Compassionate Conflict: Harnessing the Wisdom in our Emotions
Conflict is an incredible builder of intimacy when we allow ourselves to be transformed by what’s happening, and the first step is to work with ourselves. When it comes to conflict, most people are limited by not knowing what to do with bodies’ reactions; that is, we get triggered, frustrated, or...
Stepping Onto the Path of the Boddhisattva
work, A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. This seminar will offer a sampling of Isa’s highly experiential teaching style as she helps students better understand their relationship to equanimity, patience, and effort through meditation and reflection.
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Discovering Bliss Through Yoga Philosophy
Happiness is an underlying goal to virtually all spiritual and yogic pursuits. We all want to be happy. But what exactly is happiness? How is it tied to yogic practice? And why does it remain elusive in its transiency? Classical Yoga traditions convey unique approaches towards happiness, which pa...
A Soulfulness Approach to Mind-Body Practice
This seminar will introduce soulfulness as an orientation to contemplative and embodied practices that is characterized by soul-level experiencing, deep connectivity, and inspired expression. Soulfulness is conceptualized as an interconnected experience of enlivened inner attunement that illumin...
Om: Why it Matters
Why is Om so central to the practice and philosophy of Yoga? Could it be this radically simple word unlocks the essence of all yogic wisdom?
In this talk, we will trace the presence of Om in the Vedas, in the Upanishads, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the Bhagavad Gita, in Tantric texts, as well as...
Gaṇeśa, Grounding and Yogic Storytelling
This talk decodes the mythology of Gaṇeśa, the elephant-headed lord of wisdom and auspicious beginnings. You will learn the significance of how Gaṇeśa got his elephant’s head, and also why he is worshipped first among the host of Hindu gods. You will also learn about how mythological storytelling...
The Freedom to Stay Fugitive: Embodying a Black Feminist Practice
In this talk Dr. Syedullah sits with the archives of Black feminist practices of abolitionist homemaking, caretaking, and truancy in order to imagine freedom beyond the juridical binary of citizen versus captive. Dr. Syedullah will consider what Black fugitive orientations to freedom are born of ...
Cornel West on What it Means to be a Spiritually-Informed Citizen
In our keynote moderated discussion with Cornel West, co-host of the Spiritual Citizenship Conference, Oneika Mays, will explore the relationship between Cornel West's spiritual and religious commitments and his political activism. By highlighting the example of his many decades of work, through ...
Episode 1: Demystifying Asana
Explore yoga postures as a basis for mind training, and notice ways in which the neural symmetry of hatha yoga provides a springboard for the non-dual experience known as samadhi. The heightened interoceptive awareness of the postures initiates introversion or “pratyahara,” automatically compell...
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Decoding an Ancient Masterwork
A spiritual masterpiece of unparalleled profundity, The Tibetan Book of the Dead is as applicable today as it was a thousand years ago. While it was written as a guidebook for death, it is equally The Tibetan Book of Life. Studying The Book ironically brings you more fully into life, and gives bi...
Post-Trauma Growth: MindBody Work for Transitioning through Trauma
Perhaps because Western culture is so identified with cognition, it seems surprising to learn that trauma therapy need not be led by the recall of past traumas or the body sensations associated with that recall. The focus on regulation and the “window of tolerance” has begun a different focus — b...
Polyvagal Theory in Yoga Therapy
This seminar will review polyvagal theory and its convergence with yoga therapy both in reference to a therapeutic framework and specific application. The seminar will be both didactic and experiential followed by time for a Q and A. The discussion will focus on the relationship of the neural pla...
Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy & Embodied Communication
Babies arrive in this world eager and expectant to form relationships, expressing their eagerness through their gaze, facial expressions, voice, and movements. In adult life, this eagerness remains implicitly alive in our bodies. Considering that the greater portion of early communication is nonv...