In his mid-twenties Whit found himself drowning in darkness, after a knee injury ended his athletic career. The wisdom and traditions of Buddhism has healed him. After this he dedicated his life to honouring the teachings that saved him.
"Yoga literally saved my life when in my mid-twenties I found myself drowning in the darkness of my own mind after a knee injury ended my athletic career. The ancient wisdom traditions of yoga and Buddhism have healed all aspects of my human experience and I have dedicated my life to honouring the teachings by sharing them with anyone open to receive."
– Whit Hornsberger
As the speed of global culture quickens the momentum of contemporary society can overwhelm and influence all aspects of our lives, including the way in which we engage on the mat. Driven by the unrelenting tyranny of time to accomplish more and get to the next moment, our grounding yoga practice can instead fragment the mind through rapid momentum induced transitions, negating our ability to coalesce mind and body through the harness of the breath.
Through the application of mindful breath coordinated movements, powerfully deliberate transitions (vinyasas) and intelligent sequencing (krama), Vinyasa Krama, the art of slowing down, offers refuge from the quickening pace of life, integrating the mind and body into unparalleled states of transformative union.
The ancient teachings of the Buddha expound that the mind’s innate nature is boundless, an extensive phenomenon capable of embracing all experience with impartial equanimity. This quality of mind was likened by the Buddha to the vast sky we see above our planet, where clouds are given free pass, to come and go according to conditions.
In this offering we will draw upon and apply the philosophy, methods and wisdom of Buddhist mindfulness meditation (Mahāsi Sayadaw - Burma) to the contemplative practice of contemporary yin yoga.
Through finding stillness, practitioners will leave with an experiential understanding of the spacious, sky-like quality of mind and the wisdom therein, the tools to re-awaken and reside within the refuge of one’s own awareness and the empirical insight that the inner peace we seek is not outside of us but an inherent aspect of our being waiting to be cultivated.
Whit Hornsberger, born in British Columbia, Canada, is a student and teacher of the wisdom traditions of Yoga and Buddhism. He had the opportunity to study this traditional practice under the guidance of Srivatsa Ramaswami, Krishnamacharya's longest standing disciple.
A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career-ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self-identity and self-worth. His daily practice and teaching methods stem from the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Buddhist meditation (Mahasi Sayadaw). A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path.
A passionate lover of surf, travel and nature, Whit teaches internationally, operating Soul Arch Yoga, a yoga project offering classes, international workshops, retreats and trainings.
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"Retreat is about giving back to ourselves, awakening for the benefit of all beings and supporting this one human family to be just that. One."