In the Flow of the Now – Tias Little at Love Story Yoga, San Francisco CA
January 24 – 26, 2020
Yoga is a practice to be whole heartedly in the moment. Whether on or off the mat, we aim to be in the flow of presence for whatever is arising. Yet if the moment is always passing, how do
we arrive at full open presence? In this week-end immersion, we practice being in the flow of presence through three primary qualities: Deep Relaxation, Pure Energy and Realizing Spacious Awareness. Each class weaves together movement, stillness, sound, pranayama and visualization. In each session, we practice being in the flow of the now through energy and clarity.
Embodied Presence: Friday 1pm – 4pm
We must remember that the present is right in front of our noses, all the time. We need not go to India, refrain from eating, or push ourselves to the brink of exhaustion in order to realize this. It is always near, much closer than we ever could have imagined. “Without realizing how near the truth is, we seek it far away,” taught the Japanese Zen master Hakuin. In this class we cultivate presence via breath work, fascia release, standing poses and slow flow.
In the Flow of the Tao: Friday 6pm – 9pm
The flow of presence has been celebrated in China since the 6th century BCE, as an expression of the movement of the Tao. The flow of Tao is likened to the flow of water. Like a waterway that moves incessantly, the Tao is without fixed principles, always changing and responsive. “It is thus that Tao is like a river flowing down the valley to the ocean,” said Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching. In this class we embody the essence of water—flowing, gliding, pooling and streaming.
Practicing Presence: Saturday 1pm – 4pm
This is a practice that brings us to presence. In the midst of the daily round, it is common to get stranded in expectations about how things should be. It is then that we must remember to come back to the moment at hand. Like pressing the restart button on a computer, we must find our way to the now. In this practice we do yoga postures, myofascial release work, pranayama and vinyasa to cultivate presence. Whether moving or still, alone our together, our aim is to be in the flow of the now.
The Path of Practice: Sunday 1pm – 4pm
If the path of practice is to be in the now, how do we realize it? How can we grasp that which has no fixed shape and follows no definite rules? How do we live a life of presence in tune with our surroundings? In this practice, we enter a presence much greater than ourselves, one that always includes us. We are never apart from it. In the way that a fish makes its home in water or a bird travels through air, through practice we are sustained by the flow of the now. In this class we practice breath work, fascia release, standing poses and slow flow.