Zoom Talk & Meditation for Resilience

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Pre-registration is required, even for the replay!

This free talk with Jen-Mitsuke Peters, MA will discuss how sometimes just sitting & doing a typical mindfulness practice is not enough, especially when stress, trauma, grief, injury and illness are present. Through her own research & personal healing experiences, Jen discovered ways to make her time on the cushion far more enjoyable and effective.  

She will share some of her favorite secrets and cite evidence to suggest that such practices may actually help lighten our trauma load and induce changes in the brain that help us to feel much better & show up more fully. She will mention some of the scientific studies and recommendations of trauma therapists that correspond to the skills that will be elaborated.  

Jen will be taking questions and encouraging your participation. Time allowing we will practice a 15-minute 3-part meditation together. A recording will be available within 24 hours for those who cannot attend live. Pre-registration required, even for the replay only. Looking forward to seeing you!

New Online Course: Early Bird Ends 11/08

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SUPER Early Bird Special through Sunday Nov. 8th — Save $50

  • Are you looking for some potent and doable ways to powerfully alter your perspective on yourself and reality? Are you interested in looking more closely at the Bhagavad Gita and discovering how neuroscience can enhance your life?
  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed?  Wanting to funnel the anxiety and polarization of these times into action and prepare yourself to launch 2021 in your best possible condition?
  • Tired of having people tell you the answer is practice and self-care when you aren’t sure those things are really working and you don’t have the time or energy to just keep doing more of them?
  • Do you have a sense that the yoga path contains great wisdom, but you’re wondering whether you really have to practice for thousands of lifetimes before it is possible to feel ok and show up as yourself?
  • Have you been writing off pleasure, connection, fun and success in your life in favor of joyless spiritual pursuits?  Have your practices become a chore? Want to fall in love with your practice again?

This unique course will usher you out of 2020 (bye!) and into 2021 (yay!) with love, strength, insight and support. We will marry the ancient wisdom of non-attachment in one of the most beloved scriptures of all time with the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience and attachment-based techniques proven to resolve trauma. Join me to engage with nourishing, fulfilling and meaningful practices, including special meditation, shamanic journeying and creativity, that will reorient you towards a new year filled with celebration and infinite possibility.

Zoom Talk Tomorrow! Attachment & Non-Attachment

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Pre-registration is required, even for the replay! 😉

This free talk with Jen-Mitsuke Peters, MA will delve into “attachment,” a super-charged word in both spiritual and psychological contexts. Yoga scriptures tout non-attachment as the necessary attitude to end suffering. Psychology, on the other hand, insists that we must work on attachment in order to heal trauma and thrive.  

We will discuss how misinterpretations of non-attachment, modern yoga teaching formats & western cultural tendencies can lead to ineffective or even injurious practice and spiritual bypassing, resulting in mental afflictions & bodily disease, and perpetuating exclusive and disempowering patriarchal systems.  

We will also uncover current evidence-based attachment repair interventions that can be woven into daily life on and off the mat. We will compare these to methods developed long ago in tantric lineages. Upon closer examination, maybe the 2 camps are not so different after all! Nonetheless we must still increase our tolerance for paradox in order to show up fully in these times when our best selves are especially needed.  

Jen will be taking questions and encouraging participation. A recording will be available within 24 hours for those who cannot attend live. Looking forward to seeing you!

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… 🙂

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!

Jen-Mitsuke is headed Back-to-School!

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Congratulate me!  😉  Jiyu is toasting to my future as a PhD student (yet again!) at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.  I will be studying Depth Psychology with a concentration in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices.  

In working on the curriculum for my TIAVY (trauma informed ashtanga vinyasa yoga) teacher training this past summer, I realized just how committed I am to spreading the word about trauma and how we all need to whittle away at our own ever-replenishing load!  It became clear to me that I wanted to integrate some shamanic and expressive modalities into the yoga and psychotherapeutic-neuroplasticity framework I have been developing over the past 6 years, so this program seems to be right up my very interdisciplinary alley!  

I’m hoping to meet a lot of inspiring colleagues from various healing professions and learn a lot.  The first time around (2000-2004 at Princeton University studying neuroscience), I wasn’t far enough along on my own path to feel confident of making my own contribution to the field.  It was fascinating, but it seemed like I was just doing more of what my predecessors did and not likely to make a lasting difference in peoples’ lives.  I was still meandering towards my deeper purpose. 

My own illness, subsequent contemplative trainings and counseling degree have added to my way of understanding the healing process, with all of its universals and particulars.

I hope to stand with myself and others on their healing journeys and expand my ability to tap in to Spirit, the unconscious, conscious relationship, and eastern and western techniques for nervous system regulation in my sessions and workshops.  I increasingly hope to attract students and clients looking to make a profound investment in their intrinsic intuitive, relational and creative abilities.  

I will be traveling to CA monthly but remaining in Denver at other times so stay tuned for upcoming offerings!  And please sign up for my blog and email list if you have not done so already 😉 

3-Workshop Polarity Series in Denver Fall 2018!

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3-Workshop Ashtanga Vinyasa Polarity Series
Saturdays 8:30am-11:00am in Denver

  1. October 27, 2018 — Krama/Vikrama:  Standing, Balancing & Inverting
  2. November 3, 2018 — Prana/Apana:  Forward Bending & Hip Opening
  3. November 10, 2018 — Ida/Pingala:  Twisting & Backbending

Investment:  $135 for the series
Please pay in full via PayPal to jendpeters@gmail.com to reserve your spot!  

I’m excited to offer this series of 3 Saturday morning workshops in Denver (location disclosed after registration), each detailing a different set of yogic polarities and focusing on a different category of asana.  Each class will build on the previous one and address methodologies that are difficult to learn in other class formats, including basic pranayama in support of the theme of the day.

This series is intended for students with a vinyasa yoga practice, who are interested in deepening their understanding of external forms, the internal forms of breath and bandha, yoga philosophy and its intersection with psychology and neuroscience.  Students can expect to gain skill, confidence and benefit from practice like never before.  So get your yoga on early and have the rest of your Saturday to enjoy other fall activities!

In case you’re considering enrolling in one of my 200-hour teacher trainings in 2019 (more details coming soon), this would be a great way to sample my teaching style, and as an added incentive, those taking this series can apply $50 towards tuition!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂