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.

Great Taoists – Chuang Tzu, Part 4
September 18 - November 20
Sundays: 4:30pm - 5:30pm MST
$210 for 3 months or $80 per month if paying monthly.
Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452). Part 4 will take us to the end of the work and prompt us to be stewards and responsible citizens for a healthy and vibrant planet and for all who make it home... More

Many know of Lao Tzu and see him as the principal Taoist. Lao Tzu had contemporaries equal to his contribution. Chuang Tzu was among them. “Among the great books ever written about the nature of truth, Chuang Tzu’s is the highest,” (Ni, 2015, I Ching, p. 452). Part 4 will take us to the end of the work and prompt us to be stewards and responsible citizens for a healthy and vibrant planet and for all who make it home now and into the future. Stay in touch and join your fellow Way of Tao tribe.

A weekly gathering for one-hour, we will read Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu. This class will involve each participant sharing in the reading of the text and then participating in conversation. Roughly 70% reading with 30% discussion. Learning to listen and absorb, the experiences will draw you into the mind of Chuang Tzu and unveil a path for living fully, The Natural Way.

Students will use and read from the book, Attaining Unlimited Life: The Teachings of Chuang Tzu by Hua-Ching Ni.

This course when completing all parts fulfills a requirement for Level 1, The Way of the Tao.

Class day: Su

Class time: 4:30pm Mountain Time

Dates: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20.

 

Kundalini Yoga Rebirthing Series - Part 3
October 11 - November 15
Tuesdays: 6:15pm- 8:00pm MST
$85 for the six-week series or $18 per class
Led by Mantra Simran Kaur and Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa. Yogi Bhajan’s Rebirthing series are some of the most talked about classes he offered in his 35 years of teaching.  By healing wounds of the past, we start to create a new life, a new way of being, and we start to live in alignment with who we truly are. These classes have the profound transformational power of healing the pain of the past and helping to overcome the obstacles that keep us from living our best... More

Led by Mantra Simran Kaur and Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa.

Yogi Bhajan’s Rebirthing series are some of the most talked about classes he offered in his 35 years of teaching.  By healing wounds of the past, we start to create a new life, a new way of being, and we start to live in alignment with who we truly are.

These classes have the profound transformational power of healing the pain of the past and helping to overcome the obstacles that keep us from living our best lives, awakened, vibrant, potent, and present to our purpose.  There are 31 separate classes in this Rebirthing series.

This third six-week series is an opportunity to continue to drop some baggage and become clearer in mind and purpose through movement, breath, mantra, mudra and sound.

New Year’s Svaroopa® Yoga Workshop
January 1
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 Sunday, Jan. 1. 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!