Workshop

16-18 Feb 2018

Cultivating Freedom: Vinyasa, Yin, Buddhism and Mindfulness

With Whit Hornsberger

Explore history, methodology and a yoga practice based on Vinyasa Krama, Yin, Meditation: suitable for all levels of practitioners.

This weekend is dedicated to the practices of Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Mindfulness. All sessions are carefully designed, as to create an environment for us to engage with, understand and apply the deeper facets of the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Buddhism. Following these condensed workshops is an opportunity for catalysing the progression of our practice.

Whit Hornsberger is a passionate, energetic and authentic teacher. He is gifted with the talent of transmitting ancient wisdom teachings in a relevant and easily accessible way, leaving us energised, inspired and in contact with our own inner wisdom.

Join one, more or all of these carefully designed 3-hour sessions of Vinyasa, Yin and Mindfulness with Whit.

Price
€45 per session |  €39 Infinity Members
All sessions €199  | €179 Infinity Members

The details

Friday Evening
Saturday Morning
Saturday Afternoon
Sunday Morning
Sunday Afternoon

Vinyasa Vinyasa Krama – The Art of Slowing Down

Friday 16 February | 19.00-22.00

The traditional movement and sequence methodology of Vinyasa Krama honours the breath as our ultimate teacher and source of wisdom. The teachings, as passed down by the father of modern yoga Sri T. Krishnamacharya, remind us that this ancient tradition is one of slowing down, quieting the mind and cultivating the art of concentration.

As the speed of global culture quickens, the momentum of contemporary society can overwhelm and influence all aspects of our lives, including the way in which we engage on the mat. Driven by the unrelenting tyranny of time to accomplish more and get to the next moment, our grounding yoga practice can instead fragment the mind through rapid momentum induced transitions, negating our ability to coalesce mind and body through the harness of the breath.

Through the application of mindful breath coordinated movements, powerfully deliberate transitions (vinyasas) and intelligent sequencing (krama), Vinyasa Krama, the art of slowing down, offers refuge from the quickening pace of life, integrating the mind and body into unparalleled states of transformative union.

This class will explore the history, methodology and practice of Vinyasa Krama and is suitable for all levels of practitioners.

Location: St Janshovenstraat  1 | Utrecht

Vinyasa Asana Masters – Breath, Balance & Bio-Mechanics

Saturday 17 February | 11.00-14.00

The development of prowess in our posture practice is available to each of us every time we step onto the mat, regardless of experience.

In a world obsessed with body image and a contemporary yoga culture that worships the external image of the asana, accomplishment in asana (asana siddhi) has very little to do with what the posture looks like on the outside.

Traditionally, proficiency or mastery of asana (asana siddhi) is not determined by the degree of flexibility, strength displayed or physical depth reached within the posture. Rather, mastery of asana is resolutely about the balance of effort and the disposition of the breath and nervous system within.

Combining the wisdom of Patañjalis Yoga-Sūtras, traditional perspectives of the practice and Western anatomical and bio-mechanical principles we will experientially learn how all of us can develop asana siddhi and become asana masters.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of practitioner.

Location: Jan van Scorelstraat 43 | Utrecht


Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Part I
 | The Space Between
Moving Beyond the Limitations of the Conditioned Mind

Saturday 17 February | 15.30-18.30

A wise man once said:

“Between stimulus and reaction there is a space. In that space lies our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Yet the majority of the time that gap is imperceptible, obscured by the attachment of

mind and the habitual patterning which governs it. We are often at the mercy of these powerful habitual reactions based on past conditioning, leaving us feeling helpless, perhaps questioning who is running the show?

This workshop combines the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings and the passive approach of yin yoga. The extended stays within the postures of the yin practice provide a rich opportunity to apply and observe the wisdom expounded by the Buddha, expediting the path of awakening through the cultivation of insight.

By applying the methodology of mindfulness meditation as expounded by the great Burmese master Mahasi Sayadaw, we gradually cultivate the platform of calm and concentration necessary to impartially observe the nature of mind. And as this platform for inquiry (concentration) becomes increasingly more stable, attachment of the mind to mind activity begins to cease, enabling the practitioner to find refuge in the space between.

It is from this spaciousness of mind that the practitioner abides as the ‘one who knows’, dispelling the defilements of mind, the fires of greed (lobha) and anger (dosa) responsible for so much of our suffering. With the mind no longer insatiably pursuing that which it likes (lobha) and pushing away that which it dislikes (dosa), the now trained mind spontaneously evolves beyond the limitations of its past conditioning.

From this transformative, direct felt experience we become freed from the incarceration of the habitual reactions of the untrained mind, gifting ourselves the opportunity to choose our response in every given situation.

This workshop is designed for all levels of experience in both the practice of yin yoga and meditation.

Location:  Jan van Scorelstraat 43 | Utrecht

The Path to Stillness – Uncovering the Witness

Sunday 18 February | 11.00-14.00

The ancient tradition of Yoga is a path of contemplation, a meditative trek designed to remove the obstacles which obscure the true essence of who we are. The teachings expound that we are in fact infinitely more than meets the eye and it is this mis-identification (avidya) that is the cause of the suffering we experience in this life.

Traditionally, this trek home towards our true selves requires a map – an order of practices applied daily to reach the fertile state of stillness capable of removing the veil of ignorance (avidya), uncovering the true nature of being.

The journey, however, is no walk in the park and certainly fraught with obstacles we must overcome. Impeding the path to self-inquiry are the primordial energies of rajas and tamas (gunas). The preparatory practices of asana and pranayama (breathwork) are applied to ease their influence, support the development of stillness and clarity (sattva) and condition the vessel of the human body and mind for the internal contemplative practice of meditation.

Our time together will focus upon the Yoga-Sūtras and its philosophy of the true self as pure awareness (purusa) and how rajas and tamas affect our ability to quiet the mind and connect with the infinite potential residing within.

This workshop will include the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation and is applicable and accessible to all levels of practitioner.

Location: Jan van Scorelstraat 43 | Utrecht

Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Part II
Seeing into Reality – The Insight Forming Triad

Sunday 18 February |  15.30-18.30

The practice of insight (vipassana) meditation, known in the ancient language of Pāli as Satipatthana Vipassana Bhavana, is the path applied and laid down by the Buddha himself upon his night of awakening and subsequent liberation from suffering (dukkha).

Through the ardent application of the mindfulness method (Mahasi Sayadaw) expounded in Part I of this workshop series, practitioners now rest in the equanimous refuge of the space between, the fertile receptacle from which each of us has the opportunity to see into the true nature of reality, experiencing directly for ourselves the unadulterated ‘suchness’ of all phenomena.

Free from the conceptualization of mind, all phenomena that arise through the sense doors (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind), now have the ability to behave according to their intrinsic nature. It is in this moment that the insight forming triad of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and not-self is revealed. Witnessing for ourselves firsthand the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, which states that all phenomena inherently share these three marks of existence, faith and trust in the methodology increases exponentially.

The cultivation of insight through one’s own efforts has the ability to radically transform the way we observe our life within this mind-body complex. The result is a letting go, the cessation of attachment and craving and the freedom from suffering that the Buddhist tradition has graciously shared with humanity for over 2500 years.

In this workshop, like in Part I of Yin Yoga & Mindfulness, we will continue to apply the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition to the practice of yin yoga, providing practitioners with both the physical benefits of the yin practice and mental and spiritual benefits of the practice of vipassana meditation.

It is recommended and encouraged that practitioners partake in both sessions if possible, taking advantage of the opportunity that is provided. However, Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Part II can be taken alone and still be of immense benefit to the practitioner.

Location: Jan van Scorelstraat 43 | Utrecht

 

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About the teacher

Whit Hornsberger

Whit Hornsberger (British Columbia, Canada) is a student and teacher of the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Buddhism.

A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. His daily practice and teaching methods stem from the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Theravada Buddhism (Mahasi Sayadaw). A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path.

Lovers of surf, travel and nature, Whit and his wife Nicole reside on Galiano Island, a small island off the coast of Vancouver, operating Soul Arch Yoga, a yoga project offering international workshops, retreats and online practices of embodied well-being.

 

 

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