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 August - Community
Thurs, Aug 2: Off
Sat, Aug 4 & 5: Off
Thurs, August 9, 6-10pm: Lecture: Buddhism & Mindfulness with Jackie S.; Book club discussion: When Things Fall Apart & The Wisdom of Insecurity
Sat, Aug 11, 10:30-6:30pm: Vinyasa Krama methodologies
For class: Read manual pages 59-60
Thurs, August 16, 6-10pm: Lecture: Trauma-informed teaching with Chelsea H.; Go over practicum hours
Sun, Aug 19, 10:30-6:30pm: Vinyasa Krama methodologies continued: Family of poses & Technique-based sequencing
For class: Read manual pages 59 & 63-65
Thurs, August 23, 6-10pm: Lecture: Inclusivity Training with Jackie S.; Verbal cues
For class: Read manual pages 79-81
Sat, August 25, 10:30am-6:30pm: Inversions & arm balances
For class: Read manual pages 52-55
Sun, August 26, 10:30am-7pm: Reiki with Valerie M.; Hands-on adjustments
For class: Read manual pages 81-83
Thurs, August 30: Off
Krishnamacharya silent film
BKS Iyengar teaching backbends
How to Build a Happier Brain
Sample home practice sequences from the Iyengar Institute of New York
Thich Nhat Hanh (and Oprah!)
Ram Dass (and more Oprah!)
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 1 essay about each of the 4 required readings (Sutras, Yoga Anatomy, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Light on Yoga). These 4 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.
Sanskrit Identification of Asanas: Please begin using your asana index to identify poses by their Sanskrit names. We will not be specifically covering Sanskrit in session again, but you should be able to identify familiar poses by their Sanskrit name (this will appear on the test as well!).
Teaching Practicum: Your teaching practice hours will begin after August 11.