Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Yantra Yoga West USA May 2017 Los Angeles, Berkeley, Albuquerque, Boulder. All Courses With Instructor Naomi Zeitz

Los Angeles
Breathing, Kumbhaka and Pranayamas Course
Santa Monica Canyon
May 6-7, 2017
Rustic Canyon Recreation Center
601 Latimer Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
RSVP & Contact: Sanford Bardwell (323) 696-0108 Dzcommnityla@gmail.com
Suggested donation: $108/course or $65/day
Some experience of Yantra Yoga is most helpful, especially Lungsang, or the Eight Movements.
Transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu required.

Harmonious Breathing, Yantra Yoga, and Kumbhaka
Dondrubling in Berkeley, California
May 12-14, 2017
Dondrubling, 2748 Adeleine St, Suite D, Berkeley, CA 94703
Web Address: http://dzogchencommunitywest.org/
RSVP & Contact: Luke lotublossomkiss@yahoo.com
Cost for all: $30 per Session; $55/day; Weekend, $108
Harmonious Breathing
Free Introduction Friday May 12, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday May 13, 3:00pm-5:30pm
Harmonious Breathing is a key element in coordinating the functions of the mind and body. It calms the mind, reduces tension in the body, and improves both physiological and cerebral functions. Complete and Harmonious breathing can also be used to better understand the practice of Yantra Yoga and any Pranayama methods as well as indispensable for developing presence and relaxation in daily life.
Open to all.
Working with Circumstances: Yantra Yoga with Modifications
Saturday May 13, 9:30am-12pm
Perhaps you are wondering how to work with an old injury, the challenges of flexibility and aging within your yantra yoga practice? This course is designed for those working with circumstances and wish to deepen their experience and understanding within the practice of Yantra Yoga. We will learn how to modify various positions from the Yantra Yoga system so that everyone, despite challenges can adapt to their practice.
Understanding Kumbhaka:
Sunday May 14, 2 Sessions: 9:30am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-5:30pm
Harmonious Breathing, Soft Yantra Yoga and the Pranayamas of the First and Second Series will be used to explain the Kumbhaka.
Some experience of Yantra Yoga helpful.
Transmission by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu required.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Introduction and Follow-up Course to Yantra Yoga
May 20-21, 2017
Form Studio, 3001 Monte Vista Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87106
Contact: Bjaymonkey@swcp.com
Checks need to be received by May 13.
Please send checks to:
Becky Page
3504 Campus Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Cost for the retreat is $92 early bird, then $108 after that.
We will study the system of breathing, the three preliminary series and, if possible, enter into the first series of Yantras. People who know Yantra Yoga can also benefit by going more deeply and also refining what they know.
Open to all.

Boulder, CO
Introduction to Yantra Yoga
May 26-28, 2017
Bodywork Bistro
3825 Iris Ave #300
Boulder, CO 80301
Contact: Keith Hirsch: 808-754-3637 or email: khirsch@students.naropa.edu
$30 per Session; $55/day; Weekend, $108
We will study the system of breathing, the three preliminary series and, if possible, enter into the first series of Yantras. People who know Yantra Yoga can also benefit by going more deeply and also refining what they know.
Open to all.

Naomi Zeitz has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 1987 and has been teaching Yantra Yoga since 2008. She specializes in training in harmonious breathing, working with people with limited physical capacity and of all ages. She was authorized to teach Harmonious Breathing by Fabio Andrico in 2013.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stephen Korns Public Installation in Downtown Houston Now Featured Online

The Mayor's office of the City of Houston, Texas just announced that the downtown public art work of Stephen Korns, long time DCA member, who worked on this project since 2014, just received its first write up.

Stephen writes there is "more to come, presumably,  with a website of past Houston and other projects including the videos from The Houston Oracle in Two Parts." 

From the Houston Mayor's Office Press Release: 

New Artwork Illuminates Houston’s Past with Multisensory Experience

March 20, 2017 -- The Bagby Street passage under Bayou Place, between Capitol Street and Texas Avenue, is now home to the newest addition to the City’s Art Collection. The Houston Oracle in Two Parts by sculptor Stephen Korns honors the city’s history while also improving the pedestrian experience in the Theater District. Korns used photographs, video, sound, reclaimed materials and special lighting to turn the underpass into a multimedia work of art. Like the artist’s signature Lunar Lighting project along Buffalo Bayou, the lighting for this new artworkchanges nightly with the lunar cycle.
“It is wonderful that Mr. Korns was able to incorporate Houston’s history and views from the International Space Station into this artwork,” said Mayor Turner. “In addition, the roadway and pedestrian lighting improvements demonstrate how art can be used to enhance our public improvement projects in multiple ways.”

Stephen Korns is a sculptor with an extensive resume of site-specific installations in the United States and in Europe. He has created designs for environments ranging from individual rooms to public parks, plazas, bridges and highways, and from urban waterfronts and large industrial structures to historic town settings. In developing the artwork concept and design, Korns considered the site’s proximity to historic City Hall, Houston Public Library, Sam Houston Park, neighboring theaters and the adjacent Buffalo Bayou.
“An encounter with the artwork provides an opportunity for exploration and discovery," says Korns. "The work asks questions about living in the city, what is saved of the past, who we've been and what we have in common.”

To continue reading about this project, visit here

The following article further examines Stephen's work:

Here is an audio interview with Stephen Korns on the Houston Public Art:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Breath in Daily Life by Dr. Phunstog Wangmo

Thursday, April 6 at 6 pm:
175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield.

open and by optional donation

FREE CHILDCARE upon request: 413-358-2626
all meditations at the UU Church at 6 pm
175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
unless otherwise stated

Menpa (Dr.) Phuntsog Wangmo is the Academic Director of the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, located in Conway, MA. Menpa Phuntsog received her advanced degree in Tibetan Medicine from Lhasa Tibetan Medicine College and trained with two of Tibet’s foremost doctors. Since 1996, Menpa Phuntsog dedicated many years of work as a doctor in the Eastern Tibet where she collaborated and directed the implementation of A.S.I.A (Association for International Solidarity in Asia), a non-profit organization founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and dedicated to serving the Tibetan people in the sectors of education, health, training, disaster relief, and sustainable economic development. She has been practicing Tibetan Medicine for over 30 years and she speaks and lectures regularly throughout the US, Europe and Russia.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Vince Moore R.I.P. April 1, 2017

Sadly, early this morning our dear friend and Vajra brother Vince Moore
passed away. A few years ago Vince moved to Western Mass. from Yakima
Washington to be near his Vajra kin. Vince had many gifts and skills which
he freely offered to the community and to his family and friends. He was
always available to offer his physical skills on any project and his many
technical land-use planning talents on Khandroling and other community
projects. Vince passed very peacefully surrounded by his six children and
former wife Anita. Many friends from the Dzogchen and Shambala communities
had time with him during his final days offering practice and presence
during his transition. We will miss him.--John La France


I met Vince through the Marders who met him in Tsegyalgar West and the Lumbini project. Vince was an unofficial member of the Vajra Hall/Khandroling  Development team where he used his navigational and design skills to walk the land on various trails and assess choices for future road development. By unofficial I mean incognito with little fuss.

Vince's move to Western Mass was to prepare for his death. More than prepare for death but for a perfect passing. While helping him move a couple of months ago into his final home, a lovely assisted living apartment--I came across a clear plastic bag as I was unpacking marked something like "My Cremation Clothes" --Can't exactly remember the words but inside was what appeared to be a vivid colored caftan. Vince WAS pepared on the outer, inner and secret level. He remains for me a model of how practitioners can be awake rather than in denial about the realities of dying. 

To me Vince manifested as a warrior (In the true Shambhalan sense) whose positive attitude radiated no matter what the adverse circumstances of his many medical conditions. He faced his multiple bouts with cancer fearlessly, with great open heart,  and without shame. I admired his courage in these last months to openly share his conditon rather than withdraw.  We talked dharma, mind essence, sharing in stories of our mutual citizenship in Shambhala and the Dzogchen Community, Like Nary, he brought us together to celebrate life in the midst of sickness. I celebrate your journey Vince wherever you're going. Thanks Vince for your dignity and compassion-Jacqueline Gens


To be continued......

Please leave your recollections in the comment section or send to jacqueline.gens@gmail.com