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The Buddhist Mind - Yin Yoga & The Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Whit Hornsberger
Weekend Workshop, Fri 23rd - Sun 25th of February 2018 > pick and choose or come the full weekend!
Whit Hornsberger comes back to Ghent for a full weekend of Mindfulness & Yin Yoga!
The transformative teachings of the Buddha are becoming increasingly popularized by the rapidly growing interest in mindfulness and the practice of vipassana or insight meditation among western yoga enthusiasts. Mindfulness is being applied everywhere and in all realms from yoga studios, to athletic training to increasing corporate profit. But what exactly is mindfulness and from where did this ideal of living intimately within the present moment emanate?
The practice of insight (vipassana) meditation is built upon the teachings of the Buddhist discourse, the Mahā Satipatthāna Sutta or The Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness. Colloquially referred to as The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, these teachings form the bedrock of mindfulness meditation practice and are considered the domain of the meditator. Once established through ardent application, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness give rise to transformative experiential insights into ultimate reality, liberating the individual from the fetters of physical and mental suffer-ing.
Vipassana is a way of intimately engaging with life in every moment, in every posture and within every experience. It is accessible to everyone and an applicable practice for daily life, whether in the monastic setting or within the urban environment.
The integration of mindfulness meditation (vipassana) with the methodology and practice of Yin Yoga has yielded life changing insights for Whit and the many students with whom he has worked via this approach. The extended stays and stillness of the Yin posture practice provide a fertile and potent receptacle for the arising of insight as taught by the Buddha.
Our weekend of insight will encompass discussion on Buddhist theory, exploring and integrating in detail The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and vipassana meditation with the practice of Yin Yoga. Each of our sessions will include discourse and application of one of the foundations of mindfulness to our meditation and Yin posture practice, building systematically and progressively throughout the weekend. Through direct felt experience each practitioner will bare witness to insights capable of radically shifting how we engage with the mind, body and life itself.
Sessions can be taken individually without problem. For those seeking a comprehensive understanding of vipassana meditation practice, the full weekend will give rise to both an intellectual and experiential understanding of what is mindfulness, the psychological experience of Yin Yoga and the transformative power of insight (vipassana) meditation.
These workshops are created for and are accessible to all levels of practitioners and geared specifically to anyone driven by an innate curiosity for insight into the enigma of life and a passion to move beyond the limitations of the conditioned mind.
WORKSHOP 1: CONTEMPLATION OF THE BODY & YIN YOGA
Friday February 23rd from 18.30-21.30 h
The first foundation of mindfulness is the contemplation of the body, of which the Buddha expounded fourteen topics for contemplation. In this workshop we will focus on the most accessible of these fourteen, mindfulness of the breath.
WORKSHOP 2: CONTEMPLATION OF FEELING & YIN YOGA
Saturday February 24th from 14.30-17.30 h
The second foundation of mindfulness is the contemplation of feeling tone, or the mental experience of physical sensation.
WORKSHOP 3: CONTEMPLATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS & YIN YOGA
Sunday February 25th from 10.00-13.00 h
The third foundation of mindfulness is the contemplation of consciousness or more specifically of the mental factors which colour consciousness ie: greed, aversion, happiness, wandering mind, thinking mind etc.
WORKSHOP 4: CONTEMPLATION OF PHENOMENA & YIN YOGA
Sunday February 25th from 14.30-17.30 h
The fourth foundation of mindfulness is expansive and for our workshop we will focus upon one section, the contemplation of sense phenomena: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, mental factors/mind states.
Whit Hornsberger (British Columbia, Canada) is a student and teacher of the wisdom traditions of Classical Yoga and Theravada Buddhism.
A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. The blessing of a torn ACL catapulted him onto the path of self-inquiry and existential contemplation. His insatiable drive to shed the fetters of physical and mental suffering have led him around the world from annual, intensive monas-tic experiences in the Buddhist monasteries of Burma (Myanmar), to teaching international workshops, retreats, conferences and trainings in Canada, Europe and the Unit-ed States.
His daily practice and teaching methods are most heavily influenced by the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Theravada Buddhism (Mahasi Sayadaw - Burma). A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessi-ble to students at every stage of the path.
Lovers of surf, travel and nature, Whit and his wife Nicole reside and teach on Galiano Island, a small island off the coast of Vancouver, operating Soul Arch Yoga, a studio and yoga project offering local and international classes, workshops, retreats, trainings and online practices of embodied well-being.
23-02-2018 van 18.30 tot 21.30
24-02-2018 van 14.30 tot 17.30
25-02-2018 van 10.00 tot 13.00
25-02-2018 van 14.30 tot 17.30