and also practicing and retreating along with you. She will teach TIAVY self-practice on Sundays as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day during this period (4x), practicing yoga right beside you on other days. You must therefore be familiar with “Mysore-style” classes and be confident in your own practice, as group yoga instruction will not be offered. (Seasoned practitioners in other lineages are also welcomed. Just let me know where you’re coming from and we can decide whether it’s a good match.) Shamanic journeying, expressive practices and group processes will be thoroughly explained, so no prior experience with those is needed. Please contact Jen with any questions or concerns.

Locals may commute daily, and for those from out of town, we may be able to offer you a couple of competitively-priced options for staying here with us. These accommodations afford varying degrees of privacy and comfort, and all involve a shared bathroom. Please inquire if interested.

Additional Details Here! 🙂

Soulful Morning Sadhana 6-10am Daily in November!

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PLEASE NOTE: We have expanded our schedule this month so as to accommodate asana from 6:25-10:00am (details below)! We have also added a new 5-class Punch Card. You must pre-register to join…

Got Yoga? Sauna? Ceremony? Creativity? We do! Start each day the Jen-Mitsuke and Jiyu way! 😉 We invite you to join us each and every day in November for Soulful Morning Sadhana at our extremely well-appointed and pleasant home studio in Denver. We encourage you to undertake a diverse and individually-appropriate practice that helps to ground you and serve that which is most meaningful to you in life.

Schedule:

  • 5:55am–Doors Open
  • 6:00am–Meditation & Puja / Ceremony
  • 6:25am–Creative Free-Time (or Asana if necessary)
  • 7:15am–Ashtanga Vinyasa Invocations
  • 9:45am–Group Savasana & Closing Chant
  • 10:00am–Tea with Friends
  • 10:15am–Bring Your Best Self Out Into the World!

Description:

Feel free to include kriya, pranayama, meditation, strengthening exercises, preps with props and restoratives in your Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga routines! We have a plethora of specialized equipment for your enjoyment and encourage a non-competitive, relaxed, loving and therapeutic attitude. Need help tailoring your personal practice or incorporating additional creative or healing elements? Set up a private session with Jen!

Creative Hour (6-7am) will consist of a brief neuroplasticity-stimulating meditation for happiness and resilience followed by puja, chanting and drumming/rattling led by Jen. You will then have about 35 minutes (or more if you are not in a hurry to begin yoga) to engage in personal journaling, dream analysis, divination, artwork, and/or movement exploration as you see fit.

We have a variety of animal, tarot and archetype card decks as well as very simple crayons, pencils, markers and play-doh, but you may also wish to bring your own tools for enticing Psyche to share her rich gifts. (For example, Jen loves to write stream-of-consciousness, practice Authentic Movement, play with rocks, do Active Imagination with items from Nature, draw on her iPad and cut up magazines, etc… If you aren’t yet convinced, don’t worry, inspiration will come!)

You may attend whatever times work for you, but in order to retain a sacred and restful atmosphere, please refrain from arriving or departing during ceremony or group savasana (6:00-6:25am or 9:45-10:00am). You are welcome to do creative work during yoga time or yoga during creative free time if your schedule does not permit staying the full morning. 45-minute IR sauna sessions can usually be booked (at least 24 hours in advance) as early as 5:30am and finishing as late as 10:45am.

Because we are looking to foster a sense of regularity and support in community we are not able to offer drop-ins. We offer monthly memberships or multi-packs expiring the month of issue. Our friends from out of town or locals looking for a retreat may purchase week-long memberships on a space-available basis. We will be a group of 10 or less.

Please note, PRACTICE WILL END EARLY (at 7:30am) on the following days due to Jen’s shamanic training: Thursday 11/07, Saturday 11/09, Sunday 11/10, Thursday 11/14, Thursday 11/21, and Wednesday 11/27. We will have a full practice on Thanksgiving! We celebrate moon days by practicing 😉

Jen will lead the chanting, puja, drumming/rattling & meditation each day. Additionally, she will teach TIAVY self-practice from 8:00-10:00am on Sundays (November 3, 17 and 24). At other times Jiyu is there to supervise as Jen practices beside you. Contact Jen with questions!

Investment:

  • November Unlimited (includes 2 IR sauna sessions) — $180
  • 15-day Punch Card (expires end of November 2019) — $150
  • 10-day Punch Card (expires end of November 2019) — $120
  • 5-day Punch Card (expires end of November 2019) — $90
  • 1-week Retreat Card (space permitting) — $80
  • 5-pack IR sauna 45-min Session (use in November 2019) — $75
  • Single IR sauna 45-min Session — $20

Click here for additional details and registration!

Daily Morning Sadhana in October

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Got Yoga? Sauna? Ceremony? Creativity? We do! Start each day the Jen-Mitsuke & Jiyu way!

We invite you to join us 7 days per week during the month of October for morning sadhana at our extremely well-appointed and pleasant home studio in Denver. We encourage you to undertake a diverse and individually-appropriate practice that helps to ground you and serve that which is most meaningful to you in life.

Feel free to include kriya, pranayama, meditation, strengthening exercises and restoratives in your yoga routines! We have a plethora of specialized equipment for your enjoyment. You are also welcome to do creative work during that time if your schedule does not permit staying the full morning. Need help tailoring your personal practice or incorporating additional creative or healing elements? Set up a private session with Jen.

Creative Hour will consist of puja, chanting and drumming/rattling followed by 40 minutes to spend as you choose for personal journaling, dream analysis, artwork, movement exploration, etc., and ending with a neuroplasticity-stimulating meditation for happiness and resilience.

You may attend whatever times work for you, but please refrain from arriving or departing during group savasana, ceremony or meditation times (8:30-8:45, 9:00-9:15, 9:55-10:00). 45-minute IR sauna sessions can be booked (at least 24 hours in advance) as early as 5:30am and finishing as late as 10:45am.

We are looking to foster a sense of regularity and support in community, so we only offer monthly subscriptions. Our friends from out of town or locals looking for a retreat may purchase 7-day memberships on a space-available basis. We will be a group of 10 or less.

Please note, there will be no practice on October 25, 26 and 27th (Friday-Sunday) as Jen will be traveling for her PhD studies. Otherwise, Jen leads the daily chanting, puja, drumming/rattling & meditation. Additionally, she will teach TIAVY self-practice from 6:30-8:45am on Wednesdays and Sundays. At other times Jiyu is there to supervise as Jen practices alongside you. 🙂

Schedule:

  • 6:00am–Doors Open
  • 6:30am–Ashtanga Vinyasa Invocations
  • 8:30am–Group Savasana & Closing Chant
  • 8:45am–Tea & Satsang
  • 9:00am–Puja & Ceremony
  • 9:15am–Creative Free-Time
  • 9:55am–Closing Meditation
  • 10:00am–Bring Your Best Self Out Into the World!

Investment:

  • October Unlimited (includes 2 IR sauna sessions) — $180
  • 15-day Punch Card (expires end of October 2019) — $150
  • 10-day Punch Card (expires end of October 2019) — $120
  • 7-consecutive-day Punch Card (sign up for October dates) — $80
  • 5-pack IR sauna 45-min Session — $75
  • Single IR sauna 45-min Session — $20

Click here for additional details and registration!