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The Insight Yoga Institute offers five and ten-day residential retreats that help practitioners integrate yoga, Buddhism and spiritual psychology into a skillful practice to balance the body, heart and mind. The program can be enjoyed by anyone as individual retreats or as an advanced studies YA 500 hour yoga teacher training. Retreats are offered in CA, NY, France, and Thailand. IYI retreats bring together the dynamic and receptive aspects of yoga, the three schools of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana), and the skillful methods of psycho-dynamic personal and relational work.
At the Insight Yoga Institute we feel that integrating essential teachings and practices from these wisdom traditions amplifies our insights and generates the potential for them to dawn as wisdom, while becoming evident in how we live our lives and benefit others.
Insight Yoga involves 4 main aspects of development that are each interdependent. The body (physical and subtle), the heart, the mind, and relationships.
For the body we engage in regular active and receptive (or Yin/Yang) asana practices that are designed to develop and maintain pliancy in the muscles as well as the joints, to increase strength and vitality in all the systems of the body, and to cultivate a sensitivity to and refinement of the energy body- the gateway to an ease of being. Yin yoga is a meditative physical practice that stimulates the balancing of the energetic pathways (meridians) through holding floor poses while Yang yoga involves a slow alignment based movement practice.
For the heart, we engage in awareness practices that hold and help heal the wounded heart. We practice opening to and at times dialoguing with emotional patterns of reactivity, often uncovering hidden insights and gifts that can blossom into genuine self-love and compassion, causing the release of our self constructs and the compensatory strategies of armoring (protecting, shutting down) that naturally follow. This has a direct and lasting impact on our relationship to ourself and others.
Mind Training involves practices of visualization, contemplation, concentration, mindfulness, and open awareness drawing from Yogic, Taoist, and Buddhist teachings.
Learning to maintain a connection to our body, heart and mind when in relationships is probably the most challenging aspect of all. Relational awareness practices foster kindness, deep listening, meaningful exchanges, and learning to appropriately trust and reveal vulnerabilities with others. Practices include generating loving-kindness and compassion, as well as engaging in contemplative dialogues with others on specific subjects.
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From the Buddhist schools, the emphasis is on The Eight Fold Path of early Buddhism from Theravadin teachings, the emphasis on compassion as represented by The Bodhisattva vow and enlightened living in the teachings of the 6 Paramitas of the Mahayana path, and the skillful means and wisdom teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism.
From the psychological world both the teachings of Buddhist Psychology (Abhidharma), as well as western psycho-synthesis models (Spiritual Psychology) that relate to the possibility of healing our individual emotional wounds, and discovering and dispelling our compensatory strategies of armoring (defensiveness), while identifying and working with our limiting self constructs (fixed ideas about who we are), as well as the recognition of our universal essential nature, what buddhism calls our un-contrived openness and clarity.
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