Clearing the Path From Inside Out:
Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation
Sunday December 15, 2019 – 1-4 pm
Ashtanga Yoga Northampton, 25 Main Street, Suite 210, Northampton, MA 01060
Cost: $55 by November 24, $65 after November 24
In yoga and meditation, we often hold concepts about what the practice means, concepts about where the path of practice is going. These concepts work underground, largely unquestioned. And for many, these conceptual assumptions often create tensions and frustrations in practice.
In this workshop, using meditation as a contemplative ‘laboratory’ for investigation, Josh will suggest ways to explore many commonly held ‘concepts’ that operate within practice.
As you practice, rather than trying to shape your experience to become like something you may have heard from a teacher, or from a tradition, or from a text, Josh will gently point you into the immediacy of your own direct experience, in all its tangled and messy glory.
From the primacy of your own experience, Josh hopes to show how a path of peace and wisdom can develop; a path that can be a true refuge in one’s life; a path that is authentically one’s own.
This workshop will include a sequence of Yin Yoga postures, a short seated meditation, and a period of discussion. There will be a one-hour break for lunch. You can bring your own meal or leave the premises to eat nearby.
“Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,’ enter on and abide in them.”
— The Buddha in the Kalama Sutta
Suitable for all levels.