Showing posts from June, 2018

"You become what you hate"

Fort Collins, Colorado June 26, 2018 “You become what you hate.”  My dear friend and spiritual mentor, child psychologist Janet Culp, once told me that this is common knowledge in the field of psychology.  That thought has never left me since I first heard it, over 10 years ago. And it is foremost in my thoughts right now, as I return from a gathering of well-intentioned people – a vigil  – in Fort Collins, in support of humane immigration policy in the US. This is an important issue not only here in Colorado and the US, but globally too, with a staggering amount of people seeking safety and asylum worldwide. How a country integrates refugees and immigrants without loosing its own sense of identity is not as obvious as we might wish it to be. As the number of people migrating is likely to continue to rise in the years to come, serious consideration and discussion on immigration and assimilation policy will be essential to each nation’s ability to receive these population

Childhoodnature in Motion: The Ground for Learning

This chapter, co-authored by Ann Moradian and somatics expert Martha Eddy, "aims to establish embodied movement as both the physical and metaphysical grounds for learning, including aesthetic learning in an ecological context. We advocate the moving body as critical to celebrating and deepening childhood nature... We suggest that developing a lifelong somatic relationship with our bodies in motion, a relation in which we bring our attention to our lived (psychosensory-motor) experience, is a powerful way to reclaim that wholeness which allows us to care and connect for self and others, to feel a sense of place and belonging, and to self-regulate our behavior for optimal interaction with our world..." To link to the abstract and online publication, click  here . DOI: © Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018 Eddy, M.H., Moradian, A.L. (2018), Childhoodnature in Motion:  The Ground for Learnin

Introduction to Dharma & Complexity

July 10, 2018 (Tuesday), 6-9pm Fort Collins, Colorado How do we navigate the complexity and contradictions that are knotted into the daily interactions of our lives?  How do we even begin to see the threads that are in play? And then how do we negotiate between the sometimes contradictory needs between self and other?  How do we make choices we can not only live with, but feel right with? These are some of the questions that underpin this workshop, as we use the ethical framework of yoga philosophy and the idea of  dharma , “right path” as a matrix for living with ease, strength and clarity in today’s world.  photo  ©    Ann Moradian, 2018.

Introduction to ShinGaia (video)

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Yoga Detox Weekend in Dax

A Yoga Retreat in Southwest France September 28-30, 2018 Autumn cleansing practice for detoxification and purification in the beautiful countryside of southwestern France, near the well known spa town of Dax...  We'll cleanse and nourish our bodies and minds with daily postural practice (asana) focused on digestion and detox, along with breathing practices (pranayama), meditation and self-study (svadhyaya).  Fresh, local and organic food will be prepared for us by our host, as he welcomes us into his family home.  300€, including food, lodging and full yoga program (transportation and any additional activities we might decide upon as a group are not included).  We begin with lunch on September 28th and continue through until early evening on September 30th.  All photos  ©  2018, Ann Moradian.