Part 1: Somatic Psychology of Yoga
Five online sessions, August 14-18, Sunday-Thursday 7:00-8:30 pm
For thousands of years yoga and related meditative traditions have offered the tools to master our deeply conditioned minds; describing how we can become content, compassionate, and resilient. Now neuroscience helps us understand how yoga addresses every aspect of mind and body, and why the practice of yoga is so powerful and necessary in our search for worldly and spiritual fulfillment. Embracing embodiment is the key to equanimity, and the secret power of yoga.
Drawing from the hatha yoga tradition, the Yoga Sutra, and decades of immersion in the oral tradition, Sandra and Dr. Carrie will share yoga’s wisdom and practices in a modern frame to help you find the most effective approaches to a balanced and happy life.
Discussion and practice topics include:
- Afflicted states of mind (kleshas) from the yogic and neuroscience point of view
- How specific yoga practices work in the context of the polyvagal theory to manage anxiety, stress, anger, greed and selfishness
- The run-away negativity bias, and yogic antidotes
- Narrative and experiential modes of identity and integrating all aspects of intelligence
- Asana for self-acceptance and present-moment awareness
- Energetic alignment and integration with the practice of asana and meditation
- How and why meditation can integrate somatic awareness and the thinking mind
- The importance and practice of contemplation