As the leaves turn to a brilliant gold here in New Mexico, I am reflecting on the teachings offered by my teachers, Tias & Surya Little, this past summer at Prajna Yoga.
The yoga training was inadvertently timed with the release of Tias Little's book "Yoga of the Subtle Body" which was a perfect companion to my summer learning with them. If you haven't picked it up yet, I highly recommend it! Tias Little weaves somatic concepts and wisdom teachings into the yogic perspective of anatomy, the mental, emotional, and energetic body.
I spent my summer with an intimate group meeting with Tias & Surya at their temple where we studied the details of human anatomy and the subtle body with the perspectives of both Eastern and Western medicine. Using both group and dyad work we explored trauma and its effects on the human body and psyche. Tias held daily dharma talks and group discussion over poetry & myths. Lectures were given about the nature of the mind and how applying philosophy along with meditation helps us to uncover our true nature.
A few of the new subjects that I found fascinating were Tias' Satya work inspired by Feldenkrais' Somatic methodology and the teachings of the Buddhadharma. The Satya work allows one to move more gently before more rigorous asana while the wisdom of the Buddhadharma helped to illuminate the 'seer'. Both of these practices have helped to increase sensitivity and ultimately creating a broader lens from which to experience.
When I first began to explore yoga in San Francisco, I had no idea how incredible this journey would be. While receiving the poetic teachings from Tias and learning the deep body wisdom from Surya- I couldn't help but appreciate all of the teacher's who inspired me to continue and the students who kept showing up in class reassuring me that this path held some true "juice".