Ronda Pretzlaff Diegel, Ph.D., LP, E-RYT 500, YACEP. In addition to teaching yoga, Ronda is a Licensed Psychologist, founder and teacher of the Nine Path Sangha, and the co-founder of The Michigan Enneagram Center. She immersed herself in yogic studies to begin a holistic healing program for her own scoliosis. Not only did she find relief from pain, but, in yoga, she found a deeper connection to life and compelling spiritual practice. Ronda invites her students to enjoy the dance of breath and movement, letting go of judgment and reactivity, while creating space for greater self-acceptance, self-confidence, and inner peace. She integrates her knowledge as a psychologist with her calling as a yoga teacher by teaching therapeutic applications of yoga, with an emphasis on using yogic practices to heal the emotional body. She has completed certificate training programs in Yoga for Depression & Anxiety, Yoga for Scoliosis, Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation, and Ashaya Yoga.
Class Offerings: Cultivating Loving Kindness in Meditation and Asana
In the classical yoga and Buddhist tradition, loving-kindness is the first of the four Brahma Viharas, or “divine abodes” of the open heart. Loving-kindness is an unconditional, inclusive love, without conditions. The practice of loving-kindness works with short phrases that one repeats, first in reference to oneself and then in reference to widening groups of others, gradually extending toward all beings.
This is a meditation of care, concern, tenderness, and friendship that creates a feeling of warmth for oneself and others.
At this workshop, you will learn about the quality of loving-kindness, experience a loving-kindness mediation, and then learn how to apply loving-kindness to your asana practice.