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Embodyoga® Workshops for Teachers and Students with Patty Townsend

Sundays with patty At Yoga Center Amherst• 9:30am–3:30pm

In this series of workshops you will develop your capacity to support yourself, your students, and private clients in deepening their own practice, building strength and dynamism safely, and navigating the personal healing process. CEUS AVAILABLE FOR YOGA TEACHERS.

July 29, 2018 • Embodying the Organs in Yoga • Each organ expresses its own unique qualities: the heart is supple, resilient and generous; the liver is firm, decisive and resolute; and the kidneys are fluid and tranquil. Through our digestive tract, we choose what we will—and will not—take in, absorb, and release. In this workshop, we will explore our individual organs as well as our organ-system as a whole.

November 11, 2018 Embodying Radiance—The Koshas: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space, and Consciousness in Yoga • Learn to practice and teach yoga from the perspective of  the embodiment of Spirit and Awareness manifesting into form. Explore your earth - stability, your water - fluidity and emotionality, your fire - your passion and perseverance, your air - your love and wisdom, and your connection to Divine Radiance.

April 9, 2019 • TBA

FRIDAys with patty AT YOGA CENTER AMHERST • 1:30-4:30Pm
IN-DEPTH study SERIES for students of all levels

Deepen your personal experience with this series of comprehensive investigations into some of the basic pillars of Embodyoga® practice.

September 28, 2018 • Breath and Pranayama  We breathe deeply in postures and we sit quietly to practice pranayama. These practices are differentiated from one another. Learn the fundamentals of breath and yoga.

October 19, 2018 • Strong Core – Open Heart  Inner strength, vulnerability and love are balanced and cultivated in skillful asana practice. Learn the movements and principles that support our growth into our fully realized selves.

November 16, 2018 • Understanding Your Lower Back  Do you really understand how to support your lower back and increase comfort, stability, and range of movement that will last a lifetime? Join us for this.

December 14, 2018 • Balancing Your Nervous System  • Learn yoga practices to cultivate the comfort and nurturance of a restfully alert nervous system as we welcome our (sometimes long) New England winter. 


workshops with patty •additional venues •2018–2019

June 7, 2018 • Resilience in the Fascial BodyBody-Mind-Centering® Conference • Northampton, MA

October 13, 2018 • Yoga for Your Digestive Organs •Journey of Yoga, Simsbury, CT

November 4, 2018 • On Mula Bandha • Mindful Yoga Center, Newington, CT

December 9, 2018 • Embodyoga® Intensive • Yoga at Space, Sharon CT

January 4 - 14, 2019 • Embodyoga® and Mindfulness Mexico Retreat with Paul Spector

March 24–26, 2019 • Embodyoga® for Resilience and Strength • Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA

February 28 - March 2, 2019 •  Israel • Mindful Yoga Therapy



EMBODYOGA will Travel to your Yoga Center!

Patty Townsend presents Embodyoga® regularly at Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA. Patty and other Senior Teachers travel to introduce these principles and insights to yoga students and teachers all over the country. Invite us! 


workshop 1 • spinal anatomy for yoga—YOUR TENSEGRITOUS SPINE

Our spines provide an embodied sense of core. In Embodyoga® we maintain ease and suppleness in our spines, never allowing forces of movement to shear across it. Shearing forces are detrimental to our spine's structure and invite a fragmentary sense of self.

Tensegrity speaks to the weave of body tissues (fascia, bones, muscles, ligaments, etc.) that builds and supports our form. The tensegritous spine is a radical new look at how our spines actually work, and how to embody them for increased vitality and ease in movement. In this workshop we will explore a sense of unity and peace within, even in the largest expressions of yoga asana. Participants will learn to experience  their spines in a new and exciting way. 


  • Learn the basics of spinal anatomy applied to yoga practice.
  • Focus on the tensegritous supports of your spine.
  • Enjoy the sinuous grace of your spine in natural movement.
  • Feel the support of muscles and ligaments of the vertebral column.
  • Learn to differentiate core from peripheral body in movement.

workshop 2• Cellular awakening through breath, movement, and awareness

Each of us holds within the memory of being a single fluid-rich cell. Cellular Awakening is the practice of enlivening the consciousness within the body’s cells. The Self that knows no form or limits directly touches and knows the self within form through the medium of cellular awareness. Every cell in the body is awake, alive, and self-aware. Each cell is a microcosm of universal intelligence. When we delve inward, we simultaneously explore the universal and the personal, revealing their differentiation and their ultimate unity.


  • Explore Cellular Breathing and the fundamentals of pranayama.
  • Learn to initiate movement from the cells themselves.
  • Feel the support of cellular movement and consciousness expressing in yoga asana.
  • Feel the underpinnings of true fluidity in movement.
  • Experience directly the individual (microcosm) and universal (macrocosm) consciousness of our cells.

workshop 3 •DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT AND The Fluid Body in yoga 

In this workshop, participants will experience the evolutionary journey from single cell to an intricately articulated human organism. Individual inner wisdom guides our process and supports our knowing. Specific attention will be given to cellular awareness, cellular breathing, and the movement of the fluid body that underlies our vitality. We will also explore how our six limbs (head, tail, arms, and legs) radiate from and are organized around our navel.

The workshop will facilitate introspective investigation of these themes through movement and stillness, and will include:

  • Learning the developmental sequence of: vibration, cellular breathing, sponging, pulsation, navel radiation, soft spine, and mouthing
  • Expressing fluid patterns in asana, with particular emphasis on belly down, supine
    and standing postures for navel radiation
  • Experiencing the mouthing pattern to facilitate spiralic movement and the digestive tract’s support of the spine
  • Moving through asana and vinyasa through the fluid movement of navel radiation.

workshop 4 •GLANDular support in yoga — radiance and levity

Our glandular system suspends our spines from head-to-tail, providing bright spaciousness to our core. Tone and balance throughout the glandular system affects the structural integrity of the whole body through the fascial weave.

In Embodyoga®, as in Body-Mind-Centering®, we have found that each gland has a correlation with a different aspect of our skeletal system. Our skeletal system is part of the fascial matrix. Learning to feel glandular support through our fascia and bones gives our movements a brightness and levity that we don't often notice in our musculoskeletal system. We gain elasticity and supple tone through our connective tissue weave.

In this workshop, we will explore the blending of the glandular, musculoskeletal, and fascial systems, learning to recognize how they support and work in harmony with one another. We will explore how we can assist the glandular system to come into a more balanced state while bringing more comfort and coordination to all of our movements through this integrated matrix of support.

workshop 5 • Introduction to Embodyoga® — Whole-Body Integration and Alignment from the Inside Out

Embodyoga® integrates asana, pranayama and meditation into a deeply fulfilling movement practice.  An accessible and progressive system of discovery, it incorporates the structure of traditional Hatha Yoga, Tantric philosophy, and a revolutionary investigation into the inner workings of body and mind, as presented by the School for Body-Mind-Centering®. This workshop offers Embodyoga's® basic principles, as well as practices for balancing the nervous system and gaining an experience of true mind-body unity, including:

  • Utilizing Embodied Anatomy™ and Embodied Developmental Movement™ to directly experience the many layers of being, including cellular awareness, glands and chakras, and the body’s systems
  • Embodying the organs and glands in movement and in stillness
  • Embodying the diaphragms, bandhas, chakras and kosas (sheaths of consciousness) in asana
  • Fundamentals of breathing/pranayama
  • Healthy function and movement for bones, muscles, ligaments, and joints

workshop 6• toning and balancing the Nervous System

A healthy and resilient nervous system is one of the keys to opening the doorway to our inner world. In this workshop, we will explore Embodyoga® movement and breathing techniques for modulating our nervous system’s resilience and responsiveness. Using our yoga practices, we will learn to create more ease and comfort through the whole body-mind system.

Areas of focus will include:

  • Balancing sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • Learning to releasing stress more effectively in yoga and life
  • Grounding of the sympathetic nervous system for clarity and bright awareness without agitating the body-mind.
  • Balancing the sensory and motor aspects of the peripheral nervous system
  • Exploring the enteric nervous system for a "gut" sense of comfort and ease 
  • Specific techniques for releasing the Central Nervous System

workshop 7 • Embodying the Organs through Yoga

Our organs are deep reservoirs of individual and universal consciousness. They contain our dreams, emotions, personal stories, and collective memories. Our organs provide a spiralic support of our spine. They give us depth, volume, and humanity. Each organ expresses its own unique qualities: the heart is supple, resilient and generous; the liver is firm, decisive and resolute; and the kidneys are fluid and tranquil. Through our digestive tract we choose what we will—and will not—take in, absorb, and release. 

In this workshop, we will explore our individual organs as well as our organ-system as a whole. We will incorporate organ awareness into a whole-body yoga practice. Through sensing and feeling we will learn to initiate movement from the organ body, significantly softening our expression in asana and vinyasa.

  • Learn to sense and feel the qualities and life-force of individual organs
  • Learn to move from the organ body
  • Experience the deep ease and comfort that organs offer
  • Learn to incorporate organ support and awareness in all that you practice and teach

Workshop 8 • yoga for balancing the Sacroiliac Joints and the Pelvis

In this class participants will explore the intricacies of the pelvis through Embodied Anatomy™, asana, pranayama, and specific movement techniques. We will focus on how each pelvic half relates to its leg and foot; how it articulates with the spine at the sacroiliac joint, and with its partner pelvic half at the pubic symphysis. 

We will discover the under-recognized importance of mobility at the pubic disk. Appropriate movement at the pubis balances the need for stability in the sacroiliac joints, and leads to greater comfort and ease in asana practice and in our bodies throughout daily life. Our exploration will take us to the pelvic floor — the breathing, organ support of our core.

We will experience mulabandha from this deep and gentle awareness. Intimate knowledge and full embodiment of our pelvis encourages the experience of presence, safety, and connectedness in the Muladhara and Svadisthana chakras. 

Participants can expect to experience increased comfort, function and ease in the sacroiliac joint and the entire pelvic region. They will feel more grounded, alive and awake in body and mind. They will leave the workshop with new tools for maintaining healthy and fluid movement in the pelvis.

workshop 9 The koshas—earth, water, fire, air, space and consciousness in yoga

Interwoven sheaths of awareness and form, the koshas provide a clear map for embodying all layers of our personal and universal selves. They range from the most-subtle, to the most-dense and their intricate weave completes the whole cloth of our personhood. In this workshop, we will explore the embodiment of the koshas as the basis for experiencing directly, layer upon layer, of who we actually are.

Learn to practice and teach yoga through the window of qualities and elements contained in each kosha.

  • Anamaya Kosha: Earth — Stability and Structure·     
  • Pranamaya Kosha: Water — Fluidity, Life-Force, and Emotional Body
  • Manomaya Kosha: Fire —  Passion and Perseverance
  • Vijanamaya Kosha: Air — Love and Wisdom
  • Anandamaya Kosha: Space — Bliss, Profound Comfort and Joy 
  • Chittamaya and Atmamaya Koshas: Individual and Universal Consciousness

Workshop 10 • Fascial Weave—Whole Body Integration in yoga practice

Fascia is the unifying matrix of connective tissue that integrates and forms the support of everything in the body. It is the very fabric of our form—an uninterrupted intelligent, viscous, and elastic tissue that surrounds and penetrates all body structures from head to toe.

Integrating movement through the entire fascial matrix is a key to relieving pressure in joints and muscles and brings light into all the body structures.

Using yoga as the form, we  explore the levity, gravity, and embodied-tensegrity that is the nature of this glorious fluid-body structure. We experience directly how this method of integrating movement through the entire body supports rehabilitative and therapeutic approaches in asana.