Tension & Tranquility

Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System


“When you embrace stress, you can transform fear into courage, isolation into connection, and suffering into meaning. ”
Kelly McGonigal

‘Stop a minute right where you are . . . tell that imperious voice in your head to be still”
Barbara Kingsolver


For us to stay healthy,  the systems of our body and mind must balance two conflicting needs. On the one hand, it must remain open to inputs during ongoing transactions with the local environment, for closed systems are dead systems. On the other hand, each system must also preserve a basic stability within certain ranges — not too hot, or too cold. Physically we must exercise to maintain health but not over-fatigue the body or we’re susceptible to illness and disease. For the nervous system, too much inhibition from the conscious mind and you feel numb inside, but too much arousal and reaction makes you feel overwhelmed. Our lives are a continual dance of balancing Tension and Tranquility.


So for this Summer’s workshop, we will delve into the yoga tradition, to explore ways how to learn ways to know balance and equilibrium  in this dance of life. How stress doesn’t need to be the bane of modern existence, and tranquility isn’t a hopelessness of giving-in.  In practicing the ancient traditions of yoga, we can discover that there are many ways to use these things as tools and gifts to help on this path of life.

For our summer workshop, participants will be practicing asana (poses), pranayama (breath), deep relaxation, meditation, and other mindfulness techniques. We will also share experiences and tales about how feeling overwhelmed or being at peace have influenced our lives. This workshop will be a wonderful opportunity to enhance your personal practice with four consecutive days of yoga classes. The instruction will be tailored for practicing students of all levels of yoga. The classes will be sequenced for one class to follow the next. Though it is not necessary to attend all classes in succession, best results come with sustained attendance. Also please note that on Saturday afternoon, we will be taking a field trip to the Pony Creek Practice Center near Glenwood Iowa. Driver carpools will be arranged.

Classes will taught by Mark Watson


Register below


Class Dates: Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25

Class Times
Thursday  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.
(Field Trip to Pony Creek)
Sunday 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Class Pricing
Entire workshop $90
Four classes $78
Three classes $64
Two classes $45
One class $25

Class Agenda   

Thursday   Asana & Meditation
Friday        Pranayama & Asana
Saturday   Asana.
Saturday   Mindful Practices
(Field Trip to Pony Creek)
Sunday     Pranayama & Asana

Please specify the classes you will be attending.


To Register with credit card via PayPal click here


You can also register at the Yoga Path with check or cash. For more information Email info@omahayogapath.net or call 905.2295.  Class size is limited, so register soon.