What does yoga philosophy have to do with what we do on our yoga mats? Is ‘reality’ really an illusion? What does ‘karma’ actually mean? Are there ‘correct’ interpretations of Sanskrit scriptures? In this workshop we’ll look the origin and historical development of yoga philosophy, de-mystify its terminology, and explore some of classical yoga’s more challenging propositions. Participants will gain a frame of reference for recognizing different schools of yoga philosophy, learn techniques for accessing the essential messages of classical yoga wisdom texts, and have the opportunity to consider whether the traditional ideas of yoga philosophy are still relevant to life in the 21st century. This workshop is for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the philosophy that forms the foundation for our yoga practice. Discussion and experiential exercises – recommended for both teachers and practitioners who want to deepen their experience of yoga.
Everything in the universe, from distant galaxies to the floor beneath our feet, is vibrating. Vibration is the foundation of our experience. Want to change your experience? Change the vibration! Sanskrit mantras have a dynamically transformative effect on the psyche. In this workshop we’ll look at the liberating power of sacred sound: learn about the distinctions between mundane and transcendental sound vibrations, learn a variety of mantras along with their meanings, explore various techniques for developing a solitary, introspective practice, and learn the joyful art of kirtan: musical meditation as a group practice of call-and-response chanting. No musical talent or expertise is required and participants will come away with knowledge of how mantra meditation can help us enter into deep states of meditation.
The Bhagavad-gita describes three paths of yoga – the yoga of action, the yoga of mystic perfection, and the yoga of knowledge – that are informed by and find their ultimate fulfillment in a fourth path: the path of devotional service. This workshop combines lecture, discussion, and experiential learning exercises that will illuminate the teachings of this foremost of ancient yoga wisdom texts. Suitable for both yoga teachers who want to integrate the wisdom of the yoga tradition into their classes and serious yoga students who want to deepen their understanding of and appreciation for the philosophical foundations of their physical practice.
FlowJam Universal Healing Arts festival is a 3 day experience that fuses healing vibes, music, dance and stimulating arts on a private farm at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just an hour outside of Washington, D.C. FlowJam brings talented local musicians, artists, healers, yoga teachers, educators, and environmental activists together in community at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains to bring awareness to the importance of the healing arts through creative classes, and workshops, embracing nature and through good local music that feeds the soul.
I will be offering guided meditations, talks on yoga philosophy, and leading kirtans with DC Supersonic Kirtan throughout the weekend.
Details coming soon – please join us!
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This weekend intensive for yoga teachers includes an overview of the Vedic tradition from which yoga originates, essential concepts, terminology, and categories of knowledge in the Vedic tradition, a comparison of different schools of Vedanta, Vedic epistemology, hermeneutics, and cosmology, and practical applications of traditional yoga philosophy in the modern world.
Yoga-sutras, Part 1: Conceptions of Identity in Yoga Philosophy – Covers the psychology of yoga in terms of spiritual identity and material mis-identity. Includes a detailed description of the three qualities of material nature, impressions on the mind, and the essential tension between modern western culture and traditional yoga philosophy.
Yoga-sutras, Part 2: Yoga as a Moral Philosophy – Covers the values, ethical imperatives, and moral actions associated with living a yogic lifestyle as well as the relationship of morality to the acquisition of knowledge.
Keys to Understanding the Bhagavad-gita – Includes a summary of the Mahabharata – the back-story of the Gita, the literary structure of the Gita, the five topics of the Gita, an overview of the four systems of yoga described in the Gita (karma-yoga, astanga-yoga, bhakti-yoga, and jnana-yoga), and the Gita’s hierarchical conception of reality.
Life Lessons from the Bhagavad-gita – Includes key verses and passages that offer specific insights into Arjuna’s moral dilemma, our own personal challenges, applying yogic values to social issues, how navigate relationships, and living a purpose-driven life.
The Perfection of Yoga – Covers the central position of devotion in both the Yoga-sutras and the Bhagavad-gita, why devotion is the indispensable element for the success of any system of yoga, and how Bhakti-yoga incorporates and subsumes all of the other methods of yoga. Includes discussions on the definition and attributes of Isvara, the concept of Krishna, spiritual plurality and inclusion, and the intersection of yoga and religion.
**This is a component of Faith Hunter’s 300hr Yoga Teacher Training Program.**
Investment: $525 or $475 (early bird)
Set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between the warrior, Arjuna, and his friend and charioteer Krishna, the Bhagavad-gita is the most essential wisdom text of yoga. The objective of this weekend immersion is to provide yoga teachers and serious students with insights into how to hear the Gita’s message and recreate Arjuna’s revelatory experience in our own lives.
- The backstory of the Bhagavad-gita
- How to identify the principle topics of the Bhagavad-gita
- How to follow the dialog
- Conceptions of identity and relationships
- Karma, samsara, and liberation
- The conception of the Supreme Person in the Bhagavad-gita
- Ethics and violence in the Bhagavad-gita
- Navigating translations, interpretations, and cultural frames of reference
- How to chant the Gita’s Sanskrit verses
- 8 life lessons from the Bhagavad-gita
Somehow or other, Arjuna has become entangled in a complex web of duplicity and intrigue that’s about to culminate in a devastating war. Faced with many of the emotions and problems that we encounter every day, Arjuna turns to Krishna for guidance. Through lecture, discussion, and experiential learning exercises, we’ll explore the wisdom of Krishna’s teachings in the Gita, discuss strategies for accessing transcendental knowledge, and see how we can practically apply these ancient teachings to our lives in the modern world.
This Weekend Immersion is open to both seasoned and novice teachers, serious yoga practitioners, and anyone interested in learning more about the implications and applications of traditional yoga philosophy.
$250 for weekend, $195 for Sol members and recent alumni.
**12.5 CEU’s available for yoga teachers.