July 22nd - August 16, 2019
Please note the "apply now" button will be active as of November 19, 2018.
We offer a monthlong Teachers Intensive at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder each summer. 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, and asana practice, on to comparing and contrasting aspects of Buddhism to yoga, an introduction to Sanskrit and work with 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 is appropriate for each individual. 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 will be given to students who participate in and complete all aspects of the training.
Thank you for your interest in the monthlong intensive. The application to attend the 2019 Intensive is available on the “Course Info” page. Please see link below.
Please remember that space in the course is limited to 42 participants. We usually receive many applications for this limited number of spaces, and we carefully assess each in an attempt to select a group that is diverse, balanced and eager to learn.
We try to answer applicants within a couple of months of applying, though sometimes it takes a little longer. If you don’t get in this year, please know that due to limited space and high demand, many people apply multiple times, but with patience eventually find the right intensive for their specific interests and needs.
Thank you for your patience
Richard and Mary
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.