Kate Holcombe is the Founder and Director of Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF) in San Francisco, California, a non-profit project of Commonweal dedicated to supporting and empowering individuals in their own health, healing, and personal development through Yoga, regardless of ability, background, experience, or financial means. Kate began her Yoga education in 1991 as a student of TKV Desikachar in Chennai, India, returning many times for extended periods of intensive, one-on-one study. In addition to her extensive training in the therapeutic application of yoga, she enjoys studying and teaching Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Nathamuni's Yoga Rahasya, and other philosophical yoga texts. In conjunction with her Yoga studies, Kate has studied Sanskrit at UC Berkeley, and the Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute (Madras Sanskrit College) in Chennai, India.
Kate has over 25 years of experience working with individuals facing a broad range of health concerns and illnesses and has taught yoga with an emphasis on individual health and healing for many Bay Area organizations including the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Inner Circle HIV Support Group, and the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, among others. Kate is a KHYF certified Yoga Teacher Trainer and a Contributing Editor for Yoga Journal magazine.
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Saturday Morning, Session 1
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra-s focus on practical strategies to help us come to truly know and act from the quiet place of our authentic Self, or “witness”, so that our experience of suffering can be reduced, no matter what the circumstance. The challenges of facing life-threatening illness can be varied and often extreme, and range from physical pain and discomfort from the illness itself and/or treatment, to side effects and longer term “collateral damage”, as well as mental and emotional disturbance, and ongoing emotional trauma.
Join Kate as she explores many common challenges faced by those dealing with trauma and illness, how we can apply the many tools of Yoga Sutra-s, and most notably, how Patanjali’s goal of “independence” and personal transformation through connection with the “Seer” or authentic Self is the ultimate key to healing and overcoming adversity at every level.
Saturday Afternoon, Session 2
Join Clare Collins, Kate Holcombe, and Sonia Nelson as they discuss Yoga Therapy from a Woman's Perspective. These three women have each experienced yoga therapy themselves, have taught yoga therapy to others, and know the evolution of yoga and yoga therapy.
Sunday Morning, Session 3
In order to reduce our suffering and experience Kaivalyam, or “independence” from the circumstances around us, the Yoga Sutra-s teach us to discover and connect with our own true nature, or authentic Self. This interactive and experiential session will examine the varied and quite intentional terms Patanjali uses to describe this quiet inner resource, ranging from “witness” or “seer” to “essential nature”, “inner consciousness”, “pure consciousness” and even the variations on “shine”, “radiance” and our own inner light. We will explore, through practice and discussion, how understanding and connecting with this quiet, deep part of ourselves, and what it means to each personally individually, is the key to happiness and fulfillment, even in the face of challenge and adversity.
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