– A YOGA INTENSIVE WITH EMMA PALMER
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach
As we continue on the journey of Awakening, our March Yoga Intensive brings us to the teachings of Ākārapariṇāma: the expedition of our own metamorphosis.
We may have been called for some time to move beyond the confines of all that is known, familiar and secure – compelled and guided by a power far greater than our own to take the necessary steps to follow the calling that has long been trying to find its way to our consciousness through the imagery of our dreams. Or perhaps life, in its formidable way, is more forcefully insisting that we step out beyond our old, comfortable and stifling ways of being – imploring us to shift, change and emerge into a new, enlivened and more aligned Self that patiently awaits our arrival.
The cocoon of metamorphosis often brings with it great discomfort, trepidation and resistance to the inevitable unknown that is to come. As Pema Chödrön says, “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth”, yet at some point our inner struggle and fear of the unknown becomes far less daunting than the alternative of remaining stagnant. We come to know through every cell of our being that, no matter how hard we try, we cannot grow and thrive in an environment that holds us back any longer.
“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.” – Elizabeth Lesser
It is during these testing times of metamorphosis that we most need to call on the wisdom teachings within to be the lamp that lights our way forward as we shift and change. Metamorphosis requires a persistent infusion of patience, compassion and an open trusting heart. When our resistance falls away, our anxiety relents also, and what awaits us is a way of being we could previously only dream of. It is in these moments that our Sādhana rises to meet us where we are and holds us through the process of our own becoming.
In our Ākārapariṇām Yoga Intensive, Emma Palmer will guide you on a voyage of inner transformation as we navigate the calling for our own awakening, rebirth and resurgence to Truth. Through a carefully crafted Vinyāsa Krama of powerful Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Mudrā, Dhyāna (meditation), Prārthanā (prayer), Mantra (chanting) and an immersive guided Śavāsana of sound healing – all infused with the rich Yogic Philosophy of Ākārapariṇām – we will consciously move through a process of metamorphosis and emergence beyond the chrysalis of resistance into the fullness of who we are meant to be.
“Called beyond the confines of this chrysalis by a force I cannot see or name, I am compelled by pain and something bigger than myself to leave the protection of all that I have known. There is struggle, doubt, an awkward setting forth.
Finally I break free of the cocoon and find myself surrounded by air and light. I dare to act, still not knowing what I am; instinct, or maybe faith bids me move forward, make the leap, explore this mystery of change and flight. I find myself with wings that dwarf my former world. Unfurled, they dry quickly in the sun.
I, who expected to spend my days crawling, now teach myself to soar. Such a rush of wind and freedom – that first flight teaches me more that I had learned in a lifetime of crawling.”
– Danna Faulds
Explore into the deeper layers of your practice, experience its transformational gifts and allow the true purpose of Yoga to become realised by immersing yourself in a 3-hour journey devoted to your mind, your body and your spirit – open to all levels of Yoga experience except for absolute beginners.
Date: Friday 15 March 2019
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Moksha Yoga – 437A Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204
Investment: $60 ($54 for Yogis with a Moksha Unlimited Membership)
Registration and payment is required to secure your spot – booking early is recommended as places tend to fill quickly. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information!