Rewiring Your Brain for 2017:  Food + Yoga + Design as Medicine

Rewiring Your Brain for 2017: Food + Yoga + Design as Medicine

Regular price $45.00 Sale

When:  Saturday, February 11, 2017

Where:  900 Chestnut Street, 604, San Francisco, CA 94109

Time: 6:00-9:30pm

  • 90 minute Candlelight Hatha Yoga 6:00-7:30pm
  • 90 minute Vegetarian Dinner + Conversation 7:30pm-9:00pm
  • FREE LONGEVITY Probiotic Spicy Pickled Vegetables 8oz

Substantial Living starts off 2017 with a beautiful and transformative experience with San Francisco neurobiologist-turned lifestyle expert Mahin Arastu and yoga expert Aylin Guvenc.  Science says that positive powerful experiences are good for your brain.  We curated an intimate evening of a 90 minute candlelight Hatha Yoga class by Aylin Guvenc.  The yoga will be followed by a vegetarian dinner by Mahin Arastu featuring the science of food designed with Ayurvedic global spices and fermented vegetables for a healthy mind, body and soul. Mahin and Ay have expertise in science and psychology, along with extensive experience with global travel, food, and mindful practices. All guests will receive a FREE Substantial Living LONGEVITY probiotic pickled vegetable as a gift, and an additional 20% on all Substantial Living products.

This event is for all levels of yoga-beginners are encouraged.  Please bring your mat if you have one.

You will learn:

  • Everyday yoga and breathing practices to restore mind and body balance so you can look and feel your best
  • The science of fermented foods and how they can improve your gut and brain wellness
  • How and why to incorporate nature-inspired dishware design and Ayurvedic spices into simple foods, made from scratch, to improve your overall mind, body and prevent disease

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Autism Cares Foundation as we move towards being a Substantial global community.

About Aylin Guvenc:

Ay offers a contemplative, strength, and stability based practice with deep sensitivity to the breath that is inclusive to all bodies and experience. Her classes are informed by her Anusara (and other alignment based) training, Vipasana meditation, teacher mentorship, and personal practice. She believes that the way we interact physically and mentally with our yoga practice helps us see with greater clarity, wisdom and compassion the ways we respond to life.  She honors the capacity of yoga to offer a glimpse into ones intrinsic wholeness, a truth that speaks to each individual in its own unique way.

Ay practices and teaches yoga from a mindfulness based foundation. This is a practice that cultivates and applies the basic practices of mindfulness (mindfulness of body, mind, and feelings as well as mindfulness through the senses of hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch) to exploring yoga postures and ones internal experience. It is her belief that through exploring postures in this way one finds greater dimensionality and connection to personal meaning; opening the way to experiencing the sense of union and peace that are the fruits of a yoga practice.
The purpose of this approach is to bring body and mind into the present moment in a very clear, clean, and purposeful way. Staying in the present moment and learning to relax are both skill sets that can be taught and cultivated.
For some the door way to this practice of being present is through meditation. For others the door way is to first connect with the body, to witness the flow of movements and sensations with in, continually linking them to the mindfulness/embodied experience until eventually we become more comfortable simply sitting for a period of time with What Is happening. This is meditation. However, many people continue to choose an active asana practice as their mindfulness practice and find a deep serenity and peace in the ability of mind to track the body and to rest in its deep intelligence.

Ay began her yoga journey in Turkey as a child of the 70's and 80's, accompanying her mother to yoga classes, and practicing with her at home. Later as a young adult she was encouraged to teach yoga as an extracurricular activity for inner city children in Chicago. She moved to San Francisco in 2001 to pursue studies in somatic therapy, autism, and of course, yoga. After trying the variety of styles that were available at the time such as Bikram, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Integral, Restorative and Iyengar she found Anusara (a bridging of Vinyasa and Alignment based yoga with a tantric centered philosophy). in 2005 she began to take Anusara immersions (multiple 100+ hour trainings as pre-requisites to beginning the teacher training program). In 2011 she completed her first formal teacher training and continued to apprentice under her teacher for 3 years. She has  since then begun training with Annie Carpenter from 2015-present. She has been a full-time yoga teacher since 2012. Before moving into teaching yoga full-time, as an Autism specialist she developed and implemented a successful daily mindfulness and yoga curriculum for special needs students on the autism spectrum, showing her that mindfulness can indeed be taught and be of benefit to a vast majority of the population.
"Initiation is taking a step forward in a direction which one does not know." Hazrat Inayat Khan



About Mahin Arastu:

Mahin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Substantial Living-a food and design lifestyle firm launched by my love for wellness, beauty and science.  As a neuroscientist working on Alzheimer's Disease in my previous life, I've learned the workings of human behavior and disease.   After 14 years of working on diseases, traveling to over 30 countries, and eating lots of food, I wanted to share my life experiences and expertise in neuroscience to inspire people to live a mindful and beautiful life.  I found the best times in my life, was when I was able to connect to others, regardless of status, location, etc, over food.  We all have to eat!  I love creating healthy, global recipes in my kitchen-still much like working in a lab.  I find my inspiration through nature and science, and weave that into my recipes and dishes, and hope that not only can we connect to each other, but to everything around us, like nature, and live a more Substantial life.