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Ty Landrum on Personal and Mythological Reflections on Ashtanga Yoga



This past weekend we had the honor of hosting Ty Landrum for a workshop at Miami Life Center. His love and understanding for the spirit of the practice and its expression through philosophy, the breath, movement and asana, was experienced by all those present.

Good news, we recorded one of his talks for you! Tune in as he shares a mythical story he feels portrays the path of a contemplative practice. He presents it as a metaphor for the type of consciousness we are trying to uncover in yoga and immerse ourselves in. Ty then goes on to share his reflections on the Ashtanga Yoga System and how its intelligence leads us towards transformation.

Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the traditional, contemplative and experimental style of his mentors, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman. With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity. His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.

To learn more about Ty and his international teaching schedule – https://tylandrum.com


Exploring our Inner Space Through Yin Practices with Natalia



In this episode of Chat & Chai, our Restorative and Yin teacher, Natalia Vasquez introduces the 4 types of Yin Practices – Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Meditation – and how they can guide us into discovering the depths of our inner world through our breath, stillness, observation and compassion. Natalia then opens to questions allowing for thought provoking and organic conversation between students of all styles of yoga. Tune in to find out how these practices can be accommodated and beneficial to everyone – from someone who only has 15 minutes before going to bed to a yang attracted Ashtanga practitioner.

Natalia’s experience of putting these yin tools into practice has brought her into a space of healing and recovery. Her understand of these practices and how they can benefit any practitioner is accessible and inspiring, giving her the unique ability to guide others through their vulnerable inner spaces.

If you’d like to learn a quick restorative practice you can practice anywhere, check out our IG TV @miamilifecenter

If your local to Miami and would like to practice with Natalia Join her at Miami Life Center Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 12:30pm.


Kino on Inhabiting our Body in Yoga: A Talk and Meditation



Join Kino Macgegor for inspiring talk given at one of her monthly classes at Miami Life Center.

Many times we come into the practice of yoga as experts on all our problems or with an expectation of what the practice should be like. We come in with a hardened heart that says – this is how things should be, this is how I know myself. As we begin to inhabit the world we become conditioned to the ways of the world and lose the shimmer, innocence and joy we were born with. We feel beaten up by life and internalize difficult experiences. We believe we aren’t good enough.

And then we come to yoga and it’s not easy to let go of all that. We believe we are only good yogis if… But then the practice of yoga begins to take root. We re-calibrate the mind and update the operating system. Tune into Kino’s talk to learn more about what she means by this and how the body becomes the starting point to walking down a spiritual path.

End with a guided meditation as Kino guides you through an inner exploration. Starting with the physical body, holding space for whatever arises ad then moving deeper into the inner body to become fully embodied and fully present.

If you’re interested in learning and practicing with Kino more in depth, she has Mysore retreats coming up in 2019 & 2020. More info and sign up here – http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/

 


Meditation: Patterns of the Mind with Kino MacGregor



Join Kino for a 20 minute meditation to settle into your daily dose of stillness. Release the patterns of the mind and find a sense of neutrality in the space between pleasure and pain.

This is part of a series with 14 complete meditations with Kino, available exclusively on Omstars.com. For a free 30 day subscription and access to a full library of course, use this link – https://omstars.com/?r=mlcmonth


Chase Bossart on God: The Yoga Sutras vs The Bhagavad Gita



We recently had the pleasure of hosting Chase Bossart for a workshop at Miami Life Center on the teachings of The Bhagavad Gita, part of our month long course Ashtanga Practitioner’s Intensive. This text along with The Yoga Sutras are crucial in guiding the path of a yogi. Held side by side, they compliment as well as contrast each other and we thought it would be interesting to dive into the concept of God in this regard.

Listen in as Chase so skillfully presents the structures of The Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita and how and why God or Isvara fits in. Is it necessary to turn to ‘God’ on the path of the yogi? What is the role of a God in the yogi’s mind? Tune in to scratch the surface of what these spiritual texts have to say.

Chase is a personal student of TKV Desikachar since in 1991 with a B.A. in Eastern philosophy from Colgate University (1992) and a M.A. in Religious Studies & Indian Philosophy (1996) from University of California (thesis on Patañjali’s Yogasūtra). He lived and studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai/India 2003-2004. Yoga teaching has been Chase’s sole occupation since 2003. He is a former Director of Therapy & Education at Healing Yoga Foundation with a private practice and an internationally traveling yoga therapist. Today, Chase directs The Yoga Well Institute, offering training programs and online classes.

If your interested in learning more from Chase and joining his online classes visit https://www.yogawell.com

 


Knowledge Event: Yoga and Trauma



In this first Yoga and Trauma panel discussion at  Miami Life Center, we gathered a group of professionals in conversation to lightly scratch the surface of this immense topic. Seated at the table are Anne Hurley- Trauma Psychotherapist, Dr. Kristin Jones- Doctor of Health Science and Mental Health Counselor, Dennis Hunter- Yoga and Meditation Teacher and trauma survivor, Adam Ottavi- Certified Rolfer and Somatic Therapist, Greg Nardi- ERYT-500 and Founder of Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide, and moderating the conversation is Natalia Vásquez- Founder of Heart in Brain Studios and trauma survivor.

Through these various perspectives, we begin to define the meaning of trauma, its roots, and how yoga plays a role in assisting survivors along their path to full recovery. We discuss the importance of safety and communication between students and teachers in the practice and the need for authentic and trustworthy leaders within spiritual communities.

Please take care of yourself as you listen and feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or feedback. We look forward to continuing this conversation as we establish a safe space for all to practice.

Our next knowledge event is taking place October 25 on Yoga and Body Image. More details on our website www.miamilifecenter.com


The Yoga Sutras with Tim Feldmann Part 6 of 6



This is the last episode of a series with Tim Feldmann exploring The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Tim goes deeper into the second chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – Sadhana Pada, or the book on spiritual practice. Join Tim as he begins to explore the external of the 8 limbs in Ashtanga Yoga.

This podcast series is taken from six lectures Tim Feldmann gave on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chapters 1 & 2. His intention with these talks was to create an overview, a map of The Yoga Sutras – an important text for any sincere yoga practitioner to be familiar with. Tim gives us an idea of what Patanjali is attempting to teach us, why he is teaching us, how to progress, what to expect along our yogic journey, and some of the more difficult philosophical notions found in the Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali sets forth the yoga darshana, the yoga point of view. With this series of lectures, Tim hopes to simply present what Patajanli has presented. So that hopefully when we step on our mats for asana we have some a roadmap to look a little deeper.

For more opportunities to practice and study with Tim go here http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/


The Yoga Sutras with Tim Feldmann Part 5 of 6



This is the fifth episode of a series with Tim Feldmann exploring The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Tim goes deeper into the second chapter and into the philosophical foundations upon which the Yoga Sutras rests.

This podcast series is taken from six lectures Tim Feldmann gave on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chapters 1 & 2. His intention with these talks was to create an overview, a map of The Yoga Sutras – an important text for any sincere yoga practitioner to be familiar with. Tim gives us an idea of what Patanjali is attempting to teach us, why he is teaching us, how to progress, what to expect along our yogic journey, and some of the more difficult philosophical notions found in the Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali sets forth the yoga darshana, the yoga point of view. With this series of lectures, Tim hopes to simply present what Patajanli has presented. So that hopefully when we step on our mats for asana we have some a roadmap to look a little deeper.

For more opportunities to practice and study with Tim go here http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/


The Yoga Sutras with Tim Feldmann Part 4 of 6



This is the fourth episode of a series with Tim Feldmann exploring The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. After closing up Chapter 1 in Parts 1-3, we now begin a dive into Sadhana Pada – the second chapter. Tim starts this episode with a discussion on Kriya yoga and the kleshas and then goes into some of the more conceptual sutras.

This podcast series is taken from six lectures Tim Feldmann gave on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chapters 1 & 2. His intention with these talks was to create an overview, a map of The Yoga Sutras – an important text for any sincere yoga practitioner to be familiar with. Tim gives us an idea of what Patanjali is attempting to teach us, why he is teaching us, how to progress, what to expect along our yogic journey, and some of the more difficult philosophical notions found in the Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali sets forth the yoga darshana, the yoga point of view. With this series of lectures, Tim hopes to simply present what Patajanli has presented. So that hopefully when we step on our mats for asana we have some a roadmap to look a little deeper.

For more opportunities to practice and study with Tim go here http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/


The Yoga Sutras with Tim Feldmann Part 3 of 6



This podcast series is taken from six lectures Tim Feldmann gave on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chapters 1 & 2. His intention with these talks was to create an overview, a map of The Yoga Sutras – an important text for any sincere yoga practitioner to be familiar with. Tim gives us an idea of what Patanjali is attempting to teach us, why he is teaching us, how to progress, what to expect along our yogic journey, and some of the more difficult philosophical notions found in the Yoga Sutras.

Patanjali sets forth the yoga darshana, the yoga point of view. With this series of lectures, Tim hopes to simply present what Patajanli has presented. So that hopefully when we step on our mats for asana we have some a roadmap to look a little deeper.

In this third episode of this series, Tim closes up the first chapter of Patanajli’s Yoga Sutras. Listen in to complete a discussion on Samadhi Pada, a look into what yoga is and what goes into creating and cultivating yoga.

For more opportunities to practice and study with Tim go here http://miamilifecenter.com/workshop-events/