True nectar is said to be composed of compassion, insight and humor. It is released from the root of the palate when the inhaling pattern of prana and the exhaling pattern of apana unite to form mulabandha into a proper mudra. Ashtanga Vinyasa is the continuous cultivation of this fine ambrosial drink achieved by following a thread of its flavor through and between postures, breaths, thoughts and techniques.
Throughout this retreat—A Drop of Nectar: Internal Forms, Breath and Mudra—we will explore opening (and then releasing) vivid, internal, organic anatomy patterns in sync with the breath through the postures of the primary and intermediate series of the Ashtanga form. This method uses the imagination to feel complementary full-body patterns, which, when interfaced with each other, open the central channel. The repeated practice of these internal forms eventually frees us from that very same imagination, bringing technical skills to life with a taste of kindness and humor.
Join us from March 25 to April 7. We will practice asana in the mornings, and in the afternoons will have sitting practice, chanting and philosophical discussions based on the Bhagavad Gita and similar texts.
This is the link you want to follow in order to get on the waiting list for this retreat. We’ll also be hosting another retreat in Samahita from October 14 to 24, which will be a silent retreat, at least in part. Details for that one are at this link.
Photo by Liana Romulo