the somatic experiences of yoga and conscious dance have transformed my inner landscape from fearful self-loathing to compassionate curiosity. i believe that these practices have been gifted to me from spirit and my soul’s deep longing for connection, and that my life’s work is to be of service by sharing my passion for movement as a potent catalyst for transformation.

bhavana in motion: the practice

“with eyes let us see what is good.
with steady limbs, with bodies, praising, let us enjoy the life allotted by the gods.
what is, is pure being; what shines, is pure consciousness; what is dear, is bliss.”

~ bhavana upanishad

the sanskrit word bhavana means “to call into existence through deep connection to feeling and experience”. bhavana in motion™: the practice is a tapestry of three principal elements ~ tantra yoga, conscious dance, and creative expression, interwoven with shamanic ritual, meditation, breath, and the whisperings of deep silence. each experience is unique, anchoring into a theme and sequence of elements that change shape each time we practice. we learn to trust our bodies’ organic wisdom and feel our way into what is possible when the rhythms of our bodies and minds are in alignment with our hearts’ desire, the clarity of truth, and the earth that nourishes us. we then explore how we can take this practice into life. some basic yoga experience is helpful; no dance or meditation experience is required.

schedule of classes

the truth of power ~ a day-long urban retreat in dallas, texas
saturday, march 29, 2014
move studio, 17062 preston road, dallas, tx

“may your power never become a shell
wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
may you welcome your own vulnerability
as the ground where healing and truth join.”

~ john o’donohue

what does power mean to you? what images arise when you consider it? where does it live in your body? what do you do with it?

power is the energy behind the lighting of buildings, the birth of a child, how we relate, what we create, our emotions, our thoughts, our movements, our breath. it is in fact the very essence of life itself. sometimes the easiest way to access our ideas about power is when we recognize its misuse or when we feel disempowered. we long to understand this somewhat elusive and mystical force yet we believe that this path of self-discovery can only be done alone through struggle. as we lean into the journey we allow the possibility that our tender places have the most power and that deep connection with ourselves, each other, and the entirety of our life experience is how we thrive.

using the potent catalysts of music, movement, breath, and creative expression, we will explore the many aspects of power that exist in each of us, and all of the ways that we can harness and express it in a way that is balanced, nourishing, and in alignment with our higher truth. our focus will be on the fifth chakra, the energetic center in the body that resides at the throat and invites us to know the truth of who we are, and align our personal power of will with the will of the divine.

~~~THIS RETREAT CONSISTS OF THREE ELEMENTS~~~
{{{come to one, two, or all three for a deep dive into connection, discovery, community, and healing}}}

BHAVANA IN MOTION {with liz tucker} | 2:30~5:30pm
the sanskrit word bhavana means “to call into existence through deep connection to feeling and experience”. bhavana in motion™: the practice is a tapestry of three principal elements ~ tantra yoga, conscious dance, and creative expression, interwoven with shamanic ritual, meditation, breath, and the whisperings of deep silence. each experience is unique, anchoring into a theme and sequence of elements that change shape each time we practice. we learn to trust our bodies’ organic wisdom and feel our way into what is possible when the rhythms of our bodies and minds are in alignment with our hearts’ desire, the clarity of truth, and the earth that nourishes us. we then explore how we can take this practice into life. some basic yoga experience is helpful; no dance or meditation experience is required.

COMMUNITY POTLUCK | 5:45~7pm
gather together in community to nourish our bodies and connect our hearts. please bring a dish or drink to share.

KIRTAN, STORYTELLING, AND SONG {with House Of Hearts: shanti webb and jason nolen} | 7~9:30pm
we will anchor our connections to our bodies and profound soul journeys through call and response chanting of mantra, storytelling, and heart-opening spiritual songs.

INVESTMENT
bhavana in motion ~ $40 advanced | $45 door
community potluck ~ free!
kirtan, storytelling, and song ~ $20 avanced | $25 door
day-long retreat ~ $50 advanced only

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yoga

while on the road to recovery from a spinal fracture and battling an eating disorder, i began practicing yoga in 1994. for the first six years of my practice i was self-taught using videos, books, and my inner knowing as my guide. in june of 2000 after experiencing my first class in a studio setting, i was called to touch as many people as possible with the healing powers of yoga. from there it was a swift and humbling pilgrimage to the inception of my teaching journey, which began on december 9, 2000.

i am a 200-hour registered yoga teacher with the yoga alliance, my formal yoga teacher training is in the para yoga® tradition inspired by yogarupa rod stryker, and my dance teachers are michael and anneli molin-skelton, co-creators of spiritweaves™, a conscious dance experience based out of los angeles, ca. my teaching style is reflective of my 19-year immersion in the yoga teachings of para yoga®, iyengar, vinyasa, and kundalini, and the intuitive nature of conscious dance. all that i ask when you come to my class is to be where you are in your practice and with yourself, and to bring an open and receptive heart. i am humbled and honored by the opportunity to hold space for you.

in addition to my public class schedule below, i am available for workshops and private sessions for small groups and individuals and can be reached by phone at 469.363.0868 or by email.

schedule of classes

contemplative arts | yoga beyond asana
tuesdays ~ 7:30-8:45pm
3.4.2014
3.18.2014
4.1.2014
practice yoga, 1103 e. 6th street, austin, tx 78702
practice yoga’s website

a special, deeper studies offering, this class will explore the various paths to your inner world and take you beyond the physical realm of practice. diving deep to the roots of personal understanding, class will include a variety of approaches to quieting your mind, investigating your world, and cultivating a rich inner life. incorporating meditation, asana, pranayama, mantra, creative expression, spiritual psychology and much more, this is a perfect compliment to your regular asana practice and a great support for teachers of yoga.

i have the honor of subbing this class for our beloved gioconda parker for several dates in march and april.


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