The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 14, 2014

Yoga retreat will be coming to Glade Springs

Those looking for an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with their mind, body and soul are invited to join internationally acclaimed yoga instructor Kate Potter at an upcoming yoga retreat in Daniels.

The Namaste Empowerment Weekend, described by event organizers to be a weekend of transformation, rejuvenation and relaxation, will take place at the Resort at Glade Springs from July 25-27.

Potter, a yoga teacher and yoga therapist for more than 20 years, will focus on imparting skills of yoga, meditation and brain training with students, who need no prior yoga experience in order to participate in the retreat.  

“I am teaching four unique sequences which we will learn in each of the workshops,” said Potter. “One of them is called ‘Perseverance,’ and you can imagine that one is a tough one. But there is a lighter side too, a sequence called ‘Innocence,’ which is fun, playful and requires a letting go of determination.”

On Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m., Potter will begin the weekend with ‘Innocence,’ which she explained is the first of four ‘Remembrance’ practices. She describes the session to be both soothing and rejuvenating, and seeks to reconnect participants with how it feels to be free of judgment, guilt and shame.

Saturday’s session will begin at 9 a.m. and consist of a heat practice called “Perseverance,” after which the afternoon will feature two distinct lifestyle workshops.

The first workshop, titled “Four elements of nutrition,” will be led by certified health coach Dewana Waters and explore various aspects of healthy living.

Next, participants will engage in a two-part workshop led by Potter. The first portion will feature “Reverence,” another of the “Remembrance” practices that focuses on moving with the quality of lightness to clear and refresh the mind, and Potter will complete the session with a review of the Five Elements Theory of yoga.

“I believe in finding ways to cue the brain with movement to repattern those sticky states of anger, sadness and frustration,” said Potter. “I call these gates, like gates to a garden that we can choose to visit.”

Sunday’s sessions will begin with a one-hour meditation period and be followed by “Exuberance,” the final of the four Remembrance practices.

“Anybody can do this weekend,” Potter stressed. “The trick is to learn how to listen to my cues to rest.”

After suffering for many years with chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, Potter is very attentive to individuals with unique needs, she said.

“In a way, my specialty is helping those who suffer, because I have known how important a soft practice is and how easy it is to overdo it,” said Potter.

Registration for the yoga retreat costs $225. Participants who cannot attend the entire retreat can attend individual sessions for $55.

 For more information, or to register, contact Dewana Waters at dewana.waters@gmail.com or call 304-673-6989.

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