Complimentarity of Yoga and Zen Practices in Retreat Settings
Although distinct practices, Hatha Yoga and Zen Buddhism have many supportive and complimentary teachings as well. Both traditions offer practices and guidance in living from integrity and compassion in this world.
Morning yoga classes include active postures taken from the Iyengar system as well as other traditions. Deep relaxation is always included along with meditation. In the yoga classes we embody the poses through awareness to detail with an emphasis on curiosity, exploration, and modification according to individual need. We cultivate strength and suppleness in the physical body as well as sensitivity in order to better notice how our thoughts, feelings, and intentions affect our actions in the daily life of relationships. This includes personal relationship as well as our relationship with all beings.
In the afternoon, each student is thoroughly supported in specifically targeted Restorative Postures, the very shape of which both pacify and deeply nourish us and allow us to rest in our true heart, our true nature and penetrate beyond the surface of our body/mind/heart.
July 5-10, 2019 with Patricia and Myoju Erin Merk: Yoga & Zen, the Heart of Infinite Tenderness
(Friday afternoon to Wednesday morning)
August 4-9, 2019 with Patricia and Myo-on Mary Stares
(Sunday afternoon to Friday morning)
Deep in Carmel Valley in the peaceful wilderness the Tassajara community provides an oasis of calm just waiting to nurture you.
The hot springs and cold creek soothe body and heart.
The new Retreat Hall is a spacious and beautiful place to gather for practice, where we will rediscover and deepen our joy of life when we’re more in touch with our innate essence.
We’ll have 4 full days of practice with a half day on either end, so plenty of time to drop in.
Three-night Green Gulch Retreat
October 24-27, 2019
4 pm Thursday – 1 pm Sunday
Green Gulch Farm sponsors retreats with me and a zen co-teacher twice a year and it’s my great joy and privilege to offer them. Many people frequently return, and new faces arrive each time as well. In this retreat the two daily asana (posture) classes will be led by Patricia Sullivan and the Zen meditations and discussions by Myoju Erin Merk, longtime friend and Dharma sister with a long background in both practices.
In this three-night retreat, with two full days for practice and half a day on either side, we offer you an opportunity to enter deeply into a slower, more reflective environment than perhaps your home and work environments provide. And also into the beauty of Green Gulch Farm and environs. A chance to allow what is deepest inside you to be revealed and experienced.
Sessions of our zen and yoga practices combine to create a unique experience each time. In my particular approach to yoga we we often spend time in poses in order to explore them deeply and sometimes work intensely; and only rarely do we practice vinyasa flow. You are always encouraged to modify for your individual needs. We sometimes practice simple Qigong movements as warm-ups. Registrations are open now. Visit the Green Gulch webpage for more information. This retreat will appear in the Green Gulch Calendar in June or July.
You may contact me through my website, patriciasullivanyoga.com
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With love, Patricia