This workshop is for yoga teachers who want to learn a simple, systematic approach to sharing your personal understanding and experience of yoga philosophy with your students. Through group discussion and experiential exercises, you’ll learn
- How to choose a philosophical theme for your class or workshop
- How to deliver a great “dharma talk” in just 5 minutes
- How to design an asana sequence around your theme
- How to speak effectively and authentically in your own voice
PLUS: Tips and tricks to getting more out of your study of traditional yoga wisdom texts.
This workshop includes writing and practice teaching exercises that will give you an opportunity to share with and get feedback from your colleagues. You’ll come away from this workshop feeling confident in your ability to share your experience of yoga philosophy with your students through a practical approach to integrating the transcendental wisdom of yoga into your classes and workshops.
This workshop qualifies for CE credits with Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Nidra, the Yoga of Mystic Slumber, is a practice of guided meditation that produces a deep state of conscious sleep through systematic relaxation, affirmation, association, and visualization. This workshop is for yoga teachers who want to learn how to offer guided meditations in classes and workshops. Participants will learn the structure of a guided meditation sequence, how the syntax of guided relaxation corresponds to the organization of the senses in our brains, how to write meditation scripts for affirmations and energy awareness based on specific themes, and how to use your voice to maximize the effect of your guided meditations. We’ll also engage in experiential learning through interactive exercises, practice teaching, and, of course, the direct experience of Yoga Nidra. Participants will gain knowledge of how Yoga Nidra works, the therapeutic benefits of Yoga Nidra, how to integrate Yoga Nidra into an asana class or workshop, how to choose (or even create!) music tracks for Yoga Nidra, and how to guide students – and themselves – into a deep meditative experience.
But the Gita is more than just philosophy: it’s a non-sectarian blend of science and spirituality that can help guide us through the tricky intersection of yoga and religion as well as a treatise on spiritual sociology that offers a practical guide for engaging with the world as a way to transcend the world.
This workshop is for both yoga teachers and practitioners who want to learn how to enter into the mysteries of the Gita’s teachings. You’ll learn:
- How to recognize the over-arching theme of the Bhagavad-gita and how this theme provides a context for understanding the Gita as a whole.
- How to recognize the three key relationships in the Bhagavad-gita and why understanding these relationships is essential to understanding the Gita’s philosophical conclusion
- How to recognize the three hierarchical levels of reality that the Gita describes and how to follow the dialog as it moves from one level to another
- How to resolve the apparent contradiction between Krishna’s advocacy of non-violence and his insistence that Arjuna should fight.
- How entering into the worldview of the Gita differs from looking at the Gita through the lens of the modern world.
PLUS: tools for getting more out of your own Gita studies
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the basic principles of traditional yoga philosophy, a deeper appreciation for the relevance of the Gita’s ancient wisdom to life in the modern world, and a higher level of confidence in your ability to access and articulate the secrets of yoga that the Gita contains.
Yoga Alliance CE credits are available for yoga teachers.
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.
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.