We practice and teach contemporary vinyasa yoga informed by traditional methods and philosophies. Our approach to vinyasa combines awareness of form and alignment with the art of intelligent and effective sequencing. As students, we embrace a spirit of continuous practice and study. As teachers, we speak to and support the whole student - body, mind, and spirit - encouraging mindfulness on and off of the mat.
Inclusivity, Respect, Practice, Community, Inquiry
Schedule for June - ROOTS
Thurs, June 21, 6-10pm: Lecture: Hindu Mythology & Sanskrit. Book club discussion: Ganesha Goes to Lunch
For class: Read manual pages 13-18 & 30 (Mantras); Optional: Watch Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth on Netflix or youtube.
Sat, June 23 OR Sun, June 24, 11:30am-3:30pm: Alignment-based Intensive with Geoffrey Roniger (we will break into 2 smaller groups - one meeting Saturday, one on Sunday). *Will take place at Freret Street Yoga - 4608 Freret Street.*
Thurs, June 28, 6-10pm: Lecture: Pranayama & the Vayus
For class: Read manual pages 23-27 & Yoga Anatomy pages 1-21
Sat & Sun June 30-July 1: Off
Krishnamacharya silent film
BKS Iyengar teaching backbends
How to Build a Happier Brain
There's been some questions about the various assignments, so here's a summary:
Weekly Reflections: Make sure to reach out to your mentor (Catherine for Geoffrey's Saturday group; Lindsey for the Sunday group) at least once per month and share some reflections you've had about anything we've covered in class, your readings, your self practice or group classes. This can be through email, a blog, a physical journal we look at during session, or a phone call. We will read them and respond!
Writing Assignments: Write about each of the 4 required readings (Sutras, Yoga Anatomy, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Light on Yoga). These essays can either be in the form of a more personal response to the book - what you found particularly interesting, challenging, inspiring, enlightening, relevant to a particular personal experience, etc. Since these books all cover pretty huge topics, that may mean you pick a specific detail, passage, chapter, etc. and respond to it. This would be similar to the approach you take with your weekly reflections, but specifically responding to the book.
Another option is to write a sort of extended "dharma talk." This is the opening to a yoga class, where the teacher lays out some concepts that s/he will put into practice and embody during the class. Imagine you are teaching a longer class, and have 5-10 minutes to really introduce some themes or ideas from the book and talk about how they relate to the practice. This can also include personal anecdotes, but should loop back around to how ideas from the book get embodied in the asana practice.
Keep these essays to around 2 pages - long enough to get into some ideas, but short enough to make sure you stay to the point and focused on 1 or 2 key concepts. In the second half of the training, you will have additional assignments related to developing class sequences and teaching practicum, so it's a good idea to get started on this sooner than later. You can email these to us as you finish them.
Teaching Practicum: Your teaching practice hours will begin after August 11.