Living Your Yoga is a five day training with Judith Hanson Lasater, yoga teacher since 1971 and co-founder of Yoga Journal Magazine. She brings great expertise and understanding not only of yoga asana, but also of its philosophy and applications in daily life.
In this training we will move toward a deep self-inquiry with the intent of coming to know our personal Dharma or purpose for this life, and to develop a personal statement that will guide our practice, teaching, family life and our lives in the wider world.
In conjunction with this, we will explore the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, and most specifically the Niyamas Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (truth) as they relate to how we live in the world and the words we use to communicate. Words are profoundly powerful. Using them effectively with mindful awareness and self-responsibility is an art form. We will examine how the words we use with our students and others affect our relationships. How can we constructively ask for what we want? How can we disagree with someone and still stay connected with ourselves and the other? What does it sound like to speak with Satya and Ahimsa?
We will begin each day with an intention and a short talk and discussion. The first practice session each day will focus on active poses, like standing poses and backbends, as well as how to develop a series of poses that gradually take you deeper.
The afternoon sessions will focus on quiet practice, including Restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation. This afternoon practice will help us learn how to elicit stillness and contentment within us.
Highly recommended readings for this training: