June 4-6, 2021

8 Limbs Livestream

“Many are wondering how to respond to increasingly oppressive policies, political divisions and the current cultural upheaval. While we have questions about how to respond, I believe that we must respond with steadfastness and courageous hearts to the urgent concerns of this time.”       – Michelle Johnson


Join Michelle Johnson for three online offerings:

Skill in Action: Responding to Unsettling and Uncertain Times 

Finding Refuge: Teachings from the Bhagavad Gita

Finding Refuge: Heart Work to Heal Collective Grief 

Note: All three offerings are now available individually, with a Full Weekend pricing option for Saturday & Sunday. 

 

Skill in Action: Responding to Unsettling and Uncertain Times

Friday, June 4, 1:00-4:00pm

The question of how to respond to the suffering inside and around is one that many are currently facing. The dismantling of systems and the resistance to this dismantling are colliding, creating suffering and opportunity. Many are wondering how to make space for their grief and liberation amid social isolation and distancing. Dominant culture wants us to continue to disassociate from ourselves and others, divide and conquer, maintain the status quo and turn away from the heartbreak we may be feeling at this time. While we have questions about how to respond and be in this moment, I believe that we must respond with steadfastness and courageous hearts to the urgent concerns of this time. Spiritual practice invites us to lean into discomfort and truth, move through and with our emotions and grief, better understand the nature and causes of suffering and transform in service of the collective good.

This workshop will explore how we can respond skillfully during unsettling and uncertain times. It will explore teachings from the Bhagavad Gita, Skill in Action and Finding Refuge: Heart Work for Healing Collective Grief. We will explore dharma—duty, and how we engage the practice of yoga to more deeply commit to our dharma. We will explore adharma—the cultural misalignment that causes suffering, and how to move back into alignment. We will explore how to connect with our grief and hearts as a pathway to heal. We will explore how to center relationship and accountability in our social change movements. Lastly, we will explore the importance of understanding our right role as we work towards creating conditions for liberation. The workshop will include meditation, asana, mantra, journaling and discussion.

In our time together, we’ll practice and engage in:

  • Meditation
  • Embodied practice and asana
  • Creating culture: agreements and assumptions
  • An explanation of how the Bhagavad Gita begins
  • Principles from Skill in Action
  • Dharma and Duty to intervene, disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression
  • Meeting the Political and Cultural Moment with Spiritual Practice
  • Collective Grief and Liberation

Wear comfortable clothing, have a journal and any other sacred objects nearby.

Single Class Cost: Supporting: $95  I  Sustaining: $75   I  Supported: $30

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Finding Refuge – Teachings from the Bhagavad Gita

Saturday, June 5, 9-11:30am & 1:00-4:00pm PST

Many of us are wondering how to respond to the suffering inside and around us. The dismantling of systems and the resistance to this dismantling are colliding, creating suffering and opportunity. The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient yogic text, is an antidote to much of our individual and collective suffering. It is a story about purpose, devotion, the larger Self and divinity. This workshop will support you in exploring what your higher purpose is at this time in response to the suffering we are experiencing as a collective. We will explore dharma, duty, and how we engage the practice of yoga to more deeply commit to our dharma. We will explore adharma, the cultural misalignment that causes suffering, and how to move back into alignment. Lastly, we will explore the role and importance of working towards liberation for the larger Self and all beings.

The workshop will include meditation, asana, mantra, journaling and discussion.

Single Class Cost: $120

 

Finding Refuge – Heart Work to Heal Collective Grief 

Sunday, June 6, 1:00-4:00pm PST

You and your community may be searching for ways to find refuge during the onslaught of trauma connected with Covid-19 and the heightened awareness of how white supremacy and systems of oppression harm us all but disparately. These collective experiences of trauma mean that many of us are holding onto deep grief. We live in a culture that in large part doesn’t make space for us to process our grief and if we do have space to do so often we process privately not in community. This workshop is designed for us to turn toward our grief individually and collectively. It will be an opportunity for us to reflect on how our hearts are doing at this time and to begin to understand more about how to allow grief to move through us. It will include meditation, journaling, ritual, gentle movement and small group discussions.

Single Class Cost: $70

 

FULL WEEKEND PRICING OPTION for both Finding Refuge classes, Saturday & Sunday:

Supporting: $255  I  Sustaining: $185  I  Supported: $85

 

Livestream with Michelle Johnson

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Teacher Training

These classes can be taken as part of the 8 Limbs 300/500-hour Teacher Training ProgramClick here for more information on joining us!

Teacher Training Enrollee Registration

If you are enrolled in our 300/500-hour Teacher Training and would like to take these three classes CLICK HERE to register. Full 500-hour Schedule posted at end of this page. 


Cancellation Policy:  Refunds of 90% up to five days prior to workshop. No refunds allowable after that time.

 

 

500-hour Teacher Training Schedule – June 3-6

Thursday

7:00-8:00pm PST Opening Circle with Claudette Evans

Friday 

1:00-4:00pm PST Skill in Action with Michelle

Saturday

9-11:30am & 1:00-4:00pm PST – Finding Refuge-Teachings from the Bhagavad Gita with Michelle Johnson

Sunday 

9-11:30 PST Skill in Action (500-hour only) with Michelle

1:00-4:00pm PST Finding Refuge: Heart Work to Heal Collective Grief public workshop

4:15-5:15pm Closing Circle with Claudette Evans

Plus 4 hours prerecorded by Michelle.