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Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

Online Master Series- Are You Happy Yet? Can Yoga Help?

2022/5/28-5/29 Online workshop via Zoom

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  • About Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor
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We all want to be happy. Though it is part of our basic human nature, happiness often seems fleeting at best or an impossible dream during times of loss, confusion, and suffering. And try as we may, the search for happiness can be unending – maybe meeting the love of our life can help, or getting a new car, or at the very least mastering that elusive yoga posture. For so many of us the pandemic has exacerbated the problem too. How can we find happiness that endures in the midst of the chaos and isolation of our times?

In this 4-hour online workshop, we will explore how embodiment practices such as yoga, couched in an understanding of foundational yogic and Buddhist principles of love and life, form a solid foundation for all of us to cultivate lasting happiness. Each class will include a guided, flowing ashtanga vinyasa asana practice (75 minutes) that will drop us deep into the breath, the body, and the mind, followed by a presentation of philosophical concepts and a lively discussion on how to foster happiness from this internal place of balance, curiosity and tenderness.

Day One – We'll focus more on standing postures and forward folds as a means of getting grounded.
Day Two – We’ll focus on backbending and twists as a means of opening the core and the heart.
BOTH days will also include a finishing sequence.

In this workshop, you will learn:

Practical exercises to help them cultivate physical and mental, calm, clarity, balance and stability.

Experience first hand the physical and mental benefits of moving in a contemplative manner on the wave of the breath, including standing postures, forward folds, backbends, and twists.

Simple pranayama practices that can help energize the body while balancing emotions.

The value of and methods for listening deeply to others as a way of cultivating kindness, compassion and better communication.

This workshop will be taught in English, with Chinese translation.
Time will be given for Q&A with Richard and Mary.

Daily schedule

2022
5/28 (Saturday)-5/29 (Sunday)
09:00-11:00

*Subject to change. Any changes will be notified well in advance. 

Suitable for

  • Students of all levels of practice who are interested in being happy and willing to exploring the process of waking up to what is already within.

What to prepare

If possible, please prepare 1 blanket, 1 strap and 2 blocks. (If you don’t have them, don’t worry; you can improvise.)

PRE-COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Before the workshop begins, we encourage you to:

  1. Start honing your awareness of happiness as it arises and dissipates in your daily life.
  2. Watch the ebb and flow of happiness – notice the pattern of change.
  3. Observe your breath – inhaling, exhaling, changes in the quality of breath that accompany changes in mind and emotion.
  4. When Love Comes to Light (Chinese edition). Embodiment Exercise: Cultivating Happiness Page 307-310 and Chapter 3.

FROM RICHARD & MARY:

During our 50 years of practice and teaching, perhaps the most consistent theme we’ve witnessed in students is a striving to find happiness – so much so that we are currently writing a book on the subject! One of the most overlooked aspects of happiness is how to show up and connect to others. With that in mind, we invite you to join us for this course so that together we can explore how communication, open heartedness and a good sense of humor can help bring happiness into this world.

Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968. He spent nine years in Asia studying yoga āsana, prāṇāyāma, Sufism, Sanskrit language, and Indian philosophy. He has studied asana with B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois and has worked with numerous Buddhist teachers to draw insights into the interfacing of Buddhism and yoga as a reflection of life. Richard’s metaphorical, humorous teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities.

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 and her studies have grown into a deep interest into how yoga āsana, meditation and the interfacing of yoga with Buddhism combine to support us through complex times. Her main āsana practice is in the internal forms of the aṣṭāñga vinyāsa tradition. She is part of the core faculty of the Being with Dying program at Upaya Zen Center and the UZIT training program, both of which apply contemplative practices to improved and sustainable wellness within medical settings and other aspects of everyday life.

Richard and Mary teach workshops and trainings online and throughout the world. Richard’s instructional videos and CD’s on yoga set the gold standard for approaching yoga as a contemplative art. They’ve authored and co-authored numerous books, most recently, When Love Comes to Light, Ancient Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gīta for Modern Life, (Shambhala Publications, 2021).

Richardfreemanyoga.com

2022/5/28-5/29 Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor
Online Master Series: Are You Happy Yet? Can Yoga Help?

Identity Early Bird Price Register Now till 2022/5/4 Regular Price Notice
Same price for SPACE members and non-members NT$ 3,280 NT$ 4,280
  • This course does not apply to SPACE learning course discount vouchers
  • If an unforeseen circumstance arises and you need to miss any hours of the training, please email us with the specific details of the dates/time you will miss
  • If the student is unable to attend the course, recordings will be available for 7 days.

Sign up

  • Please click [Sign up] to register the course and fill out the online application form then complete the payment process.
  • The actual class capacity and discount will refer to the actual payment date.

Note

  • This is an online class via Zoom, link will be received one day prior to the class.
  • If an unforeseen circumstance arises and you need to miss any hours of the training, please email us with the specific details of the dates/time you will miss.
  • If the student is unable to attend the course, recordings will be available for 7 days.
  • Minimum of registration to hold the course: 25 students
  • SPACE may arrange video record and photograph the training for our records and promotion purposes.
  • If you have any questions regarding the course, please email spaceacademy_tw@withinspace.com

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