Kindling the Flame
June 13 – 25
The pandemic was hard on practice. The forces of isolation seeped into our bones, often leaving us brittle and cold. Some of us lost touch with Ashtanga Yoga. Others leaned in, and learned to go it alone. But we all experienced a shift in our relationship to the practice. And certain things will never be quite the same. Still, the longing to practice together is smoldering in our hearts, and when we bring ourselves to stretch, we can feel the radiant warmth of those old memories, almost forgotten, of moving together with deep, rhythmic breath. Kindling the Flame is about recovering our lost love for sharing this practice together, our spiritual need to commune together around the wisdom of our breathing bodies – not as we did before, but as we must do now, after that long year of reckoning.
In this immersion, we move softly, gently, in lucid awareness of where we have just been, honoring the immensity of the experience, while reopening to new possibilities, and stepping into new strength. Instead of learning new tricks, we focus on integrating the seismic shifts that we have just experienced, while allowing ourselves to reimagine the ritual of Ashtanga from within.
This immersion will involve supported, self-guided asana practice (Mysore), followed by gentle sessions of pranayama and hear-centered meditation, along with a series of workshop explorations in energetic alignment. There will be some searching talks on secular spirituality, the yoga of relationship, and what it means to practice together in 2021
The entire program will be devoted to supporting our revival, as fellow seekers, who wish to move on from this time of isolation with a renewed awareness, and a renewed sense of what it means to practice yoga in community. Together we will hold space for one another to connect to the timeless wisdom of the heart, so we can allow that wisdom to guide us both personally and collectively.
Asana: 8:00 – 10:00
Pranayama: 10:15 – 11:00
Workshop: 11:30 – 1:00
*Saturday, June 19, (Juneteenth) off for observance and rest
We will also have a Mysore program running June-August in the Shambhala center. So if you wish to extend your time of practice with us in Boulder in the weeks before or after the intensive, you are welcome to join. Register for Mysore here.
$1200 Registration is secure upon $400 deposit, with the remaining balance due by June 3. Refunds will be issued upon request, minus $100 for administrative fees until August 3. No refunds will be issued after Aug 3, except under extenuating circumstances. To register, make your registration deposit by clicking the register button below. You will receive a confirmation email promptly.
Boulder Shambhala Center
In this immersion you will be invited to stare into your own depths, with courage and compassion, and to extend those same qualities to those around you. Some facility with the Ashtanga Vinyasa method is essential, but there are no requirements of postural or technical proficiency. There will be no performative pressures, and we will engage ourselves with softness and an abiding sense of humor. People with injuries and special conditions who have a genuine interest in our subject are absolutely welcome to join.