Tias Little Workshop – September 2012, 8 Limbs Yoga, Seattle

This past weekend I did the following workshops with Tias Little.

Friday 6:30– 8:00pm
Yoga, Spiritual Perfectionism and the Zen Circle, a Dharma Talk with Tias

In yoga and Zen training the circle is a powerful metaphor for perfection and completion.  And yet the circle (enso in Zen) also suggests that which is incomplete, that which is still unfolding. Through meditation and dharma talk, this class explores  themes of physical and spiritual perfectionism that are relevant to all practitioners of yoga.

Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm, Blood
Blood is the essence of our life force, and the blood stream part of our nadi system. When blood bathes into all the cells and tissues of the body there is radiant health. This class is designed to help irrigate blood and lymph throughout the body.

2:00 – 5:00pm, Bones
As we age the bones become lighter and less stable. In this class we learn to stand in the bones where the marrow or deep life force resides. One of our aims is the practice of “bone dropping technique” to give weight to the bones.

Sunday 8:30am – 1:00pm, Breath and Joints
Breath is not only the inhalation and the exhalation, but the dynamic pumping of the life force (prana) throughout the entire body. In this class we practice suffusing blood into all the living tissues in order to oxygenate and revitalize the body tissues. The aim of a vital yoga practice is to keep the health of the joints. The nerve tracts, arteries and veins all pass through the joints, so when the joint space are supple, our overall circulation is improved. This class is devoted to detail movements in the knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists and spine.