Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:30am - 4:30pm
with Samantha Ostergaard
and Do-On Robert Thomas Buddha Hall at 300 Page Street
Nourish yourself and celebrate the Spring season by joining Samantha and Robert as we practice becoming intimate with the fundamental experience of our body as a way to realize our interconnectedness with everything around us. The yoga will focus both on the immediacy of the present moment within a flow of asanas, and the experience of aliveness in the depth of restorative postures. Through a deeply satisfying yoga practice and informed by the expansive vision of Zen Buddhist teachings and meditation, together we will cultivate an open, receptive, and flexible mind and body.
As long-time practitioners of both yoga and Zen Buddhism, Samantha and Robert integrate yoga and Zen as complementary spiritual practices, supporting and guiding the group with a combination of yoga practice, sitting meditation, group exercises and discussion. The yoga practice will prepare your body and mind for meditation, and no experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome!
$90; $81 current SFZC members; $72 limited income. A delicious organic vegetarian lunch from Greens Restaurant is included. Some scholarships are available; see About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
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Do-On Robert Thomas
Do-On Robert Thomas has been practicing Zen Buddhism since 1993, was ordained as a Zen priest in 2000, and received dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2009. He served as president of San Francisco Zen Center for seven years, overseeing the three temples. Since 2004 Robert has led retreats that combine the complementary practices of Zen and Yoga.
Samantha Ostergaard is a Zen student and yoga teacher who has used yoga to support her zazen practice for almost fifteen years. Her teaching of yoga is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism, and in her retreats she teaches yoga as a meditative practice of paying close attention to the body, the breath, and the mental and emotional processes. Samantha lived and practiced at Tassajara for three years, receiving lay ordination from Zoketsu Norman Fischer in 2000.