yoga+meditation with sean feit
Vibrant, relational contemplative practice
I teach Buddhism and Yoga based in many years of practice and study, working with āsana, prānāyāma, meditation, devotion, and inquiry, supporting those who hold these practices as part of their spiritual path. All are welcome to come and explore the mystery of this human life together.
No particular religious belief is necessary to practice with me, but my teaching is strongly rooted in the Theravāda Buddhist tradition as expressed in Thai Forest and Burmese Vipassanā lineages, with expansive help from Śaiva Tantra and Bhakti Yoga. Like many contemporary teachers in the Insight Meditation lineage, I’m inspired broadly by many Buddhist and Hindu teachings, classical and tantric, as well as contemporary branches of these ancient streams.
Central to my understanding and teaching of spiritual practice is the role of trauma and relational disruption in the process of self-knowledge and inquiry. Trauma comes in many forms, from physical harm through violence and accidents, to emotional harm in unsafe relationships, to the systemic harm all of us experience in cultures where racism, sexism, oppression, and the abuse of communities by rapacious social systems (consumer capitalism, toxic individualism, religious intolerance) are the norm.
Wise action to heal trauma consists in addressing it wisely on all levels, including the personal and societal, and influences every level of spiritual development. My work in trauma resolution is strongly influenced by the work of Dr. Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), and my SE teacher and current mentor Steven Hoskinson (Organic Intelligence). I see yogis (folks with an ongoing practice of yoga or meditation) for individual SE/OI sessions and teach on the relationship of trauma to Buddhist and Yoga practice.
Writing & scholarship
I write about current issues in western Buddhist and Yoga communities, as well as art, performance, politics, and social justice. Shorter writing is under “blog” and longer academic essays under “poems + essays”. Writing for this blog has slowed to a trickle like a California river 🙁 as I’m giving all my writing energy to my PhD dissertation, ““This Very Body is the Bodhi Tree”: The Performance of Contemplative States by Practitioners in the Western Jhāna Revival & West Coast movement theater”. I’m about 2/3 done, and hope to be truly done by mid-2016.
Please stay in touch (email list signup on the left, contact info at the bottom of the page), and I look forward to practicing with you sometime soon. Blessings always.
weekly group practice
Insight Meditation Satsang: Thu 7:45-9:15pm Yoga Tree Telegraph
Meditation with instructions, wisdom teachings from Theravāda Buddhism leavened with Mahāyāna, Tantra, and existential philosophy, and community discussion of practice. Beginners welcome, and the first Thursday of each month is oriented toward beginners.
Offered joyfully on donation, in the Buddhist practice of dāna (generosity). Thank you for your collaboration as we challenge inhuman capitalism through the subtle and profound practice of gift economy.
Liberation in Action: Cultivating the Four Noble Truths. East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland
Monday, February 29, 7-9pm
Monday, March 28, 7-9pm
Sunday, April 10, 2-4pm
Sunday, May 22, 2-4pm
The Buddhist traditions offer a vast range of teachings, from ethical guidelines for daily life and relationships to instructions for meditation and descriptions of the deepest truths of reality. In this 4-part class we’ll study a selection of core Buddhist texts from both early (Pāli Canon) and later (Mahāyāna) schools, focusing on the foundational teaching of the Four Noble Truths. We will explore the classical implications of the teaching, which is said to encapsulate the entire Dharma, and its relevance to the complex suffering of our own lives and the world now.
Open to all, but oriented toward Committed Practitioners. The class focuses on study of texts and concepts from the Theravāda and Mahāyāna Buddhist traditions and assumes some familiarity with basic Buddhist teachings and meditation instructions.
Yoga, Trauma, and the Path of Healing. Yoga Garden, SF
Sat-Sun 3/26-27, 12:30-6:30pm
A weekend practice and theory intensive exploring nervous system process and trauma physiology, focusing on their relationship to contemplative practices like yoga and meditation. The class will look at the cultivation of resilience as the basis of both healing and spiritual process, and will include gentle yoga āsana, short meditations, and simple relational exercises (speaking with each other, no physical contact).
The class will be oriented toward students and teachers of either yoga or meditation who want to explore the role of the nervous system in their practice, and who want more tools to work with the symptoms of trauma that can be so challenging. We will explore contraindications to both meditation and yoga in relation to trauma, and ways that both practices can be safely undertaken as supports to a healing process.
This workshop will also serve as an intro weekend to the contemplative healing modality Organic Intelligence (see my page on OI for more info), in preparation for the upcoming HEARTraining in SF, starting in May 2016.
Tuition $225. Yoga Alliance CEUs available.