A 14-week Course for Men
Begins Monday, Feb 22nd
Mindful Yoga Collective
For as long as humans have existed, men have gathered in sacred circles to speak, listen and connect together around the great mysteries of life. These circles have become increasingly rare in modern life- and we need them, perhaps more now than at any time in human history.
In this group, we will gather together a group of men with the intention of learning to more fully inhabit our bodies, to connect with our center, and grow our capacity to listen- to each other, and to our inner lives as we explore the rich terrain of what it means to be a man living in these times.
Through the course we will explore a series of movement lessons based in Feldenkrais and The Embodied Life that will have several intentions. First, to unwind and release the areas where men tend to hold tension and have restriction in movement- including the shoulders, chest, hamstrings, hip-joints and low back. The lessons will center around learning to inhabit, and move from the Hara or Dan tien- the vital center of the lower belly (which can be very different from what we have learned about moving from a tightly held core.) These lessons can greatly impact and improve a range of things from low back pain to your golf game, from lovemaking to how you sit or stand at work, or just an overall sense of ease, grace, and vitality in movement with aging, as well as profoundly reducing anxiety and a thinking mind run amok.
We will also explore together the qualities of the positive masculine archetype that we wish to grow or experience more fully. As there has been so much suffering caused in the world by the negative masculine- violence against women, warfare, destruction of natural resources… it can often seem like there are few role models for the positive, life-giving aspects of the masculine. We will explore together how we embody, and how we can deepen these qualities of the positive masculine that are so needed in the world today.
The movement lessons and other practices will also support a central theme of the course which is how to become more embodied in our lives. For most of us in our culture, and particularly for men, we tend to be centered in our heads. For many human cultures, however, particularly pre-agricultural humans, the “center” was experienced in the Hara, the lower belly. For many others cultures, where “I” am was experienced in the heart. What we will explore is this question: Is it possible to inhabit, and have access to the intelligence of our heads, our hearts, our bellies simultaneously? Could our thinking life, our feeling life, our sensing and moving life all be experienced together as an integrated wholeness?
“Simply put, as long as we remain in our heads, we will remain married to the values of our head.
That in a nutshell is our culture’s Achilles’ heel- and by extension, the Achilles’ heel of all of us.”
“The importance of being genuinely seen and heard can’t be overestimated. One of the ways that the soul grows is by being seen and recognized. If a man has never been recognized at the soul level, he won’t know who he is in times of crisis and he will feel inauthentic more often than not. If a man has never been heard, he’ll have great difficulty listening to others.. . . In their responses to the mythic stories and as they tell their personal stories, men say surprising things, but you sometimes have to listen hard to hear them. The first piece of learning in this sudden community of men becomes opening the ears to the stories of others.”
In this course, we will create a safe container to that welcomes us showing up in all of our power and potency, all of our grief, vulnerability and self-doubt, as we explore what it is to man in these times.
Classes will include:
Movement Lessons (with recordings available)
Guided inquiries, partner practices and meditations around embodiment.
Resource Growing Practices (ways of cultivating the states that we most value)
Readings from Michael Meade, Philip Shepard, David Deida and others.
Plenty of time for speaking and listening to one another.
Begins Monday Feb 21st 7:15-9pm At The Mindful Yoga Collective 223 S. 700 E. Suite 4
Retreat Day Sat, April 16
Cost: $495 Before Jan 7 click here to register.
$595 after Jan 7.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.