July 9 to August 3, 2018
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We offer monthlong Teachers Intensives through the Yoga Workshop. The purpose of the course is to begin an exploration of the internal principles and forms of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at a level that will deepen one’s practice and make teaching a natural outcome of practice. Always returning to our own personal experience, we will explore the practices and philosophies of yoga, their contexts, purposes, patterns, and limitations. Examining the tradition from multiple viewpoints should give depth and sophistication to the interconnected processes of yoga. The course will flow through the many and often contradictory philosophies of yoga into therapeutics, into asana practice, on to Sanskrit and pranayama, back into meditation, on into the biomechanics of posture and movement, and into the hands-on world of relating to others.
This intensive is not a “certification” course, since such certification in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style is granted only in Mysore, India, by K. Pattabhi Jois’s grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy Jois. Yet, recognizing that most teachers and students will not find the traditional standards accessible, this course will provide a rich context for whatever level of practice participants are able to do. The philosophical and contemplative background of the tradition and its intelligent application to real-world bodies and circumstances will be emphasized, and a certificate of completion, credited with 200 hours, will be given to students who participate in all aspects of the training.
The fee is $3,600. Acceptance to the Teachers Intensive is subject to approval and the fulfillment of basic course requirements. Online applications will be available on November 13.
In Tibetan Buddhist practices, the clockwise turning of prayer wheels activates the blessing of the mantras within, removing obstacles to enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. Each turn releases the blessings and is equivalent to reciting the same number of mantras inside the wheel.