Attending a retreat is a chance to reignite our yoga practice, refresh our spirits, and reset our lives on a course that feels more balanced and sustainable. But what can we do when leaving home is neither wise nor possible? Together, we’ll bring the atmosphere of a retreat into each of our individual homes, consciously setting aside the day for self-care and self-renewal.
Your home retreat will begin with a morning yoga class led by Donna designed to gently enliven the body and calm the mind and emotions. After a short break, Donna will lead a fun Ayurvedic cooking class, sharing two of her favourite kitchari recipes; one for warm summer conditions and one for cooler climes. In the afternoon, Karla Brodie, will guide you through a series of Restorative Yoga postures with handy hints for tailoring each practice to create ambrosial comfort.
You can download the PDF of recipes for both main dishes and some tasty side dishes and condiments to tempt your taste buds from inside Lesson One now so that you can finish your retreat day fully prepared for a nourishing dinner.
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Most historic Yoga lineages and methods have relied on models for teaching that are hard wired to ensure the student’s dependence upon the teacher as the ultimate (and sometimes only) point of reference. This pedagogic model has persisted within contemporary Yoga styles with new yoga hybrids simply filtered through the same archaic lens. Encapsulated in the phrase “Simon Says”, teachers are trained to deliver authoritative instruction with students striving to obediently replicate a posture or practice. This makes for students who become passive recipients of information rather than active participants engaged in shared inquiry and adaptive learning. This externally referenced model for teaching can gradually erode people’s ability to access and trust their own perception, kinesthesia and interoception. Donna will explore the conscious steps teachers can make to create a context for students to become adept at investigating, deducting, adapting and evolving their yoga practice. We will learn about the conditions that foster people’s ability to perceive, process and integrate the signals from within their bodies. Not only can this approach yield exceptional results for students; crossing the bridge from Simon Says to Self-Sovereignty teaching can make teaching a satisfying lifelong career.
All people enrolled in the course are encouraged to review the bonus 1-hour keynote address “Empowering People Through Interoception”. This gives an overview of the material covered in the course.
Each session will include an introductory lecture followed by a guided experiential practice intended to model shared-inquiry pedagogy. The experiential part of each session may include sitting meditation, Body Weather Reading, guided movement inquiry, and both active and passive gentle yoga practice. There will be time at the end of each session for questions and answers.
How long should I stay? How deep should I go? What should I do today? What should I be feeling? These are all questions that arise through seeking an external reference and standing outside our own direct experience. Yet, the “breaking news” of the body’s weather is arising moment-to-moment as a fresh and accurate portrayal of our inner experience, whatever it may be. Learning to adapt, clothe, and to tailor our approach based on this body weather report can transform your Yoga practice into a powerful self-inquiry that paves the way towards self-knowledge and self-healing.
Our sense perception offers us knowledge through direct experience versus knowledge as information, yet from a very young age we’re taught to distrust our felt perception. Years of indoctrination in methods, techniques, and formulaic paradigms developed by outside authorities can tyrannize perception, pulling us away from, rather than towards, our own insight. Unconscious conditioning about pain, comfort, effort and relaxation can thwart self-care towards self-coercion. This intensive is a chance to explore building a greater connection to and confidence in your own kinesthesia (interoception). As you shift from the outward striving of acquisition towards the inward journey of inquisitiveness the body suggests new options, vectors, and subtle possible entry points into movement leading you back to what is true and helpful.
There are six sessions, each 2.5 hours including a presentation of the day's focus, followed by experiential practices such as Body Weather Reading in sitting meditation, guided movement inquiry, both active and Restorative yoga practice, and deep relaxation. An additional section of questions and answers was recorded and is presented here.
This intensive is for practitioners of Yoga and somatics with at least one year of consistent personal practice.
These three videos were created in response to persistent areas of concern since the SIJ course was first released in 2017.
In 20 minutes Donna covers three common yoga practices that contribute to gradual and unknowing erosion of the SIJ integrity, provokes questions and offers alternatives.
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About this Course: This series of Mini Tutorials is an introduction to Donna's 8 hour in-depth course on Lower Back Health with a focus on the Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ). The objective is to understand SIJ anatomy, which gives insights into how your yoga practice can support SIJ stability and strength, and how some common mis-informed instruction can degrade and actually cause SIJ instability, weakness and pain.