Letting Go: The Heart of Yoga Practice

Judith Hanson Lasater - Heart of Yoga Practice

Judith Hanson Lasater
August 8 - 14, 2021
Feathered Pipe Ranch




Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2195

*Invite a friend(s) new to the Feathered Pipe and you each save $100!


One of the most powerful teachings of the ancients is about letting go. All religions and spiritual traditions tell us to let go of our suffering, of the tyranny of our thoughts, of our constant judgments.

But what does it mean to let go? How is it different from giving in? How do we learn to let go of our attachments, our fears, of our constant holding on to the hope of making things be the way we want them to be all the time? Can we learn to let go into our true power, our innate strength, and our courage? These are some of the questions we will explore.

Judith Hanson Lasater - The Heart of Yoga PracticeIn this workshop we will use Active Asana and the Quiet Practices of Restorative yoga, pranayama, and meditation to explore what it means to cultivate the wisdom of letting go on the mat and in our lives, minute by minute.

Each morning, after you’ve greeted the day’s soft light, savored the early birdsong soundtrack, and finished your delicious breakfast, we’ll enjoy an active yoga practice to challenge your body with compassion and draw your mind inward through curiosity and focus on the postures. Each afternoon, we’ll settle deeply into restorative poses to unwind and decompress. You won’t want to miss these luxurious afternoons of settling into deep relaxation. Each afternoon session will also include pranayama and a dedicated period for meditation.

Afternoons between lunch and class are wide open for you to do whatever you choose: hike, read, nap, swim, socialize, or simply BE without doing. Judith strongly encourages the latter! Judith requests that you leave your work at home and fully drop into the experience of this week. Evenings will include one question and answer about teaching and practicing which will be open to all, as well as a presentation by JoAnn Lyons, Judith’s long-time assistant, on her work with students facing great challenges from disabilities.

It wouldn’t be Judith’s workshop without Friday night’s signature talent show and follies – so remember to bring an instrument, a poem to read, a joke, or a dance to share. We 100 percent guarantee that all acts will be enthusiastically applauded.

AND, for those interested in exploring a little more deeply the Big Sky vibe, a gentle, guided rafting trip down the Missouri River will be offered on Wednesday afternoon-evening. An email will be sent out to all registrants for Judith’s program with details and additional nominal cost. So don’t forget you swimsuit and license to laugh!

*23 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Program credit hours are available for this retreat.

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Judith Lasater - Heart of Yoga PracticeWHAT JUDITH’S PAST ATTENDEES SAY:

“Thank you for creating a space where nature is cared for and humans can reconnect to their humanity.”

“Thank you. I will never forget my days and nights in paradise.”

“Balm for my heart and soul”

“My experience at Feathered Pipe has always been like coming to a sanctuary where I’m able to reconnect with myself. Also, Judith Lasater is an extraordinary and incomparable teacher.”

RETREAT TIP! Extend your time in peace and beauty while savoring Western hospitality by spending some time exploring the great West’s National Park treasures either before or after your retreat with Judith at the Ranch. Glacier National Park is a glorious and scenic 3.5-hour drive north and west of Feathered Pipe, while Yellowstone is just a 4.5 hour drive south and east of the Ranch through some of the prettiest Western territory you’ll ever see.



Judith Hanson Lasater - Restorative YogaJudith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT, taught at the very first workshop ever held at Feathered Pipe Ranch in 1975. “The Pipe” has become a touchstone for her, her family, her friends and her students. She brings broad and deep experience across many disciplines and in a multitude of settings. She holds a doctorate in East West Psychology, is a physical therapist, and began her yoga teaching career in 1971. She is co-founder of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco and of Yoga Journal. Her teachings have been shared in nearly every state in the United States and on six continents.

Her strong academic credibility and extensive experience teaching – she has done yoga in almost every state of the US, and on six continents – make her a sought-after voice of wisdom and experience. Judith served as a consultant on three National Health Institute studies on various aspects of yoga and has accepted scores of invitations to speak at international conferences on yoga.

Judith received a Senior Teaching Certificate from BKS Iyengar in 1983. She is president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association authored nine books on yoga including Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana and Asana and What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication. She was featured in 2010 by Natural Health magazine as one of five people who have most influenced natural health in the United States during the previous 40 years. Judith’s books on yoga which will be available at the Ranch store during the workshop.

Learn more about Judith: judithhansonlasater.com


Restorative Yoga - Feathered Pipe Ranch



Program Tuition & Basic Accommodations: $2195

*Invite a friend(s) new to the Feathered Pipe and you each save $100!



Registration deposit required: A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure online registration. Full payment is due eight weeks before the start of the program.

Tuition fee includes: Basic shared occupancy in Main Lodge, Yurt, Sai Condo OR single occupancy Tipi/Regular Tent, plus meals and use of all amenities – our bathhouse, sauna, hot tub, as well as all the Feathered Pipe Ranch facilities and grounds.

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Shuttle service: Shuttle service from/to Helena Regional Airport on arrival/departure day is complimentary (free) for all registered guests. Please note that if you are needing pick-up or drop-off on any other day, that there will be a $35 one-way charge.

Arrival and departure: Please plan to arrive at the Feathered Pipe Ranch no later than 5pm on the arrival day (Sunday, 8 August) of your retreat so you can join us for a tour of the grounds before dinner at 6:30pm and our group evening orientation following dinner. Please arrange to leave the Ranch in the morning or early afternoon of departure day (Saturday, 14 August). There are no classes or sessions on departure day. We request that our guests depart their lodging by 9am on departure day to give our staff sufficient time to prepare for incoming guests.

Interested, but still need more information? Visit our FAQ page, drop us a message including your contact details here, or give us a ring at (406) 442-8196.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you!