Connecting with Nature Through Alignment and Expression
November 14–16, 2018
Wednesday–Friday: 2 nights
- Natasha “Tasha” Judson, MEd, directs and teaches at Tasha Yoga in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her yoga classes combine breath-based movement, mindful alignment within poses, and intelligent sequencing to empower the optimal unfolding of each individual. A certified Anusara Yoga teacher since 1997, she also practices Iyengar Yoga regularly. She has studied and practiced in Tibetan, Vipassana, and a nondual Saiva tradition, and is an authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation as taught by Blue Throat Yoga. Since 2014, she has led groups to India for study and pilgrimage.
- Kim Friedman, RYT-500, is a Certified™ Anusara® teacher who is motivated by a desire to offer classes that are heart-opening and life-affirming and to help her students use Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment to build strength, flexibility, and balance. Kim’s yoga practice for the last 19 years has contributed significantly to improved health, a greater sense of equanimity, and more appreciation for the blessings in her life.
All of nature, including ourselves, is made up of space, air, fire, water, and earth. This spectrum of elements combine to manifest each individual and the world that we experience through our senses. Think of the sun on your face, the earth under your feet, the sound of falling rain, the feeling of an airy breeze, the depths of space on a starry night.
Anusara Yoga articulates five main principles of alignment, and each of the five expresses one of the elements of nature. In this program, we cultivate the feeling of each element in our yoga asana and pranayama practices. We systematically describe each alignment principle, so that the mind understands. We discover words for how the elements of nature feel as they express in our human body and mind. Then we use the practice of journaling to coalesce and give language to this new and deepening experience.
Through these practices and understandings, we delve beneath our surface experience into the textures of each element operating within us. Interacting together, all five elements manifest our body and mind in the extraordinary dance of life. By exploring these dynamics with increasing familiarity, we grow in our capacity to participate in this dance with ever greater skill, ease, and joy.
What You’ll Experience
- Yoga and alignment
- Connection with nature
- Five elements theory
Recommended reading Anusara Yoga Immersion Manual
Your Program Session Schedule
(Subject to change.)
Wednesday 7:30–9:30 pm
Thursday 8:30–11:30 am and 1:45–3:45 pm
Friday 9:00–11:30 am
A stay at Kripalu immerses you in an experiential curriculum designed to bring vitality to your life from the inside out. While you are here, we invite you to enjoy daily yoga classes, our world-class natural-foods cuisine, Healing Arts, hiking and walking trails, a lakefront area, sauna, a labyrinth, and extraordinary views—all in the natural beauty of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
Arrival Day 2:15 pm Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm. You may store your bags in the Luggage Room until your room is available.
Residential and Commuter options are available for this workshop. Please visit the Kripalu website to register.