In this workshop I shall introduce a process of meeting tight, forgotten, painful, or simply uncomfortable places in your body with curiosity and a willingness to listen to their stories. With patience enough to give the body time and support to release and unwind back into spaciousness, we are returned to a sense of freedom and well-being. Only then are we ready to explore ‘empowerment’ in a meaningful way, discover our amazing potential to ‘stand our ground,’ speak our truth, and live authentically.
We shall then focus on the stability of ‘roots’ and their directions beyond the physical body, enabling us to be more grounded yet flexible in difficult situations. Then, by opening up inner space and returning to the ‘back-body,’ we gain power to remain true to ourselves, compassionate but less easily caught into other's ‘stories.’ Finally, relating to our surroundings in more subtle ways, we may develop a fluid and free-flowing connection with life around us and discover the amazing diversity and wealth of alternate nostril breathing without using hands/fingers to control the breath!
Please do not expect a traditional yoga ‘workout.’ The focus is not on asana although asanas may evolve or even be a starting point for this deep inner journey of self-discovery.
It is essential to attend all three days to gain a taste of this process.
About Angela Farmer
My earliest yoga experiences were during World War 2. No father around and mother always busy, I climbed to the top of a fir tree in our English garden and looked out over the valley below as the tree swayed from side to side in the wind. Hanging upside down from its branches I felt the joy of being alive in this body!
Years of sitting at desks in school, and three hours a day stuffed into a crowded smoke-filled train to get there and back, eventually ruined my circulation. Disastrous surgeries followed and took away my joy.
Finally, in 1966 when Iyengar and yoga came to London, I recognized the challenge, the work, the hope of a return to wholeness. Soon I was touring and teaching in Europe and the USA, giving workshops in the main big cities. Victor van Kooten and I were the first visiting Iyengar teachers in America at that time, training many now well-established American teachers. Three long trips to India furthered my practice, and also led me to meet many saints and yogis in whose presence new depths and understanding finally re-opened the doors to the joy I had lost so young.
Now, I am less concerned with form, technique, perfection, and presentation, than with the simple art of becoming present with undoing, releasing, and opening, as breathing takes over to reveal the beauty, power, and innate joy of life.
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Friday–Sunday, October 13–15, 2017
11:15 AM–1:15 PM & 2:45–5:45 PM
$475 plus tax
Full payment due by October 13, 2017.
Must enroll for all three days.