Free 7-Week Emotional Yoga Workshop Series

7-Week Emotional Yoga Workshop Series


September 11, 18 & 25 and

October 9, 16, 23, and 30

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Library at Collister

4724 West State Street

Boise, Idaho 83703


The workshop will include postures, breathing, guided meditation, and mindfulness exercises. The focus is on building skills and accessing tools that encourage a healthy lifestyle and lead to better management of mental health. Specifically designed for those who desire to empower themselves to become active participants in maintaining their mental and physical health.

Participation is free of charge and space is limited to 20 individuals. We ask that if you cannot attend 5 out 7 classes to wait for a future workshop. Please sign-up by contacting the NAMI-Boise office at (208) 376-4304 prior to August 27th. To be placed on the waiting list for future workshops email your name and contact information to

Instruction will be provided by Angela R. Bryson, RYT. For more information on Angela and her teaching, see her website at: . For more information on NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, see their website at:

Letting go…

As described by Ram Dass. “He was telling a famous anecdote about the way you catch a monkey in India. You drop a handful of nuts into a jar with a small opening, he explained. The monkey puts his hand into the jar, grabs the nuts, and then finds that he can’t get his fist out through the opening. If the monkey would just let go of the nuts, he could escape. But he won’t. Attachment leads to suffering, Ram Dass concluded. It’s as simple as that: Detachment leads to freedom.”

Check out the whole story at

I believe this is one of the hardest lessons to learn. To recognize when something no longer serves us or when we can no longer serve it. Letting go no matter how prepared or ready we feel always causes an emotional reaction.  We may not recognize the feelings as emotional or we may be so accustomed to suppressing them that they manifest into physical reactions. Who hasn’t at some time during a stressful experience felt aches in their back, tummy troubles, headache or a number of other symptoms.  Next time you feel unwell take a moment to examine what is going on in your life.  Are you trying to let go of something or is there something you should let go of and haven’t?

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Yoga Tree Workshop

Yoga’s Ethics & Vinyasa Basics with Debra Murphy
Date: Sat , Sun   6/26/2010 – 6/27/2010
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: Yoga Tree of Boise (at the intersection of Fort and Washington)

Yoga’s Ethics & Vinyasa Basics What is the relationship between the ancient Yogic scriptures, especially the Bhagavad Gita & the Yoga Sutras and vinyasa? How can the story of an ancient battle in India have anything to do with our practice here today? How can these ideas be combined? Let alone, in a weekend workshop? Granted, scholars spend decades penetrating the truths expounded in these scriptures. We could easily devote an entire teacher training to just that. However, there are basic tenets that, as Ravi Ravindra says “deem the Bhagavad Gita as absolutely essential for an understanding of yoga; it is a text par excellence on yoga, as is the Yoga Sutra.” The Bhagavad Gita holds key source teachings on the nature of yoga. The Yoga Sutras draw from these source texts to summarize the key teachings. The Gita is how we learn the teachings summarized in the Sutras, revealing the means of knowledge. In this workshop, we’ll explore these tenets and discuss how the Gita and the Sutras affect our personal practice, our daily lives and our teaching of yoga. We’ll see how the Gita is really a metaphor for the battle we fight each day to resolve inner conflicts, to bring balance, compassion and grace to our lives and fulfill our potential to become complete human beings. We’ll see how our teaching of yoga and our understanding of vinyasa is grounded in concepts put forth in these scriptures. Vinyasa – “nyasa = to place, vi = in a special way”. It’s not just a random sequence of action, but one that awakens & sustains consciousness. As we bring the techniques of vinyasa to bear throughout our lives, we open to pathways of balance and understanding. As Desikachar says, ” Vinyasa is, I believe, one of the richest concepts to emerge from Yoga for the successful conduct of our actions and relationshps. “Vinyasa requires that we cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next, one breath at a time”, Shiva Rea. This workshop is intended as an introduction showing the connections between these ideas and to catalyze your own philosophy. It is just a beginning journey and intended as a jumping off point to your own studies. In preparing, no reading of the scriptures is necessary….but can be helpful. In your manual, you’ll see a description of the texts in the History section. Of course you can always google….I found a fun audio version of the Gita on iTunes by Jacob Needleman (for free!). You can see an excellent article by Shiva Rea in the Asana section of your manual….or google Vinyasa: The Yogic Art of Conscious Evolution. Some of you I know are scholars of these scriptures. I welcome your input!!! So, come on a journey with me, Arjuna & Krishna and other students into deep timeless truths and discover how yoga is much more than just moving through postures! I would love to get an idea of who is coming to McCall this weekend for the workshop. And also, let me know if anyone is wanting to stay here or if you need a ride so I can connect you with other travelers. I’ve listed the topics & times below, not sure if we’ll make it all the way through it all…..but we can certainly try! Originally, I had also included Sustainable Yoga in this weekend. I’ll have the handout for you, but this topic will be more of an integration into the other ideas as opposed to a separate section. To me, this makes sense. Hopefully it does to you too! Saturday – 9 – 10:20 Level 1 & 2 Yoga Class (vinyasa) 10:30 – 12:30 Lecture & Discussion “Historical & Thematic link between the Gita & the Yoga Sutras”. This will include a summary of the Gita, the Sutras and how they relate to vinyasa. 12:30 – 1 lunch break 1 – 4:30 Vinyasa Basics: Background, Principles & Vocabulary (begins with lecture & discussion, ends with some physical practice exploring these concepts) Sunday – 9 – 10 meet @ the studio for Q & A 10 – 11:30 Viniyoga (Yoga Therapy) class 11:30 – 12 lunch break 12 – 1:00 Discussion of the Yamas & Niyamas & Vinyasa 1:15 – 2:45 Practice of Principles of vinyasa…asana, pranayama, bandha, dristhi, balancing opposites, counterposes 2:25 – 3 Break 3 – 4:30 Practice in small groups of mini – vinyasas.
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Free Weekend of Yoga

Here is the link to a full weekend of free yoga!

Accommodations are pretty inexpensive (very cheap if you share a room) and they have some great speakers lined up.

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‘Communications Center’

“When you are doing yoga, you are serving the relationship of your body, your mind, and your emotions, all at the same time. In relating to your emotions, you first give them your attention.  Then you move closer to them by participating or interacting with them.  You get a dialogue going. Eventually, you’ll find yourself in intimate relationship with them…Your emotions are a communications center.”

Bija Bennett, Emotional Yoga p.41

As you deepen your awareness and connect more closely with your emotions, what are you hearing?  What are your emotions telling you about yourself and your reactions not only to the external world, but also to your mind (your perceived internal world).  Many emotions are triggered not by what is currently happening, but instead to a past trauma that we are reminded of and have yet to heal from. Avoiding repression of unwanted emotions is the first step to deeper awareness and eventually freedom from past traumas.  Instead of ignoring unwanted emotions try examining them.  What information are they presenting to you?  It is OK to ask for help during this evaluation process and is highly recommended.

If your life sometimes feels overwhelmed by unwanted emotions or it feels more like your emotions control you at a whim, then cultivating a new empowering relationship with your emotions will greatly improve your daily experience.  This can be difficult and scary work, but the reward is greater happiness for you and those you share your life with.

Yoga Props Needed

Hello all my fellow yogis,
I am collecting donations of yoga mats, blankets and bolsters for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  If you have anything at all you would like to donate, please email me at



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Week of Ritual ~ Overview

Last week’s exploration of the practice of ritual:  How did the use of ritual influence our yoga practice?  We practiced familiar sequences, such as sun salutations, that provided a sense of security and comfort.  Through ritual we were able to access a deep level of body awareness and given the time to reflect on our emotional state.  One challenge to our ritualized practice was maintaining ‘presence’, or staying in the present moment. By the end of the week I had decided to maintain the use of familiar asanas and sequences, but our approach changed.  In an attempt to regularly draw our minds back to the present moment we would ‘work with a pose’ before ‘finding it’ and holding it.  By this I mean that we would use small movements to open up our joints, test our edges and play with moving in and out of each pose.  We would spend at least a full minute ‘playing with the posture’ before finding the final shape that felt right.  This technique worked wonderfully to keep us present while maintaining the sense of security and safety.  It did, however, have two effects that any teacher and/or practitioner should be aware of.  It made for a deeply physical and emotional practice.  Muscles released tension, joints opened up and emotions were triggered or released.  It was a profound experience and one I would recommend, but be prepared that it is not a technique to necessarily be practiced during a time of great vulnerability. I believe it is best used to continue healing a body and soul that are already on the mend.

We are all on this journey of learning together, please share …how would you use this technique for practice, what could be some possible improvements?

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Tough Love…

…but good advice.

“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

-Maya Angelou

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Life is all about balance!

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Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is always hard.  It can trigger a multitude of emotions.  I have decided to give up teaching my Tuesday and Thursday night yoga class at IAC.  For many reasons it is the right decision for me.  This class is the first yoga class I ever taught and the students are amazing in so many ways.  They are always ready to try new things and have enthusiasm for their practice. They have played a major role in helping me develop into the teacher I am today. It is my hope that another excited developing teacher will take over the class and find the same gifts I did.

Thank you so much.

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