At our Midtown location, 474 Broadway Ave., Kingston, NY
Have you fallen in love with the Sutras yet? This rich and many-layered text lays out, quite directly, the why and the how of yoga as it is meant to be practiced. This weekend intensive is especially appropriate for yoga teachers, serious students of yoga, and academics who would like a deeper understanding of the origin, content and living application of the most essential text in the yogic lineage as a whole. Edwin Bryant’s published commentary and interpretation summarizes the most significant pre-modern commentaries, adding clarity and insight in an accessible but rigorous way. He is both scholar and committed yogi on the path. We are honored and delighted to be hosting him and we hope you will join us for this exceptional chance to dig deeper into yoga’s roots.
12 Continuing Ed credits available for Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teachers.
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition. In addition to his academic work for the scholarly community, Edwin’s Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, the traditional source for the story of Krishna’s incarnation, is both for Indology specialists as well as students and those interested in Hinduism from the general reading public and the yoga community.
As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Notes from the Traditional Commentators. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux in press 2008.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the classical ancient Indian treatise on the practice of Yoga. While Yoga conjures up images of bodily postures and stretches in popular western culture, this aspect of yoga, the asanas, is only the third limb of the eight limbs outlined in the Yoga Sutras — and, indeed, Patanjali pays only passing attention to this aspect of the system. This seminar series will consist of a close reading of Patanjali’s original text, focusing on the opening section of the work, wherein Yoga is defined and the state of samadhi, liberation, described, as well as on the eight limbs of yoga covered in the heart of the text, which outline the step by step methods for attaining this enlightened state. Attention will be paid to the pre-modern commentaries of the text, thus exposing students to the traditional understanding of the practice of classical Yoga and its goals. Students are advised to bring any copy of the Sutras which has the Sanskrit text in romanized script as attention will be focused on the original source rather than its westernized manifestation.
SLACKLINE is a unique practice that redefines your sense of balance and mental focus on a one inch wide piece of webbing! Great for climbers, yogis, surfers, runners and athletes of all forms, the YogaSlackers bring their unique practice of slackasana to climbing gyms and yoga studios around the world. This practice helps students to develop new techniques of complete body awareness and strength while improving concentration, so much so that some have labeled it “meditation for those who can’t sit still”. In this 2 hour workshop, students will learn the basics of the series including poses such as kneeling, sitting, standing, lying down, arm balancing and even going upside down on the slackline. Often times the practice is combined with AcroYoga and Thai Massage to offer a full exploration into balance and holistic well-being.
Adi Carter has been a life long student of practicing yoga off the mat in all shapes and forms especially when it involves being outdoors. Her passion for movement and the environment have taken her on countless adventures around the world and she currently travels and teaches as part of the YogaSlackers & created the Redefining Balance series and retreats to share the modalities of shifting perspective through yoga, slacklining, AcroYoga, climbing, surfing, mountain biking and just about anything else you can think to do on the Earth’s terrain. Traveling & teaching often times with her car as a home base, you can find her somewhere in the vicinity of an ocean, climb site, mountain or legit climbing tree as she works with students on and off the mat to discover a new sense of balance, strength and focus in whatever their form of practice might be. Her yoga classes are alignment based and draw from a background of practicing Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Pilates and Thai Massage.
Adi’s adventures and environmental awareness endeavours have been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outdoor Japan, New York Magazine, National Geographic, L.A. Yoga, Yoga + Joyful Living, Urban Climber, elephant journal, Current TV and TIME for CNN.
Prenatal Yoga can help pave the road for a more joyous pregnancy, a more confident labor & delivery, and a better postpartum recovery. This two-hour workshop, led by Cara Costello (RPYT, RYT 200), is designed to help prepare the mind & body for childbirth and early motherhood. During the class, expecting mamas will get an overview of how yoga can help them throughout their pregnancies, labor & delivery, and beyond. Specifically, this class will explore and provide practice with:
The Breath: Learn and experience how deep diaphragmatic breathing can help focus the mind, relax the body, and manage discomfort.
Prenatal Yoga Poses: Practice restorative, standing, and seated poses that safely help the pregnant body release tension, build strength, and prepare for childbirth.
Prenatal Modifications: Explore how to use the wall, pillows, blankets, and a partner to support certain yoga postures and learn how to honor and work within the limits of pregnancy related discomforts (think lower back pain, heartburn, swelling, etc.)
Pelvic Floor Balancing: More than just kegels! Learn the importance of a balanced pelvic floor for childbirth and postpartum recovery and practice exercises to build a supportive and supple pelvic floor.
Meditations: Explore different mantras, visualizations, and breathing techniques that can help the mind rest and rejuvenate, ultimately tapping into the intuitive side of the brain for childbirth.
Pain Management Techniques: Learn which poses, breathing techniques and meditations may help ease discomfort during labor.
Throughout the class, participants will also learn how to safely adjust their own yoga practice for pregnancy and will have the opportunity to connect with other pregnant mamas and discuss any questions/concerns that may have arisen during this new chapter of life. Women at all stages of pregnancy are welcome to attend. No prior yoga experience is necessary; beginners and experienced yogis alike will have much to gain from this workshop.
Cara Costello (RPYT, RYT-200) specializes in Hatha, prenatal and postnatal yoga practice. Before life brought her to Red Hook in 2013, she taught yoga and ESL in Pittsburgh while completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training at 3rd Street Yoga. In addition to experiencing prenatal yoga firsthand during the pregnancies of her two children, she has also trained with prenatal yoga instructors in both Pittsburgh and New York City. She completed her 85-hour prenatal yoga teacher training with Deb Flashenberg at the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC.
A teacher by trade with over 10 years of ESL teaching experience, Cara brings to the mat a love of teaching combined with a passion for yoga. Cara has taught yoga to students aged 3 to 93, and she strongly believes that everyone has something to gain from this timeless craft. Each person’s journey with yoga is unique and she encourages students to find and celebrate their own practice.
Held at the Midtown location, 474 Broadway Ave., Kingston
Come explore the depths of Yin Yoga and the philosophy behind teaching this practice with Bobbie Marchand of Prema Yoga in Brooklyn, NY. This course will meet the guidelines for a 30-hour Yin Certification for Continuing Education with the Yoga Alliance. The Yin training is open to both teachers who want to add this to their set of teaching skills and to those students who want to deepen their knowledge of the Yin practice.
In this training student will explore:
a deeper place of connection and understanding of your own practice (that’s where your teaching voice comes from)
Yin Yoga history & philosophy
Connective Tissue: the star of the show in this method and how is relates to the physical, mental/emotional and subtle bodies
how to set the ‘mood’ of the practice; evoking and maintaining the space of quiet, thoughtful attention
Support: the appropriate use of props, touch and language
For those interested in teaching, a separate, final teaching examination will be scheduled.
Outside practice and study time is strongly encouraged.
Tuition is $300 or $275 for graduates of The Yoga House’s 200-hour Yoga teacher Training programs. A non-refundable $75 deposit is due by May 5th, 2017, to secure a place in the intensive. The remaining balance is due the first night of the weekend (May 19, 2017). Payment plans available for additional fee. Tuition does not include the required text.
Bobbie Marchand, in pursuing her love of dance, moved from her native Toronto to NY in 2005. Though the transition of dancer to yoga teacher is a common one, it was an illness that tuned her in to the power of a daily, dedicated practice. Bobbie’s Vinyasa classes are creative, challenging and fun. Drawing on her dance background, the sequencing is expressive and fluid while encouraging alignment (and a healthy use of props!). Her yin/stretch/restorative classes are an invitation to pause, yield to the sense of support, turn inward and take the practice to a quiet, nourishing place away from the external stress of our busy lives. Endless gratitude to teachers Diana Lockett, Amanda Harding and Raghunath for their encouragement, support and loving guidance on this incredible journey.