Yoga Classics Teacher Training and Immersion
This event is a 500hr RYA Teacher Training module. Read more about modules here. They are open to all, though you will get the most out of them if you have some yoga experience. We consider these advanced yoga studies. You do not need to be working on 500 hour certification to take one.
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Yoga Classics Modules Currently Being Offered:
In this course we will review The Yoga Sutra written by Sri Patanjali around 200AD. This classical text serves as the philosophical basis for all yoga traditions. In this short text, Sri Patanjali goes through the path to enlightenment in three different ways including: the five paths of meditation, the eight limbs and the four higher truths.
We will review all four chapters, integrate them into a modern yoga and meditation practice, and demonstrate how you can teach them in your yoga classes.
Friday, 2013, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, 8:30am - 12:30 pm (break) 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. We have it at the studio.
Michael Johnson ERYT-500 and Stephanie Johnson are staff teachers at the Yoga Studies Institute, as well as certified Jivamukti Teachers. Together they have been teaching yoga and meditation for over 15 years.
$260 Register and Pay
Save $45 if you sign up by December 3, 2013
Cancellation Fee: $50
All Levels Welcome
No partial Attendance
Friday, January 24, 2014
2:00 - 4:30pm Sanskrit Basics: fundamentals of pronunciation
4:30 - 6:00pm break
6:00 - 8:30pm Relax, Receive and Restore: imbibing sacred chant in restorative postures
Saturday, January 25, 2014
9:00 - 12:30 How to Chant in Sanskrit: fundamentals of chanting, includes a 1 hr asana class
12:30 - 2:00pm break
2:30 - 6:00pm Origins of Yoga: History and classical texts of yoga, includes Vedic Fire Ceremony from 5:00 - 6:00pm
Sunday, January 26, 2014
9:30am - 1:00pm Chakras/Kundalini/Bija Mantras: the subtle body, includes 1 hr asana class
Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and other related topics since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. Nicolai studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is eRYT500 certified. His ongoing studies continue to broaden his repertoire and inform all future classes.
The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
$290 Register and Pay
Save $50 if you sign up by December 24, 2013
Cancellation Fee: $50
100% attendance required to receive 500hr YA credit. Absences or Tardies incur additional fees and require extra homework to make-up the hours missed.
The Inner Tradition of Yoga: Blending Yoga, Psychology and Buddhism with Michael Stone
March 7 – 9, 2014
All Levels Welcome
$275 (Save $50 if you sign up by February 7, 2014)
Yoga students of all levels are welcome. This workshop is also beneficial for teachers interested in learning the depths of practice and how to bring those depths to life with students as we combine: asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting, as well as formal study of a Buddhist text. There will be dharma talks, group discussions and all the right conditions to make new friends who are also deeply committed to the practice of yoga and Buddhism. For those who are yoga teachers there will be opportunities to develop new tools and explore creative means to improve and enhance teaching skills.
Friday, 7:00 - 9:00pm: The 8 Limbs of Yoga: How Practice Goes Deep
We will talk on the inner life of yoga postures, meditation, and how they relate to daily life. We will explore the ethics, psychology and physical aspects of deep practice. This will be a talk accessible for people of all backgrounds, with practice experience or not.
Saturday, 9:30 - 12:30pm: Asana and Pranayama
Going deep into standing postures, twists and basic inversions, we will look deeply at the role of breathing and attention in undoing habitual patterns in the body, mind and nervous system. The anatomy of yoga breathing and bandhas (inner bonds) in yoga postures will allow us to look at alignment, core strength and how to work with your mind.
Saturday, 2:30 - 5:30pm: Concentration and Meditation
Learn the meditative side of yoga. We will study the Yoga-Sutra and some Buddhist teachings in detail, and learn how to bring meditation, insight and kindness into our practice and life. How do the bandhas and internal practices lead to deep meditative insight that transfers into our daily lives?
Sunday, 8:30 - 11:30am: Asana and Pranayama
Going deeper into more postures, we will continue to examine the role of breathing and attention in undoing habitual patterns in the body, mind and nervous system.
Sunday, 12:30- 3:00pm: Continuing to explore different Yogic and Buddhist meditation techniques
Michael Stone is a renown Yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist based in Canada. He integrates Vipassana, Zen and Yoga and runs a thriving studio in Toronto that integrates Yoga, meditation, and social action. He has authored five books, most recently Awake in the World: Yoga & Buddhist Teachings for Living an Engaged Life." www.centreofgravity.org
"Michael Stone's teaching brilliantly reveals the profound underpinnings of yoga which are rarely taught or understood. His demonstration of the interdependence of theory, practice and daily life makes yoga work on a level that will truly transform our minds and hearts, as well as our bodies.”
– Richard Freeman, Director of The Yoga Workshop, Boulder, Colorado
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