Four Thursdays: Aug 20 - Sep 10, from 7-9 pm CDT
Come explore what it means to deeply rest in your own body and mind through Restorative Yoga and Zen. Restorative Yoga gives us an opportunity to balance the effort in our lives with ease and surrender. This series includes dharma offerings, seated meditation, gentle movement and stretching to complement our theme of cultivating ease, relaxation, and surrender during this time of upheaval and uncertainty.
Through gentle, supported poses, breath awareness and meditation, we will drop into a deep state of physiological relaxation. From this still place, the body is more able to access its natural ability to cleanse, heal, digest, sleep, conceive, and build immunities. With the physical body at rest, a sense of mental, emotional, and spiritual ease naturally follows. This practice is perfect for neutralizing the stress and sleeplessness induced by the pandemic.
The intention of this 4-class series is to provide a space once a week, for personal practice and connection during these unpredictable times. We will build community while finding ease through the practices of both Zen and yoga. The content of each class will be tailored to what arises at the beginning of each session and each class will end with a period of meditation and reflection.
Britt Forman and Mako Voelkel have been co-teaching this course as a 3-5 day Summer Workshop at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for over a decade. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, this will be the first time this course will be offered online.
About Britt: Britt Fohrman fell in love with yoga in 1993 and has been teaching since 1997. While her foundation is rooted in the Iyengar lineage, a 10 year struggle with chronic illness inspired her to go deeply into Restorative Yoga, Viniyoga and Buddhism. Having studied therapeutic yoga and movement with many of the leaders in the field, Britt still believes it’s her own healing journey, as well as that of her students, that has taught her the most. Along with her steadfast belief in the healing power of yoga, Britt brings resourcefulness and warmth to her classes. Her style of teaching emphasizes individualized alignment, meditative focus and breath guided movement; imbued with levity, compassion and honesty. She encourages you to step out of your head, into your body and on a yoga journey that supports you wherever you are. One of Britt’s specialties lies in working with childbearing women, where she also employs her talents as a photographer, doula, childbirth educator and bodyworker. A passionate adventurer and athlete, Britt spends most of her free time traveling, surfing, hiking with her dog and dancing with the performance art group Billion Jelly Bloom. Find out more about Britt and her practice at www.brittfohrman.com.