Yoga Sutras Course – The Gift of Consciousness: An International 4-Module Course on the Yoga Sutras in Study and Practice, with Gitte Bechsgaard & Gloria Goldberg
Module 2 : September 10 – 14, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Lunch break: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Module 3 : September 18 – 22, 2020
Module 4 : TBA (probably Feb. 2021)
$600 Per Module
An International 4-Module Course on the Yoga Sutras in Study and Practice.
Patanjali’s aphorisms, known as the Yoga Sutras, offer a profound insight on a wide
range of contemporary questions and concerns such as the search for meaning, the role of Yoga and spiritual practice (sadhana) in daily life, and the potential of human consciousness.
This 4-module course covers, in depth, “practice-relevant” material from the Yoga Sutras. Teachings emphasize a firm foundation in the philosophical and psycho-spiritual aspects of Yoga as laid out in Samadhi Pada (Book One of the Yoga Sutras) and in The Gift of Consciousness.
Module 1: Fundamentals of Yoga and Yogic Psychology
In this first Yoga intensive, we will examine the model of the mind that Patanjali provides in the first chapter of the Yoga Sutras. Along the way, we will explore the concept of Yoga as both the essential means and ultimate destination of the inner journey. The Vedic theory of the three essential modes of nature (tamas, rajas, and sattva), as well as the fundamental tenets of Yogic psychology will be discussed.
Module 2 : Cultivation and Yogic Practice
Yogic practice is traditionally viewed as a life-long endeavor. It is an inner pilgrimage of the soul. Through practice we can come to realize our inner potential, for without cultivation, self-betterment remains an abstraction. Practice is a catalyst that brings embodied transformation to life, turning ancient knowledge into lived wisdom.
Module 3 : Intensification and Contemplative Practice
In this 3rd module, we will explore the main contemplative practices described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. As a group, these meditative techniques are referred to as the citta parikarma practices. This term encompasses a wide range of inward-minded practices all of which hold the power to calm the mind and clarify consciousness.
Module 4 : Yoga as Mystical Trance: Cultivating Meditation
According to Patanjali, Yoga embraces a wide range of meditative states. All of these fall under the umbrella term of samyama. These states of super-conscoiusness are primarily characterized by the gradual stilling of the mind through the meditative trinity of dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (meditative absorption). When meditative practice intensifies, the seeker experiences a break-through of the intuitive, the sacred, and the mystical into their otherwise everyday, conditioned consciousness.
Chris Saudek : The Transformational Power of Iyengar Yoga
Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20, 2019 – $240
Teacher Training – Friday, October 18th 2:00 – 5:00 pm – $75
Chris Saudek has been teaching Iyengar yoga since 1983, is certified at the Advanced Jr. I level, and has been a devoted student of the Iyengars since 1980. Chris worked as a physical therapist for many years and her knowledge of anatomy and work with physical limitations makes her teaching particularly therapeutic. She believes that yoga
has the potential to not only heal the physical body but also transform the whole person.
Chris inspires her students with her enthusiasm for the subject, her compassion for her students, and her clear, precise teaching and sequencing. Through the clarity of her teaching of asana, pranayama and philosophy, she strives to have her students feel the transformational power of Iyengar yoga.
Students for this general workshop should be regular students with at least 2 years of continual study with an Iyengar teacher.
October 26 & November 23
1:00 – 3:00 pm
This ongoing program is for serious students with an interest in developing a better understanding of Iyengar Yoga. Bring greater depth and breadth to your yoga practice by studying all eight limbs of yoga—not just asana. Meeting twice quarterly, we’ll discuss key concepts from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita with an emphasis on how these ideas are relevant to the practice of asana. Topics and readings will be assigned beforehand to help enrich our discussions.
Iyengar Yoga Studies is offered each quarter throughout the year. Students may join at the beginning of any quarter. For greater continuity and to enhance the learning process and community development, students are encouraged to participate on an ongoing basis.
Wednesday, February 12 – Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jewel Yoga is thrilled to welcome back Patricia, one of America’s most prominent, well loved yoga teachers!
Patricia’s requirements for attendance:
• Have practiced Iyengar yoga for at least 5 years with a consistent home practice
• Be able to go up into Adho Mukha Vrksasana at the wall without assistance
• Be able to hold Sirsasana for a minimum of 5 minutes followed by variations
• Be able to hold Sarvangasana for a minimum of 5 minutes followed by variations
• Be able to push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana from floor with straight arms
• Have a regular pranayama practice.