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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

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

Piedmont Yoga Philosophy Series
Embodied inquiry: Awareness and energy practices from the roots of Yoga
Oct 11, 1:30-4:30

Though the practice of athletic and aerobic poses is relatively new, Yoga has always been a practice of embodiment. In this experiential philosophy workshop we’ll look at instructions on body-based Yoga practices from the primary early Buddhist meditation text, the Satipatthana Sutta, and the late Hatha Yoga manual, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Weaving between these two traditional sources, exploring embodiment exercises from each, we’ll open into the relationship between awareness, energy, and presence that characterizes the yogic path.

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

Piedmont Yoga Philosophy Series
Yoga as a modern spiritual path: Mindfulness, trauma, and a tantric vision of wholeness
Nov 1, 4:30-7:30

Modern yoga and meditation are deeply transformative tools for Western spiritual seekers, but can also create challenge and emotional distress as practice deepens. Understanding and learning to work with the nervous system, both in ourselves and others, can powerfully change how we approach spiritual practice and can help us bring the tools of Yoga and Buddhist practice to difficulties that may otherwise seem permanent. We’ll look at a model for nervous system activity and health, and Yoga practices that can help those suffering from the effects of past trauma to engage in practice with greater safety and resiliency.

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

Meditation+Yoga: daylong retreat
Sun Nov 2, 12:30-5pm, on donation
Piedmont Yoga

Devoting a full day or weekend 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 sink deep 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 welcome.

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

Meditation+Yoga: daylong retreat
Sat Dec 13, 1:30-6pm, on donation
Piedmont Yoga

Piedmont Yoga Philosophy Series
Working with the Mind: Contemplative practices for power and liberation
Jan 11, 1:30-4:30

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.