Awakened Body, Awakened Mind: Nondualism, Yoga, Neuroscience, and Meditation
Michael W. Taft and Nataraja Kallio
June 7–14, 2019
Join us for a deep dive into the natural wisdom, aliveness, and awakening found within our bodies and minds. Conjoining somatic practices and meditation drawn from the contemplative traditions of Yoga and Buddhism, we will explore ways of rediscovering awakening through an integrated practice. Modern neuroscience and these ancient teachings both point to the constructed nature of selfhood, the delusion that the ego is our true nature. When we “deconstruct ourselves” through meditative inquiry and connecting with the wisdom of the body, it is possible to touch the truth of our nondual nature directly and powerfully.
- Learn restorative and enlivening somatic practices of asana (for every body), pranayama (breath practices for accessing the subtle aspects of the nervous system), and yoga nidra (somatic meditation)
- Learn specific techniques for pointing out and uncovering the constructed nature of selfhood, and revealing the awakened presence
- Understand traditional teachings and practices on no-self, as well as modern neuroscientific viewpoints
- Learn foundational practices of Dream Yoga, for ways to integrate practice into sleep time
- Benefiting from personal guidance in meditation practice
- Powerful days of deep practice, peacefulness, and community
Michael W. Taft is a meditation teacher and bestselling author. As a mindfulness coach, he specializes in secular, science-based mindfulness training in groups, corporate settings, and one-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Mindful Geek, and Nondualism, as well as the founding editor of the popular blog “Deconstructing Yourself.”
Nataraja Kallio is a professor of Yoga Studies at Naropa University and has been a student of Yoga since 1989. Seven years of study in India provided the initial foundation for his learning. There, he immersed himself in the contemplative traditions of Tantra, Vedanta, Sri Aurobindo, Buddhism, as well as the Hatha Yoga lineages of Krishnamacharya (namely Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga) and Swami Shivananda. He has completed advanced studies with a wide variety of teachers, earning degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology. His teaching integrates the fullness of Yoga, from its meditative foundations, to its rich history, mythology, and philosophy.