Frank Jude Boccio
at the Rainbow Blossom community room
3046 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40205

Saturday - Sunday
January 21-22
$65 per session
call the studio to sign up for a single session or book online for the whole weekend
$225 for the whole weekend

Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Buddha’s Yoga: The Four Noble Truths
With the emphasis on physical asana/posture practice in contemporary yoga, it is often not understood that the buddha was a yogi. For millennia, yoga simply meant meditation and other contemplative practices. In this workshop, we will look at the life path of the buddha as a kind of archetypal narrative of the heroic path of the yogi. After years of study, the buddha went out on his own and discovered a radically different yoga path from what he had been taught. Over time, his teachings and practices have undergone many innovations, modifications and understandings, but all schools of buddhist thought and practice base their understanding on the Four Noble Truths, or more accurately, the Four Realities for the Noble. Our discussion will end with an examination of the different ways we can understand this fundamental yogic model.

The Buddha’s Yogic Path of Practice: The Threefold Training
After a Mindfulness Yoga practice, our exploration of the buddha’s teaching and practice, enumerated in the Noble Eightfold Path will be broken down into what he called the Threefold Training: ethics (silk), meditation (samadhi) and wisdom (prajna). These three components of the Eightfold Path are said to be like the three legs of a stool: each is necessary for stability and balance. As yoga practitioners, we can see the stability and balance as essential for physical practice on the mat and for skillful living off the mat.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Satipatthana: Mindfulness Meditation
The buddha called satipatthana ‘the direct path to freedom.’ As mindfulness has become popularized and mainstreamed, some of it’s most profound practices have been ignored. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the full practice of the four domains of mindfulness: the body, feelings, mental activity, dharmic phenomena. With a fuller understanding of the expansiveness of mindfulness practice, you will have the tools to create a formal practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as learning how to bring mindfulness into your yoga-asana practice and… most importantly, into the experiences and relationships of your daily life.

The Historical Context for Yoga Practice and its Contemporary Relevance
It’s impossible to survey the vast history of yoga which spans several thousand years in one weekend, let alone 3 hours. So, after a brief overview in order to understand the ancient context for yoga practice and how the contemporary context can be seen as almost diametrically opposed to the original context, we will spend the rest of our time together looking at how to make the teachings of the ancient yogis relevant to our contemporary lives. You will receive tools to help bring mindfulness into your daily lives, from driving a car to sending an email, from changing diapers to changing your mind.