Yoga and Snowsports as Movement Meditation Retreats 2015

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January 11, February 8 and March 15  9am – 5:30pm
The Mountain Club on Loon and Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, NH
for more information 603-568-5977 or deniseporterkemp@gmail.com
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Physical yoga is a mindfulness movement meditation, helping develop the capacity to recall effortless presence at will. On these one-day retreats we will utilize yoga both as a physical tune-up for snowsports and as a way to recognize the potential of mindfulness meditation in all our activities. Physical yoga is one way of experiencing the teachings of yoga, so that we can bring these teachings into the rest of our lives.
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We will begin with a morning pre-snowsports specific yoga practice to bring mobility to the joints and warm the muscles, activate effortless core strength and find our center of gravity and balance. By becoming present in the body, we also become aware with the body.
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After lunch, we head onto the mountain for a half day of snowsports, utilizing the physical practice of skiing or riding in the same way we could utilize the physical yoga practice – to intentionally and sometimes even methodically bring awareness into what we are doing while we are doing it. Once we have trained our mind and body to be focused and conscious, we can let go of some of the active effort, riding the mountain by responding to gravity and the contours of the land.
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I also have many possibilities for yoga in boots and right in skis and snowboards which I am happy to share with anyone interested, although no one is required to practice the yoga on snow! You are also welcome to ski or ride on your own at any time.
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After the lifts close, we return to the sanctuary of The Mountain Club to decompress with apres-ski specific yoga, holding longer postures to release tension and prepare the body for the next day with less soreness and fatigue.
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I will not be teaching snowsports per-se, participants need to be able to comfortably ski or ride blue runs. On each run I will offer subtle cues as focus points, and we can share our own tricks and methods with each other. You are welcome to ski with the group, and at any point, take some time on your own. I will share the way I utilize the practice of yoga to enhance my snowsports experience, to assist you in finding a practice that supports your own.
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There are three separate retreats ~ January 11, February 8 and March 15 ~ come to one or as many as time and interest allows. Space is limited and you need to pre-register to hold your spot.
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$100 each retreat, includes half-day lift ticket
$75 each, with your own lift ticket
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posts about snowsports and yoga…
Basic Snow Yoga
Sun Salutation On a Snowboard
Sun Salutation in Skis
One Foot Strapped in Snowboard Yoga
Dynamic Lunge Sequence for Before Snowsports
Meditative Hip Opening Apres-ski Video
…poems and other writings about snowsports…

Finding Flow: The Path of the Sahaja

Finding Flow: The Path of the Sahaja

with Denise Porter Kemp

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Saturday, November 15
10 am-5 pm
The Mountain Club on Loon
Lincoln, New Hampshire
$80

The sahaja is the embodiment of spontaneity,
one who fine tunes the instrument of the body and mind to go beyond habit and compulsion and be fully present to the subtleties of each moment, consciously and effortlessly responding appropriately to each unique circumstance as it arises.

In this workshop we will experiment with physical yoga, breath work, dance and meditation practices, observing and experiencing the nuances of our own body, mind and behavioral tendencies to cultivate awareness both of and with our whole beings. Noticing as this mindful presence slows compulsive thought, impulse and emotion so that we can connect with stillness even in the movement, the silence ever-present behind the sound, the spaciousness within the matter, with turiya – pure raw awareness, underlying all other states of consciousness, accessible all the time.

Tuning our bodies and minds as a musician trains on an instrument to effortlessly and precisely let the music flow through, both allowing ourselves to be played by the “music” and staying conscious and making choice in the flow.

   Practicing this together so that we may recall this quality of fluid presence
in everything that we do.

We will practice in the sanctuary of The Mountain Club on Loon overlooking Loon Mountain and as weather and interest permits outside along the rivers and in the forests of the White Mountains. 

For more information and to register go to http://findingflow.bpt.me/
or contact me at
deniseporterkemp@gmail.com

~body geometry accessing aware consciousness~

deniseporterkemp.com
603 568 5977

turiya yoga

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turiya yoga
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turiya
is pure raw awareness
underlying all other states of consciousness
always accessible
all of the time
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yoga is the continuum
and the practice
yoking all polarities
as parts of the same whole
balanced at the center
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turiya yoga is a playful exploration
uncovering the spontaneous, embodied, direct experience
of our interconnected consciousness
manifesting uniquely
through each of us
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aware consciousnessmy shri chakra

4 part tuning-in meditation

…can be used as a meditation, during yoga, and in the moment…

  1. Awareness inside your body – grounding yourself in your body.  Anyway that works.  Potentially – awareness radiating from the center of your body, just below your navel, all the way to the periphery of the skin – head, feet, hands, everywhere.  Simultaneously drawing awareness back from the periphery to hold the center.  Soften back into yourself.  It can go back and forth – outward, inward – and eventually, both at the same time.  Aliveness in the whole body.  Expansion and centeredness.  Balanced.
  2. Awareness of the room around you – the temperature, the atmosphere, anyone there with you.  Without having to engage or ignore, staying in your body and aware of what’s around you.
  3. Hear the sounds – without grasping to listen, let the sound come to you, in through your ears and translated on your eardrums.  Feel the sound in your body.
  4. Feel the breath breathing – as the breath comes in and fills you, you expand from the center of the chest, as the breath leaves, your body condenses back into the center of the chest.  As if you are breathed in and out of the heart, your whole body breathed like one giant lung.

All the while staying grounded in the body, eventually all four parts at the same time.  Whenever you find yourself distracted, just start over…

adapted from a practice by Parvathi Nanda Nath Sarasvati

choice

It is not always easy to know the next right thing to do.  It can backfire to simply rely on a preconceived idea of right and wrong, for the nuances of each circumstance are too subtle for that.  So I work to keep myself as strong and clear as I can so I can be sensitive to the particularities of each situation.  Noticing with as little judgement as possible, with compassion, empathy, AND discernment.  Aware of my own intention.  Willing to shift when I realize I am out of harmony, even when that is after the fact.  Even when it becomes clear that the appropriate action is counter to the stock answer.  Moving from a place of love and respect over greed.  As best I can, each moment a new chance to try again.  Experiential wisdom – paying attention and learning as we go.