Right now, our communities need us as students, teachers and leaders to be lamps for the world. However, in daily life, our obstacles and difficulties cast enormous shadows on the path. How do we establish a steady, compassionate approach to ourselves and others in times like these?
In this 2 1/2 hour workshop, we will practice using friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity to see and approach obstacles in a new way. We will explore Yama and Niyama practices (moral precepts and personal disciplines) that help us shine the light for ourselves and those around us.
This workshop will focus on discussion highlighting the Yamas and Niyamas plus Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras 1.30 – 1.33. Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can sit and move, as some asana will be included.
Open to all levels. This workshop is offered as a course on ethics-in-action, part of the Sadhana Studies program at Adeline Yoga. In light of current national events and the planned rallies for this weekend, the workshop will have a specific focus on how we can use our yoga practices to personally engage with social justice and navigate the current political climate.
Victoria Austin has studied yoga for over 40 years. She holds an Intermediate Senior I teaching certification and responsibility which includes teacher training and therapeutics. She is on the teacher training faculty of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco where she teaches ethics and other topics. Victoria offers public yoga classes at San Francisco Zen Center and the Abode of Iyengar Yoga and serves as an assessor of the next generation of Iyengar yoga teachers.
Victoria is also a Zen priest and an active Dharma teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center.
Victoria begins afresh every day, and regularly renews her training with the Iyengars in India, and Manouso Manos in San Francisco. She teaches in diverse settings, including groups for monastics, prisoners, people with disabilities, and physicians.