Insight Yoga: A Yoga and Meditation Weekend Intensive with Sarah Powers
October 18, 2013 - October 19, 2013| $55 - $175 |
Yoga can be understood as a set of behaviors that encourages a holistic experience of the body, heart, and mind. It is a process of fully inhabiting ourselves. Mindfulness is an attitude we adopt in which we let go of all motivations to manipulate the moment, and develop the capacity to observe without willful interference. When we include both in our practice, we learn to easily come home to our bodies and minds, regardless of what is happening in us or to us, opening us freshly to an authentic intimacy with our lives and ourselves.
This weekend intensive will incorporate Sarah Powers’ unique approach: a practice of passive Yin poses balanced by an active or Yang flow practice, followed by Mindfulness meditation. Drawing from Buddhist teachings, Sarah will give brief talks before the Yin practice to encourage a greater capacity for emotional maturity and open awareness. We will also practice Mindfulness meditation, both with instruction and in silence throughout the weekend.
Taking time away from our busy schedules to come to a yoga and mindfulness intensive can realign our clarity of mind and ease of being, leaving us refreshed and inwardly connected.
Bio: Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She is the founder and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses (learnedfrom Paul Grilley) to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar teachings, and Qigong. Sarah feels that enlivening the physical andpranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one’s essential nature–a natural state of awareness. She draws from her studies in Transpersonal Psychology, as well as her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor and B. Alan Wallace. Sarah teaches trainings and silent retreats with her husband Ty, who directs the Insight Yoga Institute where people learn to integrate Yoga, Buddhism and Psychology in a YA 500 hour program. They live in Manhattan with their daughter Imani.