Friday February 2nd from 530pm - 730pm 3rd Eye: Yin Yoga, Dream Work, and Meditation
Yin Yoga's techniques of surrender and observation naturally opens what the Yogis called the Third Eye: the space where visions and dreams are projected...though not necessarily where they originate. As the deep tissue is released in Yin Yoga, water channels open up in the physical body, the energy flows more freely and an equally fluid course of visions often follow. Working a variety of these Meridian lines with a complete sequence can induce an equally wide spectrum of imagery which begin to interweave and create a landscape of stories. At this point the Yogi has a golden opportunity: An opportunity to achieve Lucidity in the terms of Western Dream Science, or Samadhi in the terms of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras; An opportunity to see and interact clearly and calmly with our Shadows as well as our Higher Selves. The intention of this practice will be to develop Third Eye receptivity while freeing the joints of stagnation and fixation.
Saturday February 3rd from 130pm - 430pm Flying-Dragon/Sleeping-Swan: A Yang/Yin Yoga Sequence
The quiet, long held, deep tissue work of Yin Yoga is only half of the equation in a fuller Taoist Yoga practice. Yang Yoga is its complement of continuous movement to bring strong blood and Chi movement into the Yogis muscles and meridians. In this session we will explore the Flying Dragon sequence: Big circular movements, graceful twists, bends, and colorful, creative imagery and visualization. Grow wings in this Fire fueled sequence only to transform your effort into a deeply surrendering Sleeping Swan.
Sunday February 4th from 130pm - 430pm Yin Yoga and Chakra/Meridian Meditation
The mysteries of the energetic body go as deep as the Spirit, as deep as the mysteries of life and death. The study of the Chakras and Meridians is the study of the wheels and rivers of subtle energy that unite our physical, emotional and thinking bodies. Yin Yoga directly affects the Meridian system. And the techniques of surrender can lead the practitioner into her spine where the Chakra wheels spin and deep truths reside. Joe will present an outline of the Ancient Theory of the Three Bodies (Chakra layers) and how it blends with the Modern Meridian Theory through a brief lecture. However, the real education is in the practice: A Yin Yoga sequence to release thick fibrous channels of Fascia where the Meridian lines commonly stagnate; And brief but potent seated Chakra Meditations to pull the freed energy deep into the spine in order to facilitate a healthy progression of Heart, Mind and Spirit.
COST: $90 Early Bird (through January 1st) / $100 after January 1st
Joe Barnett, ERYT-500, based loosely in both Cincinnati, OH and Tucson, AZ, has been teaching for 14 years. He travels nationally and internationally year round offering presentations and trainings on Yin and Yang (Vinyasa) forms of Yoga. He provides a deep study (both experiential and anatomical) of the crude physical Skeleton and Fascia, as well as the more subtle Meridians and Chakras. Joe is a senior student and primary teaching assistant of Paul Grilley, a true Yoga Scientist and founder of Yin Yoga. After several years of apprenticing under Paul, Joe began roaming the globe to spread the word of his teacher’s work: 1) Yin Yoga, 2) a Functional Analysis of the Skeleton, and 3) Chakra Meditation. Naturally he began training yoga teachers across the world how to begin using these practical models to help others find a quiet practice of surrender. “Joe Barnett has been our friend and assistant for many years. He has two qualities that make him an excellent presenter: he knows the anatomical principles and he relates to people in a sympathetic manner. His presentations are unhurried, hands on demonstrations, this is the easiest way to absorb these ideas.” ~ Paul and Suzee Grilley However, his play time is usually spent practicing, teaching and drawing others into AcroYoga which he has been playing since 2006 when he met Jason Magness, Co-Founder of YogaSlackers, with whom he continues to train/play whenever he can. In 2010, Joe traveled to Montreal to receive both levels of certification through the original AcroYogis Eugene Poku and Jessie Goldberg.