In life we are consistently asked to respond to what is happening around us…in other words we need to act. However, most of our actions are usually not aligned to our personal values or soul values.
Over this dynamic weekend with Trace Sahaja Bonner, we will play on the mat; learning to set intentions and align our body all in an attempt to reveal our truest self. We will also deepen our understanding of what meditation really is, and align to its power to guide us from an inner space…and reveal a part of us which is concealed in the chatter of the mind.
As we begin to connect to this true self we will align to our creative potential, learn to practice with a keen inner eye and gain insight into our attitude toward experiencing life.
Aligning to Our Creative Potential
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 begins with opening 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, and help to release the blocks to our fullest creative potential.
Action, Reaction and Interaction
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 to build this observant inner eye. Through a practice of learning 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.
Principles of Action and Alignment
How do we bring insight from our practice on the mat, to our lives off the mat? There are five 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 five Principles of Action and Alignment that are necessary to open to insight off the mat.
Sthira, Sukha, Asanam (Stable, Joyful, Seat)
How we do something is how we do everything. This upbeat class 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 connect to the part of us that is always at peace. We will begin to align our desire to express ourselves in the world to our spanda or divine spark. 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.
Trace Sahaja Bonner, E-RYT 500, is the founder/Director of Holy Cow Yoga Center. She began her practice 18 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 12 years, Trace Sahaja has not only directed a vibrant yoga center, but also lead 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings, guided groups to India, completed a DVD, Sahaja Vinyasa, and wrote various online articles on yoga. She continues to take workshops with a host of contemporary Yoga teachers and deepen her personal understanding of Yoga. Yoga is about having 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.