Richard offers month-long teacher’s intensives through the Yoga Workshop. The purpose of the course is to begin an exploration of the internal principles and forms of Ashtanga 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, into asana practice, on to Sanskrit and pranayama, back into meditation, on into 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’ grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy. 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 is given to students who participate in all aspects of the training.
For acceptance into the training students need to have:
July 22 — August 16, 2013
Students must apply for acceptance.
Tuition: $3,050. Tuition includes all required materials.