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Your Own Bright Light: Yoga and Zen with Tias Little and Henry Shukman at Esalen – Big Sur, CA

January 26, 2020 - January 31, 2020


“Everyone has their own bright light,” said Zen master Yunmen. “What is your bright light?”

January 26 – 31, 2020

During this week of deep immersion in the body practice of yoga and the heart-mind practice of Zen we explore ways to connect with the “bright light” of our own innate wisdom.

Nothing prepares us for meditation like yoga. And nothing takes us further down the path to freedom and love like meditation. Tias and Henry guide from their respective traditions while exploring connections between the two. The two practices fuel one another beautifully. By strengthening, limbering, calming and liberating the body from its tensions, and by easing the heart-mind of its constrictions, we awaken to the inner lamp of compassionate wisdom that never stops illuminating our lives. We have to slow down and go deep to find it, but it is always here.

This week of shared practice is a powerful way to embody this wisdom, all within the spectacular natural beauty of Big Sur. Whether you are starting out on the path of practice or are a long-time practitioner, this week provides a special opportunity for students of all levels to simultaneously deepen their meditation practice while refining and expanding their yoga.

Recommended reading:

Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tias Little

One Blade of Grass by Henry Shukman

Workshop Schedule

Sun 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Mon – Thu 9:30am – 12:45 pm

Mon – Thu 4:15pm – 6:15pm

Fri 10:00am – 12:00pm

About the Leaders

Tias Little

Tias Little synthesizes classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. He has studied B.K.S. Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga systems, and is a longtime student of the meditative arts and Buddhism. He is the author of The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dew Drop, and Yoga of the Subtle Body.

Henry Shukman

Henry Shukman, associate Zen master of Sanbo Zen, teaches at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM, and Sonnenhof in Schwarzwald, Germany. He is also a prize-winning poet and novelist, and frequent contributor to Tricycle and the New York Times.


January 26, 2020
January 31, 2020
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55000 CA-1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States
(888) 837-2536
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