Joy isn't a thing. Neither is happiness. They're states in the body and mind that that rise within us when the conditions are present. Strengthening our connection to the earth and our ability to stay grounded allows us to raise the energy in the body through the active breath. The stability and groundedness allows the breath to do its work of clearing and shifting what is ready to be released. We then rest in Joy or the spaciousness of a cleared out heart and mind during the integration cycle- allowing the silence and spaciousness to give rise to insight and understanding.
Sliding Scale Exchange $20-35. There will be a basket in class to offer contributions beyond the $20 base.
Breathwork is an active style of meditation practice. Using a 3 part Pranayama Breathwork technique, we'll actively breath through held patterns of tension in the body, connecting deeply and directly with our felt experience of being alive so that we can shift and clear mental states that aren't serving us. Creating space for and connecting with the fullness of our human experience- the parts that we like and the parts that we don't- is part of living the full spectrum of life.
Breathwork practices allow us to temporarily bypass the ego and thinking mind, stepping out of the stories of the future and the past. This can help empty out the complexity of our lived experiences. When we're able to create the space to be with whatever is arising- we'll see that it also passes. This insight helps us learn to trust our embodied wisdom and allow this natural process to become part of our lives.
Contraindications: pregnancy, cardiovascular problems, significantly high blood pressure, major psychiatric conditions, recent surgery, acute infectious illness or epilepsy. Asthma is not generally considered a contraindication but the participants inhaler must be available.