(photo: Zubin Shroff)

(photo: Zubin Shroff)

yoga+meditation with sean feit

sean feit, SEP, E-RYT500, PhD soon

Personal & collective work
for resilience, love, & liberation,
rooted in 25 years of study & practice.

Nondual Theravāda Buddhism
Yoga: āsana, prānāyāma, jñāna, bhakti
Somatic Experiencing  |  Organic Intelligence
Authentic Movement  |  contemplative performance
Asian & European philosophy


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.

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 experimental art”. I’m about 1/3 done, and hope to be truly done by early 2016. Send prayers (for rain)!

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.


upcoming workshops & retreats

Fall 5-day Bodhi Silent Yoga+Meditation Retreat: Pete Guinosso & Sean Feit

Wed-Sun: Sep 30 – Oct 4
Vajrapani Institute, Boulder Creek
registration link

I’ll be co-teaching with renowned Forrest Yoga teacher teacher Pete Guinosso, offering meditation interwoven with his vigorous but spacious vinyasa practice. Experienced students of both yoga āsana and meditation are invited to join us for a beautiful 5-day silent retreat in the redwoods.


From Veda to Vinyāsa: An Timeline of Yoga History

Sat, Oct 10, 12:30-5:30pm
Yoga Garden San Francisco

3000 years of (mostly) Indian cultural history in 5 hours. A beginner’s tour of the landscape, focusing on understanding the interaction between groups of people, culture & economics, and the textual traditions that would become the foundations for the many lineages we call “yoga”, including Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Tantric, Haṭha, Colonial, Modern & Postmodern.

This workshop is primarily for students in the 200 hour Teacher Training programs at Yoga Garden, but is open to all. Registration link.


The Yoga Sutra of Patañjali: Meditation & Liberation

Sunday, Oct 18, 12:30-4pm
Yoga Garden San Francisco

[I’ll be doing a version of the same class on Fri 10/16 at Giggling Lotus in Dogpatch, SF.]

A beginner’s intro to one of the most beloved and profound texts of classical Yoga. We’ll look at the philosophical roots of modern Yoga in this 2000 year-old text, including the causes and resolution of existential suffering and the meditation and inquiry meant to lead us to wisdom and liberation. The YS is the source of the aṣtānga or “Eight Limb” model of spiritual practice made famous by the Krishnamacharya tradition, and one of the most important root texts for modern practice.

In this practice-based workshop, we’ll explore how the 8 Limb structure can be seen as describing both a specific meditation practice and a general guideline for spiritual life. We will learn basics of meditation practice including posture, breath work, and the relation of ethical action and renunciation to the inner tranquillity necessary for liberation in this early Yoga system.

The day will include self-guided āsana practice, suitable for experienced yoga students. Experience in meditation is encouraged but not required.

This workshop is primarily for students in the 200 hour Teacher Training programs at Yoga Garden, but is open to all. Registration link.


From Awareness to Energy: Roots of Haṭha Yoga in Śaiva Tantra

Saturday, Oct 31, 12-3:30pm
Yoga Garden San Francisco

[Again, I’ll be doing a version of this class on Fri 10/30 at Giggling Lotus in Dogpatch, SF.]

The yoga we practice has roots in several Indian traditions, most prominently the late medieval Haṭha Yoga tradition, which itself grew out of the vast medieval traditions called Tantra. Understanding some of the belief systems and core practices of Tantra can help us to deepen our own practice toward a rich and nourishing spiritual practice.

In this final workshop of my quarterly Yoga Garden History & Practice series, we look at the most fertile period of yoga’s development in India, exploring how the physical and energetic focus of Haṭha Yoga grew out of the rich philosophical and experiential soil of Tantric ritual process. Topics include mantra, guru, kuṇḍalinī, and the extraordinary non-dual View of reality preserved in the Śaiva Tantra of Kashmir.

Experience in yoga āsana and meditation helpful, but precocious beginners welcome.

This workshop is primarily for students in the 200 hour Teacher Training programs at Yoga Garden, but is open to all. Registration link.


Organic Intelligence HEARTraining intro weekend

Fri Nov 6, 6-9pm & Sat Nov 7, 10am-5pm
Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley

In this weekend workshop, I’ll explore some of the basics of the profound and graceful trauma resolution and resilience work known as Organic Intelligence. This introduction to the work of Steven Hoskinson is one of a series of intros preceding the first HEART (Human Empowerment And Resilience Training) module in the Bay Area, January 17-22, 2016. HEARTraining SF info here.

We’ll look at nervous system physiology, the behavior of chaotic systems, phases of psychological and nervous system work, and practice tools for deepening coherence and resilience in ourselves and if we’re therapists or teachers, in those we support.


After the Nov HEART intro I’ll take a break from teaching for a few months of… paternity leave! If you follow me on FB you’ll see some evidence of whatever’s happening. When the adorable newborn pictures start to turn back into complaints about capitalism and issues in Yoga & Buddhism you know I’m on my way back. Workshops and blog posts will start up again in Feb or so. Thanks for reading this far & I hope to share practice with you sometime soon. Blessings always, sean.

Meditation and mystery are inseparable. Just as the mysterious cannot be unraveled through calculation, nor can a meditative attitude be acquired as though it were a technical skill. Heidegger remarked, “That which shows itself and at the same time withdraws is the essential trait of the mystery.” Meditation occurs whenever our innermost awareness is trained on the shocking nearness yet elusive distance of what is present.

(Stephen Batchelor, The Faith to Doubt)

2016 preview

Integrated practice 1: Mindfulness and Yoga

Fri 2/5, 6:30-10pm
Giggling Lotus, SF

Bringing together the beautiful embodiment practices of āsana and prāṇāyāma and precise mindfulness instructions from the Buddhist tradition can transform our yoga practice. Mindfulness as both a meditation and relationship process opens into deep spiritual inquiry around why we suffer and what we can do about it.

This study and practice evening is oriented toward yoga students who want to bring meditation and mindfulness more fully into their practice. We’ll look at posture, breath and awareness practices, becoming more intimate with the most challenging experience any of us have: our own heart and mind.


Integrated practice 2: Yoga, Trauma, and Healing

Fri 2/19, 6:30-10pm
Giggling Lotus, SF

Our experience of ourselves as we move through modern life is determined more by our biology, especially our nervous system, than we may realize. New research into trauma is changing the way we as yogis can understand well-being, distress, and the paths to freedom from distress, anxiety, and helplessness.

In this gentle theory and practice evening, we’ll look at our yoga and mindfulness practices through the lens of nervous system resilience. We’ll draw on the healing modality of Organic Intelligence (OI), a beautiful way to understand and work with the nervous system and subtle body. We’ll discuss how to work with symptoms of trauma in ourselves or our students in yoga and meditation, and learn basic exercises for self-regulation and the cultivation of deeper ease.


In 2016 I’ll continue with the Yoga Garden SF and Piedmont Yoga Studio philosophy and teacher training programs, workshops at East Bay Meditation Center, and other lovely things. See you at satsang or wherever.