The word align translates as the act of adjusting all the parts into relationship to each other. Just as in our body and in our lives, we might experience fragmentation and feel that we don’t even know or understand all the pieces and parts of ourselves. Part of the practice of Yoga may be to first become aware of those parts and then work toward adjusting, adapting and refining them to work together, in harmony, with each other – bringing them to center.
This weekend is a playful exploration with the practice of Yoga on the mat with Advanced Yoga Teacher, Trace Sahaja Bonner, www.holycowyoga.com.
We begin by learning the power of intention, then practice with a keen inner eye as we shift our awareness from destructive thoughts. Finally we explore the power of meditation as the tool that gives us the thread to pull us into aligning with our Spirit, our truest self. This program is a practice of hatha yoga on the mat as well as detailed alignment and adjustments. It is open to all levels of practice but is not appropriate for those who have no yoga experience).
And then the weekend classes I tweaked slightly are as follows:
Aligning to Our Creative Potential (2.0 hours)
The practice of Yoga sharpens our skill toward uniting with a part of ourselves that appears at first to be hidden, but which is our truest self. Accessing this true self allows us to open to our creative potential, our purpose. This practice is a Yin based class that opens the hips and the heart on the mat. Through these asanas we will feel the aligning of our body and mind to what makes us feel creative. That will help to release the blocks to manifesting our fullest creative potential. All levels, bringing a notebook for journaling.
Action, Reaction and Interaction (2.5 hours)
We learn through experience, but it is said that the wise have cultivated the skill of learning through observation or discernment. This is our leaping off point toward understanding what action is necessary on the mat in order to enable us to build this observant inner eye. Through this dynamic practice we will learn action and alignment in the standing asanas, we will experience what it means to stay in observation not only of our actions, but also what follows…our reactions. Throughout the practice, we will keep our attention present by weaving a thread or sutra to ultimately reveal how we act, react and interact, with ourselves and the world around us.
Open to all levels.
Principles of Action and Alignment (2.0 hours)
How do we bring insight from our practice on the mat into our lives off the mat? There are 5 Principles of Action and Alignment that we will explore in this afternoon session, which will access our pranic energy from within the pelvis, and move it toward the heart; Combining backbending and heart opening asanas as a way to see what arises on the mat. Then we will incorporate the 5 Principles of Action and Alignment that are necessary to open to insight off the mat. All levels, part lecture, bringing a notebook for journaling
Sthira (Steady), Sukha (Joyful) , Asanam (Seat) and Aligning to Spirit (2.5 hours)
How we do something is how we do everything. This combo class of sweat and soul, will teach us valuable skills in cultivating a new attitude about how to stand stable in the current of instability, find joy in all that comes to us and align to the part of us that is always at peace. As we begin to align our desire to express ourselves in the world to our spanda or divine spark we come into joy of life. We end with a long deep relaxation and meditation to enable us to restart our life with a deeper consciousness…and love for ourselves and others. Open to all levels.
Trace Sahaja Bonner, E-RYT 500, is the Founder/Director of Holy Cow Yoga Center. She began her practice 21 years ago, and is a certified advanced Integral Yoga Instructor. Although her teaching style has evolved to incorporate various hatha practices, her primary teacher is Swami Satchidananda. Over the last 15 years, Trace Sahaja has not only directed a vibrant Yoga center, Holy Cow Yoga Center, but also lead 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings, guided group tours to India, completed a DVD, Sahaja Vinyasa, and wrote various online articles on Yoga. She continues to take workshops with a host of contemporary teachers and deepen her personal understanding of Yoga. Yoga invites us to have fun with the journey, so she enjoys bringing her lighthearted teaching style to all levels of Yoga classes, teacher trainings, as well as in workshops on meditation, Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.