Willing to die,
You give up
Your will, keep still
By what moves
Mary Paffard was dragged kicking and chain-smoking to her first yoga class in the early 70s in London. It was by no means love at first sight! but it was the first time she could remember feeling the possibility that head, heart and body may all be part of the same continuum. Since then, she shares her passion for, and explorations of, yoga and Vipassna meditation, in classes, workshops and teachers programs nationally and internationally.
Mary has lived off-the-grid on a collective apple farm for over 30 years in Northern California. Director of Teacher Training at Yoga Mendocino, Ukiah California from 2000-2010, Mary co-founded this non profit center and has created teachers programs for training and “un-training”! since the mid 90s. She continues to be part of the Teachers programs faculty at Piedmont Yoga, Oakland and has brought trainings to Mexico, Cuba and Europe through her Yoga Alliance certified school, Yoga for All, at the 200 and 500 hour level.
classes and workshops
4 Mondays - 8.45am Optional Meditation 9-11am Advanced Asana Practice focusing on the Brahma Viharas
This series is for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to go deeper in asana and for teachers and trainees. No-one will be forced! into backbends or inversions but these will be included regularly. We will need a minimum committed to the whole series by July 20th for this class to go.
80.00 for series or 25.00/session.
If you are interested in future teacher training, this would be a good class to come to in preparation. Each week the theme will be discussed (no need to know anything about the Brahma Viharas!) and some support material will be given to those doing whole series to encourage practice and reflection between sessions.
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
No part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes
To recognize its own.
We propel ourselves forward into endless tomorrows and agendas, our eyes tense and often narrowly focused. Can we use the imagery of the back body, to relax back and explore even our most energetic asana with quiet eyes and a broader, calmer perspective? In this way, we open to possibilities that have been hidden and the visionary nature of the 6th Chakra, the retina of being. This workshop will include meditation active and passive asana, inversions and options to inversions, and an array of eye explorations that help shift the awareness into the core and to the back body, revitalizing and expanding our vista of asana and life! Suitable for teachers, trainees and a wide variety of practitioner. Not suitable for beginning students.
Advanced/Teacher Training March 31-April 8
Presence in Yoga retreat April 3-8
If you are interested in a 300+ hour training suitable for those with a 200-hour training or are wanting to review and re-inspire your teaching on any level, let me know soon. This may be the beginning of a one year course which incorporates these nine days and two other workshop commitments and 10 months of study.