WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

Designed to elevate your practice, whether you are a beginner or have years of experience,

there is always more to explore. 

PURIFIED POWER
Embodying the Yamas & Niyamas
 
10-Week Virtual Immersion

 

MONDAY MORNINGS 

7:30-8:30am

June 15th - August 17th

Live Virtual Sessions offered via Zoom 

Support practices including asana, pranayama, meditation and self-reflection are pre-recorded and provided weekly.

PURIFIED POWER is recommended for students of all levels and qualifies as 30-hours of Continued Education through Yoga Alliance.  

 

Teachers, Natalie Backman and Chris Johnson, are students of Tracee Stanley and members of the Himalayan Tradition. 

Sliding Scale: $200-$30 or $250-$350 for 30-hour CE

Tantric yoga is a systemic approach to cultivating, containing and wielding power.  Prior to even attempting a downward dog, traditional yoga demands that one become steeped in a code of ethics that helps us illumine our shadows and supercharge our light. It is known as the Yamas & Niyamas, the first and second limbs of ashtanga (8-limbed) yoga.

 

Prior to the spread of yoga in the West, many gurus would not consider teaching a student until they demonstrated a true understanding and embodiment of the Yamas & Niyamas.  Yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners might recognize the words Yama and Niyama; may even remember them along with a cursory explanation of each.  But how many of us can confidently claim a profound grasp and embodied experience of them in our day to day life?

 

By creating paths for physical, emotional, spiritual and mental purification, the Yamas and Niyamas prepare us to practice the remaining limbs of Yoga (Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi) in a meaningful way. What happens if we practice yoga postures, breathwork, and meditation without having first gone through the process of purification? We empower our shadows along with our light.  We unintentionally supercharge our neuroses and lose sight of the end-goal, a more peaceful relationship with ourselves and a more peaceful world. We embrace the ethics of yoga because without these observances and restraints, we will likely reinforce our harmful behavior and beliefs.

PURIFIED POWER is an in-depth, community-based exploration of the Yamas and Niyamas.  It’s well and good to discuss yogic ethics as theory, but as a practitioner, it is imperative we embody them.  The course will include commentaries by Vyasa, David Frawley and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, as well as discussions around the contemporary relevance and application, influenced by thinkers such as Michelle C. Johnson.  We will also share asana, meditation, and self-reflection practices aimed at accelerating the process of embodiment.    

LA DOLCE VITA
YOGA, CULTURE & CUISINE

 

October 25th-November 1st, 2020

Agriturismo La Fontaccia

Rufina, Tuscany, Italy

Join me for this very special visit to Tuscany during Olive Harvest Season!  Participate in the local tradition which dates back hundreds of years.

$1,350 all inclusive (double occupancy)

$350 Deposit to Reserve your Space

Deposit minus $50 100% refundable due to COVID-19 
Space is limited to 12 guests ~ 
All rooms are double occupancy

Register via NatalieBackmanYoga@gmail.com

Nestled in the lush Tuscan countryside just outside of Florence, your Italian home away from home is the Agriturismo La Fontaccia, a restored 200-year-old farm home owned and operated by locals of the region, Samuele & Elisabetta.  

Daily Yoga & Meditation

Appropriate for all levels of practitioner – all practices are optional

 

Lodging at the beautiful Agriturismo La Fontaccia near Florence, Tuscany

All rooms are double occupancy and require sharing a bathroom with another person

 

Breakfast & Dinner at La Fontaccia featuring local, seasonal, traditional Tuscan cuisine

Lunch included most days, WINE IS INCLUDED with dinner

 

Cultural Excursions & Activities Including Olive Harvest with visit to the local olive press and a bottle of fresh oil to take home, Traditional Italian cooking class, visit to local Goat Farm with Pecorino Cheese Tasting, Wine Tasting with Tuscan Snacks at the Pomino Vineyard

Optional excursions includE Hot Springs, Nature Walks, Horse-Back Riding,

 visit to museums and historical sites in Florence, day trips to Sienna, Luca, Cortona & more

 

Rental Car Transportation around Tuscany

SAKTI SADHANA
Yoga & Meditation Retreat 
in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

 

2020/21 dates TBD

Fivelements Resort & Spa, Ubud

Reserve your Space with $500 Deposit

Register via NatalieBackmanYoga@gmail.com

Retreat Offerings Include

Yoga, Meditation & Yoga Nidra

Lodging at the Stunning Fevelements Eco Chic Resort & Spa

Gourmet Vegan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Traditional Fire Blessing
Traditional Water Blessing
Healing Massage

Airport Transfers

 

Lodging Options
Single Occupancy (King Bed): $2,700/person
Double Occupancy (King Bed) $2,000/person

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WE RISE
For Yourself, For our World
28-Day Meditation Practice

 

July 6th - August 3rd, 2020

7-7:30am pacific time

virtual via Zoom

Sliding Scale Investment: $100-$200

Are you ready to move toward the promises of yoga: ultimate freedom and lasting fulfillment?  Meditation is the key.  Maybe you are familiar with meditation, maybe you’ve dabbled, maybe you’ve never tried, but feel called to its many benefits. 

This is for all of you.

 

WE RISE is a 28-day daily guided group meditation practice designed to help us RISE above the turmoil of these trying times, make peace with uncertainty, and embrace inevitable change.

 

Join me at 7am every morning for 28 days to meditate together live via Zoom.  Each practice lasts approximately 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for reflection.

*practices are recorded and shared daily, along with support materials, to enjoy at your convenience.

 

These meditation techniques have been preserved and passed down through the Himalayan Tradition.  Simultaneously simple and profound, they are appropriate for beginner and advanced alike.  Following a weekly bhavana, or theme, the practices will build in potency with a culminating practice at the end of each week.

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