Pilamaya Yoga Workshop
Pilamaya means “thank you” in the language of the Lakota, one of the tribes of First People of the North American Great Plains. Pilamaya yoga is an advanced teaching system that embodies gratitude for all aspects of life through diverse mind and body practices. Pilamaya is adaptogenic in that it is designed to attune to each particular group and direct the facilitator to what the consciousness of the group is calling for.
In this workshop we will share a yoga practice that brings together components from hatha, kundalini, and yin yoga; yoga nidra; mediation; and working with sound. We will hear the voice of a drum as we learn to sing a Lakota gratitude song. We will connect to the frequency of our hearts—where gratitude lives. We will discuss the Seven Sacred Virtues that were given to the Lakota people by White Buffalo Calf Woman. All of these practices will lead us to making a group prayer for the generations that are on this Earth, those that are yet to come, and for the Earth herself.
Dreamweaving to Converse with the Earth
This workshop builds upon the Pilamaya Yoga Workshop, but also stands alone. The Dreamweaving experience is a unique practice that connects groups of people to the central Dreamer of life and the Dreaming itself. We come together; the facilitator opens a quadrant in time and space for the group to connect to their subconscious minds and we weave a subject matter. The innate wisdom of the group taps into the information that is beyond our ordinary awareness. As we bypass the mind, our comprehension deepens and our awareness begins to expand.
This Dreamweave will call to the energy of the Earth and invite her to communicate with us through the Dreaming. We end the session with a blessing for the water of Earth—the primal source of all life on this planet—and a prayer for our homeland.
The Lakota people and their traditions birthed Shaura back into a life she nearly lost and onto her spiritual path in Oregon in 2004. Since that time she has maintained a strong connection to ‘The People’ and undergone prayer ceremonies that have connected her deeply to the Earth and beyond. As a veteran sundancer her life and work reflects her prayer for creation. Her commitment to this prayer has taken her on learning journeys that have allowed her to make sense of how our physiological and energetic systems behave in this modern world. In these explorations, she has learnt how to be a Reiki master; kundalini, yin and yoga nidra teacher; yoga therapist; therapeutic supervisor; therapeutic plant medicine facilitator; and has an ongoing BSc (hons) STEM. She is parenting a boy of 15 and a body of works that use various methodologies to support the Human Awakening process.