Yoga and the Six Paramitas
With Gretchen Donovan
September 29 - October 2, 2022
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We are honored to have Gretchen Donovan as a guest teacher at Ratna Ling!
In Mahayana Buddhism,the Buddha taught six important mental states called Paramitas that we need to develop if we aspire to reach a state of liberation in our lives. They’re usually translated as “perfections,” since by perfecting them fully, we too can attain enlightenment.
An important factor is that we don’t just keep these six paramitas or mental states as a “to do list”. Rather, they are attitudes that we develop through practice. Unpacking these beautiful and poignant teachings through yoga and meditation offers a deeper understanding of the undeniable interconnectedness of all things. They allow us to turn towards and resolve problems. They help us to rid ourselves of disturbing emotions and mental states. They empower us to be of service to others.
Schedule (subject to change)
4:00pm Check in
7:00pm: Welcome & Introduction to the 6 paramitas
7:00am: Skygazing and noble silence
9:30am Teaching on Generosity
10:45am Dynamic Asana
2:30pm: Teaching on Discipline
4:30pm Teaching on Patience & Diligence
7:00am: Skygazing and Noble Silence
9:30am Teaching on Wisdom
10:45am Dynamic Asana
Field Trip: Easy Hike along coast @ Stump Beach
12:15: Pick up Box Lunch and Field trip to Stump Beach
– Meditation by Ocean
– Integration with Elements: Wisdom of interconnectedness
4:30pm Feeding Your Demons
7:30pm Somatic Movement & Evening Council
7:00am Cultivating all 6 Paramitas: Meditation
8:00am Dynamic Asana and Closing Circle
Gretchen has been teaching yoga for 20 years. After extensive experimentation and study in the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Prajna Yoga, her teaching cultivates a broad range of techniques. She carefully weaves the subtle energies and precision of these disciplines into her teaching, creating a unique style. Her enthusiasm and commitment to helping others access growth and self awareness (beyond asana) is both accessible and infectious. She is a Certified Feeding Your Demons Facilitator and…
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