The Yin-Yang Yoga & Meditation retreat in Arusha, Tanzania, February, 2010, was a screaming success! Thank you to all the wonderful Arusha yogis who attended! Here is what students had to say:
“Linda’s retreat introduced an authentic yin/yang yoga and meditation practice to the Arusha yogis. She has a very individual style of teaching that often took students out of their comfort zones but encouraged them to live the experience of each posture, taking nothing for granted and staying aware and mindful of every emotion that surfaced. Linda invited students to go to a deeper level of exploration and self observation and to re-examine long held beliefs that being an accomplished yogi is all about muscle strength and flexibility. In the words of one student:
‘I highly appreciated her great attitude to beginners like me – she never made me feel I was misplaced. On the contrary, I felt very encouraged, in spite of all the construction (piling of cushions) needed to make me bend. Her remark that being a ‘good yogi’ is not about the ability of putting your leg behind your head but about the state of your mind (stillness) was very valuable.’”
(from Pat Williamson, yoga teacher and retreat organizer)
Friday afternoon: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
Saturdaymorning: Yin + Yang practice + meditation (2.5 hours)
Saturday afternoon: Yin practice + meditation (2 hours)
Saturday evening dharma talk:
Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness as they apply to your yoga practice
Sunday: same schedule as Saturday
We will explore both practices of passive (yin) and active (yang) yoga. Yin yoga consists of long-held poses (3-5 minutes) focusing on the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, and spine. We will passively stretch the tendons and ligaments in order to unblock and distribute chi (prana) throughout the meridians (nadis), clearing blockages, and helping to balance our organ and meridian systems for our general health. This powerful practice opens your body and enlivens your mind for meditation. A slow flow vinyasa class follows the yin practice visiting the poses that you already love. You will relish the extra space cultivated in the yin poses as you discover a new sense of freedom and grace in yang movement. Recommended for students of all levels with a “beginner’s mind”, and is especially recommended for athletes and all “stiff” yogis! An open mind, rather than an open body, will deepen the experience of this profound and powerful practice. If you are unfamiliar with yin yoga, please see YinYoga.com.
FRIDAY: INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Mindfulness Meditation is the most natural method for us to see things as they are. Through mindfulness, or sustained attention to the unfolding of each moment, we learn to abide in the present, grounded in reality rather than lost in our memories, desires, and fears. Mindfulness meditation develops equanimity and insight using the yogic path of the Buddha. A consistent mindfulness meditation practice will help you get in touch with the richness of your life and step out of automatic pilot in order to respond more effectively to life’s challenges.
SATURDAY DHARMA TALK: “Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness as they apply to your yoga practice”
Asana is simply another way to practice mindfulness. Buddha taught the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as the basis for establishing mindfulness throughout our daily life. Learn how exploring the Four Foundations of the body, the feelings, the mind, and the dharma, can enrich the yoga practitioner’s experience and cultivate awareness of the unity of body and mind.