Core Yoga Philosophy Weekend, December 28 – 30

As a practitioner of yoga or yoga teacher, some of the philosophical precepts of yoga can either seem confusing, conflicting, or simply uninteresting and overly intellectual.   In a weekend designed to take philosophy and ground it in both the practice of yoga on your mat and real life ( and for teachers into your teaching ), we will explore the 4 major philosophical grounds of yoga on the mat in the 21st Century (sometimes called Hatha Yoga):   Classical Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra, and Bhakti. You will learn how these philosophies fit together and how to integrate them onto the mat and into your teaching.  This will not simply be an “in your head” weekend.  You will take this right to the mat!
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Friday, December 28th

6:30p - 10p   Patanjali:   Yamas & Niyamas Revisited with Swami Allan Ajaya, PhD
The Classical 8-Limbed approach of initial Yamas & Niyamas is typically taught of “do’s” and “don’ts”.   This sounds more like religion and less like spirituality.  Check out Swami Allan Ajaya’s presentation that invites you into ethics as a connection to your spiritual core rather than a list of dos and don’ts.  Integrating the best of Eastern and Western Psychology, Swami Ajaya, spent years in India studying and teaching yoga and meditation. He has authored and edited several landmark texts that integrate Eastern and Western approaches to healing the whole person.
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Saturday, December 29th

9a – 12:15p   Tantra:   The Ground of Yoga on the Mat  with
                Beth Wortzel and Jim Powell of Ananda Marga Yoga Center

We would not have yoga asana and on the mat today if not for the revolution of Tantra.  Tantra or “the weave” of body, mind, and heart is a key turning point in the history of yoga.  This very misunderstood revolution in yoga is the first yoga to befriend the body and is directly responsible for the yoga you do today.  Get expert insight into yoga’s non-dual philosophy of ascending and descending paths at once from meditators and tantra experts Beth Wortzel and Jim Powell.
With a view of all existence springing from the same infinite Consciousness, Tantra’s underlying principle is that each individual, by penetrating the core of his/her own individual consciousness, can experience the unity of all things and transcend the turbulent flux of sensory perception and its divisive perspective of the relative world. The ultimate objective in Tantra is union with unqualified and limitless Consciousness – a state beyond the inhibiting ego and its segmentation of reality.
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1:45 – 5p        Vedanta:  Spiritual Revolution & Genius with  Swami Allan Ajaya, PhD
Yoga Philosophy owes much wisdom to the “end of the Vedas” and the genius of Shankara.  Get a sense of Vedanta’s invitation to feel god / Nature working through you first hand and understand what it means that the “Universe is Consciousness”.   East/West Integrating Pioneer Dr. Allan Ajaya, author of “Psychotherapy : East & West” and co-author/editor of many more books with Swami Rama leads you through this landmark spiritual movement.
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Sunday, December 30th


10a – 2:15p    Philosophy on the Mat & Path of the Heart with Alex Pfeiffer & Keith Borden

This session begins with a practice to show you how to apply yoga philosophy to your practice on the mat and ends with a Bhakti presentation by Keith on the delightfully rich, yet simple Heart Sutra.  The Bhakti movement, which began in the 14th Century, was a direct reaction to the caste-restrictive ritualistic practices of the time in India. Bhaktis refused to rely on Brahmin priests for their self-realization, and instead embraced the ecstatic celebration of God as the most direct path to moksha or liberation. One of the main texts in the Bhakti tradition is the Bhakti Sutra of Narada. In this workshop we will discuss the Bhakti path, explore some of the key Bhakti sutras and chant many of the names of the Divine. Open to the open-hearted and those who wish to be open-hearted.
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3:45 – 7p        Application:  Bringing Philosophy to your yoga classes with Alex Pfeiffer & Barbara Fletsch  
Now that you’ve heard all the philosophy now is the time to apply it in your practice and in your teaching!   For teachers, we will break down how to plan a class and teach a pose based on a philosophical theme.  For non yoga teachers, get a yoga teacher quality perspective of philosophy on the mat!
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Cost
Ala Carte:        $50 per session
Public Price:   $197 for full weekend     (includes for current yoga teachers)
Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification: $279
Sign up through Alex or Sign Up at the Kaivalya Yoga Front Desk!

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Bonus for those who attend the full weekend: “A Super Brief History Of Yoga” Video Series by Alex Pfeiffer.

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So much of what is taught in yoga trainings as “The Philosophy of Yoga” such as the 8-Limbs or “This is all Maya” is actually only yoga philosophy as it existed in a particular brief snippet of time. Yoga is not in a collection of stone tablets for us to preserve. It is alive in human beings and so is its philosophy. In this insightful philosophical and historical perspective see human spirituality evolve from the early Vedas through the great Mythic works and Classical Age. Discover how Tantra begins practice of yoga on the mat and how the current age of yoga has taken it further. Most of all, see yoga philosophy as an alive expression that begins in the human spirit!

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4.5 Hours, $109 Value, Free with the Full Weekend

 

 

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