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Yoga & Extinction Rebellion
The Somatics of Adaptation and Resistance
This Yoga Asana based workshop, will explore Extinction Rebellion, which is a phrase coined by Climate Change/Justice activists. Yoga & Extinction Rebellion offers participants the philosophical tenants of Yoga as a cognitive framework for facing impending social collapse.
We are currently in the sixth mass extinction phase, where we have been living in a disappearing world for some time now. It is estimated that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.
Yoga & Extinction Rebellion is about moving from denial to post-denial, where you can begin to incorporate the tools of The Deep Adaptation Agenda, coined by Jem Bendell, in a process of inter-personal/planetary reconciliation. The three aspects of the agenda are:
The Deep Adaptation Agenda posits a form of Radical Hope, "…a form of hope that’s consciously chosen after denial. It is a form of hope that is ‘empowered surrender’ to a situation."
Extinction is a natural process and both Extinction and Death are inevitable; inextricable from the cycle of life. Our denial of climate change and social catastrophe is embedded in our denial of physical death.
Yoga has something to teach about this "transition". The final Asana of every Yoga class is Savasana, corpse pose. What does it mean to assume a position of death as a place to relax?
Each day we will explore a verse from the Bhagavad Gita to help us understand decline, death and disappearance in a way that restores radical hope to the individual. In Dharmic traditions this hope is called Moksa, liberation. It is not meant to induce denial, but to foster engagement.
Get Up And Fight!
Welcome To Extinction Rebellion!
The Asana portion of this class will focus on standing poses, particularly Warrior Poses. We will also explore all the asanas that are named after non-human species, for example, Garuda/Eagle, Bakasana/Crane and Bhujangasana/Cobra as meditations in restorative justice.
All bodies and levels welcome!
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Yoga: Beyond Deep Somatics
This workshop seeks to reorient the practice of Asana towards the goal of Yoga. Something which is more than somatics or Yoga as something that is beyond deep somatics.
Yoga is more than embodied self-reflexivity. The word somatics was coined by Thomas Hanna to describe practices that involve an awareness of the interior of the soma, body. Western somatic practices can be seen as a "digestion" of Yoga. It is the West’s approach to understanding its own interiority, without an epistemological means to understanding the relationship of the body/mind/sense complex to consciousness itself.
This workshop will be mainly practice based including Kriyas, cleansing actions, Asana, postures, Pranayama, regulation of breath, Dhyanam, meditation, Bhakti, prayer and finally Vidya, knowledge. Using Kena Upanisad to help answer the question, who or what is the ear of the ear, the eye of the eye, i.e. who is the one behind the sense organ of sight, who is aware of the process and function of seeing?
This workshop is about relinquishing tone, really dropping into the parasympathetic nervous system and using this deep state as a place of self-inquiry.
All levels and bodies are welcome!
ARTISTBIO: Sri Louise
Increasingly critical of the culture surrounding Yoga, particularly in America, Sri Louise created a blog titled PostYoga, where she writes on the Intersection of Yoga, whiteness, anti-racism, anti-patriarchy, anti-capitalism, cultural-appropriation, colonialism, post-colonialism and decolonisation.
Her workshops are intended to affirm Yoga as a Moksa sadhana, a path of liberation that does not psychologically bypass the limiting social borders constructed by race, class and gender, but actually participates in deconstructing the cognitive dissonance that many Euro-Americans maintain in their quest for personal freedom and spiritual well being.
She is a long time disciple of Swami Dayananda Sarasvati, who is a traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta with a remarkable ability to bring the ontological self into unmistakable view.
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