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4 Mondays: November 18 – December 9, 2019
Living Freely and Happily: Selected Verses from the Ashtavakra Gita
Topics will include:
- Getting in touch with your true nature
- Making space between you and emotions
- Working with difficult people
- The radical practice of contentment
- Losing yourself in play
This is a 4-week series. Each 75-minute class will include discussion of verses from the text, contemplation meditations, and iRest Yoga Nidra meditations.
The Ashtavakra Gita is a text from the Advaita Vedanta tradition. Through a discourse between King Janaka and his teacher, Ashtavakra, we get a peek into how to be truly free in this life.
Coming soon to Wild Heart Yoga:
6-Week Tibetan Heart Yoga: The Heart Chakra Series
Thursdays, January 9 – February 13, 2020
Registration opens soon…
This practice is a powerful combination of a specific breath practice, meditation, and asana/movement. We are utilizing all aspects of our being to help open our hearts. The Tibetan breath practice is called Tonglen. It focuses on using the inhalation to imagine taking away someone’s suffering and then sending them gifts on the exhalation. This practice is very practical and has powerful effects upon the heart – it can be done anywhere, any time. Especially useful in traffic!
The movement is comprised of of familiar Indian yoga poses plus specific Tibetan-style poses. The Tibetan poses were recorded around 1100AD and specifically target the heart chakra. They look simple, but pack a punch, so to speak. The asana is slow because during this time we visualize giving gifts on our breath to the person we are meditating on. We give the Six Perfections/the qualities of a bodhisattva- a person dedicated to helping others. The idea is to imagine our friend receiving these gifts, then feeling their hearts open and inspired to be of service to others. The trick here is that we get the gifts, too, by giving them away. The Six Perfections are: Giving, Kindness, Patience, Joyful Effort, Meditation, Wisdom.
Each class will focus on a specific Perfection, then incorporated into the physical practice.