This introduction to the original language of yoga is designed to provide yoga instructors with a solid foundation of Sanskrit knowledge that will enable you to offer a higher level of insight into the intention of yoga poses, make chanting mantras an authentic and inclusive part of your classes, and deliver a deeper experience of the teachings of yoga to your students experience teaching yoga on a deeper and more rewarding level.
In this workshop, you’ll learn:
- What Sanskrit is and why it matters
- How to make the sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet
- How to read and pronounce words written in transliterated Sanskrit
- How to chant mantras and lead call and response chanting in your classes
- How to chant Sanskrit sutras and verses from yoga wisdom texts
- How to explain basic concepts of yoga philosophy by explaining the meaning of the Sanskrit words that describe them
Participants will gain confidence in using Sanskrit terminology in classes and acquire new insights into the theory and practice of yoga.
This workshop qualifies for CE credits with Yoga Alliance.
Conventional wisdom tells us that the paradoxical language of yoga’s ancient spiritual literature signifies Absolute Oneness; that despite any appearance to the contrary, we’re all One.
The speculative metaphysics of Neuroscience suggest that human psychology is just an autonomic meme machine with no one at the controls; that despite any appearance to the contrary, we’re all none.
Western religious traditions claim that an all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present God created the world and us along with it; that despite any appearance to the contrary, we’re all loved.
Contemporary seekers looking for a coherent resolution to these conflicting messages need look no further than Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s radical concept of acintya-abheddābeddha-tattva: the truth of inconceivable simultaneous oneness and difference.
At the dawn of the 16th century, the Bengali saint and spiritual activist Śrī Caitanya introduced a profound insight that brings clarity to the paradoxical verses of the Upaniṣads, persuasively refutes the notion of ‘no-self,’ and firmly establishes the philosophical basis for bhakti-yoga as a comprehensive science of self-realization. In this talk, I’ll unpack Caitanya’s revolutionary thesis, give his revelation some historical context, and explain its enduring significance for contemporary spiritual seekers.
This is a free 60-minute talk preceded by a joyful kirtan and followed by a sumptuous and equally free vegetarian lunch (donations of any amount gratefully accepted).
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.
‘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.
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.