Cultivating Presence in Body, Mind and Breath
A Workshop with Samantha Lawrence
Saturday Nov 7, 2015
10am – 1pm
In these hectic and stressful times, even our yoga practice has become a place to push ourselves and “check out”. Quite often we are stuck in loop-thinking and negative self judgment through our entire practice, perhaps without even being aware that this is occurring. According to the Yoga Sutras, book 2, verse 46, “The posture should be steady and comfortable” but how can we attain this, without cultivating presence and awareness of what the body, mind and breath are experiencing?
In this 3 hour workshop, Samantha will guide students through awareness of body and breath practices and gentle and restorative yoga postures. Students will gain an awareness of where the breath is living in the body, how to move breath more fully, as well as how to develop a gentleness towards physical and mental discomfort. Gentle and restorative yoga poses help to open and relax the body, as well as to turn on the Parasympathetic Nervous System, quieting the fight or flight response. A restorative practice helps to bring the immune system, nervous system and endocrine systems back into balance. This is a beneficial practice for all, especially for those experiencing effects of high stress, chronic pain and illness. Class will consist of short lecture, yoga practice, and will open and close with meditation for developing concentration.
Please bring a yoga mat and blanket if you have one.
Suggested donation $25-$30 (no one is turned away for lack of funds)
The class is now full. Please sign up to be on the wait list here
Samantha Joseph has been practicing yoga since 2000, when she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She attributes her recovery, in large part to restorative yoga and meditation. She began teaching in 2009, after studying with Kelly Wood. She continued her education with Leeann Carey and Judith Lasater. She has training in meditation with Pema Chodron, Shinzen Young and George Haas and is proud to lovingly call them her teachers. In 2012, she founded TheraYoga Studio and the TheraYoga Method, in order to help others experience yoga and cultivate more unconditional love for themselves and their life experience.
This class will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029