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

  • FLASH SALE through January 10 – 20% off = $240
  • 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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Anatomy of Breath with Jessie Montague – Sat., Jan 13, 2:30-5:30pm

Anatomy of Breath with Jessie Montague

Saturday, January 13th, 2:30-5:30pm

$35 prereg/$40 day-of

Hosted at our Midtown Studio

 

15511001192011012242Join Jessie for this informative and creative workshop on exploring why breath is the cornerstone of Yoga. Learn how breath can inform alignment in the asanas, and how working with the breath is the most direct pathway to working with the mind. We will explore the basic anatomy of the respiratory diaphragm and accessory breathing muscles, how breath happens in the system, and why it is so important to include breath awareness into your practice and your teaching.

Jessie MontagueJessie Montague  has been studying and teaching yoga for nearly two decades. She was co-founder and co-director of Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck NY From 2005-2013. Her original studies brought her to Neyyar Dam INDIA where she received her first Teacher Certification. Upon returning back to the states she dove in head first with another Teacher Training Program in Woodstock NY and became one of the first core staff members at Bliss Yoga Center (now Woodstock Yoga). Jessie continues her studies in The Yoga Anatomy Advanced Studies Program through the Breathing Project based in NYC, with teachers Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews.

Jessie teaches in the vinyasa tradition from the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and emphasizes an exploration of the breath within the postures, and how the breath both informs alignment and creates a continuous thread between the postures. Jessie has a non-dogmatic approach to teaching and believes that yoga is an exploration of our entire being: body, breath, mind and spirit. She comes to these practices with joy first and foremost. The intention is to gently navigate our bodies into these beautiful postures which reflect the natural world so that we can better explore our deepest potential and connection to each other and to our planet with grace and lightness of heart.  Jessieleemontague.com


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Yoga Sequencing Intensive – with Amy Reed – Nov. 18th, 11:30-5:00pm

Yoga Sequencing Intensive

With Amy Reed

Saturday, November 18th, 11:30-5:00pm

At our Midtown location, 474 Broadway Ave., Kingston, NY

 

Looking for a fresh way to enhance your vision and voice as a yoga instructor? Delve into the world of effective sequencing with experienced yoga teacher Amy Reed, E-RYT 500. This workshop is perfect for all yoga instructors—from the very new to the very seasoned. Practice creating conscientious, sequential yoga classes designed around a guiding principle: a mythological tale, a dharma theme, or a biomechanical crescendo, for instance. Broaden your go-to ways of organizing a class, share your creativity with other yogis, and come away with new tools, knowledge and inspiration.

 

In this intensive workshop we will explore:

  • alternative avenues for building more dynamic and safe classes.
  • thinking outside the sequencing box (it isn’t all about a peak pose!).
  • flexing your mythological muscle by using stories to build a better class framework
  • infusing more thematic dharma into your sequencing stack
  • using anatomy and body mechanics to create crescendo
  • finding your signature sequencing style.

Suggested text:

  • Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
  • Your favorite Bhagavad Gita and Sutras translations

Required materials:

  • Notebook and writing tool
  • Anything that inspires you! (a poem, story, song, picture, etc.)

Tuition:

$100 or $90 for The Yoga House Teacher Training Graduates

5 Continuing Ed credits available for Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teachers. 

 

Amy Reed, The Yoga House, Teacher, Yoga, Kingston, NYAmy Reed, RYT 500, E-RYT 200

B.K.S. Iyengar wrote that health “is a state of complete equilibrium of body, mind and spirit.” With this intention, Amy bases her free-spirited classes on an Ashtanga-based, Vinyasa-style of yoga that is inspired by the teachings of Patthabhi Jois and alignment principles of B.K.S Iyengar. Understanding the importance of integrating all aspects of oneself to achieve true wellness, Amy’s classes are dynamic and comprehensive: Harmonium playing, chanting, meditation, and pranayama are all seamlessly incorporated, and woven with thoughtful passages from the Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, poems and affirmations. The result: A rich and invigorating class designed to endure long after the student leaves the studio.

amy reed yogaBut what is most compelling about Amy is her warmth and sincerity. With a near-tangible appetite for self-study and a gentle sense of humor, Amy immediately makes those around her feel welcomed, valued, and inspired to action. She is as accessible to her students as are her classes. This fosters a safe and encouraging environment where students are moved to approach their individual practices with a light-hearted and self-accepting point of view.


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LGBTQ-Friendly Pop-up Community Class, Monday, 1/15, 6:00-7:00pm

LGBTQ-Friendly Communtiy Yoga Pop-up Class

with Michele Muller

Monday, January 15th 6-7pm

Uptown Studio

 
 
 
 
 
 

Are you LGBTQ and seeking a comfortable environment to learn the basics of yoga? We’re excited to offer this open, beginners class taught by Michele Muller in collaboration with the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. Hosted in our wheelchair-accessible Uptown studio location and open to LGBTQ community members and allies; $5 suggested donation. Join us as we learn the fundamentals of a yoga practice in a supportive and affirming environment.

Yoga Book Club – Next Meeting, Wednesday, 3/14, 7:40-8:40pm

We’re starting a Yoga Book Club, and you’re invited! 
As a simple way to come together, get to know each other better, and reflect a bit on our yoga practice and life, we’re starting a yoga book club. We’ll read books from a variety of perspectives, from wise memoirs, to irreverent accounts of yoga and life, to thought-provoking reads on faith or spirituality. Some may be more directly about yoga others less related but still great books.
Next Day & Time: 3/14 from 7:40-8:40pm, after Amy Reed’s class!
Details: this is a stress-free book club! : ) You can come having read all or none of the book. You can come to all or some of the sessions. Each session will focus on half of the chosen book, so we’ll start a new book every two sessions. The book club is free and will be facilitated by Emily Kerr-Finell, one of our Yoga House community members, and a lover of yoga and books. Tea will be provided, and even a baked good from time to time.
 

Book Club Schedule and Books:

  

February – skipping February

 

March 14In The Shelter by Padraig O Tuama

About the book: Drawing on this Irish saying, poet, storyteller and theologian Padraig O Tuama relates ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/7M6NDpw).

 

April 11thYoga and The Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
About the book: Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent “pilgrim’s progress” for today’s world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/8EEYDLH), or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (https://goo.gl/u12FBN).
 
May 9thThe Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz
About the book: What is the Sabbath, anyway? The holy day of rest? The first effort to protect the rights of workers? A smart way to manage stress in a world in which computers never get turned off and work never comes to an end? Or simply an oppressive, outmoded rite? In The Sabbath World, Judith Shulevitz explores the Jewish and Christian day of rest, from its origins in the ancient world to its complicated observance in the modern one. Braiding ideas together with memories, Shulevitz delves into the legends, history, and philosophy that have grown up around a custom that has lessons for all of us, not just the religious.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/4K7NtBK), or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (https://goo.gl/UX2YUP).
 
June 13thBecoming Wise by Krista Tippett
About the book: In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says, is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another. She insists on the possibility of personal depth and common life for this century, nurtured by science and “spiritual technologies,” with civility and love as muscular public practice. And, accompanied by a cross-disciplinary dream team of a teaching faculty, she shows us how.
Where to find it: Find at one of our local bookshops, on Amazon (http://a.co/8ETPPRy), or at the Mid-Hudson Library System (https://goo.gl/1ZFMAV).