Storytime: The Bhagavad Gita
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
We are prisoners of the things we seek.
We are bound by the things we love and hate.
Until you cut off the bonds, you are chained to the world and its influences.
- The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Krishna and his closest devotee, the Yadava prince Arjuna, who played a crucial role in the war of the epic Mahabharata. The message of the Bhagavad Gita has not only profoundly influenced the Indian way of life for millennia, but also many of our great contemporary western minds. Ghandi, Dr. King, and Thoreau were all known to carry and reference the Gita often.
The Bhagavad Gita reveals how anyone can perform ordinary duties in the world and yet remain free from the consequences of one’s actions. It is not by inaction, not even by doing only the so called good deeds, that one attains liberation, but by doing deeds without the sense of doer-ship. Such an approach not only liberates human beings from the struggling and striving that characterizes our ego driven actions, but also greatly reduces our anxieties and frustrations thereby creating in us the permanent basis for a stable, peaceful, and contented life.
Wear comfortable clothing not only to sit, but also to participate in a gentle asana practice, while you listen to the story of The Bhagavad Gita.
Live Harp w/Gentle Yoga & Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Experience deeper levels of peace and health than you ever imagined possible. Give yourself permission to rest and restore. We will start with some gentle movement and then explain the Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra practice, ask questions and discuss. The last hour we will lay back and listen to both the teacher (Paige Lichens) and Live Harp Music (Kara Welch). Be supported, held, and nourished as you discover profound peace and vibrant health.
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® has the power to transform you at core levels. This guided meditation guides you through each layer of being called the Koshas, explained in detail this workshop, which includes the physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual layers; making this healing practice inclusive of your whole being.
Who is this for?
Practice is for anyone with a desire for greater inner peace and connection to one’s self. No yoga experience is required. Modifications and alterations are provided including if you prefer to sit in a chair. The Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra practice has been used to successfully aid insomnia, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, pain and adapting to travel & time zones, and other issues and changes.
About the instructor and harp player:
Paige Lichens, a native of Washington, DC, has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 8+ years. Certified to lead Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® and also a 500 hour Kripalu Yoga teacher, she teaches regular classes at The Yogi Underground.
Kara Welch has been playing harp since 2006. She performs professionally at cafes, graduations, galas, and more; everywhere from Arizona to Jamaica, specializing in classical, jazz, celtic, and healing music. Kara is currently studying with the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP) at George Washington University Hospital to become a therapeutic musician in her new home base of Washington, DC.
$45 ($35 Early Bird by 12/1 and members receive 10% discount after Early Bird)
3rd Birthday Celebration & Open House
Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate our third year of practicing, meditating, and cultivating at The Yogi Underground! Bring your friends, your neighbors, your light, and some snacks you'd love to share; reconnect with some of the community you already know and connect with those you don't. You will be able to sign up for the open house mini classes on our regular schedule, but please also RSVP by signing up here, so that we can know how much cake we need!
Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Ayurveda is the Science of Life. The more we know about viewing the world through this lense, the more we are able to support not only our own health, but also the health of our loved ones. In this workshop, we'll get into the basics of Ayurveda; what health means, the doshas, dinacharya (daily routine), and how to bring it all together and apply it in your own life and yoga practice.
Bring a notebook, comfortable clothing you can practice yoga in, and an open and curious mind.
The Adhesions That Bind: Myofascial Release
Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Our fascia is the structural support that runs through and around all of our muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, and organs. When it sustains an injury, no matter the degree, our bodies lay down fibers to repair the site so that we can go on about our life. Depending on the degree, these fibrous repairs can limit mobility because they are not as elastic as virgin tissue. They can also create trigger points that can lead to occasional or even chronic pain either at the site or referred to a nearby location.
The purpose of Myofascial Release is to break up some of that scar tissue not only to increase healthy range of motion but also to decrease chronic pain. In this workshop we will learn the most common trigger points in the neck, shoulders, hips, and back, and how to release them. You will leave prepared with tools for how to address your own issues and/or the issues of others.
No yoga experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing, be prepared for some light asana practice, and bring a notebook if you want to take notes.