In yoga and meditation, we often hold concepts about what the practice means, concepts about where the path of practice is going. These concepts work underground, largely unquestioned. And for many, these conceptual assumptions often create tensions and frustrations in practice.
In this workshop, using Meditation as a contemplative ‘laboratory’ for investigation, Josh will suggest ways to explore many commonly held ‘concepts’ that operate within practice.
As you practice, rather than trying to shape your experience to become like something you may have heard from a teacher, or from a tradition, or from a text, Josh will gently point you into the immediacy of your own direct experience, in all its tangled and messy glory.
From the primacy of your own experience, Josh hopes to show how a path of peace and wisdom can develop; a path that can be a true refuge in one’s life; a path that is authentically one’s own.
This workshop will include a sequence of Yin Yoga postures, a short seated meditation, and a period of discussion.
“Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them.” – The Buddha in the Kalama Sutta
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to more dynamic and active yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deeper layers of connective tissue in the body.
Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium.
Yin Yoga emphasizes stillness and silence. The practice prepares both the body and mind for deeper experiences in meditation.
Josh is a Yin Yoga teacher, a licensed acupuncturist, and a meditation instructor. Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy in New York City. Since then, he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan, and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation developed so too did his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of the two.
Josh now teaches workshops and trainings throughout the United States and Europe. For more information, please visit his website: www.joshsummers.net