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Cultivating the Body and Breath of Zazen: A Zen and Yoga Retreat (May/CC)

San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Cultivating the Body and Breath of Zazen: A Zen and...

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Cultivating the Body and Breath of Zazen: A Zen and Yoga Retreat

Saturday, May 12
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.

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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
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.

Member Discount

Current Zen Center members receive a 10% discount. For more information about membership, visit the membership section of our web site or email membership@sfzc.org.

Zen Center Resident Discounts

Current San Francisco Zen Center residents attend at a discount.

To inquire, please email the City Center Front Office at ccoffice@sfzc.org or call them at 415.863.3136 during office hours: 9:30am- 4:00pm Monday-Friday.

More Information

  • For help completing registration, please call 888-743-9362 (toll free) or 415-475-9362

For more information, please visit the San Francisco Zen Center web site or call:

  • 888-743-9362 (toll free) or
  • 415-475-9362 during the hours:

M-F: 8am to 5pm
Sat: 9:30am to 3pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30pm (each day)


We are adding online registration for most of the events at City Center and Green Gulch Farm. This is an extended trial, and we'd like to hear from you. How well is it working and how we might improve it? Please let us know what you think!

Have questions about Cultivating the Body and Breath of Zazen: A Zen and Yoga Retreat (May/CC)? Contact San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)

When & Where

Fort Mason, Building A
San Francisco, 94123

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

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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!

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