Cultivating the Body and Breath of Zazen: A Zen and Yoga Retreat (May/CC)
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, United States
1 - 4 pm
With Mako Voelkel and Jody Greene
City Center Buddha Hall
Settling into an upright balanced sitting position with the breath flowing deeply and easefully is a wonderful foundation for the open awareness of seated meditation. In this workshop we'll explore the yoga postures and breath practices that help to create the flexibility and strength that sustain zazen. This will include both holding postures that open the hips, back, and shoulders and the practice of Vinyasa (flow) yoga routines that awaken both body and breath. We will also consider techniques that aid in working with specific physical limitations and/or injuries.
This workshop assumes no prior experience with the practice of yoga, and is designed for all students of zazen.
This afternoon workshop will include guided yoga practice, seated Zen meditation and instruction, guided breathing practices, a Dharma talk, and some time for sharing.
Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
Unzan Mako Voelkel
Unzan Mako Voelkel has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1997. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full time resident at Tassajara. Ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2004 and Shuso at Tassajara in 2009, Mako currently serves as the Tassajara Director.
Jody Greene came to the practice of yoga in 2000, and in 2009 was certified as a Yoga Alliance Instructor in the Vinyasa Flow tradition. She is deeply blessed and enlivened by her root teachers, Mark Stephens and Janet Stone. In 2001, Jody began studying Zen Buddhism, and has practiced in both lay and monastic settings throughout the past decade.
Zen Center Resident Discounts
Current San Francisco Zen Center residents attend at a discount.
To inquire, please email the City Center Front Office at email@example.com or call them at 415.863.3136 during office hours: 9:30am- 4:00pm Monday-Friday.
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For more information, please visit the San Francisco Zen Center web site or call:
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M-F: 8am to 5pm
Sat: 9:30am to 3pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30pm (each day)
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When & Where
San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)
Established in 1962 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and his American students, San Francisco Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist community with three practice places in the SF Bay Area: City Center, an urban temple in the heart of San Francisco; Green Gulch Farm, in Marin County, where fertile fields meet the ocean; and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen training monastery in the West, in the Ventana Wilderness inland from Big Sur. At San Francisco Zen Center, zazen, study, and work practice are available to a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks. All are welcome!