A 14 Week Journey of Self-Transformation through the Practice and Philosophy of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
There are many definitions and explanations of yoga. Perhaps you’ve heard that the Sanskrit word “yoga” means “to yoke together, to unite”. Or perhaps you’ve heard that yoga is a series of poses that can make you stronger and more flexible. Or maybe you’ve heard that yoga is about finding a zen state of mind. Yoga is all that and much, much more.
At its heart, yoga is a powerful system of self-directed self-transformation. It is a system that can be followed by any person at any time regardless of background.
There are no prerequisites to beginning a study of yoga. You don’t have to begin with a fit body because yoga can make you physically fit, strong, and flexible. You don’t have to begin with a clear mind because yoga can clear your mind allowing you experience the bliss of stillness. You don’t have to be in touch with your spirit because yoga will help you firmly establish that connection.
You don’t have to have a goal in mind before you explore yoga. You can study yoga because you are simply curious. You can study so that you become firmly established in your own personal practice. Or you can study so that you can teach others the practice of yoga. Goals or not, through regular yoga practice you will transform your life. You will cleanse and harmonize your body, mind, and spirit allowing you to find your own unique inner light.
Mahajyoti is a 14 week course of self-transformation through the philosophy and practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
During the course you will:
-Read and analyze the fundamental texts of yoga philosophy including The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Upanishads, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
-Study in-depth and practice the eight limbed system of yoga contained in the Yoga Sutras: yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi.
-Explore the history of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from Ramamohan Bramachari to Tirulamai Krishnamacharya to Shri K. Pattabhi Jois to current living practitioners and teachers.
-Learn and analyze the Ashtanga Vinyasa system with an intense focus on The Primary Series. The Primary Series will be deconstructed, analyzed, and taught in terms of breath and movement synchronization, posture sequencing, counter-poses, traditional Sanskrit counting, rhythm and cadence, health benefits of postures, and sequence as meditation. Significant time will be spent learning ujjayi breathing, how to access and utilize bandhas (core muscle locks), and how to maintain the appropriate dristhi (gazing point).
--Learn and explore key postures that help comprise the foundations of contemporary Vinyasa Flow sequencing today. As a result you will have the tools to create your own safe, intelligent vinyasa flow sequences and be provided with several sequences for your future use as a teacher.
-Learn how to create and maintain your own personal yoga practice that can be practiced for the rest of your life.
-Learn about human anatomy and how to move the body safely and efficiently. Learn how knowledge of anatomy can help deepen your understanding of yoga postures and prevent injuries.
-Learn how to teach yoga to others including how to observe movement, how to demonstrate postures safely, and how to safely and appropriately adjust and assist others in postures.
-Learn about energy anatomy and the chakra system and how to cultivate and use energy for healing.
-Learn about the mind-body connection and how to create and maintain healthy mind states to support a healthy body.
-Learn the basics of Sanskrit including proper pronunciation of postures in Sanskrit and counting in Sanskrit.
-Learn the basics of chanting and kirtan including techniques, benefits and how chanting fits into your asana practice.
-Learn about meditation including techniques, benefits and how meditation fits into your asana practice.
-Learn about how diet and nutrition can purify your body and support your asana practice.
-Learn about yoga as a lifestyle and as a business.
Surya Yoga is registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYS – Registered Yoga School. Mahajyoti is a course that meets or exceeds the national standards of Yoga Alliance for a 200 hour teacher training program and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour yoga teacher training course. Upon completion of course requirements, students will receive a Yoga Alliance approved certificate and will be eligible to be registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher at 200 hour level). Mahajyoti Course Hours: 233 hours total. 201 contact hours and 32 non-contact hours.
Teachers: Dina Cummings, Jeannie DeSanctis, John Pellicci (Philosophy), Pete Whitridge (anatomy) Tim Gosney (Energy/Chakras/Mind Body Connection) and one or more guest speakers/teachers to soon be announced.
Tuition : $2,700 by Dec 15, 2014. Tuition includes unlimited yoga during duration of program. A deposit of $900 and a completed application are required to hold your space. Applications can be downloaded on the Teacher Training page of our website or email the studio at email@example.com to request one.
Class Times: January 9* - April 17 every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9AM - 1 PM with the addition of one other practice day in the studio per week. Plus a few weekend modules to be announced. Weekend modules and dates will be updated here as they are confirmed and by email to participants:
Current Weekend Modules:
Friday, Jan 9: Meet & Greet
Jan 10 & 11: Asana: Learning the Postures and Techniques of the Primary Series Begins
Saturday, Feb 8: History/Philosophy with John Pellicci 9am -3PM (1 hour break for lunch)
Saturday, Feb 15: History & Philosphy with John Pellicci, 9am - 3pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Books are not included in tuition. Book list is available.
The Mahajyoti program is limited in class size to ensure individual attention.
Items to bring with you to every class: enthusiasm, open mind, open heart, compassion, peace, curiosity, questions, concerns, yoga mat, towel for showering (if you want to shower after the asana practice), change of clothes, book or books being discussed that session, notebook and pen, water bottle.
* Jan 9th start is subject to change at discretion of Surya Yoga. For students who take part of the payment plan option a $900 non-refundable deposit due by 11/30/14. Full Payment due by 12/15/14.
Students who pay in full are eligible for a 100% refund on or before 11/30/15 and 50% of tuition on or before 12/15/14.
This 4 week course requires pre-registration and will meet on Tuesday mornings immediately following Mysore Class. This course is for practitioners who have been practicing Ashtanga yoga and are familiar with postures through Navasana and want to deepen their practice and learn more about the 2nd half of Primary Series.
We will begin awakening the core muscles of the body moving into Bhujapidasana, Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana. Each posture builds on previous asanas in the series, and these key pivotal postures rely on the strength built especially from the Marichyasana D.
We will explore Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana and the Konasana postures followed by Supta Padangusthasana , Ubbhaya Padangusthasana, Urdhva Mukha Pashimattanasana and Setu Bandhasana.
Plan to come to the Mysore Room for your morning practice and then remain on your mats to begin the 2nd half at 10:30 already warmed up!