Join Us for Sustainable Yoga for Life with Cyndi Lee
June 28-30, 2019 at Cooper Street Yoga in Memphis, TN
This weekend workshop unfolds the practice of Sustainable Vinyasa, a medium paced flow practice designed to balance your physical and mental strength, stability, clarity, mobility. Based on the long view of Sustainability, these vinyasa practices will energize and enhance you today as well as expand your capacity to move, breath and live well in the future. Sustainable Vinyasa, grounded in the practice of Mindfulness, helps us care for ourselves in a way that naturally helps us care for others and our whole world.
INDIVIDUAL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
FRIDAY NIGHT (2.5 hours)
Gathering the Threads of Attention
We will toggle between warming vinyasas, walking meditation, pranayama and bright attention; threading awareness throughout each different activity. This active class will involve sitting, lying, rocking and rolling, twisting and using props to invert. Several downward dogs will pop up, but no standing up on your legs poses will happen this evening. Yes, you will sweat. And the uniqueness of this class will leave you feeling nimble, fresh and clear.
Sustainable Yoga: Slow Flow for Life (2.5-3 hours)
Sustainable yoga is a practice of working with all the ingredients of your life, as you are and as you change. Cyndi will talk about sustainability, boredom, mindfulness and mendfulness. The dynamic sequencing of Cyndi’s medium-paced Slow Flows and three variations of savasana will focus on clarifying methods of rotation, extension, contraction and receptivity. Taking time to observe the effects of our yoga actions helps us have agency in our practice and our life, now and in the future.
Mindfulness of Body – (2.5 or 3 hours)
Mindfulness of Body is an integrated mind-breath-body training practice which teaches us to fall back into the simplicity of each moment. Cyndi will unfold the traditional layers of this powerful Buddhist practice in mini-talks on Sati or Mindfulness: Establishing Presence of Mind, Contemplating Externally, Impermanence and Insight. Meditation practice will sandwich a slow-flow asana practice focusing on connections, transitions, presence and your own mind on motion. Standing poses, floor work, backbends, working on our hands, going upside down and turning inside out — find out what yoga feels like when it grows from a practice of arriving in every step.
Practice as Refuge, Not Escape – (3 hours)
Sometimes our motivation to practice is strongest when we feel overwhelmed, directionless and ungrounded. Although yoga is meant to be a path to awakening, we may find that we are using practice to escape from reality.
In this workshop, Cyndi offers Three Tenets and Four Guidelines, which we will explore through lecture, discussion, pranayama, asana and meditation, enabling you to transform stress, fear, confusion and boredom into confidence, security and kindness; to feel grounded even when your world is upside down.