Summer Workshops

Classes, workshops, programs and events offered by Shelia Foster and the Temple of the Sacred Feminine.

What is Samyama? 
 

Here is what Yogapedia says:


Samyama is a Sanskrit term which describes the uppermost three limbs of Raja yoga as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It is the simultaneous practice and experience of:

  • Dharana - complete focus or concentration

  • Dhyana – meditation or contemplation

  • Samadhi - divine union


“To be in samyama is to be in a state where you have perfect control over the mind.

In this state, the illusions that you are the body or the mind are said to fall away.” ~ Yogapedia


I did not know until a couple of months after this practice was transmitted to me via Kundalini Shakti, that it came from an ancient Vedic source called Patanjali Sutras.  Someone suggested I read the Sutras and when I got to the third chapter, 
titled Vibhuti Pada—On Supernatural Abilities and Gifts, I could hardly believe what I was seeing!  (Read more of the story in the blog post, Samyama: Heart of Direct Experience.) 


A Toe in the Ocean of Samyama


Recently I have been guided to teach Samyama again to men and women who want to learn the initial practice for meditation, and then, if called, to further discover how Samyama and its alchemy of direct experience can weave through, transform, and transmute your lives and your work, sustain and support you through Kundalini initiations, and the heart-healing of grief and trauma. 


Samyama changes your brain and life if practiced faithfully, and it can also shift your assemblage point so you can meet yourself and Life from direct experience and the mysterious, non-dual Great Heart, rather than from your amazing, story-telling, dualistic mind. These two classes are a tiny step into a profound, boundless, and versatile practice.

Samyama was transmitted to me while I was in my stewardship of the Mystery School that came forth in Maryland. Samyama has been my central spiritual practice and one of my go-to healing modalities for the last 30 years. I have taught many people over the years, including my clients, students, and friends, for use in their own inner work as well as their work as healers, teachers, yogis, yoginis, priestesses, and mystics.


I have rarely come across anyone who has even heard of Samyama, as it appears it is not usually taught in body yoga trainings. It is considered a yoga of the mind. My direct experiences of it have shown me it is also a powerful yoga of direct experience and the Alchemical Great Heart, a jewel hidden in plain sight that heals and opens hearts.  If you know about this practice or know someone who does, I would love to hear from you.  


Intro to Samyama Classes

 

  • Each class will meet twice weekly, either online via Zoom or in person in Boulder (location shared after registration). 

  • Email me to register. I accept credit and debit cards.

  • There are no refunds, however you can change to one of the other dates.

  • If you feel called to learn Samyama but cannot afford that, please offer an amount that feels aligned with what you can afford. 

 

Workshop Schedule


Tuesday, August 20 & Thursday, August 22  - $50 
Online Zoom@ 5:30 - 7:00 pm MT

Please register with payment by August 10


Tuesday September 10 & Thursday, September 12 - $50
Online Zoom@ 5:30 - 7:00 PM MT

Please register with payment by September 7

If you are interested in Individual Samyama Classes, please email me


There are also two downloads of Samyama Instructions under Products tab – good for practicing as you learn the basics..


You can also learn more about Samyama under “Offerings” tab.

 

A Nine-Day Devotional Novena for Women
to Divine Mother, Undoer of Knots

Retablo - Lynn Garlick, artist

A Novena is a nine-day spiritual practice of your choice that you do on your own, to ask Divine Mother, Undoer of Knots for help for yourself, your beloveds, or anything that is of concern to you. Your practice can be mantra, prayer, two-pointing, meditation, writing, walking, or any other means of devotion that you like. I have done Novenas countless times alone and with other women, and it is always prolific. The energetic feels exponentially stronger when a group of women do this in tandem for the same nine days. 

If you would like to join this Novena circle, come to the first of two online (Zoom) meetings on August 1 to get info and start your Novena, and then follow-up on August  15 to share experiences.   

Two 1-Hour Online Meetings for Women
  • August 1 to start the Novena & August 15 to share experiences

  •  6:00 PM MT both August 1 & 15  

  •  Please email me no later thanJuly 28th to register.

  •  There is no charge – this is a gift of gratitude.

  •  I will send you the Zoom links the mornings of August 1 & 15.

  •  Please put the dates on your calendar.