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Layers of Awareness in Practice and in Life: A Yoga and Zen Retreat

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John Hayden
Unzan Mako Voelkel
with John Hayden and Unzan Mako Voelkel
June 29-July 1 (Friday-Sunday)

$170 ($145/Member)

Explore how deepening awareness in the present moment helps us access our true nature.

Iyengar yoga emphasizes precision in alignment as a way to develop mindfulness in the present moment and to access deeper layers of our being. Through practice we discipline the physical body, opening the way to more subtle layers of being: Breath, mind, intellect and spirit. In Soto Zen, men mitsu no kafu means “Careful attention to detail is the family/wind way.” This means that by paying close attention we are aligning ourselves with our true nature. This retreat will explore the integration of these sacred forms through asana, breath work, meditation and mindful being to help light the way.

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John Hayden

John Hayden is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and has been teaching Yoga in Northern California since 1998. John received his training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. The study of yoga philosophy plays an important role in John’s practice and teaching.

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.