Calling all Nature Loving Yogis
Do you love nature? Do you love Yoga?
Are you willing to expand your experience of Yoga beyond Asana?
Are you ready to deepen your connection with yourself and with Nature?
Although getting an amazing stretch is wonderful, Yoga is SO MUCH MORE than the physical practice. It is a practice of going within and connecting with your inner nature; it’s a practice of contemplation, insight, discovery, and awareness.
What you will learn in the Yoga WITH Nature course:
The basics of Applied Eco-psychology (that’s just a fancy pants way of saying activities that help connect with nature) and why that will make your connection to yourself and nature more fulfilling
How to turn Yogic Theories (connection with breath, the witness/present aspects, feeling of deep peace and connection) into experiences not just concepts
How to use Nature Connection to help to calm thought, be more present and increase inner peace.
How to use your senses as a communication with yourself and nature and why ‘withdrawing’ senses is really connecting with a deeper sense of connection
That gorgeous sunset or peaceful river bed isn’t just a pretty backdrop for a yoga practice, it can be the core of a practice. Building a practice with and within nature can be the heart and insight into a lasting and fulfilling practice and lifestyle. There’s a reason that monks would seek out a cave isolated from everyday society to find ‘enlightenment’.
Nature Connect Yoga bridges Applied Eco-psychology and Yoga. Using nature connect exercises we will explore some of the more traditional aspects of the 8 limbs of yoga (ex: pratyahara, pranayama), to discover how Nature and Yoga are not only a great compliment to each other but are really reflections of each other.
As John Muir stated: “I stayed out all day and discovered that going out was really going in.”
In Nature Connect Yoga we work with discovering what Yoga truly is for you (not what magazines picture it as), withdrawal of the overstimulation of senses, breath, contemplation, awareness, focus/meditation, and how to work with the physical postures in a nature based attractive way.
This course is compatible with whatever style of asana practice you currently have, from restorative to ashtanga. We will work through some of the stories that the industry and mass media have put on Yoga and get back to the heart of Yoga (connection), naturally.
This is the first of two courses in the Nature Connect Yoga certification. The second course is in the process of being written, along with the details of the certification process, and will cover yamas, niyamas, integration and how to teach Nature Connect Yoga.
The foundations (or pre-course) will set up the basic understanding nature based interactions that you need to take the next step.
In this 6 week course you will learn:
what Applied Eco-psychology is
to define yoga for yourself (yoga is not asana, although asana can be part of yoga)
how to communicate with nature, yourself, and others in an attraction based model (this is not the same as the law of attraction work)
how to use your senses as a means of communication and what that means
a sensual way to be even more present in the moment (there are over 50 senses)
This course sets the stage for what will be a more in-depth journey in the Yoga With Nature course.
The foundations course is a condensed version of The Web of Life Imperative (The Orientation Course/Eco500) from Project Nature Connect. I have taken the techniques from Applied Eco-psychology (i.e.: Nature Connect) and bridged the language between Yoga and Nature Connect work.
Meet The Instructor
Hello! My name is Natalie Forrest – I know, a great last name for someone who loves nature.
I have been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching for 16 years, involved with Applied Eco-psychology for about 11 years.
I came to yoga as a person seeking stability and understanding of myself. This was just before it became really popular and there were only two of in the class. From the moment I took my first class I was hooked and loved it. Yes, the stretching was great but it was all the other aspects that I adored – the insight, the contemplation, the techniques to focus my mind and be more present, the ability to access breath when I needed to. Yoga was an immediate fit for me. Yoga just made sense to me, it fit me, I didn’t have to fit it.
After years of teaching regular classes I began to feel that I wasn’t quite getting across what it was that I loved so much about yoga. You see, my home practice was almost always outside, but I had to teach indoors. I eventually started offering a Spontaneous Outdoor Summer Yoga Program, where I would have a list of people who had signed themselves up and I would email them three or four days in advance and we would meet at all these beautiful locations in my town and practice yoga. I would blend in applied eco-psychology as best I could, and it was great. I offered Applied- Eco-psychology and Yoga at a few retreats, which was fabulous. But I started to yearn to teach what I practiced in my own practice, to really get into the heart of what I loved about both of these and how they are very compatible if one comes from the heart.
More Information about NatureConnect Yoga
Testimonials from Past Participants
…more in tune with what I call the truth…I was able to become even more in tune with what I call the truth of my existence and that which exists around me. I am beginning to see what is called “yoga” in a whole new light. As a result, I want to experience it more. The reason I never got into it as much in the past as I looked at it as just another form of exercise where people who do it are very limber. I didn’t understand what the concept of “yoga” really was until now." Margie S.
a new understanding of my inner world. (Margie Schneider)I didn't think this would be possible to learn more about nature and myself since embarking on the PNC journey, however, I am beginning to realize that the yoga that exists within me, has the ability to enhance the way I see things, especially myself, on a much deeper level. To me it is like having a mirror held up to myself that depicts a person I haven't seen before, which provides me with a new understanding of my inner world.
I am quite happy with that peaceful and happy place that this course has taken me (Margie S.)At first I felt inhibited because of my minimal Yoga experience, but as time went by, when I came to understand what Yoga was truly about, I no longer concerned myself over it, and that was when I was able to glean the true purpose of this course, which was self-discovery. It was discovering the Yoga that existed in me. It was a means to that self-discovery. The funny thing is, in the end, I actually did unknowingly learn about some of the postures! So there can be no doubt that I am quite happy with that peaceful and happy place that this course has taken me.
moved by connectedness (Chris Alford)I'm getting deeper into what it is to be moved by connectedness, to be able to abide in that space before and after thought until what is called forth is not fabricated by a mental effort but by something much deeper, larger, more full...
One incredible gift (Penny Calcina)One incredible gift from it all has surfaced, since the end of the course. Trust. Not trust in the Universe. Not trust that all things will work themselves out. Not even trust in Nature. Trust myself as Nature. This one profound statement is deeply emotional and life changing. It is because of all that I have experienced through the course that I have come into such a profound attraction resonance with the lack of duality. I am deeply grateful for this beautiful course. How any of us could ever see yoga again in the same way, just these few weeks into this course, is beyond my comprehension. Thank you Natalie, from my depths, for this luscious adventure with you and each of you who felt this attraction.
helped to open me back up to something I loved (Sarah Jones)In all my years of school I’ve never had a course that I didn’t want to end. I didn’t think that it was possible! And though I’ve had legitimate reasons to be somewhat late on this paper, I believe that at some level I might be dragging my heels. This course has helped to open me back up to something I loved, but believed stories that told me I wasn’t good enough to do. Maybe I am after all.
You must have Eco 500/Orientation from Project Nature Connect (or taken the pre-course) and have been practicing Yoga for at least a year. If you are new to Applied Eco-psychology there is a pre-course you can take to get a few foundations. The pre-course must be taken prior to starting the course. If you are intending on going for certification with PNC you need to complete the Eco500/Orientation Course.
If you are new to yoga and are interested in taking the course, please email me and tell me why you would like to take the course.
This is not accredited for yoga certification, yet. It is my intention to work towards having this been a yoga certification. You will be able to apply it to the 20 hours of home study.
For those who are working towards certification in Applied Eco-psychology, this course counts for 3 Credits. Although not currently available, a certification in Nature Connect Yoga (through PNC) is in the works.