BERYL BENDER BIRCH
AT ASHTANGA YOGA NORTHAMPTON
Ashtanga Yoga Northampton is proud to welcome back internationally renowned author and yoga teacher Beryl Bender Birch. Beryl's early encouragement and advancement of the principle of "service" as a means to finding happiness and self-realization were instrumental in helping create the mindset of service that is the focus of all the teachers of Ashtanga Yoga Northampton. We are thrilled to have our beloved teacher come to share her lighthearted wisdom and compassionate teaching with us!
The weekend with Beryl will be held from the evening of Friday April 20 through Sunday morning, April 22.
Friday 4/20, 6-9pm: WHY ARE YOU HERE?
Introduction to the weekend and discussion of Why are you here? Why do you do yoga? Unwind from your week with light asana practice followed by yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation).
Saturday 4/21, 9am-12pm: DETOX FOR BODY AND MIND
Practice the Present Power sequence of postures (combination of 1st and 2nd series) designed for detox and healing. Many options will be given to accommodate various ages and abilities, and whether you prefer a more or less vigorous practice. The morning will conclude with pranayama – the cultivation of conscious breathing trains the mind to be present and is a gateway to the True Self.
Saturday 4/21, 1:30-4:30pm: YOGA SERVICE - TEACHING TO SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Beryl's greatest mission is to get teachers out of the studios and out into the world, doing service - SEVA - and demonstrating that yoga is not just about teaching movement and exercise, but also about giving back to those who do not always have the privilege to experience the transformative power of these ancient practices. We will spend time discussing the role of yoga in today’s world and will examine the work of the Give Back Yoga Foundation. The variety of special populations supported by GBYF include The Prison Yoga Project, Y12SR, Yoga for Cancer, Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, Yoga for Trauma, Yoga for PTS & TBI, Eat Breathe Thrive (yoga for disordered eating), etc. and offer training programs and best practices to certified teachers looking to work in these fields.
Sunday 4/22, 9am-12pm: BOOMER YOGA - SUSTAINING FITNESS WITH INJURY OR AGE
Boomer Yoga provides therapy for mind, body and spirit, offering both experienced and novice yoga practitioners the tools to adapt yoga techniques to their age, lifestyle, and physical health. Beryl will show how to "take charge of change" and create and/or modify a healthy yoga practice that includes more than asana - a practice that will effectively and beautifully work for us as we mature in body and mind OR help us sustain our practice as we work with injury.
Beryl Bender Birch, eRYT, Founder and Director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute (the internationally renowned and highly respected teacher certification school), and cofounder and board chair of The Give Back Yoga Foundation, has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1974. Beryl graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and Philosophy and traveled to India in 1974 to further her studies. She began the study of astanga yoga in 1979 with her teacher, Norman Allen and studied for 5 months with Pattabhi Jois in 1987. She traveled with him and his wife, Ama, from San Francisco, down the coast, through Encinitas, all the way to Maui, and continued her studies with Sri KP Jois from 1987-1993. She is the author of several books on yoga, including the best selling Power Yoga and Yoga for Warriors - a book on yoga for veterans.
$235 for the entire weekend
Cost includes a copy of Beryl's book Boomer Yoga
Friday, 6-9pm - WHY ARE YOU HERE?
Saturday 9am-noon - DETOX FOR BODY AND MIND
Saturday 1:30-4:30pm - YOGA SERVICE
Sunday 9am-noon - BOOMER YOGA
Workshop participants will be eligible for 12 hours of YA credits!
To register for the full weekend click here.
If space allows, individual sessions will become available at $65 ($70 for Sunday which includes a copy of Boomer Yoga) within two weeks of the event. Email Michelle to put your name on the wait list for the individual session(s) you'd like to attend.