Psy`chol`o`gy - the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior.
Yoga is both an art and a science, a personal and intimate self-investigation and a parsing of the experiences of hundreds of years of experiments in human embodiment. I believe that yoga is psychological because it has an immense effect on healthier mental functioning. Since yoga includes practices of meditation, breathing, nervous system regulation, and the development of a witness state, it is both an artful approach to and a systematic observation of varying states of emotional and spiritual being.
Here are some gems from recent readings that psychologically inform both life and yoga practice.
* Cognition is a continual bringing forth of a world through the process of living.*
* "Mindfulness is rooted deep in the body. Therefore, we experience our spirit as fullness of mind and body." David Steindl-Rast.
* We gain access to the body's wisdom through interoception, which literally means "perceiving within."**
* The ability to direct attention within has the power to shape the architecture of the brain itself.**
* Every time you intentionally calm your nervous system, you strengthen your body, brain and mind toward inner peace and well-being.***
* You can calm your nervous system in many ways, including long exhalations, touching your lips, mindfulness of your body, imagery, balancing your heartbeat, and meditation.***
* The ancient circuitry of the brain is continually driving you to react, and the practice of equanimity is your circuit breaker.***
* Whole body awareness supports singleness of mind, in which attention is very steady.***
* What flows through your awareness sculpts your brain. Directing your attention may be the single best way to shape your brain, and thus your mind.***
Want to learn and experience more? We're sponsoring Livia Cohen-Shapiro, who is both a psychotherapist and a yoga teacher next weekend.
Applied Psychology for Yogis with
Livia Cohen-Shapiro and our own Amy Reed
Four workshops over three days.
Sign up for Applied Psychology for Yogis
Our 2015 Immersion and 200 Hour Teacher Training
are open for registration! Attend an informational session.
Series Classes provide the structure that supports you in making a commitment to yourself. You're worth it!
- Good Alignment is Good Practice, w/Beth Award, Oct 27 - Nov 17
- Yoga for Kapha Dosha w/Amy Reed Nov 16-Dec 7
- Early Morning Series w/Amy Reed, Nov 10-Dec 5
- Intro to Yoga w/Beth Award, Jan 5 - Feb 9
How to Sit, Stand and Walk
w/Laura Prudhomme & Beattie, Sept 20, 2-5 pm
Seems so obvious, right? But how DO you sit, stand and walk? Unless we are injured it's likely that we rarely even think about how miraculous it is that these are our fundamental movement patterns. When we practice aligning our bodies in our everyday activities we have access to a healthier range of motion. Who doesn't want that? 'How to Sit, Stand and Walk' is a reeducation practice.Come re-pattern!
Friday Sangha Dharma Wisdom
w/Meg Agnew, Fridays 8-9:20 am, begins Sept 19
The intention of this program is to encourage a deepening of our meditation practice and, within the refuge of sangha (spiritual community), to share insights and support for living with wisdom and compassion. We'll use the text Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander.
Body Harmony: Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing Workshop
w/Erin Goldman & Brody Smyers, Sept 21, 7:45-9:45 pm
Yoga Nidra is an ancient and sacred practice of profound relaxation that melts tension on all levels and guides us towards our core, essential nature of vibratory Consciousness. Acutonics is a system of vibrational sound healing rooted in Oriental Medicine and philosophy that seeks to harmonize and balance the body, psyche and soul to reconnect us with the cycles of nature and the cosmos.
September 26 - 28
For Teachers, Teachers in Training,and Teacher Wannabes. A weekend of theory and practice for knowing yourself and supporting your students. Exploration on topics such as The Inner Landscape and the Shadow, Cultivating Conscious
Embodiment Through Asana;The Psychologically Sound Classroom and more.
Before, during, and after menopause we find ourselves potentially confronting some of the most unnerving physical and emotional challenges since we experienced puberty. Learn and practice five yogic tools for menopause: Fluidity, Strength, Breath, Meditation, Rejuvenation. Discover resources available through homeopathy and herbalism.
Fall classes have begun. Come back to what nourishes you!
No pre-registration required for
Love, From Your Teachers at Seattle Yoga Arts
Denise, Rainey, Meg, Bianca, Jane, Laura, Amy, Claudette, Beth, Rebecca, Erin
* Fritjof Capra in "The Hidden Connections,"
**Daniel Siegel in "Mindsight," *** Rick Hanson in "Buddha's Brain"