Relax & Restore with Yoga Nidra / Tuesday Evenings through December 12th
- Do you find it challenging to keep up with an increasingly hectic world?
- Did you know that deep relaxation can be more restorative than sleep?
The barrage of information and stimulus that our bodies are subjected to in modern life can take their toll on our physical, emotional and spiritual health. The practice of Yoga Nidra offers an effective and sweet way to bring more kindness to our nervous systems while tapping into our bodies innate, but often underutilized, capacity to self-heal and restore. Through a process of supported and guided relaxation we’ll release accumulated tension. In doing so, we’ll cultivate the state of Yoga Nidra, a state of consciousness that both activates our body’s natural healing capacities and allows us direct access to our creative and compassion-filled inner wisdom.
A Day of Kindness / December 3rd
An experiential practice in being tender as a way to respond to life with heart-wisdom
Is your inner critic bossing you around? Did you know that your nervous system responds to harsh inner dialogue in the same way that it does to life threatening dangers? Join Tracy and Ashley as they offer concrete steps for shifting into a more compassionate conversation with yourself and freeing your nervous system from your inner bully.
The intention of this daylong retreat is to give participants direct experience of kindness, and demonstrate how kindness towards self improves health and wellbeing as well as greater access to innate and compassionate wisdom. It will include two full, gentle asana practices interwoven with meditation, introspection, Nidra (done in a reclining position), and kindness practices.
Please bring a journal, a pen, and any props you might need to be comfortable. Tea and light afternoon snacks will be provided. All levels. Sunday, December 3rd, 12:30 – 6:30 at 8 Limbs, Phinney Ridge (Seattle). To learn more, including how to register, click here.
Awakening Kindness: A Daylong Retreat for the New Year / January 6th
Join Source Yoga Director Erin Joosse and Ashley in an exploration of kindness, and what it means to truly care for self. You may be familiar with your inner critic – the negative voice which limits your thinking, being, and doing. Bring awareness and insight to this usually unhelpful critical voice as you discover your innate ability for compassion, both for self and others.
This daylong retreat will include movement practice (gentle, mindful yoga), meditation, talks, as well as mindfulness and self-compassion exercises. Find yourself at home in your body, mind and heart, and bring that off the mat and into your daily life. Leave with practical ways to come back to your center with kindness, and the knowing that you truly can find home wherever you are.
All levels welcome Please bring a journal.
Free Info Session for Beginning Mindfulness Meditation Series / January 8th
In this free informational session we’ll review the foundational practices and principles of mindfulness meditation covered in the series*, what a typical week will look like, and details about the optional 1-on-1 session (included in the cost of the series). We’ll also open up the discussion for individual questions.Note: attending this session is not required to register for the series, it is simply for your information! Please contact Ashley at email@example.com with any questions.* The curriculum of this six-week series was developed by Mark Coleman and Martin Alyward of the Mindfulness Training Institute.
Beginning Mindfulness Meditation (Six-Week Series) / Fall series underway - Winter series begins January 22nd
Discover how mindfulness supports the development of insight and a wise, caring response to life. This six-week introductory series will explore the foundational practices and principles of mindfulness meditation. In looking at historical and cultural contexts, neuroscience and a variety of meditation practices, you’ll gain an understanding of what mindfulness is and practical strategies for applying it within daily activities.
Love the One You're With / February 2nd - 3rd
Do you find it easier to care for others more than yourself? Many of us are running around looking outside of ourselves in order to feel good inside. Mindfulness offers an alternative. Join Yoga Smith resident mindfulness instructor Glenn Kuz and Ashley for a special weekend mindfulness workshop. Through meditation practice, inquiry and discussion, we’ll explore tools to cultivate a sustainable sense of self-worth, tame our inner critics and learn to truly love the one we’re with. All levels welcome.
Part I (Friday, 2/2, 7:00-8:30pm) – Discussion unpacking personal, as well as societal, challenges many people face in genuinely appreciating themselves.
Part II (Saturday, 2/3, 1:00-4:00pm) – Mindfulness talks integrated with practice (meditation, inquiry and reflection) to help navigate common obstacles while growing capacity to treat ourselves with a greater sense of care.
You may register for one or both parts. (Discount available if registering for both.) No prior meditation or mindfulness experience required. This workshop is being hosted byYoga Smith (Seattle). More details, including how to register, coming early December.
Sunday Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness involves bringing present moment awareness to inner and outer experiences, supporting our capacity to respond to life with wisdom and kindness. These monthly drop-in classes include guided meditation practices and mindfulness discussions. The last half hour (optional) is designated for informal conversations over tea. All levels welcome.
Join Ashley at WeWork Custom House in Portland for drop-in meditation, no charge. Each 30-minute session will include a guided meditation practice and instruction on basic mindfulness principles that can be applied both at home and on the job. Neither prior meditation experience.
Tuesdays, 12:00 – 12:30pm. These offerings are free, please email Ashley to be added to the guest list for any date.
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device.
– Sharon Salzberg
Founder Ashley Dahl, MSW
A champion of compassionate self-awareness, Ashley possesses a keen ability to infuse mindfulness into daily life and relationships. She brings humor and a presence of calm thoughtfulness as she blends the teachings of wisdom traditions and science with modern culture. Ashley earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and is trained in mindfulness meditation through the Mindfulness Training Institute.