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Pranayama: Changing the World Breath by Breath

October 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

PRANAYAMA: Changing the World Breath by Breath

A Day-Long Retreat Saturday October 3rd 11 – 1 and 3 – 5 p.m. with Victoria Austin

The work of anti-racism begins with settling the self.  Developing a heart and mind of anti-racism initiates positive change in the world. How do we use the tools of pranayama to settle reactivity, find deep nourishment, and meet the potential of our natural resting state?

This one-day retreat supports practitioners to become grounding in body and mind to skillfully meet the  causes and conditions of racism. We will explore the intimate communion between individual and universal experience through simple, restful sequences suitable for daily practice.

This workshop is best suited to practitioners who want to study anti-racism from the body to the brain. Because this work requires a shared body language of stability, mobility, and self-study, the prerequisite is 6 months’ experience studying Iyengar yoga with a CIYT.

This workshop will include two sessions of philosophy, pranayama, and discussion. A few simple asanas may be included.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please email

PREPARATION: To get the most out of this workshop, please familiarize yourself with concepts in these three books:

  • My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem: “Your Soul Nerve” Chapter 16
  • The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda Magee: “Awareness of Breathing” and “Body Scan” practices for grounding
  • Light on Pranayama by BKS Iyengar: “Savasana” chapter

Note:  If you want to get started with My Grandmother’s Hands early, we have a reading group starting Sept 22nd. Details here.


Free for people of color
$75 – regular rate
$120 – Pay for yourself and support a scholarship for another person to participate.
Those with greater financial capacity are invited to support your personal learning and sponsor another person to attend.
Please pre-register by Sept 30th so you get the zoom link and other preparatory materials.

About the Instructor:

Victoria Austin Shosan Victoria Austin began practicing both Zen and yoga in 1971. In the Iyengar Yoga tradition, Victoria is certified as a Senior Intermediate. In the Soto Zen tradition, Victoria is entrusted as a Dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, an international priest of the Soto School, and a Dharma teacher at San Francisco Zen Center. A teacher of teachers, Victoria is one of the founding leaders in the Iyengar Yoga community in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition to supporting the practice of both yoga and Zen students in diverse settings including workplaces, institutions, and homes, Victoria teaches public yoga classes, trains teachers and offers workshops at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, and serves as an assessor of the next generation of Iyengar yoga teachers. Victoria continues her studies with senior Zen and yoga teachers, including Sojun Mel Weitsman and the Iyengar family. Victoria’s practice goal is to wake up each moment in a way that benefits beings. Victoria’s teaching goals include transmitting Zen Buddhism as a yogic path and Yoga as a path of awareness. Keeping faith with each tradition, she offers classes and workshops accessible to a wide variety of abilities and circumstances.


October 3, 2020
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


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