The Senses: To Seduce or Not Seduce, To Indulge or Not Indulge

Instructor - Sarahjoy Marsh

Day & Time - Saturday at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

(Available with Full Festival Pass or an A’la Carte Pass for $80 starting February 1st)

With an alive conversation between your thalamus and your koshas, we’ll explore the tremendous resource in our senses, with a nod to the sometimes-turbulent terrain caused by our sensory impressions, memories, interpretations, and misinterpretations. Where do pratyahara and the manamayakosha meet and when would they best collaborate? All five senses seek information to relay to important brain centers, providing us with our personal “stained glass window” through which we see and experience the world. This session will illustrate, in real time, how to make wise use of sensory input in a yoga practice, as well as how to develop a consistently reliable resource in pratyahara as a means to soothe one’s brain and drop back into one’s deeper wisdom, vijnanamayakosha. Ultimately, yoga teaches us how to lessen the coloring of our “stained glass window”, our conditioned thoughts and reactions; revealing clear perception and accessing compassion.

This session will include poses to lessen the angst of the upper trapezius, levator scapula, and scalenes, opening your neck and shoulder awareness and all five senses. We’ll then deepen that into your upper back and heart. This leads to understanding the value of, and the inner methodology of, jalandhara bandha. Meditation becomes realized as naturally abiding in well-being and joy.

All levels.  Please bring a mat, 2 blocks and a strap.

Cannon Beach Chamber Hall

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