Coming Home (completed)

Qigong, Breath, Restorative Yoga

Sunday, November 22, 2:30-5pm at Yoga Soup

There are a million ways we find to leave this very moment. We get lost in thought, itch for entertainment, we get lost in other people. We seek outside of ourselves, outside of the now, when what we most long for is right here, in our very being, in this exact moment.  Practice arriving home in your body, your breath, and discovering the endless peace and aliveness that is always available, that is your true nature.  Resting deep in our essence we drink from that well we most thirst for, the well of our own timeless being.

Live accompaniment by the timeless Bamboo Flute music of John Flynn.  $25

Loving this One Here (completed)

Self-Love in Practice 

Saturday, December 5th, 2:30-5:30pm at Yoga Soup

We all struggle with the inner critic, for whom nothing is ever quite good enough.  Though we may glide, with busyness and distraction, over the potholes of doubt about our worthiness, a deep unhappiness and despair persists.  Even when we do get the love and appreciation we crave, it is not fully received, and when it is, it is never enough.  Our cup is cracked.  We need constant replenishment and reassurance.  

Believing you are not good enough is as exhausting as it is painful. And worse, all this suffering is because of a lie. 

“You can explore the whole universe, looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere.”  - Gautama Buddha

It’s not that any of us has a personality free of flaws.  It is that we are not our personalities.  Remembering our essential nature, the loving awareness that we are, we can meet and hold this messy human experience with compassion, forgiveness and appreciation.

In this workshop we will explore how to bring self love into both our spiritual practice and our daily lives with meditative and embodied practices drawn from Buddhist and Non-Dual Wisdom Traditions, as well as Western psychological, and scientific theory.

Teachings and exercises will be interspersed with guided meditations, Qigong, breath work, explorative movement, Yin and Restorative Yoga.  No prior yoga experience necessary.

Taking in the Good (completed)

Rewiring Your Brain for Peace, Contentment and Love

Saturday, November 28th, 2:30-5:30 at Yoga Soup

Do you tend to focus on the problems, and have trouble noticing everything that is going right?  It’s not just you- our brains evolved to have a built-in negativity bias!  Fortunately our brains are elastic, and we can train them to enjoy and rest in our fundamental okayness and aliveness, independent of changing conditions.  

Drawing on the work of Rick Hanson (Buddha’s Brain), we will practice expanding our capacity to experience peace, joy and connection.  We will awaken and feed the pleasure body, raising our upper limits (the thresholds at which we panic and sabotage positive feeling states) in Hendricks inspired play and movement.  Using the work of Philip Shepherd we will get out of our heads and explore the passionate aliveness and timeless wisdom of the brain in the belly. Through guided meditations, qigong, breath work, play and restorative/slow yoga, we will embody well-being and aliveness.  Live accompaniment by the timeless Bamboo Flute music of John Flynn.

Past  workshops below...

See the most recent series offered in SB and stay tuned for Yoga classes at Shakti Shala in Aspen this winter starting February.

“In Chloe’s upcoming series of classes at the Aspen Chapel, Radical Aliveness: Yoga, Qigong and Somatic Meditation, we will cultivate deep presence, peace and aliveness, with mindful yoga (all levels), the easeful moving meditation of qigong, and embodiment practices.  Come home to the wordless wisdom, and timeless mystery of the body’s intelligence. Weekly themes: 1: Breath, 2: Rest, 3: Receptivity, 4: Integration

Radical Aliveness is about transcending the tyranny of the head, and inscending into the felt present- into our bodies, our wholeness: head, heart and belly.

In this culture, we live trapped in the invisible prison of our heads.  Everywhere we look, in the very conventions of our language, we see the elevation of reason and ideas over intuition and direct experience; of the head over the body.  In this agreed-upon “reality,” this way of living, lost in thought, seems normal.  We treat our bodies like pesky animals, or sex-objects, burdens, or work-machines to be refueled.  Our faces are manipulating masks. We ruminate endlessly about problems, real and imagined, and avoid really feeling in the core of our being.  Thoughts, stories, ideas and media substitute for real aliveness. 

This isn’t nature, this is culture, and it is suffering.  We are lost in a world fashioned of our own projections, caught in endless doing, self-exiled from our natural state of effortless being.  This sense of disconnection from our own sacred human bodies, from our own wholeness, is the root of our sense of disconnection from the whole world.  Fractured self, fractured world.

The path back to wholeness begins with this breath, this body, this moment.  In this series we will practice connecting with the timeless wisdom and peace of our beautiful human bodies. “

For more on this subject:

Chloe's blog post on radical wholeness

An interview with her teacher, Philip Shepherd, in The Sun                                                                                    

Sundays, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 14, 12:00-1:30pm at the Aspen Chapel, $10/class

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Mindfulness & Embodiment    

 3-5 pm Saturdays: Oct. 15, 22, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec 3.   at Yoga Soup

$18 per class / attend the entire series for $90 ($15 each session)

inscend (verb):

1. To intentionally bring awareness into a moment for the purpose of experiencing it fully and completely

2. To use meditative and proprioceptive techniques to enhance the quality of an experience and Life in general [literally, “to climb into experience,”]

From the time we are babies, we are taught to identify with the mind, and to think of the body as something separate.  We suffer, isolated in the hamster wheel of the head. We live life planning for the future or mulling over the past, in a trance of busyness and abstract thinking, disconnected from our bodies and from the now.

The good news is that we are whole beings: head, heart and belly. In this series of six classes, we will tap into the peace, vitality and timeless intelligence that is available when we are connected to the brain that lives inside the belly. All three centers will come into harmony, as we learn to speak, move and act from a place of wholeness.  We will cultivate deeper presence, effortless movement, and connection with ourselves, the world and all beings. We will experience a greater sense of freedom, aliveness, authenticity and flow.  

Over six classes we will do all of the exercises in Philip Shepherd’s Radical Wholeness Workshop.  Bring a mat and come prepared to move and breathe.  This is an experiential workshop.  You can come to any one class, and you will get more out of it if you participate in the whole series.

Click here to register.Go to workshops/events tab up top and scroll down to find this event.

Read my blog post about my experience of the work.

See past events below...