Complementarity 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.
In these retreats 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 not merely the postures, but also 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.
Three-night Green Gulch Retreat
April 23-26, 2020 Retreat Cancelled due to COVID-19
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 priviledge 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 whose background include both practices.
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.
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Two Five-night Tassajara Zen & Yoga Retreats
Joyful Ease: Your Own True Body
July 19-24 & August 9-14 (click one of these links to register)
With Patricia and Eijun Linda Cutts, Senior Dharma Teacher
Although distinct practices, Hatha Yoga and Zen Buddhism share some supportive and complimentary teachings. Both traditions offer practices and guidance in living from integrity and compassion in the world. In the yoga classes we embody the poses through awareness to detail and breath 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. We’re discovering our inherent Joyful Ease, Our Own True Body.
In our Zazen and discussion sessions with Linda we discover even more deeply the resonance and mutual support these two embodiment practices offer. The first day of the retreat, before our first yoga class, Linda will offer zazen instruction in the Tassajara Zendo. It’s a great way to start the retreat, even if you’ve had zazen instruction before.
We look forward to seeing you at Tassajara!
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With love, Patricia