Body as House: Coming Home, An Exploration of the Subtle Body and Its Relationship to the Physical Body w/ Jill Satterfield

  • Zazen 2219 Filbert St San Francisco CA

Body as House w/ Jill Satterfield
Saturday June 7th
1-4 pm at Zazen Filbert
Contribution Levels: $40 - $60
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Our bodies reflect our hearts, and are shaped in large degree by our minds, our thoughts and emotions. Our bodies house our memories – contained in different "rooms, closets and corners" - they hold a colorful variety of sentiments known and not yet known.

The inner body also known as the subtle body is made up of our thoughts and feelings. The outer or physical body relates to its inner contents and reflects it – being tight in some areas, spacious in others. An asana helps rearrange the contents of the house if we use clear intention and kind attention. Meditation provides insights about the contents of the subtle body, and provides the clarity to create a dwelling full of intentional space.

The focus of this workshop will be the introspection, investigation and exploration of the subtle body in relationship to the physical body - as well as our relationship to these interdependent aspects of our selves.

About Jill Satterfield:
Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of yoga and Buddhism that combines meditation, yoga and contemplative practices. She is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA is a not for profit that trains teachers, psychologists and health care providers to integrate mind and body practices into their professions. SCA also provides classes to people in chronic pain, with illness, those suffering from PTSD, and at – risk youth.

Jill turned to mediation and yoga over 35 years ago to successfully heal from a debilitating physical condition with acute pain that she was told could never be healed. Her personal triumph became the inspiration and drive to guide as many people as possible in utilizing and understanding their own mind, heart and body to help them selves.

Jill is on the founding faculty of Spirit Rock Mediation Center’s Mindfulness for Yoga Training, the Somatic Training in Marin California, and guest teaches in many others. Jill was scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center and named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine. Jill has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, Tricycle Magazine amongst others. She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone.

As a pioneer in the field of mind body awareness, Jill has been teaching internationally, consulting and instigating mindful and creative educational programs for over 28 years. Vajra Yoga moves with ease into yoga centers, hospitals, addiction centers, Buddhist monasteries and corporate headquarters.

Jill’s teachers are Ajahn Amaro and Mingyur Rinpoche both of whom have led her gently towards the direct experiences of her own mind.

Jill’s illness and healing have informed her yoga practice along with Rodney Yee’s poetic guidance and Nevine Michaan’s skillful alignment tutelage.

Nature and art continue to be important components of Jill’s practice as is writing, poetry and her spiritual friendships. All of this is to say that we create our own causes, conditions and practices as artfully as possible – individually and together.