We offer monthlong Teachers Intensives through the Yoga Workshop. The purpose of the course is to begin an exploration of the internal principles and forms of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at a level that will deepen one’s practice and make teaching a natural outcome of practice. Always returning to our own personal experience, we will explore the practices and philosophies of yoga, their contexts, purposes, patterns, and limitations. Examining the tradition from multiple viewpoints should give depth and sophistication to the interconnected processes of yoga. The course will flow through the many and often contradictory philosophies of yoga into therapeutics, asana practice, on to Sanskrit and pranayama, back into meditation, the biomechanics of posture and movement, and into the hands-on world of relating to others.
This intensive is not a “certification” course, since such certification in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style is granted only in Mysore, India, by K. Pattabhi Jois’s grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy Jois. Yet, recognizing that most teachers and students will not find the traditional standards accessible, this course will provide a rich context for whatever level of practice participants are able to do. The philosophical and contemplative background of the tradition and its intelligent application to real-world bodies and circumstances will be emphasized, and a certificate of completion, credited with 200 hours, will be given to students who participate in all aspects of the training.