Yin/Insight Yoga Silent Retreat – August 2020

Yin/Insight Yoga Silent Retreat – August 2020

Entering the Silence with Psychological Inquiry

Led by Sarah and Ty Powers

Bringing clear, kind attention to our inner and inter-personal life.

In this retreat we will practice Yin/Yang yoga, pranayama, mind training, and methods for awakening the heart. The talks and meditations will focus on the Buddhist teachings of Mindfulness, often focusing on the Lo Jong or Mind Training teachings, originally brought to Tibet from the Indian master Atisha, as well as inviting experiential insights with inquiry both in solitude and at times, with a partner. The Sanskrit word for Mindfulness is Smritti, translated as non-forgetting. Mindfulness practice develops a quality of presence in which we remember to pay attention to the immediacy of experience while letting go of all motivations to manipulate the moment, developing the clear capacity to observe inner and outer experience without willful interference. While Mindfulness is a receptive attitude, generative heart based meditations develop a more generous spirit of love and compassion through envisioning what might be possible for us, were we to live from our deepest nature.

For the body we will engage in both self-led and teacher led yoga sessions each day. We will enjoy both receptive and active (Yin/Yang) asana practices that are designed to develop and maintain pliancy in the muscles as well as the joints, to increase strength and vitality in all the systems of the body, and to cultivate a sensitivity and cultivation of the pranic body – the gateway to an energetic ease of being.

For the heart and mind we will practice several meditation sessions a day, mingling both concentration and Insight practices with a mood of Maitri or loving-kindness. Working specifically with our inner protective and vulnerable parts through guided meditations will also help us include and integrate more aspects of our system, strengthening a capacity for self therapy that we can draw from in our everyday lives.

To enhance the contemplative atmosphere, social silence will be sustained throughout the retreat outside the practice hall. As in ancient times, this retreat is not only a place to learn new methods, but to cultivate qualities of being. This is also an opportunity to take a journey away from one’s daily responsibilities and preoccupations with worldly events. With this in mind, we require everyone to turn off their computers and phones for the duration of the retreat in order to genuinely connect with oneself in a less distracted inner and outer environment. This will undoubtedly deepen everyone’s experience. We feel unplugging from technology in retreat life is essential and will benefit all the attendees. There will be an emergency contact provided for students to give loved ones.

Sarah and Ty are emphasizing the power of psychological work on this and all retreats going forward. Instead of the 15 minute one on one sessions that they have offered in the past, they will now have half hour sessions with each of you.

You must have at least two years of a committed yoga practice, already practice Yin Yoga and know how to keep yourself safe in the poses, have a regular mindfulness meditation practice, and understand the psychological method of IFS (Internal Family Systems). During the registration process, you will be asked to provide additional information regarding your previous experience.

Prior to attending this retreat, we highly recommend you have completed/attended:

  • Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Primary Level with Sarah Powers (previously known as Level I): Essential teachings on Yin Yoga, Mindfulness and how to sequence Yang poses with Yin sequences
  • At least one previous silent retreat with Sarah/Ty, other Insight Yoga or Buddhist teachers.

If you haven’t completed, we will ask that you agree to:

  • Completion of Sarah’s online course: “Insight Yoga: Introduction to Meridians, Mindfulness and Yin Yoga Postures”
  • Mentoring session(s) with Sarah’s assistant, Tripti Mahendra (tripti@sarahpowers.com) prior to attending.

This course and these session(s) would be at additional expense.

See our 2020 Schedule Page for these teachings.

Please read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga, and practice with one of Sarah’s DVDs before attending.

Please view this short video before arriving about Internal Family Systems (IFS) so you have a conceptual framework for the sessions they offer.

IYI event in New York
Location: Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY
Dates: August 17-22, 2020

Check-in: August 17 between 2pm and 5pm
Check-out: August 22 at 9am
We will have an evening session to begin the retreat after dinner on August 17. Silence will begin after dinner and be held until the afternoon of August 21.

Single Room – US$ 1962
Double Room – US$ 1683 each person
Women’s Quad Room – US$ 1458 each person
Women’s Dormitory – US$ 1163 each person
Camping (must bring your own tent and bedding) – US$ 1163 each person

Questions about this Retreat?
For prerequisite questions, please contact tripti@sarahpowers.com
For all other questions, please contact greg@sarahpowers.com





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