Yoga and Mood Stabilization Series
Full Series: $225
Drop-in Rate: $80/session
Thursday, December 16, 2pm-5pm
Philosophy of Mood: Awareness and the Yoga Process
In yoga, darshana (view) comes first: we establish our perspective and from there, we set about on our journey of practice. In this session, we’ll weave our understanding of mood from the world of psychology with a definition of embodied awareness from the world of yoga. We’ll alternate between conversation and practice so that we can really ground our roots in this fascinating and subtle territory.
Friday, December 17, 2pm-5pm
Core Practices: Tuning Into Sensation
When we say the word “feeling” what comes to mind? For many of us, it’s a list of emotional states, or the well-worn binary of pain and pleasure. The physical practices of yoga rely on a deep attuning to the body’s primordial feelings: sensations. We’ll talk about what sensation is and why awareness of sensation is so key in the process of mood stabilization. And then we’ll dive into an all-levels practice that embodies the process of increasing sensitivity to the realm of subtle feeling.
Saturday, December 18, 12pm-3pm
Control and Surrender
The yoga practices are teeming with a fundamental tension between control and surrender. In destabilized mood states we tend to apply these practices unconsciously and unskillfully, releasing where we should contain and contracting where we’d benefit from expansion. After a short discussion of some ways this tension appears in the texts and practices of yoga, we’ll enjoy a full-spectrum practice of asana (posture), pranayama (breathwork), mantra (chanting), and samyama (meditative concentration).