Happy Holidays! I hope you are happy and supported and nurtured wherever you are in this time period of the calendar year that marks both the shortest day in the northern hemisphere and the longest in the southern. May your journey into 2017 be filled with joy and wonder.
If you are reading this newsletter I hope that I have had the honor of meeting you along the wandering path of the last year. In a year that took me to Bali, Sri Lanka, Goa, Mallorca, Alaska, Los Angeles, New York, London, Oslo, Milan, Vienna, Santorini, Paros, Los Angeles, Costa Rica, Tallahassee, Sydney, Melbourne, Apollo Bay, Byron Bay, Wellington and back to Bali, I have been holding this singular contemplation: How can I maintain a state of Flow?
Which is why I have chosen for my theme of 2017, simply, “Flow.”
December marks the second anniversary for Embodied Flow as a School of Yoga. And within its framework, my co-creator Scott Lyons and I have enquired: “How do we create a movement for better movement through life?” We have worked tirelessly for three years forging manuals, unpacking concepts, hashing out ideas, culling practices, and endeavoring to question the status quo in the arenas of training in order to stimulate the yoga conversation and to delve into life’s essential questions. The most essential one being how do we live in a state of flow?
I feel utter excitement and inspiration at what we are curating and by the individuals who have taken this journey along with us. I find myself in longer and longer periods of flow moving from airport to hotel to studio; from place to place, and practice to practice. Sitting in the deep knowing that we have hit on a vein of creative gold both with practice and purpose resembling the tone and frequency of a pure pitch vibrating in the ears of the of the recipient.
It hasn’t been all easy, but apparently some of conditions that create a flow state are being absorbed by that which you are involved with with a positive effect, in a frame that challenges your skill set. And by these standards I am absolutely consumed.
As we flow from one calendar to the next, I invite you to come explore with me, in a workshop, a retreat, a training. The longer the container, the greater the transformation. Of this there is no doubt in my mind. And as I move about the globe my observation is that the waves of challenge seem to be becoming bigger. My intention is to meet them with my full capacity and to offer the tools for others to do the same.
JANUARY 25 - FEBRUARY 1 BUILDING DIMENSION RETREAT SAMATA HOLISTIC CENTER GOA, INDIA
Not simply a retreat. A steep into the constancy of practice in stunning Goa, India. Tara Judelle and Ally Bogard are teaming up to teach in a way that builds depth, breadth, height and spaciousness. This retreat will heavily emphasize meditation, breath work and twice a day asana practices. There will be time to touch and explore India.
MARCH 4 - 31 EMBODIED FLOW 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING THE YOGA BARN UBUD, BALI
An immersion that delves into the landscape of yoga energetically, physically and philosophically. This track is entry level for students who want their initial 200-Hour (RYT) teacher training certification.
JULY 18 - 30 EMBODIED FLOW ADVANCED MODULE: BODY TAOS RETREAT CENTER, PAROS
The Body Module explores yoga asana through the direct experience of our own body systems, tissues and cells. Students will deepen their knowledge of the body and consciousness, emerging as a more precise and confident practitioner or teacher.
AUGUST 1 - 13 EMBODIED FLOW ADVANCED MODULE: MIND OKREBLUE RETREAT CENTER PAROS, GREECE
The Mind Module delves deeply into explorations of consciousness and the rich world of somatic psychology. Continuing with Embodied Flow asana, pranayama, philosophy, and meditation, students will gain strong foundations in the practices of body-mind medicine as they are facilitated on a journey towards a felt sense of wholeness. Topics covered will include: the psychology of stress, trauma therapy, senses and perception, boundaries, the identification of Self, the psychology of change, motivation, and goal setting.
SEPTEMBER 1 - 13 EMBODIED FLOW ADVANCED MODULE: EXPRESSION AEGIALIS RETREAT CENTER AMORGOS, GREECE
The Expression Module focuses on developing and refining skills in composing and crafting your voice as a teacher. We will explore teaching strategies and tools for teaching Embodied Flow. Through expression you will expand your art of languaging, your capacity to read and respond to the classroom resonance, strengthen your vocal/physical instrument, take the seat of the teacher, and rarefy your skills in physical / subtle adjustments and therapeutics.
AUGUST 14 - 27 HARMONIZE RETREAT TARA JUDELLE + MARC HOLZMAN OKREBLUE RETREAT CENTER PAROS, GREECE
Surrounded by unrivaled natural beauty, crystal clear seas, traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes. Our intention for this retreat is clear: to guide you through various practices that will deeply nourish your body and soul and bring you into deeper alignment with the rhythms of nature.