Classes

The ZenSpot Institute of Vedic & Taoist Studies For Everyone

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Classes at the ZenSpot Institute cover a variety of topics that support the ancient teachings of the Vedas and the Tao. The purpose is to enhance your appreciation and understanding of these ancient teachings / practices that originate from India and China.

Current and Upcoming Classes

Begin your journey into the ancient teachings today.

Classes are held in-person and online through Zoom video conferencing.

 

Taoist Meditation
Begins September 20
Sundays: 9:00am-9:30am MST
$12 per class, 10-Pass for $79 or 32-Session Package that Includes Wednesday Qigong Class for $299
Learn the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. These meditations will be focused on cultivating inner awareness of the self for health, happiness and harmony. Zoom Link provided upon registration.

Learn the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. These meditations will be focused on cultivating inner awareness of the self for health, happiness and harmony.

Zoom Link provided upon registration.

Discovering Qi
September 1 - December 31
This is an Independent Study Class. Contact Dr. Michael for details.
250.00
Discovering Qi takes an insightful look at the concept of qi. It will undoubtedly leave you with a new appreciation for the meaning and significance of qi. It is common to hear and see the word qi or chi spoken or written, and it is uncommon to understand the fullness of its meaning in being with The Way, practicing or teaching qigong and appreciating the wonders of creation. This course is an independent study format. Once you sign up you... More

Discovering Qi takes an insightful look at the concept of qi. It will undoubtedly leave you with a new appreciation for the meaning and significance of qi. It is common to hear and see the word qi or chi spoken or written, and it is uncommon to understand the fullness of its meaning in being with The Way, practicing or teaching qigong and appreciating the wonders of creation.

This course is an independent study format. Once you sign up you will be sent a syllabus with all the necessary information to compete the course. In this course you will read a key book on qi. It is compelling and readily understandable and digestible. After reading the book there will be a series of questions to complete for credit. All you need to do is sign up and follow the syllabus. While the class stands alone, it will complement other courses taken and reinforce key principles in Taoism, TCM and Qigong. Remember, you progress at your own pace within the timeframe allotted for Program Completion. In the event you have questions, you always have access to the director of the program.

This is a required course for Qigong Certification and for Taoist Studies. Please refer to Qigong Certification and Taoist Studies to gauge your progress if you are unsure.

Weekly Svaroopa® Yoga Classes
September 8 - December 29
Thursdays: 6:00pm - 7:30pm MST.
$314.50 for the 17-weekly class series or $25 per class.
Join longtime Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher Matrikaa (Marlene Gast) for blissful, spine-centric yoga, Thursday evenings 6–7:30 pm, September 8 through December 29.  Class size is limited to 11 students.  This user-friendly, slower-paced yoga provides deep and organic spinal realignment.  Svaroopa® poses are precise and compassionate, personalized for your needs and abilities.  These poses dissolve the deepest layers of your physical tensions.  You get instantaneous relief from most aches and pains.  It’s simple yet profound.  You learn how to melt away the years... More

Join longtime Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher Matrikaa (Marlene Gast) for blissful, spine-centric yoga, Thursday evenings 6–7:30 pm, September 8 through December 29.  Class size is limited to 11 students.  This user-friendly, slower-paced yoga provides deep and organic spinal realignment.  Svaroopa® poses are precise and compassionate, personalized for your needs and abilities.  These poses dissolve the deepest layers of your physical tensions.  You get instantaneous relief from most aches and pains.  It’s simple yet profound.  You learn how to melt away the years and the scars at the same time.  You unravel your mental and emotional tangles along with your karmas.  Deep healing as well as renewed energy, strength and flexibility — it's all noticeable after your first class.

Tuition is $314.50 for the 17-weekly class series.  Per class tuition is $25.

Svaroopa® Yoga Monthly Workshops
September 17 - January 1
September 17, October 29, November 19, 2022: 1:00pm - 4:00pm MST.
Early Bird (at least 7 days in advance) $40 or $54 (if shorter then 7 days in advance).
Ahh - the bliss of doing more yoga! Treat yourself to three hours of spine-healthy Svaroopa® yoga with Carolyn (Karuna) Beaver on September 17, October 29 and November 19. Workshops run from 1 to 4 p.m. The Svaroopa® practice is deeply healing. It’s not a work out – it’s a work IN. The poses unravel spinal tension, which unravels mental and emotional tension too. Precise alignments and hands-on adjustments will deepen your experience. This is user-friendly yoga – accessible to new students and seasoned... More

Ahh - the bliss of doing more yoga! Treat yourself to three hours of spine-healthy Svaroopa® yoga with Carolyn (Karuna) Beaver on September 17, October 29 and November 19.

Workshops run from 1 to 4 p.m. The Svaroopa® practice is deeply healing. It’s not a work out – it’s a work IN. The poses unravel spinal tension, which unravels mental and emotional tension too. Precise alignments and hands-on adjustments will deepen your experience.

This is user-friendly yoga – accessible to new students and seasoned practioners. Carolyn is a 700-hour certified Svaroopa® yoga teacher and a 500-hour RYT and Yoga Accredited Continuing Education Provider with the Yoga Alliance.

Early bird workshop fees are $40 if paid seven days or more in advance and $54 thereafter. Register for all three for $108.

New Year’s Svaroopa® Yoga Workshop
January 7
1:00pm - 4:00pm MST
$45 before 12/23/22 or $60 after 12/23/22
Start your New Year with new intention and clarity. Start your New Year with yoga! This 3-hour Svaroopa® Yoga workshop will open your spine and open you to your highest potential for the year ahead and beyond. It will focus on poses that help you find your center and stand in your convictions - a perfect combination to enter the New Year. Plenty of gentle hands on assistance and adjustments given by 700-hour Svaroopa® Yoga instructors Carolyn Beaver and Matrikaa Gast will... More
Start your New Year with new intention and clarity. Start your New Year with yoga!
This 3-hour Svaroopa® Yoga workshop will open your spine and open you to your highest potential for the year ahead and beyond. It will focus on poses that help you find your center and stand in your convictions - a perfect combination to enter the New Year.
Plenty of gentle hands on assistance and adjustments given by 700-hour Svaroopa® Yoga instructors Carolyn Beaver and Matrikaa Gast will open you to new possibilities for the upcoming year. The workshop is from 1 to 4 pm Saturday, Jan. 7. The cost is $45 up until December 23. The cost is $60 after that date. Give yourself a holiday present that will keep on giving!
Playing in the Field of Tao - Part 2
February 15 - March 15
Wednesdays, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 and 3/15; Times: 5:00-6:00 pm MST
$150
PART 2: Playing in the Field of Tao – Applying a Workbook for Spiritual Development supports one in awakening, developing and being natural as the cosmos intended. In this short course, we will read, discuss and practice the content and application of traditional principles of the integral way and the qualities of Tao and Teh. Each participant will be encouraged to examine their self in terms of their current place on a continuum of spiritual achievement and develop a routine... More

PART 2: Playing in the Field of Tao – Applying a Workbook for Spiritual Development supports one in awakening, developing and being natural as the cosmos intended. In this short course, we will read, discuss and practice the content and application of traditional principles of the integral way and the qualities of Tao and Teh. Each participant will be encouraged to examine their self in terms of their current place on a continuum of spiritual achievement and develop a routine to use that supports their spiritual growth.

Whether currently involved in other studies, having just concluded classes or having taken a break, Playing in the Field of Tao, will support you in a world that challenges a healthy, wholistic, natural order. If change for the better is to occur, it must begin with each of us, working diligently on our own self, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To do nothing is to thumb one’s nose at the Divine and ignore the gift of being human.

We will continue to use Workbook for Spiritual Development by Hua-Ching Ni, 2010, Tao of Wellness Press, Los Angeles. Please order in advance. Other content will be provided as necessary. All sessions will be recorded.

This course will be applicable in Taoist Studies Level 2, support Qigong Certification (Parts 1 and 2 combined may be used in place of an existing independent study class) and aid one in everyday living.

Dates: Wednesdays, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1,  3/8 and 3/15; Times: 5:00-6:00 pm.

Cost: $150