Envisioning the ‘Final Asana’

By Steven Libowitz   |   January 23, 2020

Kick off the brand-new year with a workshop that’s all about anticipating the end. White Lotus Foundation’s Santa Barbara Retreat Center begins the 2020 series of monthly retreats with “Preparing for the Final Asana: End of Life Law, Medicine, Policy and What Yoga Offers,” co-led by landmark attorney Kathryn Tucker, who is the Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project and a White Lotus Yoga Teacher Training graduate, and Tracey Rich, a director of the White Lotus Foundation who has been serving the organization through her teaching and in the design and development of the Santa Barbara Retreat Center since its inception in 1983. A veteran of nearly every effort to protect and expand end of life choice in the U.S. for more than two decades, Tucker will share insight on advocacy strategies, progress, challenges and predictions and be joined by Rich in sharing asana, breathwork, poetry and meditation, leading participants in a mindful journey to create a contemplative frame of mind from which to explore our hopes for the final bit of our own journey and understand how to plan to make that hope a reality. Each workshop session will encourage entry into a contemplative, mindful space with yoga and meditation. Participants will then explore what each hopes for their own final leg of the journey through this lifetime and how that can be planned for so it will manifest. Each participant will be encouraged to write their thoughts about this in a journal during the workshop. The empowering and informative weekend meditating on the fullness of life takes place January 24-26 at the White Lotus Yoga, situated in a steep canyon on forty acres about halfway up the San Marcos Pass on Hwy. 154. The workshop donation is $700. Visit www.whitelotus.org/preparing-final-asana or call (805) 964-1944. Upcoming themes in the monthly series include Sacred Breath Pranayama Retreat (February), Restorative Yoga Training (March), Thai Yoga Weekend (April), Memorial Day Yoga Retreat (May), Deepening Your Practice (June), The Yoga of Music, Sound & Vibration (July); Labor Day Yoga Retreat (September), and Yoga and the Art of Mindful Cooking (October).


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