“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, A stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, Brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." -Melody Beattie
Come celebrate with us for the gratitude we hold is way too big to keep to ourselves. We are so grateful to all our volunteers, our yoga teachers, our Board of Directors, our committees, and to all our friends and supporter of the Sean O’Shea Foundation
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH FROM 6-10PM
Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive
With OTTOPILOT and DJ VAN entertaining us all night long and
Delicious foods from Jimbo’s, Qero’s Restaurant, Whole Foods, and special treats by
Chef Fuji and Chef Mathew Purnell
The Sean O’Shea Foundation’s 2012 fundraising campaign is focused on Empowering Youth in our communities. We primarily focus on youth who live in economically disadvantaged areas, who often lack basic health care, have limited exposure to the benefits of nutrition, and are normally unfamiliar with the practice of yoga. Remarkably, during the past four years we have ensured that all of our students have been able to participate in our programs free of charge.
Imagine hard-core gang members representing four violent gangs all practicing yoga and lying in savasana together… peacefully. Imagine a probation officer witnessing students on his caseload improve their grades with skills taught in the Sean O’Shea Foundation Yoga and nutrition program. Imagine school psychologists requesting the Sean O’Shea Foundation program to help their at-risk youth develop greater focus and confidence. Imagine thousands of students learning to cope with their daily challenges and stressful life situations through yoga and meditation. Imagine young cancer patients learning to decrease their pain and anxiety through breath and meditation as they battle their life threatening disease. Imagine local homeless teens having a welcoming place to go to for a hot meal. All this has come true since 2008 for nearly 6,000 children, thanks to supporters of the Sean O’Shea Foundation. I am humbled by the ongoing support from community and honored to continue making Sean’s vision a reality.
The foundation is named in honor of my son, Sean O’Shea, a much loved yoga teacher and studio owner (Four Seasons Yoga in La Jolla) who lost his life in a fatal freeway accident in December of 2006. In his memory, his family and friends established the Sean O’Shea Foundation, which empowers youth through yoga, nutrition education, and optimistic teachings. Our mission is to help youth, ages 8-18, develop life skills that can enable them to take responsibility for their lives, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential.
With the collaboration of health professionals, school psychologists, yoga instructors, and schoolteachers, we have developed these successful programs:
· Training for school faculty in chair yoga and meditation for the classroom
· Seven-week yoga and nutrition program for students ages 8-18
· Year-round yoga and nutrition program for interested schools with a high percentage of at-risk students
· Year-round yoga for juvenile court-mandated students
· Programs for pregnant teens and teen parents committed to continuing their education
· Yoga and meditation for kids with cancer and yoga for their families.
· Our newest program – providing nutritious meals for homeless teens.
- Gloria O’Shea
What your donation can do to Empower our Youth
A $25 donation will provide an at-risk child/teen with our seven-week mindfulness-based yoga and nutrition program. This includes yoga supplies, literature, a certified and experienced yoga teacher, one nutrition workshop and cooking lesson, six yoga lessons, a certificate of completion, plus a water bottle or other small gift! A $100 donation will provide food for our homeless teen meal program or a nutrition assembly. Help us empower the youth of our local communities…donate today! We honor Sean’s good life, and we are honored to continue his vision.
What distinguishes the practice of asana from traditional western forms of exercise is its ability to penetrate an individual beyond the level of the physical. The yogic tradition speaks of five bodies, or sheaths, which are known as the Pancha Koshas. The common metaphors used for the Pancha Koshas are the Russian dolls that fit within each other. The physical body is just the outer layer, or doll. As we penetrate more deeply inward we encounter the energy body, the emotional body, the intuitive body, and finally the spiritual body.
In this workshop we will explore first the physics of asana—how asana can be used to heal, open, and strengthen the physical body when applied intelligently and with proper biomechanics. With the introduction of the conscious use of breath, asana can begin to penetrate into the subtle, or energy body. As we begin to unravel the knots of the energy body we begin to encounter certain habits of conditioned thought and feeling that keep us stuck in dysfunctional patterns. We will explore how we can use asana to help us face unpleasant emotions like fear, anger, and sadness so we can break through to the layer of the intuitive, or knowing body—which is characterized by its intelligence, expansiveness, compassion, and non-attachment. Then final kosha is reached when we cease to identify with the form we animate and begin to identify with the force of animation itself—the Atman, or “Shining Self”.
Tim Miller has been practicing yoga for 35 years and teaching for more than 30. He brings a wealth of knowledge regarding many aspects of yoga and has always been fascinated by yoga’s ability to penetrate and heal.
All income from the workshop will go to benefit the Sean O’Shea Foundation.
Saturday July 21st from 2-5pm at the Ashtanga Yoga Center—Donation $60
Click on link below for more information and to register.
SATURDAY, MAY 12TH @ 5:30PM with Beth Vanderwerken
At the Tropics West 965 Second St, Encinitas, CA 92024
This is a donation yoga class and all proceeds go to the SEAN O’SHEA FOUNDATION and their yoga and nutrition for
at-risk youth (suggested donation is $20)
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…A MYTH ASANA WORKSHOP with TERESA AUSTIN, SATURDAY, MAY 26TH
Come on an adventure of mythic proportions! Learn the symbolism and mythology behind many of the
poses of our beloved practice. Teresa Austin was a teacher of world mythology for over ten years. She
developed the World Mythology program for her 12th graders through the UC System. Teresa is also a
certified yoga teacher who loves to weave her knowledge of mythology and philosophy into her classes.
Location: the little yoga studio – 702 Ash St. Suite B, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 4:30PM – 6:30PM
Cost: $25 (ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE SEAN O’SHEA FOUNDATION PROGRAMS FOR KIDS AND
THE”YOGA FOR KIDS WITH CANCER” PROJECT.) thelittleyogastudiosd.com
A special thanks to Maria Camacho and Teresa Austin for their support and friendship to the SOS Foundation
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