Did you ever play with a Slinky Toy? If you did, perhaps you’ll remember holding each end of the flexible coil and marveling at how a subtle shift rippled through the toy. ISHTA master teacher Deirdre Breen thinks of Ayurveda and Yoga as the two ends of the Slinky, each influencing and informing the other and sending ripples of energy through our entire system.
As yogis it is our responsibility to value and express balance as a way of life and to have that balance radiate out into our lives, families, communities, and environment, according to Deirdre. It is essential that we are able to quickly assess when we go out of balance and have the tools both on and off the mat to reestablish sattva.
In this workshop, Deirdre will facilitate an in-depth exploration of this Slinky effect on body, mind, and spirit to demonstrate how pranayama, asana, and meditative practices effect the doshas—kapha, (earth and water), pitta, (water and fire), and vata (air and ether)—and the gunas, or qualities of sattva (balance), rajas (action), and tamas (inertia). Specifically this workshop will empower individuals with the direct experience of understanding their prakriti (constitutional) and vrikriti (lifestyle) doshas, and how yoga’s multi-limbed approach can reestablish balance when ever one is out of sorts.
Learning to assess one’s vrikriti is a primary focus of this workshop.
The workshop will guide participants in answering the following questions: How do you know how to practice yoga from one day to the next? What are the questions to ask yourself as you approach the meditation cushion or yoga mat? How do you know you are balanced? What does balance feel like? What are the symptoms of your imbalance, i.e. how do you know you are having a ‘bad’ day? When you are irritable, quick-to-anger, overly emotional, spacey, insatiable, depressed, or anxious, which tools of yoga can you employ to balance your vrikriti with your prakriti?