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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 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.

I will be cutting back my teaching in 2015 to take a dissertation-writing sabbatical. Asana classes will end for now, and Surya Prakasha will take over our monthly kirtan. The Tuesday Piedmont meditation group will finish at the end of January when the studio closes (see PYS website for details). Thursday night Insight Meditation at Yoga Tree Telegraph will continue as my primary public offering. Workshops and Teacher Trainings will continue.

Ongoing classes

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

**Last class F 12/26**

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

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.

Kirtan
Last Sundays of the month, 7-9pm Yoga Tree Telegraph
Final kirtan of 2014 is 12/21: Winter Solstice (not the Last Sunday!). Please join us. 

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.

**We’re also taking a break from kirtan, but Surya will continue leading on the Last Sundays, and Sara and I will join sometimes.**

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early 2015 workshops

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.

Buddhist kirtan: Pali and Sanskrit chants and stories

Wednesday Jan 7, 6:30-8pm
on dāna (generosity)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre

Yoga History+Philosophy Basics
(Yoga timeline and overview of lineages, Yoga Sutras, Hatha and Tantra)
3 sessions: Feb 8, 15, and 28
[price & links TBA]
Yoga Garden, SF

Teachings of the Buddha: Suttas from the Pali canon
4 Wednesday evenings: March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 7pm
on dāna (generosity)
East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland [link TBA]