ACRO YOGA (SOLAR ECLIPSE RETREAT A LA CARTE)
Combining breath, movement, and weight sharing to create partner flow yoga. All levels welcome. No need to bring a partner but always welcome.
“Acro-yoga is physical practice that combines yoga and acrobatics. Acro-yoga includes many types of (mostly recreational) partner and group acrobatics in which at least someone is lifted. As such, it also draws on traditions of circus arts, cheerleading, and dance."
GONG SOUND JOURNEY (SOLAR ECLIPSE RETREAT A LA CARTE)
WITH WANDA KNAPIK Integrative Sound Practitioner
The metal gongs are different from other musical instruments in how they behave and how they interact with listeners. The sound-envelope of the gong is unpredictable, non-linear and trans-spatial. After the mallet strikes the gong, the sound swells to an initial peak and begins to decay smoothly.
After the first decay, without another strike, the gong’s sound returns to a second and even higher sound peak, before finally fading away. The sound envelope is like the delayed action of a wave that falls and then returns to an even higher level. This wave-like movement of peaks and valleys in the gong’s sound carries the listener farther and farther on a journey, much like the swelling tides of the ocean, always returning and building again and again.
This wavelike sound of the gong produces a complex synthesis of blended overtones that allow the listener to learn to listen in a completely new way. As the returning waves build on each other to produce new and intricate tones, the sound of the gong becomes so complex, so unpredictably trans-linear, the human mind is unable to categorize it.
As a result of the mind’s inability to identify and predict the sound, people often hear a multitude of other instruments within the sound of the gong, as the mind creatively attempts to compare and contrast what this sound could be. People sometimes hear bells, harps, drums, horns, and voices singing, as the gongs are played.
Each person’s unique perception of the gong’s sound is due to its undertones, combination tones. The tones are actually synthesized within the inner ear of each listener by the vibration of the cochlea (extremely delicate hairs). The gong thus produces an inner sound and an outer sound. It is this dual sound that takes each listener deeper into their own unique experience of being, so that the sound of the gong becomes individually unique to each person.
The musical sound of the gong creates an extended state of spontaneous meditation and therapeutic relaxation that facilitates the movement of Qi (prana, life force energy) through the body for healing, and awakens the consciousness for transformation.
Akin to the flow of a cosmic river, this sound experience is called Nada.
Literally meaning “rushing”, Nada was like the stream that carried the finite self into the ocean of the great Self, merging into the union of consciousness and ending in the soundlessness of Samadhi.
Nada yoga, the yoga of sound, underlies all yoga practices and traditions.
BHAKTI YOGA (SOLAR ECLIPSE RETREAT A LA CARTE)
WITH KIM LECLAIRE
Kim will weave story, music, and creative expression throughout a yoga flow in celebration of the eclipse.
“Bhakti Yoga involves developing a deep sense of love and devotion towards the divine. This selfless devotion can be directed towards a specific deity, such as Krishna, Ganesha, Shiva, or any other form of the bigger energy that resonates with the practitioner.”
PAUSE - BREATH & YOGA & FOOD - MENOPAUSE BALANCE
APRIL 13 & 27
$100 (PART 1 & 2)
$50 (PART 1)
$50 (PART 2)
WITH MICHELLE MARON AND GRETCHEN MILLS
Menopause is certainly a time in every woman's life that blows in like a crazy wind, stays for a time creating havoc from head to toe. From hot flashes, body pain, to brain fog, mood changes, increased stress, weight gain, headache to sleeplessness and more, sometimes much more.
What can you do to help create balance while riding the waves of these changes? PAUSE? In these two workshops we will come together in a community of women and explore
–The simple act of breathing and slowing down to notice can be helpful.
–The simple act of yoga and how it can improve how you feel.
–The simple act of choosing foods to nourish and support.
In these 2-2 hour workshops we will discover and explore breathing techniques to help many of your everyday symptoms. How to master the techniques and when to use them.
We will also discover and explore yoga postures to help menopausal symptoms as well. You will leave with a better understanding of what postures can help with certain issues.
We will also dip our toe into Ayurvedic eating and how the sister science to Yoga can also help with balancing and supporting your body and mind.
We do hope you will PAUSE with us.