Contemplative Photography & Yoga: Yin Yoga, Meditation, & Photography
Two Saturday class offerings dates, more information, and registration below:
The practices of photography, yoga, and meditation are all rooted in witnessing and experiencing the present moment. Each is influenced by our perceptions and calls us to hone a focused vision - whether in witnessing our body/mind in yoga and meditation or in perceiving the object of our attention in photography.
In this workshop, John Canan and Machelle Lee will synthesize these practices into one fluid, artful experience, weaving in themes of the season of spring, personal perspective, self-expression and feeling connected in our body, mind and with the natural world.
The day will begin with meditative experiences around attention and points of view that will lead to a gentle, accessible and deeply meditative practice of Yin Yoga led by Machelle Lee. Yin Yoga is practiced entirely on the floor and uniquely serves joints and fascia. Yin Yoga's simple repertoire offers relief to tissues in the low back, spine, hips, and sacrum. Themes of vision, imagination, nourishment, and connection will be visited throughout the practice to soothe the nervous system and naturally draw the mind inward into a calm, relaxed, and meditative state.
John will then lead you through mindful meditation and breath awareness while mentoring you in photographic
techniques. The day will move from the yoga mat and meditation cushion into the Brunswick Downtown, C&O Canal Tow Path, and Potomac River banks where your photographs will bring clarity to the story you want to tell through images. There will be intentional pauses built into the day for self-introspection and quiet time with nature as we each learn to recognize the simple moments with a fresh clear lens of appreciation.
This workshop is completely accessible to those who may be new to yoga, meditation, or photography as well as to those who are quite experienced with any or all of these modalities.
Water bottle and snacks, if needed
Dress for the weather outside that day.
This workshop will meet in rain or shine!
DATES: March 10, 2018, AND MAY 12, 2018
TIME: 1:30 PM UNTIL 5:30 PM
WHERE: CLASS WILL START AND END AT ROOTS AND RIVER YOGA STUDIO IN DOWNTOWN HISTORIC BRUNSWICK (WITH SOME NATURE TIME ALONG THE SCENIC POTOMAC RIVER)
REGISTRATION: REGISTER AND PAY FOR SAT. 3/10/18 WORKSHOP (1-4:30 PM)
Questions? Feel Free to contact us and we would be happy to help. Phone is 301-969-2400
Register in advance here: Sign up and Register
John Canan is a photographer, naturalist, educator, and writer who helps families, businesses and communities tell inspiring stories through photographs and digital images. In each workshop that he leads, John draws upon 40+ years of mindfulness practice and experience to make the content accessible, relevant and fosters a sense of connection for the participants. John’s photography work and consulting are frequently utilized to support the promotional and educational efforts of professional services, non-profit organizations, and stewards of our natural resources with an emphasis on fostering a sense of connection between people and the natural world.
See some of John’s photographic work at www.cananphoto.com.
Machelle Lee has led yoga for over two decades and is the founder of Roots & River Yoga in Brunswick, MD. She holds a Masters Degree in mythology and depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and earned an advanced certification in yoga psychology. Machelle leads therapeutic movement in a way that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one experiencing the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Specializing in the health and rehabilitation of fascia, connective tissues and joints, Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure. Machelle combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development for each participant.
Registration: REGISTER AND PAY FOR SAT. 3/10/18 WORKSHOP (1-4:30PM)
REGISTER AND PAY FOR SAT. 5/5/18 WORKSHOP (1-5:30PM)