An introduction to the original language of yoga. This workshop is specifically tailored to yoga instructors, both new teachers and seasoned, and will include lecture, discussion, and experiential learning. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to read and pronounce transliterated Sanskrit, how to teach mantra meditation, how to chant Sanskrit sutras and verses with simple meters, and how understanding the meaning of Sanskrit words helps to illuminate the philosophy of yoga. Participants will gain confidence in using Sanskrit terminology in classes and acquire new insights into the theory and practice 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.
Two things differentiate yogic meditation from mindfulness meditation: an emphasis on a transcendental object of meditation, such as a mantra, that has the power to elevate consciousness and a systematic approach to concentration and contemplation on objects of meditation that brings one to the state of spontaneous absorption in a trance of self-realization. This workshop is an experiential presentation of techniques of yogic meditation for yoga teachers who want to introduce both individual and guided meditation (Yoga Nidra) into their classes and workshops and for serious practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of yogic meditation and deepen their experience of meditation as an integral part of their yoga practice.
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.
‘Cosmic Flow’ combines Yoga Nidra with Yinyasa Yoga to produce an extraordinary psychophysical experience that’s both invigorating and restorative. A brief warm-up and centering meditation will seamlessly transition into an asana sequence that mixes flowing movement with held poses and concludes with a long, guided savasana that will take you on a journey to a state of deep relaxation and elevated awareness. For practitioners at all levels, ‘Cosmic Flow’ is a practice that relieves stress, increases clarity of thought, and combines physical rejuvenation with spiritual illumination. You’ll leave feeling as ethereal and brilliant as a ray of light.
This workshop is for yoga teachers who are reluctant to use Sanskrit in their classes and workshops because they’re afraid that they will get tongue-tied as they mispronounce the words and don’t have a firm grasp on their meanings. We’ll focus on how to recognize pronunciation cues in transliterated Sanskrit (Sanskrit written in the Roman alphabet) how to pronounce words that yoga teachers are most likely to use, and how yogic concepts are illuminated by the Sanskrit words associated with them. Participants will gain the ability to use basic Sanskrit terms for asana poses, yogic concepts, and philosophical ideas with clarity and confidence.