Special Sadhana: Spring Renewal
A Sunday Afternoon Extended Yoga Practice
April 28, 2013
1:30 to 5:00 PM
The word "sadhana" (SAH-da-na) refers to a yoga practice that consciously invites a connection to spirit. After a long Montreal winter, the thaw of spring and returning of green is a natural opportunity to rejuvenate one’s own inner landscape of body, mind and spirit.
In this special yoga intensive, you will be given the time and space to deeply nourish yourself through ancient practices that renew, cleanse and balance our vital energies.
During this three and half hour extended practice, we will
• share in chanting to clear stagnation
• explore warming and cleansing postures in flow and in stillness
• restore and balance vital energies with pranayama
• learn and practice a set of hand mudras that supports the free flow of prana
• experience a full practice of yoga nidra
As we deepen our practice, not only does the wellbeing of our organisms flourish - but our connection to a deeper Stillness flowers.
This special session is open to all levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Basic familiarity with yoga will be assumed. This practice is not recommended for pregnancy or other circumstances that require more specific guidance.
Visit the Kripalu Yoga page and the Yoga Nidra page to learn more about this practice and about yoga nidra.
To learn more about the Spring 2013 schedule of evening yoga classes (April 8th - June 13th), please visit the registration page.
Please contact Clearlight if you have any questions.
Clearlight Gerald, MA, E-RYT
$60.00 (includes taxes, 5% GST & 9.975% QST)
Enrollment is limited, it is recommended to register early in order to secure a space. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment in full (by phone with a credit card or by mail with a cheque payable to 'Clearlight Gerald'). Workshop fee must be received within 5 days of initial registration to hold your space. Workshop fees are refundable only if your space can be filled - less a processing fee of $20.
Contact Clearlight for more information or to reserve your place, by email or by
phone (514) 933-8671.
Yogaspace Studio (at Centre L'Esprit)
5252 de Maisonneuve West, #100
Montreal, Qc H4A 3S5
Other special weekend sadhana intensives have included:
Sadhana Intensives: Yoga Movement, Breathing & Yoga Nidra Meditation
In this series of sadhanas we explore a re-orientation of perspective - welcoming ourselves, each moment and each experience exactly as is. In doing so, we cultivate a greater sense of peace in how we live our lives, and a deeper connection to our true nature.
These practices will each include a mindful yoga movements, pranayama (breathing), chanting and a fully guided practice of Yoga Nidra. This series will provide an opportunity to either begin or continue your exploration of yoga nidra meditation.
Awakening Prana: Balance
In this sadhana we will explore yogic techniques to increase and balance the flow of prana (life energy) within, thereby enhancing mental clarity, our own healing potential and a deeper self-understanding.
This afternoon will explore the theme of balance at both a physical and energetic level. The practice will include both energizing and calming postures, warming and cooling breathing techniques and hand mudras to support the free flow of prana.
Balance allows a natural sense of inner stillness and connection to surface to awareness. The session will conclude with silent meditation and deep relaxation.
Welcoming Presence: A meditative practice of movement, breath, chanting and stillness
Most of the time we are lost in the noise created by the ups and downs of our own lives, and much of our energy is spent agonizing over the way things ‘should be.’ All too often when we come to our yoga mats we bring this orientation of striving, achieving, and judging into our personal practices.
This special practice session will include slow, mindful movements as well as breathing, devotional chanting, yoga nidra and the stillness of seated meditation.
Exploring Pratyahara in a Blindfolded Practice and Yoga Nidra
"Pratyahara" is the practice of turning the attention inward and transcending sensory impressions. This practice is guided by the teaching that underneath the drama of our lives and our identity with our ego-selves, lies our true nature - pure Presence. When we dive into the spaciousness within, we open to the experience of our true selves.
Each practitioner will have an opportunity to practice blindfolded, to dive more deeply into the internal experience of movement and breathing techniques. During the final hour of the sadhana, you will be introduced and guided through an experience of yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is an ancient system of progressive relaxation and self-inquiry.
Svadhyaya in Asana and Meditation Practice
In this sadhana we explore the niyama 'svadhyaya' (self-reflection or self-study) in the form of guided reflections concerning your life direction and highest goals. This yoga practice will invite positive change in your life off the mat. The afternoon will include an in-depth asana practice, which will be punctuated by pranayama practice and guided meditative self-inquiry. The session will conclude with a deep relaxation.
Welcoming the New Year, Welcoming Authenticity
The emphasis of this extended practice will be on coming into greater alignment with your authentic self - both on the mat during your practice and off the mat in your daily life. This practice supports cultivating a trust in oneself as the final authority in regards to the decisions we make and actions we take, and ultimately how we view our place in the universe.
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