with Donald Moyer and Shosan Victoria Austin
June 13-17 (Thursday-Monday)
6 months experience in meditation and/or yoga recommended
Find inner readiness for the coming year through steady, rhythmic practice of Iyengar yoga and Soto Zen forms emphasizing nourishment and integration of body, breath, mind and intellect.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi taught, "It is the readiness of the mind that is wisdom." In practical terms, how can we cultivate an unshakeable readiness of mind that is flexible enough to adapt to the ever-changing demands of our lives? In both the disciplines of Iyengar yoga and Soto Zen, the practitioner develops elasticity in the diaphragm so that stress and strain is readily absorbed and settled. The mind clears, and one is free to enjoy life.
In this four-day retreat, we will focus on developing slow, effortless breathing in seated meditation, pranayama, and asana practice. Our aim is to build sources of renewed vigor, calm, and tranquility that will decrease stress and cultivate calm abiding in the midst of the challenges and transformations of our lives.Retreat fee:
Donald Moyer is the founder of The Yoga Room in Berkeley, California, has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1971, and teaching since 1974. He is the author of Yoga: Awakening the Inner Body.
Shosan Victoria Austin
Shosan Victoria Austin came to Zen practice in 1971. She was ordained by Zentatsu Richard Baker in 1982 and received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1999. Since her first Iyengar Yoga practice in 1978 and her first “Yoga for Sitters” class offering in 1984, she has explored how these two disciplines of mindful action support and sustain each other. She currently teaches at San Francisco Zen Center, the Iyengar Yoga Institute, Abode of Iyengar Yoga, and other venues around the country.