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welcome.

I teach the integration of yoga and Buddhist practice, working with asana, pranayama, meditation, devotion, and inquiry, supporting those who hold yoga and meditation to be part of their spiritual path. All are welcome, in yoga classes, Thursday satsang, kirtan or text workshops, to come and explore the mystery of this human life together. No religious belief is necessary, but I bring in elements from both Buddhist and Hindu yogas, classical and tantric, as tools for the awakening of the heart to freedom and ease.

Ongoing classes

Yoga
Wed + Fri 10:30-noon vinyasa Yoga Tree Telegraph

Energetic, breath-centered flow focusing on embodied awareness and grace in movement. All bodies, ages, and levels of practice welcome. Integration of asana (poses), pranayama (breath work), and meditation.

Meditation
Insight Meditation Satsang: Thu 7:45-9:15pm Yoga Tree Telegraph
and Tue 7:30-8:45pm Piedmont Yoga

Meditation with instructions, wisdom teachings from Theravada Buddhist and yoga traditions, and community discussion of practice. Both sitting groups are offered fully on donation, in the Buddhist practice of dana, which is Sanskrit for generosity. The Piedmont group has rotating teachers – I’m on all summer 2014.

Kirtan
Last Sundays of the month, 7-9pm Yoga Tree Telegraph

Community chanting practice with Sean, Sara, and Surya. Songs and mantras from the Buddhist and Hindu devotional traditions, homemade chai, stories, and poems. There’s kirtan every Sunday 7-9 at Yoga Tree Telegraph, with rotating leaders. *

2014 workshop schedule

Embodied inquiry: Awareness and Energy Practices from the Roots of Yoga
Sat 10/11, 1:30-4:30 pm
Piedmont Yoga, $50

Yoga has always been a practice of embodiment and enhanced awareness. In this experiential philosophy workshop we’ll look at body-based yoga practices through two important meditation texts: the early Buddhist meditation text called the Satipatthana Sutta, and the late Hatha Yoga manual called the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Each of those Buddhist texts sets out a basis for a mindfulness practice. Exploring the key ideas of these two traditional sources and complementing them with embodiment exercises, students will gain a better understanding of the relationship between awareness, energy, and presence that characterizes the yogic path.

History of Yoga: texts, lineages, and modern practice
Sun 10/12, 12-4:30 pm
Yoga Garden SF, $75

Learn about the history of yoga from its ancient roots. In this 1-day workshop we will explore the lineage of yoga, its most influential teachers, and why we practice today. Different schools of yogic thought and some of the classic sacred texts will be discussed to build toward a deeper understanding of yoga as insight.

Yoga Sutra of Patañjali: yoga’s foundational meditation manual 
Sun 10/19, 12-4:50 pm
Yoga Garden SF
(Like the 10/12 history workshop, this is part of their 200 hour teacher training program, but others are welcome. I don’t have a link for it, but call the studio to register: 415-552-9644)

The Yoga Sutra of Patañjali is one of the most important root texts of yoga, and the source of the “8 Limb”, or aṣtānga, practice map. This ancient meditation manual beautifully orients our practice on and off the yoga mat, guiding practitioners toward a profound stabilization of mind and heart, and the liberation that comes as we investigate deeply the nature of awareness.

We will practice several meditation techniques and focus on how to integrate Patañjali’s method into our yoga practice. We read the Yoga Sutra in Chip Hartranft’s elegant and practical translation.

Yoga as a Modern Spiritual Path: Mindfulness, Trauma, and a Tantric Vision of Wholeness
Sat 11/1, 4:30-7:30 pm
Piedmont Yoga, $45/50

Modern yoga and meditation are deeply transformative tools for Western spiritual seekers, but can also create challenges and emotional distress as their practice deepens.

Learning how to use yoga to support the nervous system can transform how we approach a spiritual practice. Students will learn how to use yoga as a tool to address difficult situations that may otherwise seem permanent. Students will learn to build yoga practices that enhance resilience and deal more mindfully with the effects of past trauma.

Full Sadhana: Retreat day at Piedmont Yoga
Sun 11/2, 12:30-5 pm
Piedmont Yoga, on dāna (donation)

Join us for affordable day-long intensives, taught by Piedmont Yoga’s meditation teachers, all on a donation basis.

Devoting a full day to yoga and meditation is one of the most nourishing gifts we can give ourselves. Piedmont Yoga is excited to offer mini-retreat days, where we will delve deeply into our practices, integrating āsana, prānāyāma, meditation and wisdom teachings in an intimate, donation-based community practice.

Beginners in either yoga or meditation, as well as practitioners from all yoga and Buddhist traditions are welcomed.

While these sessions are donation-based, we ask that you reserve your spot so that we can plan well.

Trauma and Spiritual Practice
Nov 22, 12:30-5:30
Yoga Garden SF

Full Sadhana: Retreat day at Piedmont Yoga
Sat Dec 13, 1:30-6pm, on donation
Piedmont Yoga

Working with the Mind: Contemplative practices for power and liberation
Jan 11, 1:30-4:30
Piedmont Yoga, $45/50

Meditation and embodied psychological inquiry are the heart of Classical and Tantric Yogas, both Buddhist and Hindu. In this experiential philosophy workshop, we’ll explore methods for working with challenging thought patterns, including anxiety, depression, and the scattered mind states that characterize modern urban life. We’ll also explore the nature and activity of emotions, and how to practice with strong feelings as they arise, both in formal Yoga and meditation practice and daily life.

All are welcome, though some grounding in both asana and meditation practices is preferred.

Past

Roots of Hatha Yoga: exploring the origins of our practice (intro to Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
Feb 23, 2:30-5pm
Yoga Tree Telegraph

Sweat+Study: Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Mar 22-23, 11am-4pm
Yoga Tree Telegraph

Meditation+Yoga: weekend studio retreat
Apr 12, 1:30-6:30 and Apr 13, 12:30-5:30
Piedmont Yoga

The Path of the Seeker: Roots of Yoga in the Kaṭha Upaniṣad
May 11
Piedmont Yoga

Love is the Way: intro to Bhakti Yoga and the Bhagavad Gītā
Jun 8, 1:15-3:15pm
Yoga Tree Hayes

Intensive study of the Bhagavad Gītā: How to live a yogic life
4 sessions, in which we’ll read the entire text:
June 14, 12-5 and June 15 12:30-5:30 June 28, 12-5 and June 29 11:30-4:30
Yoga Garden SF

Sweat+Study: Bhagavad Gītā
July 12-13, 1:15-4:15pm
Yoga Tree Hayes

Insight Meditation and Yoga: intro to mindfulness
Sep 14, 1:30-4pm
Yoga Tree Telegraph

Sweat+Study: Foundations of Mindfulness
Oct 4-5, 11am-4pm
Yoga Tree Telegraph