with Megan Ruggiero
Saturday, August 7
Explore the yin to the yang of yoga that Westerners are used to. Yin yoga, which incorporates ancient Chinese Daoist principles, is an essential part of any Hatha yoga practice.
Yin yoga postures can be held anywhere from 10 breaths to 10 minutes and beyond, in order to stretch and strengthen the connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments of the body. With its long hold times and a strong emphasis on awareness of the breath, yin yoga may be considered “quiet” or "calm,” but regardless the yang will always be found within the yin, and the yin within the yang.
We will discuss optimal anatomical alignment and modifications of each pose, practice a short and gentle flow to counter some of the lengthier durations of time held in the yin poses, and finish with breathing exercises before Savasana.
with Jennifer Lenhart
Saturday, July 24
Did you know that rejuvenation comes from spending time upside down?
The heart gets a break, circulation is improved, organs feel relief from gravity, the spine decompresses, mental clarity is improved, minds become calmer, the endocrine system is stimulated, the core is strengthened, the effects of age and gravity on our bodies is reduced, blood pressure is lowered, and the nervous system is soothed.
Inversions carry a wealth of benefits and the degree of the incline is not important. Simply getting your heart above your head, to whatever degree, is of benefit to your body and mind.
While the inverted postures of yoga are extremely beneficial, they may sometimes seem intimidating. In this workshop, gain confidence for your inversion practice as you learn proper alignment techniques, how to use props (including the wall) to assist with your practice, as well as preparatory poses and modifications. After a vigorous warm-up asana practice, we'll workshop headstand (and its variations), forearm stand, handstand, and shoulder stand. Gain a new perspective and shift your perception by turning your world upside down!
Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Taos, NM
July 10-16, 2022
Join Jennifer Lenhart on a 6-day spiritual retreat in magical Taos, New Mexico.
Bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and at an elevation of 6,969', Taos is located in the high desert of northern New Mexico. Along with breathtaking natural beauty, hiking, and mineral hot springs, Taos is known for historic adobe buildings (including Taos Pueblo). As a longtime artist colony, the town offers many galleries and museums showcasing local and regional artwork. Our retreat accommodations are a charming adobe-style lodge built-in 1925.
Taos is also home to the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram & Hanuman Temple. Baba Neem Karoli (known to his devotees as Mahara-ji) was the beloved guru of Ram Dass. Auspiciously, our retreat in the “Land of Enchantment” coincides with the July full moon and the holiday Guru Purnima, a traditional celebration dedicated to gurus, or enlightened spiritual masters. On this day, seekers offer gratitude and devotion to their gurus and receive their blessings. Visiting the Baba Neem Karoli Ashram will be one of the optional excursions offered to our group.
Retreats offer us a chance to step away from the busyness of daily life in order to reconnect with nature and ourselves, to build community with like-minded seekers, and to work on our spiritual practice in an immersive and intentional way. Our retreat will include daily breath-centered and mindful Jivamukti yoga asana practice; dharma talks and discussion focusing on the teachings of Ram Dass and Mahara-ji; seated guided and seated silent meditation; walking meditation (on the retreat center’s outdoor labyrinth); pranayama (breathing exercises); chanting mantras accompanied by the harmonium; singing bowls; a karma yoga service project; and nourishing home-cooked plant-based meals. There will also be plenty of free time for resting, enjoying the pool and hot tub at the retreat center, and exploring nature and the town of Taos.
Save $300 on shared accommodations when you register by August 1, 2021. Learn more and register here: https://truenaturetravels.com/retreats/yoga-us-jennifer/