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Cultivating Shen: Yin & Yang Yoga and The Five Spirits

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Thursday 10/21/2021 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Thursday 10/28/2021 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Thursday 11/4/2021 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Thursday 11/11/2021 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

$110.00 Cultivating Shen: Yin & Yang Yoga & The Five Spirits

In Taoist philosophy, each of the main Yin organs are said to be the home of five spirit energies. Shen, as they’re called, are the most refined aspect of Qi in the body and relate to our mental, emotional, and spiritual development. Taoist masters advise that the best way to nourish Shen is to cultivate joy and prioritizes doing things that we love.

In this 5-week series, on zoom, Jennifer will unpack each of the five Shen and lead you through gentle, feel-good yang (dynamic) movements and restful yin (passive) postures that support the organs that house them. Contemplations for each Shen will be sprinkled throughout.  

Full registration only, please – due to the cumulative nature of the material, single session drop-ins are not available. 

Each session will be recorded and available for one month following the live presentation.

Jennifer O'Sullivan

Jennifer deeply believes in the power of yoga and meditation to nurture the human spirit. She sees the mat and cushion as laboratories for self-discovery and transformation. With an emphasis on mindful movement, she strives to illuminate paths to awareness and wakeful living. In her classes and workshops, she shares the tools that she uses every day to maintain steadiness and equilibrium in all aspects of her life.

Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade after completing her first training in 2004. She has studied with exemplary yoga teachers from a number of disciplines but is most influenced by Don and Amba Stapleton of Nosara Yoga Institute and Sarah Powers. As a dedicated Dharma student, Jennifer regularly attends practice retreats at Bhante Gunaratana’s Bhavana Society, and she received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and her Dharma name, Peaceful Family of the Heart, from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Jennifer is an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher and mentor in the Insight Yoga Institute. Developed by Sarah Powers, Insight yoga is a heart-centered approach that interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and spiritual psychology. Jennifer’s classes include slowly-flowing (yang) postures, floor-based (yin) poses, pranayama, and seated meditation.