The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand: if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.
— Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Rebekah Nagy (E-RYT 500) began practicing yoga in 2001 as an addition to her studies in dance, and has been teaching yoga and leading workshops since 2010. She has taught in yoga teacher trainings in New York City, Brooklyn, and Northern California. Her ongoing studies in somatics, anatomy, and kinesiology unite philosophy and embodiment and drive her passion for teaching with thoughtful and safe detail, addressing her individual students' needs. She is working towards her Somatic Movement Educator and Infant Developmental Movement Educator certifications in Body-Mind Centering®.
In her classes you can expect to build inner heat, meet challenges safely and playfully, and wind down sweetly. Rather than telling her students what they should feel, she holds a clear and supportive space that allows them to explore their own innate embodiment, curiosity, and presence. Her principle interests are the integration of non-hierarchical embodied experience with yoga practice and nondual tantric philosophy, the intersections of shamanic work, somatic modalities and the contemplative traditions, and the application of nondual philosophy and embodied presence to radical horizontal politics so that we may reimagine our lives and restructure our communities.
weekly Group classes with rebekah
Wednesdays 7:15pm, 75 mins: Yin Flow at Kaya Yoga in Davis, CA
Thursdays 4:30pm, 75 mins: Open Level Alignment Flow at Seva Space in Winters, CA
Thursdays 6 pm, 75 mins: Yin + Restorative Yoga at Seva Space in Winters, CA
OTHER WAYS TO STUDY WITH REBEKAH
Come roll deep with Rebekah!
Join foam rolling enthusiast and anatomy geek Rebekah Nagy for a luscious sesh of sweet myofascial release! Whether you’re an avid roller or a newbie, you’ll leave this workshop feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, with new release and self-massage techniques for mobility and ease in your yoga practice and beyond. Foam rolling promotes flexibility, lessens soreness and stiffness, and stimulates blood flow. In this mellow-paced workshop, we’ll spend an hour nourishing our connective tissue in a flowing exploration of foam rolling techniques from head to toe, then sink into supported yin and restorative poses, integrating the powerful potential for a healthy range of motion that foam rolling can offer. Students will leave with a better understanding of their connective tissue, including fascia and its role in the musculoskeletal system, and strategies for keeping it nourished, comfortable, and supple. Rollers and balls will be provided for the duration of class.
The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.
— TKV Desikachar
Rebekah teaches what you could cheekily call 21st-century modern postural yoga, and which you may have heard called “alignment-based vinyasa.” Generally this refers to contemporary yoga that is more or less in the Krishnamacharya lineage, and combines the fitness culture of the past ~100 years with the teachings of Tirulmalai Krishnamacharya (often called the father of modern yoga) and his students including BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, and TKV Desikachar. While she is not a direct-lineage student of any of these big-name schools of yoga, nor does she intend to be, her teaching nonetheless bears their influence. Above all, what she has culled from each of these approaches, and even more deeply from her study of somatics and embodied anatomy, is an emphasis on following the breath and honoring the individual students’ needs.
Rebekah received her 200- and 500-hour certifications in January 2010 and February 2011 in the Krishnamacharya lineage at Yoga Sutra NYC (now reformed as The Yoga School NY). Here she studied with Guta Hedewig (a student of TKV Desikachar), Rachel Lynch-John (a student of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen), Jill Camera, Edwin Bryant, and Jo Brill, and had the privilege of assisting Amy Santos (a student of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois) in the Mysore Ashtanga classroom. Rebekah lived in Bushwick, Brooklyn for 12 years and taught yoga in the NYC metropolitan area for seven years. A perpetual student, she completed four years of advanced studies in anatomy, kinesiology, and Practices in Embodied Teaching with Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project (now the Babies Project) from 2013 - 2017. She moved to Northern California in 2017 and continues to study Body-Mind Centering®, a developmental, experiential, and somatic approach to movement, with Amy Matthews, Mary Lou Seereiter, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She is working towards her IDME (Infant Developmental Movement Educator) and SME (Somatic Movement Educator) certifications at Moving Within Oregon and Sonder Movement Project. She continues her Vedic and Sanskrit chanting practices with Guta Hedewig, and has studied the Sanskrit language with Jo Brill. She has 20 hours of training in trauma-sensitive yoga teaching methodology through TCTSY.
Rebekah has experience working in a wide variety of settings, including yoga and dance studios, private homes, corporate offices, parks and city rooftops, festivals and retreat centers, eldercare facilities, and therapeutic communities for those surmounting substance use disorders (her first and longest-running yoga teaching gig was at Odyssey House NYC). She has taught yoga for people ranging in age from 8 - 93. Working with yoga in so many ways and in so many places with so many different people has taught Rebekah again and again just how much her students have to teach her. But what does this mean, and how does it set Rebekah apart from other teachers? When done well and presently, teaching itself is a profound way of setting a container and guiding others, supporting them and offering expertise without determining their experience. In this way being a teacher, like anything else we undertake, can be practiced as yoga.
There is nothing to do but be in your process and to recognize that others are in their process.
- Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
What we call “yoga” can take many specific forms, but at the core of practice are a couple of tenets. For instance, when we say that yoga is a practice, we suggest that rather than being a reachable goal, yoga is an ongoing process, something that we come back to again and again, perhaps even a kind of potential that lies within us and with which we are always engaged, whether we’re aware of it or not. Another thread that binds many yogic and contemplative approaches is learning to hone our interoception, which is the ability to sense our inner environments, ultimately to bring them into balanced relationship to our outer environments. Applied to our daily lives, yogic practices can support and enhance our feelings of wellbeing, allowing us to bring more conscious awareness to the miracle that is human sensory perception. Our senses are the link between inner and outer experience, and can be powerful catalysts for cultivating presence, discovering our innate embodiment, and relating more deeply with those around us. As we honor and nourish the microcosms of our bodies, minds, and spirits, we are empowered to be more expansive versions of ourselves, and therefore clearer, healthier, and more coherent in our relationships and communities. Yoga is one of the many paths through which we can get to know ourselves better, and it has worked for Rebekah, so she’s sharing it.
Elemental being: A Nine-day Odyssey into the Heart of Being through the Senses and the Experience of the Deep Self
In paradisiacal amazonia at Yacumaman Sanctuary, Tarapoto, Peru
Reputed to be more than 5,000 years old, Ayurveda (from the Sanskrit Ayus, meaning “life,” and Veda, meaning “knowledge” or “science”) is the ancient Indian system of preventative medicine. In the Ayurvedic cosmology, the Pancha Maha Bhuta, or five sacred elements, create and recreate our universe and each part of it, including the part that we consider ourselves. Join Aubrey Bamdad, Dionisio Santos, Sabine Garcia, and me for a deeply nourishing and multifaceted dive into the essence of being. We’ll use our voices to sing and our ears to listen, our skin to feel and to touch and be touched, our eyes and inner vision to see and create, our noses to smell and our mouths to taste, Applied to our daily lives, simple Ayurvedic self-care practices support and enhance our wellbeing, allowing us to bring more conscious awareness to the miracle that is human sensory perception. Our senses are the link between inner and outer experience, and can be powerful catalysts for cultivating presence, discovering our innate embodiment, and relating more deeply with those around us. As we honor and nourish the five sacred elements within the microcosms of our bodies, minds, and spirits, we are empowered to be more expansive versions of ourselves, and therefore clearer and healthier in our relationships and communities. Come experience yogic practices, guided meditation-in-movement, Integral Shamanism, and integrative Ayurvedic principles and praxis. Be immersed in lush jungle forests on epic hikes, bathe in pristine waterfalls, and surrender your cares in the sweat lodge. Almost daily, roving bands of adorable, tiny monkeys will literally eat bananas out of your hands! Eat giant juicy avocados, gorgeous mangos, and yummy jungle fruit! Come to relax and rejuvenate, allowing yourself steep in the pure Prāṇā of the Peruvian Amazon. Come and be!
The retreat package includes:
Pick up and drop off from Tarapoto Airport
Nine-day stay at Yacumaman Sanctuary Eco-village
Organic, vegetarian and gluten-free meals each day
Jungle/river trek to a gorgeous waterfall with optional swimming
Daily yoga practice: Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative yoga
Sound healing and deep listening immersion with gongs and singing bowls
Introduction to Pranayama (breathwork) and Mantra (chanting) practices
Three optional Ayahuasca ceremonies
Study of Ayurvedic Principles and Praxis including lectures and self-care practice guidance
One hour-long therapeutic massage
One floral plant bath
Temazcal (traditional sweat lodge)
Despacho ceremony (prayer offering to Pachamama)
Qori Inti self care kit for Ayurvedic self care practices
Group hydrosol distillation in the on-site lab
A $500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot.
$2000 early bird (TBD)
$2150 standard (TBD)
$2300 late registration (TBD)
All attendees are responsible for their own international flights to Lima and their domestic flights from Lima to Tarapoto. Airfare is not covered in the registration cost. Once you register we will send you information with recommended airlines, what to expect and bring, how to prepare, and other travel tips. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have, or to let me know that you’d like to attend.
About Yacumaman Sanctuary:
Yacumaman Sanctuary of Integral Shamanism is a glistening green jewel set upon a hillside overlooking the city of Tarapoto and next to the national forest, Cerro Escalera. Yacumaman is mandala of activity, study and contemplation: part ethnobotanical garden, part eco-village, part center for shamanic and vedic studies, part reforestation project as well as the base for Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals. It is the main hub for all our Integral Shamanism retreat programs. The Qori Inti apothecary, Jungle Lab, Rasa Casas, Shambhu Tambo and the temple of Graha Shanti are all located here. The temple of Graha Shanti is our interpretation of a maloca- a traditional Amazonian structure used for shamanic ceremonies. It is round with a vaulted palm roof that rises eighty feet vertically and highlights spectacular views of the surrounding jungle covered mountain range. There are planetary yantras set into the walls and a pair of cedar doors with a relief carving of the Sri Yantra. We use it for our sessions: yoga, meditation and plant medicine. The Rasa Casas and Shambho Tambo are the beautiful, sustainable-living structures that compose our eco-village. Exploring the walking paths on the property, experiencing and connecting with the plants, trees, garden and wilderness ambiance, lends a feeling of being held by the land while going deep into one’s personal process. The team of practitioners at Yacumaman work together within the thriving ambiance of the living landscape, utilizing its healing resources to craft the optimal context for powerful transformational individual and group work. We combine our diverse skills and lifetimes of training to forge an alchemical crucible wherein health, wellness, and wisdom are skillfully generated. https://www.yacumamansanctuary.com/en-us
About the Facilitators:
Aubrey Bamdad’s body of work bridges the fields of Ayurveda, yoga and their corresponding Vedic technologies with traditional Amazonian medicine and the shamanic realms. She is a mother, writer, teacher and visionary, as well as an Ayurvedic practitioner, yogini, and contemporary vegetalista with decades of immersive experience in these respective wisdom traditions. She has founded and directs the Sacred Motherhood Blueprint, the Eleusinian Mystery Field School, Qori Inti Amazonian Herbals, for which she also formulates and creates their product lines and co-directs Yacumaman Sanctuary for Integral Shamanism with her husband Dionisio Santos. Aubrey is a sought-after and well-respected teacher the world over. Her approach to Integral Shamanism is completely unique to her and stems from her experiences, studies and the result of a life passionately and spontaneously dedicated to interfacing different esoteric systems.
Dionisio Santos began his investigative exploration of Amazonian Shamanism and Entheogenic Vegetalismo in the 1980s as an apprentice of Don Solón Tello Lozano, a well-known Mestizo Ayahuasquero from Iquitos, with whom he lived and studied for two years. In 1992 he co-founded Takiwasi, a center for the research of traditional Amazonian Medicine and the treatment of drug addiction, funded by the European Union and the French government, where he served as member and co-director of the ethnobotanist therapist team for eight years. For 15 years he traveled throughout the Amazon Basin to experience and further study Shamanic states with different Ayahuasqueros from the tribes of the Shipibo, Ashaninca, Mayoruna, Challahuita, Yagua, and Shuar. In 2000 he founded Yacumaman Sanctuary, the Ethnobotanical Center for Shamanism and Vedic Studies, located just outside of Tarapoto, in the upper Peruvian Amazon. In the last 13 years, he has been initiated into a number of esoteric lineages by masters of Hermeticism, Sufism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Dzogchen and Haitian Vodou. Through this broad, disciplined and often controversial internal process he distilled what has come to be known as Integral Shamanism, a highly efficacious program of psychosomatic and spiritual energy integration of transpersonal states of consciousness. The objective of Integral Shamanism is to include and transcend the limitations of the ego-mind and thus expand conventional, socio-cultural and religious understanding regarding non-ordinary states of consciousness. It ultimately enables us to upgrade our personal and collective quality of life to a more conscious and harmonious state of being in accordance with our maximum potential. Integral Shamanism allows us to dive into the non-dual, integral state of consciousness without any attachment to outcome: "no hope, no fear." Dionisio facilitates experiential Integral Shamanism retreats both locally and internationally.
Rebekah Nagy (E-RYT 500) began practicing yoga in 2001 as an outgrowth of her studies in dance, and has been teaching yoga and leading workshops since 2010. Her hallmark as a teacher is her detailed and unique alignment instruction, at once precise and poetic, in a creative flow that balances vigor with rest and interoception. Rather than telling her students what they should feel, she holds a clear and supportive space that allows them to unveil their own paths to rediscovering their innate embodiment, curiosity, and presence. Rebekah has taught in yoga teacher trainings throughout New York City and in Northern California. She received her 200- and 500-hour certifications in the Krishnamacharya lineage with Guta Hedewig, and is working toward her Somatic Movement Educator certification in Body-Mind Centering®, a developmental and somatic approach to movement, with Amy Matthews. Her principle interests are the integration of non-hierarchical embodied experience with yoga practice and nondual tantric philosophy, the intersections of shamanic work, somatic modalities and the contemplative traditions, and the application of nondual philosophy and embodied presence to radical horizontal politics so that we may reimagine our lives and restructure our communities. She explores yoga philosophy and history in her writing for Embodied Philosophy (www.embodiedphilosophy.com). In growing season she can be found in her garden, either working hard or sitting still.
Sabine Anima Garcia LMT began her bodywork studies in 2004. She is licensed in New York State and Michigan as well as Board Certified and has been a member of the AMTA since 2006. Sabine is a student of life and is devoted to be of service to life in all its many forms. She is endlessly grateful to be able to work with her hands and through the sense of touch and feeling. Her intuitive bodywork is informed by Ayurveda, which she fell in love with in 2009 when she began to work for Pratima Raichur in New York City. Sabine has studied Yoga with Rima Rabbath and Vedic Chanting with Guta Hedewig. From early childhood on Sabine has intrinsically practiced whole body listening as a direct result of her love for music and dance. She utilizes the pure sound and subtle power of Singing Bowls and Gongs in her sessions and is fortunate to have studied Sound Healing with Gong Master Don Conreaux. Her ongoing shamanic journey into the deep self intensified when she met Aubrey and she has been studying with Aubrey Bamdad and Dionisio Santos ever since.