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.
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.
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.
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.
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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