We are pleased to announce another Yoga Immersion Series at Ashtanga Yoga Northampton with Senior Teacher and Founder, Michelle Ryan.
Each workshop will include a survey of the specific section of the asana series as noted, weaving in the overall theme of the integration of sadhana in our daily lives to attain spiritual maturity and alleviate our suffering. We will experience pranayama instruction, Sanskrit chanting, and meditation = and with every workshop, Michelle’s riveting recounting of some of the most beautiful stories from the enormous pantheon of “Hindu” spiritual and religious tradition.
The series is designed for the student of Ashtanga Yoga who would like to deepen their understanding of the traditional asana practice and its transmission methods, and begin to gain a greater understanding of the spiritual background of Indian spirituality and philosophy, too.
The main goal of the Immersion is to become an informed and grounded student in an established yoga practice that explores more than asana alone, offering instruction in the other aids to yoga practice as well as a solid introduction to Indian Sanatana Dharma, also known as "Hinduism." All levels of yoga student are welcome to attend the program - beginners to more-seasoned students.
The Immersion is recommended for students who:
-wish to delve more deeply into the esoterica of the Ashtanga yoga practice
-wish to integrate a daily Ashtanga practice into their life
-want to learn more about aids to practice besides asana
-are curious about the spiritual underpinnings of "Hindu" thought and philosophy
-want instruction on Sanskrit pronunciation and chanting
-wish to learn more about "Hindu" cosmology and spirituality
The four Immersion Workshops will be held from 1-5pm Sunday afternoons, one weekend a month (generally, the fourth weekend starting in December 2018 and ending in March 2019)
December 30 - the essence of Sadhana
Breath & Drishti
First aids to yoga: Yama & Niyama
The Mahabharata & the Bhagavad Gita: Taking Action in Difficult Times
January 27 - Finding balance
Bandhas & the Chakras
The third and fourth aids: Asana and Pranayama
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
February 24- Yoga Chikitsa and Nadi Shodhana
Asana kramas from Primary and Second Series
The fifth and sixth aids: Pratyahara & Dharana
The Ramayana: Sita & Rama
March 24- Integrating Mind and Body
Inversions and Closing Postures
The highest aids: Dhyana & Samadhi
The Goddess and Her Consort, the Adi Yogi: stories from the Devi Bhagavatam
and the Shiva Puranas
The Sunday morning Led Primary series class with Michelle are provided for FREE to Immersion Students on each Immersion Sunday as well.
The cost of the Immersion Series, all four workshops, plus morning Led practice on the Sunday of each Immersion Workshop, plus the 2019 AYN Immersion Workbook & Study Guide, with full curriculum, asana charts, chanting worksheets, pranayama protoco and syllabus:
$300 if paid by December 1, 2019, $325 thereafter.
While we recommend highly that you participate in all four weekend clinics, we understand this may be impossible for some schedules. Individual Clinics may be taken ad hoc, for a cost of $80 if paid by December 1, $90 thereafter.
A $75 non-refundable deposit is required with registration in the Series. Full payment is due by the first Sunday workshop, December 30. Refunds less a processing fee of $25 are available up to 5 days before the start of the Clinics (December 25). Once training has begun, no refunds will be offered.
The AYN Immersion Series is a support to (not a substitute for) study with Senior Teachers of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, and we wholeheartedly encourage students who wish to teach to seek out highly qualified individuals. This list includes R. Sharath Jois, Saraswati Jois and Manju Jois, along with our own teachers: Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, and Beryl Bender Birch, all of whom have decades of teaching and practice experience. They embody the parampara and share the practice with joy, wisdom and compassion.