By demystifying Yoga philosophy and adopting a somatic, interoceptive approach to our bodies, Immersion is an (un)training that empowers you with practices plus emotional and nervous system education to restore your wild, human, natural state of being.
When you hear the word ‘wild’; what do you imagine?
Do you imagine aggressiveness, unruliness and ‘uncivilized’ behavior? Do you consider the wildness of a flower, the meandering stream and a gentle breeze? We are being called to step more fully into the wildness of our human nature, not to destroy, but to create new ways of interacting with each other and the world around us. So many of our natural instincts and body-mind functions have been either shut down or relegated to operate subconsciously; this is hindering our evolution as a species and is causing the destruction of the planet.
Immersion was born in 2018 when many people were asking to take my Yoga Teacher training to dive deeper into their practices but had no desire to teach. Immersion demystifies and roots the teachings of Yoga into reality where they can be utilized to dismantle current systems of oppression, patriarchy and distorted systems of power. Immersion was created to bring your Yoga practice off of your mat, out of the studio and into your daily life.
feel.focus.flow. Immersion’s curriculum is designed to support you as you:
Understand how your nervous system functions and how the mind and body work together to “read” incoming information
Root the Mystic using awareness, breath and your moving body to embody Yoga as "the journey of the self, through the self, to the Self." (Bhagavad Gita)
Apply what you’re learning real time in your everyday relations and interactions
Put into practice new ways of relating to your life and experiences
Uncover and Integrate Your Unique Archetypal Expression
Basic foundational education is repeated and interwoven throughout each season but the theme changes which deepens understanding each time it is repeated by individual students. This means there are no ‘levels’ in f.f.f.; there is no beginner, intermediate or advanced. We are all learning at our own individual pace. This allows us to meet ourselves where we are and also allows you to use what you’re learning in your everyday life; we use the world as our training ground in Immersion.
Spring 2021 Learning Season Theme
Jnana Yoga: Working With Your Inner Wisdom
We often think of intuition as a magical, mystical extra ‘sense’ that we have to be ‘blessed with’ or spend years of practice to learn to use. But scientists who study the phenomenon say it's a very real ability that can be identified in lab experiments and visualized on brain scans. Yogis, Shamans and Mystics from around the world have spoken of magical realms where sacred downloads occur and it’s easy to hear their transcendental tales and believe we are too mundane to have a natural gift of intuition.
Intuition isn’t only for certain classes, religions or ‘types’ of people; intuition is something we all possess and it's critical we learn to interpret our instinctual inner language. This is an important part of our human technology; research shows that our instincts often hit us first on a visceral level, telling us what we need to know well before our consciousness catches up.
The way you hold your body and the sensations inside offer clues to what is going on both within the walls of your own skin and in your surrounding environment. Your subconscious speaks to you in symbols; 95% of our inner communication comes through in image, metaphor and analogy. Your emotions hold an incredible amount of information when held with curiosity and the brain makes meaning out of all of the information.
This season of Immersion we will demystify intuition and learn to work with this valuable aspect of our human technology.
In The 2021 Spring Immersion You Will
Deep dive into learning to listen to the subtle language of your nervous system through the lenses of sensation, image, behavior, affect and meaning
Embody The Koshas as a way of relating to yourself and the world around you
Navigate your personal vortex of overwhelm and learn tools that help you center while taking action
Recognize the difference between discernment, perception and judgement
Cultivate present moment awareness to access spaciousness and choice
Recognize and respond to internal cues of safety and danger
Get curious about your internalized beliefs about the world and how you seek protection and connection
Build resilience while orienting to what nourishes you
Saturdays 9am-11am PT
Live Small Group Circle/Class: Weekly small group learning, processing and discussion
We meet live online each week to process and integrate what we are learning and experiencing as we engage with the weekly videos, reading, practices and environment
Practices to weave into daily life that create lasting habits to support resilience
Each week contains movement, meditation, journaling, reading, journeying and visualization practices to strengthen your intuition muscles and embody your Yoga practice at a deeper level
Daily check in via private group on fff.community website (not facebook!)
Practice being in intentional community while you learn the skills needed to build the future with collaboration and reciprocity
Although the practices are meant to be threaded throughout your daily experiences, there is a profound commitment being made when embarking upon this work. Immersion isn’t something you can cram into a few hours once a week and call it good. Readings, videos and practices are offered in an intentional way throughout the season to provide you with scaffolding as you re-pattern your habits, your neurobiology and your life.
Expect to devote an hour, or four 20-30 minute chunks, of your day to the material you engage with in addition to our weekly 2 hour call. If that stresses you out, don’t worry, helping you work with fitting it in is part of our curriculum. Much of what we do in Immersion is unlearning old ways of doing things.
This includes how we learn, how we engage with our bodies, the environment we occupy and the roles we play within a group; as we do this you may feel uncomfortable. Change is scary, especially on the subconscious, nervous system level we work with in Immersion. The brain can’t differentiate between ‘ego’ death and physical body death, so our nervous system often reacts to change as if physical death might occur. This is not comfortable, but you will be getting the tools you need to navigate the discomfort of change and transformation as we go.
Engaging within the online group is also a commitment you make when signing on for the season. We can go faster and farther together than we can go alone; because of this, existing in community is a big part of what we practice in feel.focus.flow. Daily check-ins with the group help to connect with one another in community and strengthen our capacity. By sharing our insights, questions and energy in the group we become permission givers for one another, expand our capacity for vulnerability in relationships and learn to collaborate with others to reach a mutual goal.
"Resilience is both intrinsic and learned, a combination of nature (what you’re born with) and nurture (the circumstances you encounter, especially as you grow up). Second, resilience manifests both individually and collectively. Sometimes it does take the form of a personal, individual act. Often, however, resilience is expressed communally by a group, a family, an organization, or a culture."
~Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW. My Grandmother's Hands
Resilience is created organically within our small group setting. When we share and listen with others we share our humanity, emotions and unspoken thoughts. There can be a lot of shame around not ‘transcending’ humanity, when you share your journey with others, you begin to realize you’re ‘normal’; that feels good. Once we know it’s ‘normal’ to want to fight, run away or pretend nothing is going on we can get curious about the physiology of it all so we can choose the course of action that is the ‘right’ one for us individually and collectively. It’s permission giving.
(Payment Plans Available)
Your tuition allows me to facilitate small, intimate groups that provide you with the best support and resources that I can make available, and also allows me to provide full/partial sponsorship for 1-3 in-need participants.
45 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Hours Available
Not ready to immerse just yet? Check out the mini class that lets you dip your toes in here
What are People Who Have Taken Immersion Saying?
"What I received from feel.focus.flow.™ immersion was a guided safe sacred space to explore what it means to be human, collectively and individually. The workbook is a comprehensive roadmap for those who want to go deeper to uncover the true Self." ~Brent E.
"Lori sheds light on the true essence of Yoga. She provides a safe space for you to really explore your true nature and provides gentle pushes to really expand your consciousness. I highly recommend the Immersion series!"~Farrah F.
"Lori is an amazing gentle facilitator that co-creates healing with you. She holds incredible loving safe space for healing that allows you to find your own truth and Connect with the guru within you. I noticed such a profound shift for me after doing Immersion; I came away with valuable tools and knowledge. I'm so grateful for the experience and grateful for everyone that sat in circle. I wish everyone could experience immersion with Lori." ~Suzi S.