I would write “What It Is”, but the truth is I don’t know what this practice will be, as we will co-create it together over these next several months. But here’s basic description for the flyer, and I will include links to appropriate websites here if you’re curious to learn more about the foundations for the Work.
The Yoga That Reconnects
Do you ever wonder why you’re here? Getting on the mat to do yet another down-dog? Or, more broadly: Why are you on this planet, in this particular time and place, with all the massive challenges we face as well as unprecedented opportunities for transformation?
In this class you will learn to utilize the resources you have developed through your yoga practice to connect more deeply with yourself, others, and our Mother Earth. Together we will do the Yoga — and the Work — that we can not do alone, for the welfare of all beings — including ourselves.
Visit this blog right here (!) for more information, readings, resources, and discussions.
In this class we will explore an ever-evolving mix of practices, including, but not limited to:
• asana and pranayama (on the mat, drawn from diverse yogic traditions)
• other breathwork and movement explorations (on & off the mat)
• floor work (off the mat)
• partner/interpersonal work (both on and off the mat, incorporating movement and sharing)
• large group and small group shares
• longer meditations
• guided imagery work
• journaling (bring a journal and pen/pencil to every class)
• creative expression
Tal is currently a leader for What’s Your Tree and Off the Mat, Into the World, which create small group circles for sustainable social change as sectors of the Engage Network. Over the past year, Tal’s most significant and intensive study has been with esteemed eco-philosopher, engaged Buddhist, poet, activist, and scholar Joanna Macy, founder of The Work That Reconnects (and yes, this class is named in homage to Joanna and the Work). Tal seeks to bring this much-needed Work for healing, community-building, and transformation to the yoga world through The Yoga That Reconnects and by leading Yoga In Action circles.
Through his work with Off the Mat and What’s Your Tree, Tal has had the good fortune to study with Seane Corn, Julia Butterfly Hill, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling. Other influential teachers and practices over the past several years include Gabrielle Roth (5 Rhythms), Anna Halprin, Andrew Harvey, and Emilie Conrad (Continuum Movement). Tal has practiced Somatic Awareness, qigong and tae kwon do, and is passionate about exploring all embodied practices which can help us to tap into our innate ability to heal ourselves and others.
In June 2002, after almost a decade of studying yoga, Tal co-founded Kula Yoga Project with Schuyler Grant. Though the studio has received many accolades, including being named “Best Of” by New York magazine in 2005, Tal is most proud to have helped co-create a vibrant yoga community only a few blocks from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.
Tal has completed several teacher trainings with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga, and first trained with master teacher Alison West in NYC. His teachers outside the world of asana include Douglas Brooks and Scot Nichols, and Tal is inspired by the work of Julia Butterfly Hill, Van Jones, Paul Hawken, Paul Shepard, Ted Roszak, David Abrams, Andy Fisher, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, and Rumi, among dozens of others (see the blog for more!).
A portion of proceeds from this class will go towards the 2009 Seva Challenge to support health and healing for the people of Northern Uganda.