Compassion seems to be in short supply these days. Yet compassion is a core part of the yogi’s tool kit – an essential virtue that we use for self-exploration and community interaction. We draw upon compassion for ourselves in order to acknowledge and work through our own suffering and the suffering of others. Compassion can only be cultivated when we allow ourselves the time and space to slow down and rest our body and mind.
This workshop is part of a series were we explore the different ways yoga is “skill in action”. What does a modern day yogi’s life look like off the mat, inside and outside the studio? Michelle Cassandra Johnson’s book Yoga, Skill in Action describes how skill in action involves developing discernment which allows one to respond to difficult situations rather than react only. One of the primary tools for developing “skill in action” is through the practice of compassion. Compassion requires connection: connection to ourselves, to other beings, to nature. Compassion requires that we acknowledge that we are all in this together.
Join Anneke for an afternoon of restoration, using yoga asana and pranayama as a field for developing compassion to power our positive social action in the world.
This class is appropriate for all levels of students
Donation based workshop
Suggested rate: $45
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Anneke Faas is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Intermediate Junior 2 level. She was inspired by the precision and genius of Mr. Iyengar’s teaching at the age of 14 during her first year of high school where she was an avid athlete. Teaching yoga in college to her peers, Anneke started her teacher training with Nancy Stechart and Leslie Bradley in 2002. She continued her studies upon moving to New York City and graduated from the premiere Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York Teacher Training program under the mentorship of the late Mary Dunn. Since then, Anneke has had two sons and now lives in Berkeley, California. As a teacher, Anneke has a warm presence and commands her classes with ease and careful focus. She is especially drawn to working with mothers, helping to reduce the stress and tensions of everyday life. She has specialized training in pre-natal yoga. In addition to regular public classes, Anneke offers weekly private lessons, corporate classes and mentors aspiring Iyengar yoga teachers-in-training. Visit her website at www.annekefaas.com.