The Yoga Sutras Weekend Immersion with Edwin Bryant — February 2-4, 2018

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

A Weekend Immersion with Edwin Bryant, Ph.D.

February 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2018

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. 

 

About Edwin

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 Text
 
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.

 

Purchase the Sutras here.

 

Approximate schedule (to be finalized) 

7-9:30pm, Friday, Feb. 2

11:30-4:30pm, Saturday, Feb. 3

10:00-2:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 4

 

What to bring and what to expect

  • We recommend that you purchase the text above, but bring any copy of the Sutras that has Sanskrit transliteration.
  • Bring a notebook and pen.
  • Edwin is an engaging, lively, humble and knowledgeable speaker (see an interview here). Come with your questions and curiosity!
  • We have a choice of bolsters, mats, blankets and chairs to sit on.

 

Cost

  • The total immersion costs $300. We ask for a deposit of $100 to reserve your spot.
  • No partial attendance, please. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact us at info@theyogahouseny.com

 


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Intro to Ashtanga Series, Thursday 9/21-10/19, 7:30-8:30pm

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga

5-week Series

With Jacquelyn Nash

Thursdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 19

7:30-8:30pm at the Midtown Studio

$50; includes the 5 week series and 1 of our weekly Led Ashtanga classes

This 5-week series is for any and all practitioners, both experienced and beginners, who are curious about the Ashtanga Yoga system and incorporating the practice into their yoga routine. This course is meant to answer any questions and to help practitioners understand the integrity and the importance of this practice in a nourishing and compassionate way. Students will be introduced to the basic philosophy and principles of Ashtanga yoga and most specifically to the Primary Series of the Ashtanga practice, which is offered at The Yoga House twice a week. This series is designed for those new to the Ashtanga practice to help them learn and experience the basics of Ashtanga yoga in a safe and comfortable environment. Elements of breath, bandhas (internal energy locks), drishti (gazing points), Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) and vinyasa (linking breath and movement) will be the emphasis in this class. Each new lesson will build on what was learned the previous week so that all students will feel comfortable to step into their first Led Primary Series class. No experience is required. This class is open to both complete beginners and those with yoga experience.

Read a complete description of the Ashtanga Yoga practice here.

 

Jacquelyn Nash was first introduced to the Ashtanga Yoga system in her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Michael Stein at Ashtanga Yoga in New Paltz, NY. Through the guidance of Michael and the self-study of David Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual, Jacquelyn began a dedicated Ashtanga home practice, finding value in the authenticity and integrity of the practice. Through the years, Jacquelyn has been fortunate to study the Ashtanga Yoga system with renowned teachers John Campbell and Kino MacGregor, has taken classes with lineage holder Sharath Jois, Pattabhi Jois’s grandson, and has completed an Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training with David Swenson and Shelley Washington. Inspired by the light-heartedness but also sincerity of David and Shelley’s teachings, Jacquelyn has a nurturing and compassionate approach to the Ashtanga system that brings a sense accessibility to those practicing with her. She is humbled to be able to share this sacred practice.


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The Art of Assists & Adjustments — Sat., 10/21, 12-2pm

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The Art of Assists and Adjustments

with Adi Carter

Saturday, October 21st, 12:00-2:00pm

Location: Midtown Studio

$25 preregister/$30 day-of

 

Touch is a powerful tool for connection, healing and deepening the yoga practice. This workshop will explore adjustments rooted in Thai Massage and physical therapy with an emphasis on creating proper alignment for the recipient while also making the adjustment sustainable to give for the giver. Whether you are a yoga teacher looking to deepen your teaching practice or a yoga practitioner looking to understand how the body is aligned in various poses, come explore some basic adjustments to help release stress and realign the body for optimal well being.

 

 

Adi Carter

Known for vibrant classes infused with alignment and creative sequencing, Adi is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and bodyworker who draws from a background of over 20 years in sports injury management and adventuring to keep her always inspired and problem solving ways to strengthen and increase productivity in the body.

Her classes focus on structural alignment principles combined with energy work and touch based off of Eastern medicine and she uses Thai Massage as a basis for physically adjusting students in yoga classes and also for teaching students (and teachers) how to safely adjust each other and begin to tap in to their natural healing abilities. Adi is also a certified Western herbalist and combines plant medicine & wellness regimes into her wellness treatments and teachings. www.adicarter.com

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.


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PlayShop with Amy Reed — 1st Fridays — Next one: Friday, Oct. 6th, 5:30-7:00pm, uptown

Playshop: 1st Fridays, 5:30-7:00pm
amy reed yoga playshop
with Amy Reed

Uptown, 57 Crown Street

$15 to drop in

As the name implies, this vinyasa class is designed to PLAYfully dive into your favorite poses – binds, balances, inversions, and linking – in a relaxed, conversational, and explorative environment. Questions are welcome and laughs guaranteed as we break down the pose puzzle. Let’s yoga play!

 

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Prenatal Yoga for Childbirth Workshop–CANCELLED — Saturday, June 10th, 2:00-4:00pm

Prenatal Yoga for Childbirth

Please note: This workshop has been cancelled. 

With Cara Costello

Saturday, June 10th, 2:00-4:00pm

Cost: $30

 

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.


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