Hi Friends, I’d like to invite you to an intentional peace & community gathering tomorrow morning, Sunday November 13th, at 11:15am (after Mysore practice 9-11am) at Ashtanga Yoga Denver. We will learn and practice metta meditation (loving kindness) and chant a mala of lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu‘s (roughly translated as “may all beings be happy/free”). Afterwards we will have time to discuss our hopes, fears and plans for action, perhaps opting to head out into the neighborhood for coffee or lunch together. Looking forward to seeing you there and embracing our obligation to change the course of history for the better. Families welcome! Bring your friends and your favorite cushion to sit on. The event is free, however, I’m thinking it would be nice to choose an organization such as the ACLU in case anybody feels moved to donate.
I’m thrilled to be offering a weekly mini-workshop followed by satsang as well as 2 new Mysore classes! I’ve been looking forward to sharing in this kind of teaching format for years and feel so grateful for the opportunity. Please see Group Classes for schedules. See you there — Ashtanga Yoga Denver 🙂 Class descriptions:
Ashtanga Smorgasbord is a detail- and fun-oriented mini-workshop with a unique focus every week featuring postures with relevant variations drawn from the traditional series for exploration and adventure. Each well-rounded session will delve into breath, bandha, alignment and attitude that together open the door to an asana practice that increasingly encompasses all 8 limbs of the Ashtanga system. Ancient yoga scriptures assert that when we keep our attention in the core of the body mixing technique and counter-technique “to taste,” we unleash nothing short of a flood of nectar, so come on an empty stomach, ready for feasting! This is a perfect way to reinvigorate and intensify your existing Mysore or other vinyasa practice while tailoring it intelligently and compassionately to your body and life circumstances. Some experience recommended.
Satsang is a gathering intended to foster a sense of community and provide space for inquiry into contemplative practices, their contexts and their integration into our everyday lives. We will begin each session with some silence followed by chanting, kirtan and/or instruction and discussion based on pertinent texts and topics brought up by the group. Practice takes us into realms where interdisciplinary study can be enriching, venturing anywhere from Neuroscience to Psychotherapy to the Arts. Keeping good company is said to be one of the most powerful means to deepen spiritual practice. By sharing our enthusiasm as well as our challenges, we will build skills and discover support to access our most authentic Self and bring that realization into the world. All are welcome, free of charge.
Mysore combines the very best aspects of private instruction (individualized attention and customization of the practice to meet your needs and goals), group classes (energy and inspiration gained from practicing in the companionship of others), and home practice (focused attention and personal accountability for your own path). Students go at their own pace under the supervision of the instructor, arriving when they wish and finishing by the end time listed. Six series entice us with unending challenges glimmering on the horizon while real life intervenes with plenty of opportunities to let go and learn to work with the inevitable obstacles and beautiful realities of embodiment. No experience necessary.