October 25 - 30, 2022
"Oneness: Nature is the best teacher"
with Chris Coniaris
Yoga tradition is thousands of years old. The techniques were designed to bring purification and balance to the practitioner. To ripen the Yogi for deep meditative states. Are we in the same situation as the ancient yogi. Do we have the same needs? Do the same exact techniques benefit us today?
We will study and practice Yoga in multiple forms. Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti and Jnana are all paths of yoga that can lead to the goal. We will see that yoga is a natural process that can prepare humans for the ultimate joy contained within each of us.
Open to all levels; all are encouraged to attend. Some expertience in meditation is helpful, but not required.
Thursday - Sunday $650. Price includes full tuition for all classes , all meals, shared lodging, full use of facilities. A limited number of private cabins are available for an upgrade; please inquire. Tent camping may be an option as well; please inquire.
Please plan 1:00 - 4 arrival on Thursday, class at 4:15. Checkout is 2:00 on Sunday. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the Nashville airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.
Chris has been a yoga teacher for 25 years with over 40 years of meditation and 30 years of hatha yoga experience. Chris masterfully weaves philosophy and yogic psychology into his passionate lectures. He is a champion for any student to experience the full potential of yoga's ability to awaken human nature from habitual patterns to vibrant living. His classes emphasize the importance of breathing in hatha yoga and he skillfully teaches pranayama and meditation to all levels.
Chris is a nomadic yoga teacher. Often traveling the USA in his van teaching small groups. Staying for a day or a few months and returning periodically. Chris loves to enjoy outdoor activities and connect sincerely with his students/friends. His concise, practical explanations and enthusiasm inspire students to deepen their own yoga experience. His lifelong interest in philosophy, the outdoors, and athletics influence his teaching. He has taught in Oregon's State Correctional Institutions over many years.
Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.
With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:
- Working flashlight ...it gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
- A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
- Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
- A bath robe/sarong
- House slippers or socks to wear indoors ...no shoes inside please
- Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
- Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
- Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga
Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.