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Cultivating the Body and Breath of Zazen: A Zen and Yoga Retreat, CC 5/12

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Unzan Mako Voelkel
Jody Greene

Eventbrite - Cultivating the Body and Breath of Zazen: A Zen and Yoga Retreat (May/CC)

Saturday, May 12
1 - 4 pm
with Mako Voelkel and Jody Greene

City Center Buddha Hall

Settling into an upright balanced sitting position with the breath flowing deeply and easefully is a wonderful foundation for the open awareness of seated meditation. In this workshop we'll explore the yoga postures and breath practices that help to create the flexibility and strength that sustain zazen. This will include both holding postures that open the hips, back, and shoulders and the practice of Vinyasa (flow) yoga routines that awaken both body and breath. We will also consider techniques that aid in working with specific physical limitations and/or injuries.

This workshop assumes no prior experience with the practice of yoga, and is designed for all students of zazen.

This afternoon workshop will include guided yoga practice, seated Zen meditation and instruction, guided breathing practices, a Dharma talk, and some time for sharing.

Retreat fee: $40; $36 SFZC members; $32 limited income.

Registration: Use the Register Online button above. Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.

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Unzan Mako Voelkel

Unzan Mako Voelkel has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1997. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full time resident at Tassajara. Ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2004 and Shuso at Tassajara in 2009, she has served in several senior staff positions, most recently as the Tassajara Director. In 2012 she and her partner Graham Ross took a year of travel in Asia and Europe before becoming co-Tantos at the Austin Zen Center, where they now live and practice.


Jody Greene
Jody Greene has been a zen practitioner since 2001, practicing in both lay and monastic settings. She teaches Vinyasa Flow yoga and meditation at Yoga Tree in San Francisco.