We will certainly need an immense amount of encouragement and support to awaken from the human habit of struggling with existence and developing experiential insight. Sarah and Ty’s teachings, retreats, and community are meant to provide a safe supportive haven for awakening to what Tibetans call our natural state, a relaxed, caring, and lucid quality of awareness.
Through ongoing attendance of Sarah and Ty’s workshops, intensives, retreats and/or completing certification through our Insight Yoga Institute, you will experience some of the essential ingredients for learning to rest in your authentic nature, inspired by skillful self-practice and ever more subtle and relevant experiential insights.
This commitment to living whole-heartedly invites lifelong learning – to continually seek and deepen our connection to our essence nature. By placing ourselves in a retreat setting, we can continue the process of unraveling our conditioned patterns, creating more space for creative engagement with ourselves and life.
In removing ourselves from our familiar surroundings and busy schedules, retreats afford us the opportunity to see accumulated habits of distraction and begin to soften them. In removing everything we do that is not supportive of living with freshness and wakefulness, practice retreats realign us with our deepest values, helping us discover ways to upgrade how we live our lives. We often uncover not only what habits are destructive and learn how to work skillfully with them, but are also encouraged to attend to that which is pulsing softly within us, under all the noise or numbness. Sufis call this primordial aspect our Hidden Essence, Taoists call it the tranquility at the center of all storms, the Tao, Hindus say the Self or Brahman, Buddhists refer to this as our Buddha nature, while others say inner spirit or God. Skillful dedication to a yogic path of awareness uncovers this intrinsic inner dimension, teaching us about the suffering inherent in our perceived (not actual) disconnection from wholeness. In inner silence and increased stillness, we often glimpse and learn to sustain a truth larger than our self-definitions allow.
The Yogic path is a gradual process involving self-investigation and skillful means. Daily practice helps us become aware of the patterns which perpetuate our inner rigidity or chaos, while longer retreats, which emphasize meditation, loving-friendliness, social silence, and continual mindfulness teach us how to sustain a simple and kind presence.
We offer many opportunities to be on retreat through our Insight Yoga Institute. Retreats can be taken independently or as part of a 500+ hour Yoga Alliance certification program.
“It is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating them like machines. You would then let fresh air into your mind. Wouldn’t you?”
About Insight Yoga Institute
IYI retreats bring together the dynamic and receptive aspects of yoga, the three schools of Buddhism (Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana) and the skillful methods of psycho-dynamic personal and relational work and are held in social silence. The teachers on retreat are not silent but will be leading classes and seeing people individually. The program can be enjoyed as independent retreats or as a path to Yoga Alliance 500+ hour certification.
If you would like to apply for our 500+ hour Yoga Alliance certified program please refer to our Program Overview.