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Resolve to Evolve: Unfolding Our Divinity in 2018

The New Dharma

Americans  l.o.v.e. to make New Years resolutions. Fully 40% of us make New Year’s Resolutions each year. Barely 8% of us keep them; only half are still unbroken 6 months later. There’s a reason for this: New Year’s Resolutions don’t work. Made with conviction and the best intentions, shouldn’t the odds of success be better than these dismal stats? 

They should but they aren't because the whole premise of resolutions are wrong at the start. Resolutions do not acknowledge our divinity.  Actually, they do just the opposite, dwelling on what the tantra dharma calls anavamala, our feelings of unworthiness, our preconscious suspicion that there is something deeply wrong with us. According to statisticbrain.com, the most popular resolutions last year were largely to address our alleged human failings.  In the number one spot, we resolved to lose weight and eat better.  We pledged to improve ourselves, make better financial decisions, quit smoking, do more exciting things, spend more time with family, work out, read more, do more good deeds, fall in love and get a better job.  All of these speak to our unhappiness with self, our dis-ease with being human.  We see ourselves, apparently, as flawed: fat, broke, unhealthy, boring, neglectful, unloved and under-employed. With that as the ground for “resolution,” no wonder we fail.

Classical Tantra dharma takes a different approach.  It proclaims that we are divine first and that the purpose of life is to unfold that divinity in all the delight and mess and richness of being human.  The German poet Ranier Maria Rilke understood that notion of unfolding.  In one of his many poems to God, he says, 

 

“I want to unfold.

Nowhere do I want to stay folded

because there I am untrue, where I am folded.”

 

Rilke acknowledges that where he is folded, he does not acknowledge his own divinity, the intimacy and revelation that is true human relationship and equivalency with the Divine. Pretty potent stuff.

On Monday, January 1st, 2018, 11-1PM, at Yoga Great Barrington, we’ll unfold the New Year with the help of Rilke, the tantra dharma, a vigorous flowing vinyasa and an incredible playlist by DJ Drez.  Register below and we’ll see you on the mat for a new years master class where we resolve to evolve.

 

Yoga and the Law of Attraction

The New Dharma

Sunday, april 22, 2017

YOGA AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

An Afternoon Yoga workshop

1-4 PM

INTERLAKEN, MA

how an effective yoga practice can help you manifest what you really want

You do yoga.  You meditate (well, occasionally). You try to stay positive (well, frequently).  You eat right (well, mostly).

And somehow, still, it's not really coming together. Things are ok, but not where you want them to be. It doesn't seem like all the cool potential that you KNOW is in there is coming forward.

Yet.

Welcome to the life tool and game changer: Efficacy of Practice.  It's fun, it's Tantric and it's available to you.  Right now. Spend an afternoon with master teacher Kat Whitney in an idyllic riverside setting and discover how to put what you already know into high gear.  Becoming effective with the practices you have been dabbling with -- yoga, meditation, and positive thinking -- make you, well, unstoppable. Learn how in a small group setting where you will meet people to support you, find and practice tools that really work and laugh a lot along the way.

Bring your notebook, yoga mat, and come dressed in layers so we can stretch, flow, chat and workshop these concepts.  We've been known to take our work to the bountiful lap of Mother Nature for inspiration and clarity; it can be chilly in Berkshire County in April so bundle up!

Three hour workshop is $75.  CEU credits are available.  

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Kat's Spring 2017 Teaching Schedule

The New Dharma

Here is Kat's Spring Teaching Schedule, effective April 1st. See you on the mat!

 

SUNDAY

10am: Gentle Yoga Flow @ Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA

Finish your weekend or start your week with this fun, gentle yoga class that goes with the flow.  With an international sangha that includes people from all over the world as well as our loyal local sanyassins, come expand your mind, heart, and yoga horizons with this sweet, dharma-centric practice.

MONDAY

6PM: Vinyasa Workshop @ Yoga GB, Great Barrington, MA

Part flow, part workshop, Vinyasa Workshop addresses alignment, purpose, and philosophy in a fun, wide-ranging and intuitive class which both challenges and soothes.

NEW DAY! TUESDAY

5:30 PM: Gentle Yoga Flow @ Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, MA

Finish your weekend or start your week with this fun, gentle yoga class that goes with the flow.  With an international sangha that includes people from all over the world as well as our loyal local sanyassins, come expand your mind, heart, and yoga horizons with this sweet, dharma-centric practice.

FRIDAY

9am: Vinyasa Workshop @ YOGA GB, Great Barrington, ma

Part flow, part workshop, Vinyasa Workshop addresses alignment, purpose, and philosophy in a fun, wide-ranging and intuitive class which both challenges and soothes.

Let it Fall

The New Dharma

As with anything, we can resist or we can embrace. As we, literally, fall into the dark, we can appreciate starry nights, crisp weather, inner explorations and our necessary if disconcerting shadow side.  As always, sadhana (practice) is here to support us in all our curiosity and inquiry.

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Endless Summer Yoga

The New Dharma

Kat is back in the shala, teaching at Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Yoga GB in Great Barrington and Berkshire Yoga Dance& Fitness in Pittsfield all this weekend and next week.  Gentle, Peaceful Asana, Advanced Yoga Fun, straight up Powerful Vinyasa and Easy Flow are the offerings on tap all around the 'Shire.  See you on the mat!

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