06. January 2018 - 9:45

The Buddhist Mind Yin Yoga & The Four Foundations of Mindfulness | MokSana Yoga | Saturday, 06. January 2018

The Buddhist Mind:
Yin Yoga & The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

An Intensive with Whit Hornsberger, E-RYT500

The transformative teachings of the Buddha are becoming increasingly popularized by the rapidly growing interest in mindfulness and the practice of vipassana or insight meditation among western yoga enthusiasts. Mindfulness is being applied everywhere and in all realms from yoga studios, to athletic training to increasing corporate profit. But what exactly is mindfulness and from where did this ideal of living intimately within the present moment emanate?

The practice of insight (vipassana) meditation is built upon the teachings of the Buddhist discourse, the Mahā Satipatthāna Sutta or The Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness. Colloquially referred to as The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, these teachings form the bedrock of mindfulness meditation practice and are considered the domain of the meditator. Once established through ardent application, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness give rise to transformative experiential insights into ultimate reality, liberating the individual from the fetters of physical and mental suffering.

Vipassana is a way of intimately engaging with life in every moment, in every posture and within every experience. It is accessible to everyone and an applicable practice for daily life, whether in the monastic setting or within the urban environment.

The integration of mindfulness meditation (vipassana) with the methodology and prac-tice of Yin Yoga has yielded life changing insights for Whit and the many students with whom he has worked via this approach. The extended stays and stillness of theYin posture practice provide a fertile and potent receptacle for the arising of insight as taught by the Buddha.

Our weekend of insight will encompass discussion on Buddhist theory, exploring and integrating in detail The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and vipassana meditation with the practice of Yin Yoga. Each of our sessions will include discourse and application of one of the foundations of mindfulness to our meditation and Yin posture practice, building systematically and progressively throughout the weekend. Through direct felt experience each practitioner will bare witness to insights capable of radically shifting how we engage with the mind, body and life itself.

Sessions can be taken individually without problem. For those seeking a comprehensive understanding of vipassana meditation practice, the full weekend will give rise to both an intellectual and experiential understanding of what is mindfulness, the psychological experience of Yin Yoga and the transformative power of insight (vipassana) meditation.

These workshops are created for and are accessible to all levels of practitioners and geared specifically to anyone driven by an innate curiosity for insight into the enigma of life and a passion to move beyond the limitations of the conditioned mind.

Session 1 (Sat 9:45-12:45): Contemplation of the Body
Session 2 (Sat 2-5): Contemplation of Feeling
Session 3 (Sun 9:45-12:45): Contemplation of Consciousness
Session 4 (Sun 2-5): Contemplation of Phenomena

Whit Hornsberger (British Columbia, Canada) is a student and teacher of the wisdom traditions of Classical Yoga and Theravada Buddhism.

A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. The blessing of a torn ACL catapulted him onto the path of self-inquiry and existential contemplation. His insatiable drive to shed the fetters of physical and mental suffering have led him around the world from annual, intensive monastic experiences in the Buddhist monasteries of Burma (Myanmar), to teaching international workshops, retreats, conferences and trainings in Canada, Europe and the United States.

His daily practice and teaching methods are most heavily influenced by the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Theravada Buddhism (Mahasi Sayadaw - Burma). A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path.

1 session = $50, 2 sessions = $80, 3 sessions = $105, 4 sessions = $125

If you are signing up online, please register in the first session you plan on attending, choose and pay for how many sessions you are attending. If you are attending more than one session, please email us your choices at info@moksanayoga.com. Thank you!
  • "Usually our untrained minds are moving and restless, hard to control and manage. Such a mind follows sense distractions wildly, just like water flowing this way and that, seeking the lowest level. Agriculturists and engineers know how to control water so that it is of great use to human society; they dam rivers, construct large reservoirs and canals - all of this merely to channel water and make it more useable. Controlling its flow, the water doesn't run wild, flooding lowlands, its usefulness wasted. So, too, the mind that is dammed and controlled, trained constantly, will be of immeasurable benefit. Train your minds well for the highest of benefits." - Ajahn Chah
  • Hello everyone, Just wanted to let you know that this weekend will be capped at 20 students. Currently it is half full. There's still room but if you would like to join us please register at your earliest convenience. Happy Friday. With metta, Whit
  • I'm interested only the link to get tickets seems incorrect for this event.
  • This sounds amazing! I wish I could attend but will be in India at that time. Will you be offering it again in the future?