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Yoga for Transformation
A course rooted in the transformative teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
I’m so glad you found this little corner of the internet. Let me ask you a few questions:
- Do you attend yoga classes? Where you move your body in interesting shapes for about an hour?
- Have you felt the benefit of yoga practice? In your body? Your mind? Your heart?
- Are you aware that there’s “more” to yoga than postures? Which means there’s potentially more benefit to be found?
I want to help you access the “more” of yoga. I want to share the deeper dimensions of yoga practice with you. I want to help you build on the benefits you’ve felt after a great class. I want to help you understand how to create and harness that benefit—that feeling of ease and clarity—in your everyday moments of life. I want to show you how to make yoga a life practice as opposed to a class you attend a few times a week. If this sounds appealing, I hope you’ll join me.
This course is right for you if:
- You desire practical tools to help you deal with your ever changing emotions and ever moving thoughts.
- You crave a grounding force that can help you deal with the anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, fear, attachments, etc., you experience in some form or another everyday.
- You hunger for more meaning in life—for a richer sense of your own spirituality (whether you ascribe to a particular religion or not).
- You want to be part of a community exploring meaningful questions together.
The practice of yoga has long offered students the potential for transformation. Yoga, known mostly as a practice of physical postures, is a vast array of tools and teachings. Yoga is a psychological philosophy and a spiritual science. But most importantly, yoga is deeply practical and accessible. Yoga provides tools for self-understanding that can be adapted to meet the needs of every individual. It offers tools to help us live in the complicated, stressful, too busy modern world.
Through the practice of svadhyaya (self-study) we will explore how the teachings of yoga philosophy and the tools of yoga practice can help us build awareness, build and harness energy, examine and transform habits, live with intention, deepen our spiritual life, and simply approach life from a more grounded, calm sense of clarity.
This is a deeply practical course. We won’t get lost in philosophy. We will use philosophy to more fully integrate the teachings of yoga into our everyday lives, work, and relationships.
This course is focused on the 1st two chapters of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. But we will also touch on a few Upandishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Together we will ask and wrestle with big questions. Over the course of 12 sessions we will explore:
- Questions of identity
- How the mind works
- What to do about the reality of suffering
- How to deal with tough emotions
- How to find refuge for our heart
- How to increase our discipline and transform habits
- How to design or refine your personal practice
Each session will include:
- Teachings from the ancient texts of yoga (the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a few key Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita)
- Group reflection and discussion
- Integrated practices (asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, inquiry, guided meditation, ritual, and prayer)
- Recommended book list with suggested readings for each session.
- Support for your personal practice
- Full color, hand drawn journal pages for your continued self reflection
The ancient teachings of yoga are life changing and I look forward to exploring them with you in community.
“Yoga for Transformation opened me to a whole new realm of possibilities, both personally, spiritually, and emotionally. It let me see that all I needed was right here before me, and that I needed to get past the barriers I set for myself to see the full realm of possibility. I am better at noting my thoughts, and assessing them for what they are, living in the present, and breathing (probably the most important part). While I still drift away from my practice periodically, the grounding I received in that very first session with Summer, and other sessions that followed, continues to pull me back, but also gives me the strength to take even bigger leaps into more intensive study and reflection.” -BL
“I have taken yoga classes off and on for over 20 years. Taking Summer’s classes led me to discover that what I had thought yoga to be – the physical asana practice – is only one small part of what the classic practice of yoga has to offer. Taking Summer’s “Yoga for Transformation” class two years ago was a watershed moment that fundamentally and positively altered my life. Summer helped me develop a deeply meaningful personal practice that has provided me with the tools to engage authentically with my daily life and the people I love, know myself better, and be intentional about the choices I make. With Summer’s support and guidance, I have worked successfully through the conclusion of a troubled relationship and am working more deeply now on meditation and reflection in my practice to guide next steps for my career and personal life. Summer is gifted both as a teacher and non-sectarian spiritual guide; her grounding in yoga studies and her own avid search for engagement and authenticity are inspiring. I feel so fortunate – and blessed – to have Summer as my teacher, and grateful to yoga, which has given me the framework to find joy in authentically living in each new moment.” -DA
“Not only does Summer have the experience to tailor a specific practice to your needs, she has that special sense of inner peace to guide you through what ever your present journey. It is fortunate to find a teacher that truly has integrated and connected with the deeper meaning of yoga. If you are looking to revitalize your practice or are drawn to yoga for a specific purpose, Summer is a great guide to your own discovery.” -BK
“After a serious back and pelvic injury and three unsuccessful outpatient back surgeries, my neurosurgeon directed me to Summer. He believed yoga was a better fit for me than physical therapy. He was correct. My work with Summer was tremendous! In time, my back healed, I could sleep and the pain was gone. No longer was there a need for pain and sleeping pills and muscle relaxers. My doctor told me that my spine has been transformed. I am very grateful to Summer for her commitment to my healing! In many ways she changed my life and I am now committed to yoga.” -LC