Dr. Robert Svodoba, Dr. Scott Blossom, and Dr. Claudia Welch at 8 Limbs Yoga
This weekend I’m spending Saturday and Sunday in a workshop with Dr. Robert Svoboda & Dr. Scott Blossom, and Dr. Claudia Welch at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle. Today was the first day, where we first listened to a talk by Dr. Svodoba about the nature of prana, then Scott Blossom lead us through a practice, which was very Shadow Yoga-ish, and then Dr. Welch guided us through an exercise of paying attention to prana.
Here are there of my favorite sayings from them today:
- Scott Blossom: “We’ve got to have ha-tha, not just ha-ha, or tha-tha.”
- Claudia Welch: “Daily, unbecoming something is a very useful practice.” (She told a fable demonstrating how we “become” something, or somebody, and get attached to it, which brings us pain.)
- Robert Svodoba: “The challenge is to surrender to the pace of the body.” “I don’t know about you, but I’d rather run around as a chicken with my head on.”
Here’s the description of the workshop from the 8 Limbs Yoga’s website, pasted here for record, because 8 Limbs does not archive this information.
“The cultivation of prana has always been achieved through simple and uncomplicated movements” – Zhander Remete
How is it that master yogis can perform extraordinary feats of physical and mental flexibility and stamina effortlessly? And what does developing these kinds of abilities have to do with becoming a wise and compassionate person?
Yoga traditions both Indian and Taoist view the life force, known as prana or chi, as the foundation of the body and mind. Both systems offer us simple ways for understanding, feeling, and cultivating this power within us. Though one may develop some degree of physical ability, without understanding prana the deeper aspects of yoga will remain dormant.
The ancient hatha yoga texts offer direct insight into how we can practice yoga to align ourselves with the currents and rhythms of our prana. From this perspective yoga practice becomes not only a way to live in greater harmony with the laws of the physical body and world but as well a means to recognize the power of our minds and hearts.
Join Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Scott Blossom, and Dr. Claudia Welch for a weekend of vinyasa yoga and Ayurvedic insight into how to live in harmony with our prana on and off the mat. This will likely be Dr. Svoboda’s last public appearance in Seattle before he retires from public speaking.
Saturday: 12:30 – 4:30pm & 6:30 – 8:30pm
Robert E. Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. A student of the Aghori Vimalananda, and the author of more than a dozen books, he lectures and consults around the world.
Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic Consultant. He has been studying yoga for over eighteen years and teaching for twelve. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda.
A Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Welch began her study of Ayurveda in 1987, under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Svoboda. Prior to coming to New Mexico, Claudia spent three years in India studying Ayurveda and related subjects, and after arriving in New Mexico, studied for many years with Dr. Vasant Lad.