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 🙂

New Year’s Day Mysore & Meditation

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Start off 2017 right with Mysore 9-11am and Meditation 11:00-11:15 immediately following group savasana at Ashtanga Yoga Denver!  And then make it your weekly Sunday routine for the year 🙂