Yoga for corporate retreats

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Corporate Yoga is being embraced by many progressive businesses and is a great benefit for both the employer and the employee. The relationship between yoga and stress reduction has become well-established with proven, researched benefits to the cardio, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Whether you’re looking for gentle and meditative to therapeutic or active, a good yoga teacher can design the class that fits perfectly into your company’s Colorado retreat or meeting.

Corporate retreats are the perfect place to take small steps to calm the mind, stretch the body and simply breathe. Students that have participated in my corporate yoga classes state that afterward they feel refreshed, invigorated, and more prepared for the rest of the retreat because of the time they took to nurture themselves with yoga.

Some work-related benefits of corporate yoga include:

  • Enhanced memory and focus
  • Enhanced job satisfaction
  • Improved performance at work
  • Improved productivity at work
  • A stronger immune system
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Immediate stress reduction
  • Improved clarity & Focus
  • Improved immunity health (fewer sick days)

 

If you are looking for innovative ways to support your staff and boost your company’s productivity look for yoga studios or individual teachers that offer on-site yoga and corporate rates to businesses. You want certified instructors from reputable studios that have plenty of experience working with large groups. A wonderful resource is the website Yoga Alliance which includes a listing of teachers who meet requirements for teaching experience and who have completed their trainings at a Registered Yoga School (RYS®).

Once you find the right instructor that will structure a retreat that meets the unique needs of your business the next question is, do you have the facilities for yoga? Generally you need a warm, open space and the teacher does the rest.  Whether or not the teacher will provide mats and props is up to each individual.  A separate fee may apply for props and for travel time.  Some possible class themes for yoga retreats: Breathing For Altitude, Yoga for the Beginner, Chair Yoga (or desk yoga), Yoga for Back Health, Yoga for Computer Geeks (a lot of neck, back and eye strengthening exercises), Visualization practice for stress reduction, Breath Awareness and Stress Management, or for those intimidated by the word “yoga”: a simple Stretch & Relax.

Yoga is about getting back in touch with how our bodies move in space. It’s about breathing deeply and without constraint. Yoga is about learning to take control over that ever noisy “monkey mind” that likes to jump from thought to thought all day long. In essence, yoga is about simplicity, about peeling off the layers of self-doubt, stress and bad habits.  Imagine the possibilities of personal and professional growth for your employees with the simple addition of yoga!

 

Bio

Leia Morrison is an E-RYT yoga teacher. She owns the Sanctuary Studio and teaches weekly classes, workshops and is available for corporate retreats.

 

Sanctuary Studio

513 South Main Street Suite E

Gunnison, CO 81230

(970) 275-8927

www.gunisonsanctuary.com

morrisonyoga@gmail.com

 

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Learning to Let Go of Expectations

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I know first hand that attending your very first yoga class can sometimes be a stressful and nerve wrecking endeavor. I took my first yoga class a little over 6 years ago. I knew practically nothing in regards to yoga etiquette, Sanskrit terms, poses, proper alignment, or basic yogic philosophy. I remember observing the other students in class move and breathe with ease when every moment felt like a struggle in my body. They seemed to understand each and every instruction given by the teacher, while I felt like I constantly needed to be shown what the hell I was supposed to be doing. I noticed that I started comparing myself to everyone else in the room, and starting putting myself down for not being as “good” as they were. I left my first class feeling a little embarrassed and unhappy with myself.

Learning to let go of your expectations for yourself, for others, or for anything else is tough. Society has taught us that we continually need to become better people, change the way things are now, live in the future or worry about the past. We spend so much time trying to fix things or make things better that we never really stop to see the beauty of what is right in front of us within each moment.

Over the past couple years of practicing I have really started to understand that one of the whole reasons we practice yoga and mindfulness is to learn to see a situation and ourselves just as we are, within each passing moment. I have come to realize that we are all at different places in this life, and that that is okay. It is not the end of the world if you are unable to reach your toes today. That doesn’t determine what will happen tomorrow. Our bodies and lives are constantly changing and evolving, and every day looks different for all of us. Sometimes we hold ourselves to the most unrealistic and ridiculous expectations. We set ourselves up for failure every time we over analyze ourselves in a situation, or compare ourselves to other people.

You will never be the person on the mat next to you, and they will never be you, AND THAT IS OKAY. We are all beautiful in that way. Learning to let go of your expectations of what is “good” or “bad” is the first step in understanding that you are perfect just the way you are. Nothing needs to change but your perception.

I am currently studying Ashtanga yoga in Mysore, India and was reminded of all of this today before starting my very first practice in the shala. Although I have practiced Ashtanga before, and have my 200-hour vinyasa certification, I have never been to India, and have never practiced Ashtanga here. All of these emotions and expectations started to surface as I tried to prepare myself for what this experience might be like. I started to become extremely nervous about remembering all of the postures and how to do them correctly. I started to feel my competitive nature push me to want to be the best, to not make any mistakes, or embarrass myself in front of Sharath Jois (my teacher here in India) or any of the other incredible students.

I arrived at the shala and took a seat in the front room, waiting for my turn to enter. I was entranced by all of the amazing yogis practicing with such grace and control. As I heard Sharath call “one more,” I stepped into the room and was suddenly reminded of something my father had told me earlier when he had received another pose within the Ashtanga 2nd series. “This is not why I am here.” We do not practice yoga to be perfect in every pose, to get your feet behind your head the first time you try, or ever! Yeah, it’s a great accomplishment when those things happen, but they in no way shape or form determine what kind of person you are or will be when and if you get there. You practice yoga to begin to realize that you already possess all of the tools that you need to be happy right now, just as you are. To let go of any expectations of what is good or bad, right or wrong, to approach life and each situation with light heartedness, to stop taking life and yourself so seriously.

Thank you India and thank you yoga for drawing me back to a place of letting go of expectations.

– March 17, 2015- by Caroline Schlater

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How Diana Found Her Courage to Create

How Diana Found Her Courage to Create
by Joe Cachey
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Hi, I’m Diana’s husband —
Can I tell you a secret about Diana?  Perhaps you know she loves Venice, but did you also know about her love for Kundalini yoga and meditation?  And how it helped her create her bestselling books?
In her Amazon best-sellers, What Happens in Venice, Books 1 through 3, the main characters, Louisa and Barbara, chase clues to a mystery that are planted by ghosts. Diana chases something just as etherial but much more tangible — a connection to her Infinite Source!
Some people don’t believe in ghosts and, for others, the Infinite is just too big to contemplate, let alone connect with.  But just like the ghosts of Venice in Diana’s books, there are clues, signs and signals that direct all of us to our intended purpose, our reason for being, our universal truth.
Diana knew she had a story to tell, that her purpose was to share her intimate love of Venice and bring joy to readers around the world.  But, like many of us, she kept hitting roadblocks, both real and imagined … she continued to stumble and couldn’t finish her books because of these blocks.
Then she attended an all day Kundalini White Tantric event in Los Angeles. She connected with the energy of the room (over 700 people meditating together) and it led her to understood that the only thing blocking her was a lack in the faith that she already had everything she needed to complete her books.  She connected to her Infinite Source through the technology of Kundalini – the yoga of self awareness.
Since that moment in LA, she’s practiced Kundalini Yoga on a daily basis. She spends an hour a day doing a prescribed kriya (a defined set of poses) as well as meditation and chanting. The daily discipline and daily reinforcement of her universal truth moves her through any perceived challenges that might otherwise keep her from her goal of bringing joy to others and experiencing peace herself.  Her meditation practice helps her find a way through every block!
After six months of regular practice, What Happens in Venice was completed and is now published.  Check out the first two books, Love Spirits and Lagoon Lure here.  The third book and final installment, Magic Island, is due out this month!
From afar, Diana makes life and writing look easy, but there’s a lot of hard work behind the apparent success she experiences.  Much of it is attributed to a daily meditative discipline. The good news is that Diana’s experience with Kundalini Yoga is not unique. Thousands of Kundalini practitioners make it their habit to reconnect to their universal truth every day.  Many others experience the benefits of Kundalini yoga and meditation on a weekly basis at local classes.
Louisa and Barbara solve their mystery and Diana has solved hers. How about you?  Embrace your courage to create!
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March is Love Your Brain Awareness Month

Love Your Brain!

Throughout the month of March the Sanctuary Studio will be participating!

“LoveYourBrain is the message that embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention and recovery. Everything we do is about connecting, educating and empowering people to promote a brain healthy lifestyle.” ~loveyourbrain.org

We will have a donation jar out on the counter and ALL of your donations will go directly to LOVEYOURBRAIN.ORG.  We will also be offering four “pay what you can” donation based classes during the month. 

Donation classes will be:

  • Saturday March 7th 9-10:30 am with Caroline
  • Sunday March 8th 9-10 am with Lynn
  • Sunday March 15th 5-6 pm with Karah
  • Saturday March 21st 9-10:30 am with Joe Cachey

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About LoveYourBrain (from loveyourbrain.org)

LoveYourBrain Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by brain injury. We are a growing family of like minded individuals who believe that the brain is our most important piece of equipment. Our message—LoveYourBrain—embodies our positive approach to brain injury prevention, recovery, and brain health.

LoveYourBrain Foundation was established by brothers, Kevin Pearce and Adam Pearce, in 2014. This marked the fourth year since Kevin Pearce suffered a near fatal traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 winter Olympics. Kevin’s remarkable road to recovery has inspired millions through the HBO documentary “The Crash Reel”, Kevin’s speaking engagements, and now, through the programs pioneered by the LoveYourBrain Foundation.

LoveYourBrain Foundation develops products and experiences that optimize brain health. Through the themes of Connect + Educate + Empower, we are building a community that supports you and those you care about to LoveYourBrain. By helping people protect and nourish the brain, we believe our efforts will lead to a healthy, happier world!

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Forgive Yourself All Day Long!

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I am my own worse critic. When I mess something up, I rerun the tape in my head over and over and over, reviewing what I should have done differently. How should I have behaved differently, how should I have planned differently, how I should have thought differently.

Does this sound familiar to you?

For most of us self-criticism started out as a way to learn to do things correctly. There’s nothing wrong with determining how to be better at some skill or how better to handle a situation.Typically, the more we practice something, the easier it becomes and we enjoy doing it more (think of skiing or playing an instrument). However, constant internal self-criticism is often driven by fear, a need for perfection, or a feeling of guilt about not doing what “should” be done. And “should” usually means meeting other people’s expectations not our own truth.

Physically, this type of criticism leads to stress, which cascades into constant anxiety, which pools into a weakened immune system, overworked adrenals and low-grade depression.

Take a moment and reflect on it. If another person constantly criticizes you, you can avoid them. If a given place always stresses you out, you can just not go there. But you can’t get away from your own mind, that critical voice in your head.

So how do we quiet that voice? We address those fears, those beliefs that cause us to believe that such self-criticism is unavoidable. Instead of beating up on ourselves, we create a habit of forgiving ourselves. We start accepting who we really are, not punish ourselves for not being what we think other people want us to be.

Think about it, would you criticize someone for not being able to play the piano knowing they had never taken a music lesson? Of course not, because you would recognize that they don’t posses the required talent and skill. So why can’t you recognize and accept your own limitations? I am a highly impatient person, always have been. I have a hardwired fear that stagnation or indecision will appear to others as weakness or stupidity. So I work on having more patience and physically slowing down. But I also forgive myself (several times a day) when this core character trait flairs up. I don’t allow myself to stress over who I am.

If you think, “I should be a better mom”, maybe you’re already the best mom you can be. More criticism and stressful effort on your part may not bring significant improvement to that skill set. So see that truth and accept it.

If you think, “I should be more financially astute,” maybe not. Some people find it hard to form good financial habits. I could never save a dime but smartly married into financial discipline. That’s the best I could do with that trait. Accept it, release the internal criticism and be comfortable with yourself.

Ask yourself the question, “In what part of my life do I keep thinking I need to be “better,” and then ask yourself, “Truthfully, am I already the best I can be?” Maybe the answer is “Yes.” And that’s all right.

The nuts and bolts of building the habit of self-forgiveness takes a little time and effort. My experience shows we can shut off the critic by embracing our limitations, recognizing we’re already connected to the Infinite Source (what more could we need?), and realizing we can’t control other’s expectations of us.

Meditation helps build the foundation for this radical change in our lives. To learn how to enter the world of self-forgiving acceptance join me at the Sanctuary on March 21st, from 11 to 1pm for my Self-forgiveness – Be Comfortable Being You workshop. It will be the best $25 you’ve spent this year!

~Joe Cachey 2015

 

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Successfully Meditate While The Dog Barks

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So… it came to me today while attempting to meditate in the hot tub (don’t think me pretentious, I live where the average low temperature for January is -7). We often aim for an unrealistic setting when it comes to meditation.  We take this time to prepare our space… turn off our cell phones… disconnecting from the outside world.  We snuggle up on our comfy bolster in the most quiet of quiet spaces and then we breathe. We get comfortable with the thoughts that may happen to drift through the mind and we find peace. But what about when your neighbor has a basset hound who when outside, continuously barks (sometimes for hours at a time)?  What if your external is filled with unrelenting barking? Then what? As you sit there listening to the monotonous bark you begin to squirm.  Your frustration levels rise and your mind takes charge.  “My neighbors must hear him” or “why don’t they do something about this”. You are yanked out of your concentration and your thoughts then turn to the laundry, that email you need to send and so on.  Do you scrap it and wait for your calm space of serenity to be available? 1.  Take a step back and take a moment to appreciate the noise. Notice and appreciate all the noise around you. 2.  Send out loving thoughts (yeah I know it sounds cheesy but try it).  You love that dog. In your heart of hearts you love all dogs.  Sympathize with the distraction. He barks because he’s bored.  Their house is better insulated than yours and they just don’t realize he’s making such a commotion. 3. Accept the noise as part of your practice. Don’t look at it as something negative but instead as a welcomed addition to your practice today.  Aside from your breathing this noise is a secondary anchor for your mind. Its actually helping you meditate. Make that noise a part of your practice.  Thanks noise! 4.  Still annoyed?  Ask yourself… is the noise going to go away because you fight it?  Most likely not.  Whether its a leaky faucet,  the noise of traffic, a loud upstairs neighbor or a barking dog no matter what you do that noise is probably not going to stop so let go of your preoccupation with it and accept it. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could embrace this approach with all things in life? What we used to perceive to be a problem is actually just enriching our current circumstance? Hmmm, maybe through a consistent meditation practice this could eventually be achieved. ~Leia Morrison ©2015

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New Year – New Underwear!

New Year – New Underwear!

by Joe Cachey

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I despise New Year’s resolutions.  If you need change in your life do it right away.  But I recognize there is a usefulness to periodically looking back, reviewing and assessing ourselves and our lives from time to time.
That’s why every New Year I reassess the condition of my underwear – shorts, t-shirts and socks.  In fact, I don’t really assess them.  I replace the old with the new.  Don’t get me wrong, lots of my underwear is perfectly fine.  It serves its function, still appears white (I’m old school about proper underwear color for men) and would not cause embarrassment  if I’m ever in need of emergency medical services (my mother’s warning).
However, in my life, “fine” can not be enough.  Like my year old undies, I can coast along with everything being fine.  In fact, if you ask me how I’m doing I’ll respond, “Fine.”  I think “how blessed is a fine life, everything is moving along, not much drama, not much fright.”  But “fine” has a downside for all of us.  Fine becomes unthinking routine.  Fine is unchallenging.  Fine leads to stagnation.  Fine can ultimately lead to rigamortis.
With “Fine” I stop looking at myself.  Is there a little tear in my mindfulness?  Is the elasticity of my compassion starting to fray?   Has my daily practice become stained with the skid marks of boredom and complacency?
We all need stability and contentment but too much alerts me to the possibility that it might be time to change things up.  If my yoga practice is getting comfortable it’s probably time to find other kriyas for perform.   If meditation is entering the stage of autopilot, time to shock the ego and the mind with something radically different.  If my daily routine (classes taught, personal interactions and being alone with myself) gets me to the end of the day without fresh insights or new discoveries, time for an overhaul.
Change can be difficult or freeing.  That’s our choice.  Is my purpose in life to minimize discomfort for myself or to continue to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually?  When I change my kriyas, invert my meditations and alter my daily routines I’m challenged.  I tend to grow.  My world ultimately expands in a positive direction.   Comparatively, I become even more ready for life’s challenges, and my peace and contentment deepens to a level I have yet experienced.
So each New Year when I trade out my old underwear for new, I notice the normal wear and tear from a year of use.  I notice that the old whites aren’t really that white.  I also notice how well the new undies fit, so white they almost glow in the dark.  And when I look back on my old practices, I see that today’s changes are much better than yesterday’s “fine” way of living.
So this New Year’s, take a look at your yoga and meditative practices, take a look at your routines, especially the ones you think are working for you, and see if they still really fit.  Are they bright enough or can you make them better?
Learn more by attending a different class at the Sanctuary and visit my website www.yogijoe.com
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It’s Soup Time…

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It’s Soup Time

Meditation… Relaxing… Being Present sounds great right?

But if you’re one of those who says to themselves:

But, I am busy.

I am reactive.

I don’t really pause.  

I don’t really have the discipline.  

I just don’t see how I’m going to do it.

Fall is a time that we “turn in” naturally… at least that’s what I think we hear if we listen. So how do we allow ourselves to begin the process of settling in? Here’s a handful of tips to begin the process.

1. Spend 5 minutes after your practice to take time for the quiet. Just because everyone else is running out of class doesn’t mean you have to. Take your time leaving your mat.

2. Go walk among the fall foliage. Smell the scents of this changing season. Let the fall breeze brush across your face.  Feel the sun shining on your shoulders.

3.  Stay at home and cook something delicious and nutritious for you and your family.

4. Light a candle, sit with a good book. Find ritual in the everyday.

5. Have tea with a friend.

6.  Less is more. Make yourself some space.

7. Allow yourself solitude but at the same time intimacy with others. Nurture yourself. Nurture your friends.  Nurture your community.

Copyright Leia Morrison 10/21/14

A Yummy Soup Recipe from Dr. OZ:

Creamy Cauliflower Bisque
Serves 2
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
• 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
• 1 cauliflower head, cut into pieces
• sea salt (himalayan or celtic)
• 1⁄2 cup white wine
• 6 cups vegetable stock (unsweetened)
• 4 fresh thyme sprigs (or 1 teaspoon dried)
• 1 cup non-dairy milk (coconut, rice, almond, hemp)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Directions: In a large saucepan or pot, heat the oil over medium heat and then add the onions and
garlic, cooking until translucent and tender (about 5 minutes). Add the cauliflower and a pinch of sea
salt and cook, stirring continuously for another 5 minutes. Add the white wine, vegetable stock and
thyme and reduce heat to low, covering and cooking until cauliflower is tender (12-15 minutes).
In a blender or food processor, puree the mixture until smooth (you’ll have to do this in a few small
batches). Return the pureed soup to the pot over low heat. Add the non-dairy milk and season with
lemon juice, salt and fresh ground pepper to desired taste. Serve warm.

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Good breathing leads to good living

Good breathing leads to good living.
By YogiJoe   www.yogijoe.com
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What do Darth Vader, Luciano Pavarotti, The Big Bad Wolf have in common?
They each know how to breathe!
Breathing is the one thing we do constantly throughout our entire lives, connecting our inner selves with the outside world but rarely are we aware of it.   Deep, conscious breathing, throughout the day, can bring us tremendous benefits – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Physically, deep breathing sets the foundation for a series of anatomical changes to occur in the body.  As we slow and deepen the breath our heart rate slows.  Medical studies show that a lower heart rate can lead to longer life spans by stabilizing metabolic regulation and increasing oxygen consumption.  Better breathing also lowers our blood pressure which triggers our parasympathetic nervous system.  This system acts as the body’s “brakes,” stabilizes our glandular activity and diminishes our “fight or flight” response.  Finally, breathing is a great way to detox.  Almost 70% of the body’s toxins are released through the respiratory system.  Better breathing gives the body an improved chance to heal itself.
We’re all familiar with the benefits of “taking a deep breath and counting to 10.”  But why is this practice beneficial to our mental state?  The physical effects of deep, conscious breathing have an analogous cognitive impact on our physical brain and our emerging thoughts.  Deep inhalations draw more oxygen into the blood stream and into the brain.  Oxygenation lessens tension in the organ itself, as well as the nervous and muscular systems throughout the body.  Essentially, the body’s communication system starts literally quieting down.  And the mind follows.  In turn as our thoughts slow down, our body follows and the cycle continues – both physical and mental systems lead each other to greater calm.
Our emotions act as early warning systems for what’s happening in our body and mind.  As these systems slow, we are in a better position to notice emotions as they emerge before they fully blossom.  Being aware of the breath (through a meditative practice or just breathing at a time of agitation) gives rise to a corresponding awareness of our thoughts.  Once we have awareness, we have a chance to choose – do I react or not?  Being aware of this choice provides us with a sense of control, confidence and contentment.
Finally, conscious breathing is the simplest way to connect with our spirituality.  Every spiritual framework typically begins with concentrating on the breath.  We each individually partake in this collective, continuous activity.  As we breathe in our life force (Darth Vader and the Jedi knew something of this subject) we draw on something that is greater than our singular self.  Breath is the common link to each other but we don’t recognize that connection unless we look for it – through mindful breathing.
Good breathing leads to good living.  Taking a yoga class at the Sanctuary will start you on your way.  You can also find special breathing techniques and learn more by visiting my website at www.yogijoe.com.  Sign up for a free de-stress breathing technique and get started!
© JCachey 2014

 

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The Simplicity and Joy of Presence

Taylor Reservoir at Sunrise
It’s a chilly spring morning and I get up early, mindful of not waking up the husband and kids. Slipping on my yoga clothes and grabbing a cup of tea I head out the door and to the studio. I bring as many yoga mats as I have and head up the road towards Taylor Reservoir. The drive up Taylor Canyon is always one of my favorites. Having moved to Gunnison from Florida over 18 years ago, Taylor Canyon has always held a special place in my heart. After my father had passed away and I had graduated from high school my mom begun volunteering for the US Forest Service at a campground up Taylor. A huge piece of my past 18 summers have been spent along this beautiful canyon. Although no one is on the road today, I take my time, obeying the speed limit mostly because I don’t want to miss the opportunity to spot a deer, elk or mountain goat. Past the reservoir I wonder where my turnoff is and as the sun begins to lighten the sky I pull over to take a few photos of the reservoir and to look at my directions. Where I’m going I’ve never been. There is a bit of hesitation at the unknown but I’m excited for the new experience none the less.

I find my turnoff and head up the dirt road. I begin to wonder, how many students will I have today? What is the space like? Will I have enough mats to accommodate this group? Will they like my teaching style? The details were vague when I was contacted by the head of this corporate retreat being held for software developers and engineers. He said that he had a group of folks who would be coming from all over the United States for this team building retreat in the mountains. He was concerned about their ability to acclimate to the elevations of Taylor Canyon so he wondered if some yoga could help.

I pull up to camp and find the building where I will be holding class. Unfortunately the heater has not been turned on yet so when I go in to set up, I can see my breath but we are a hardy folk here in the mountains and we learn to roll with the flow. I push away folding chairs and line up the mats so that no one will be stuck in a corner. The view from the room is breathtaking. Park Cone Mountain rises high up in the distance with a wide valley opening up in the foreground and a thick forest surrounding the building. It is going to be a chilly, but wonderful morning.

The participants slowly make their way into the room, many dressed in thick coats and jeans, not your usual yoga class attire. There are some hesitant glances my direction and quite a few “I don’t know how to do yoga” comments but I do my best to reassure them that whatever level they are at today is okay. I begin the practice with the focus being on breath and I lead them through a couple of easy to learn pranayamas (breathing exercises). As the class evolves into a moving physical practice I take it easy. This is a group of inexperienced beginners and they constantly glance up at me, looking for instruction and guidance, barely trusting their own bodies. I slow down even more. I constantly encourage the attention to return back to the breath because along with our heartbeats it’s really one of the only things we can count on. This yoga practice today is about getting into our own bodies, being observers and tapping into that unique ability to listen and learn from what the body, breath and mind are telling us. I think about their corporate jobs, most of them spending 8+ hours per day at a computer. Throughout the practice we share laughs as a few tip over, losing their balance and smiles become contagious as they begin to not take themselves so seriously. Tensions that they walked in with cease and a general comradery begins to show itself. A quote from Aadil Palkhivala comes to my mind as I watch the energy of the room transform.

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palkhivala

The group finds themselves for perhaps the first time in a long time, actually IN their bodies. They are no longer preoccupied and self-judging. At the end of the class the group has changed. The people who were forced to do a little yoga for their job, that walked in disconnected, unsure and well, tired are now talkative, cheery and ready to dole out some hugs. This is why I love the practice of yoga. It’s transformational. It takes us from disconnection to embodiment no matter our status in life, whether or not we wear fancy yoga clothes or the shape or size of this physical body. I love it because yoga is for everyone.

copyright: Leia Morrison 2014

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