This weekend I will be returning to Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York to lead 5 /2 hours of asana instruction in a workshop that is titled:
“HOW TO SIT.”
The work will primarily be hip and shoulder opening poses. I will look at students’ zazen postures and make changes to make the seat more comfortable and easy. You need not be a regular practitioner of Zen Meditation to attend. Beginning meditation instruction will be given by the monastics.
ZEN MOUNTAIN MONASTERY
June 15-17, 2007, $275, MRO Students $255
“The whole body transcends dust and dirt… [sitting] is simply the peaceful and joyful gate of dharma.”
—Zen Master Dogen
“Asana” in Sanskrit means “seat.” It is defined as a steady posture done with ease, joy and completion. In zazen, creating the ease and stability of the body is often as difficut as finding stability in the mind. When the body is correctly aligned one feels remarkable stillness and strength. Finding “this,” the body becomes a sacred vessel of zazen.
In this retreat, appropriate for all levels, we will explore the intricacies of asana in the seated posture using Iyengar Yoga. By looking at how we sit in zazen and by making small adjustments to our posture, we can bring more ease and stilless to the body and mind. We will also create a simple, short and effective yoga asana routine that can be done daily which will support the zazen. It will open the groin, hips, back and shoulders to create more freedom and space in our bodies. Simple knee and shoulder problems will be discussed and worked with.
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TO READ ONE STUDENT’S REVIEW OF THE 2006 COURSE.