KAPHA SEASON PRACTICE
Building Heat to Melt Away Winter
Yoga and Ayurveda call late winter and spring Kapha season- where the elements of earth and water are dominant.
Nature is full of density with a build up of cold, wet and heavy properties. Building our inner fire is the best way to usher in spring and melt away winter stagnation. This two hour practice will build the inner fire called agni through movement, breath work, bandhas and abdominal postures. You will feel lighter, stronger and more balanced.
RATNA LING WEEKEND RETREAT
Join Nikki for an unforgettable weekend away in the redwood forests of Sonoma County. Unplug and unwind with daily yoga practices, relaxing guided meditations and several hours in the afternoon to explore this naturally beautiful and secluded setting. Delicious farm-to-table vegetarian meals are lovingly prepared with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a private bedroom in a bright and spacious cottage wonderfully outfitted with luxury bedding, living room with fireplace, kitchen, coffee/tea facilities, spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtub and large deck with panoramic views and comfortable outdoor furniture.
YOGA AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS
A 35-Hour Immersion
Using the five elements—earth, water, fire, air and space—as a framework for study, we will see how these qualities govern the interplay between the physical and energetic worlds. Each session will focus on a specific element, where it is located in the body and in the cosmos. We will learn practices that correspond to these elements in order to bring healing and balance.
This profoundly experiential series will transport you to depths of yoga not possible in public classes. To fortify your growth, there will be some journaling, homework and reading assignments.
- explore more advanced and rarely taught pose
- develop advanced meditation techniques
- learn how to remove obstacles to a successful life
- reduce fear and tension
- release your hidden potential
- expand joy and wisdom
Hours earned in this workshop are available as credit in the Yoga Tree 500 & 1000 hour programs.
Integrate spirituality into all aspects of your life
San Francisco, CA
Tantra integrates spirituality into all aspects of one’s life, cultivating more peace, joy and personal success. It stems from a worldview that sees the “divine” or universal energy permeating everything. After an introduction to Tantra philosophy, we’ll cultivate that energy through a yoga practice that includes asana, pranayama and meditation.
YOGA WITH THE GAYATRI MANTRA
Highly revered, the Gayatri Mantra is one of the world’s oldest and most sacred mantras from the Vedic tradition. Renowned for its perceived power to heal, protect and awaken, the Gayatri is beloved by millions of people around the world. Chanting the Gayatri is said to deeply purify the chanter and the listener. It honors deva Savitr, the sun god.
Many cultures around the world recognize the significance of the sun during Winter Solstice. It’s a time of darkness—when we have the least hours of daylight in the whole year. It’s the perfect time to honor the power of the sun as an external force, but more importantly, as an internal force. Sun represents light, energy and knowledge.
While practicing asana we will chant the Gayatri in a call and response manner out loud one line at a time (you don’t have to know it by heart). As we move through the practice, we will begin to chant the Gayatri internally, where the power of mantra is increased.
The session will include pranayama and meditation.
THE ART AND SKILL OF PRACTICE: SEQUENCING FOR DEDICATED STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
This 3-day workshop includes practice and theory appropriate for both dedicated students and teachers alike. Each session begins with an extensive practice structured physically, energetically and spiritually, followed by lecture and discussion on the science and skill behind the practice.
THE ART AND SKILL OF SEQUENCING
YOGA SUTRAS & HATHA YOGA PRADIPIKA