Schedule of events
Heart of the Yoga Sutra with Ben Kramer and Kendra Rickert
Join Ben and Kendra for a tour of central points in the Yoga Sutra. We’ll start with the classical meaning of yoga, as given in the text, and proceed through three methods offered by the ancient author for achieving the goals of yoga.
Saturdays 2-4 pm
The Meaning of Yoga
– Master Patañjali (author of the Yoga Sutras) defines yoga and starts us on a path to a vision of our true selves.
The Advanced Paths of Yoga
– A presentation of the two-fold system of Practice and Renunciation and the three-fold path of Action, Wisdom, and Love.
The Foundation for Achieving Yoga
– We begin our presentation of the eight limbs of yoga through and exploration of the yamas and niyamas, the ethical code of all yogis.
The Innermost Yoga
– Completing the eight limbs of yoga, Master Patañjali guides us inward to experience the extraordinary capabilities of a concentrated mind.
$35/session | $100 for full series
Ben Kramer and Kendra Rickert are teachers of yoga, meditation, and eastern philosophy, drawing on knowledge from their extensive study at the feet of many great teachers including Geshe Michael Roach, Bikram Choudhury, and Sri Dharma Mittra. They have studied in the Tibetan monasteries of both North and South India. In 2014 they completed a three year silent retreat together in the Chiricahua Mountains of southern Arizona.
Ayurveda for a Balanced Life with Tim Butler
Health is not just the absence of disease; it is a balanced body and mind.
Deepen the experience and understanding of your yoga practice and health with the study of yoga’s sister science of Ayurveda. A time-honored holistic and traditional medicine from India, Ayurveda integrates the body, mind and spirit by exploring diet, lifestyle, yoga postures, and environment, and how they are essential to a balanced and joyous life. In this very special series of workshops, you’ll have the opportunity to apply Ayurveda’s principles for a healthy lifestyle specific to your constitution, and leave with a plan for creating enhanced balance in your life.
Open to the general public as well as teachers and students of yoga.
Saturdays 2-5 pm
October 15, 2016 Ayurveda Basics
January 14, 2017 Daily Routine/Digestion
March 11, 2017 Common Imbalances
March 25, 2017 Simple Remedies
$50/session, $175 for the full series
Tim has taught private and group yoga classes since 2004. His classes focus on helping students to have their own deep experience in a safe and sacred space. He began his yoga training in 2000 with Tias Little in the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions, and has completed all six levels of Prajna Yoga Teacher Training. In addition, he has also studied the chanting and philosophy of the Yoga Sutras with Sonia Nelson at the Vedic Chant Center. Tim is a graduate of the Level 1 and Level 2 program at the Ayurvedic Institute, one of the leading Ayurveda schools outside of India. Tim is also a licensed massage therapist.
Chant and the Yoga Tradition with Linda Spackman
Saturday, Jan 28th
Morning Session 10 am – 1 pm
Vedic Chant and The Yoga Tradition
Experience and learn the art of Vedic Chant. Basic orientation to the principles and practice of Vedic Chant and Sanskrit pronunciation will
be presented through recitation and response as well as printed material.The Vedas, thousands of years old, contain wisdom still relevant to the challenges we face in the modern world. These ancient texts include passages that are highly significant for our deeper understanding of yoga practice.
Afternoon Session 2:30-5 pm
The Sounds of Sanskrit
Through time honored principles of instruction found in the Vedas, explore listening and chanting as an integrating experience for body, mind and breath. The chants selected will focus on pronunciation of the Sanskrit language.
The practice of Vedic Chant can help us to:
Connect with the source of our voice
Develop confidence with chant and speaking
Increase vocal projection without strain
Refine our pronunciation of the language of yoga
Improve our reading of Sanskrit transliteration
Improve listening and communication
Increase our breath capacity
Improve our memory and focus
Strengthen the link to our own spiritual connections
Support an overall sense of well-being
Both sessions will include chant, simple movement and seated reflection.
Registration information coming soon!
Yoga Philosophy and Meditation with Carlos Pomeda
Bhavavad Gita: Turning the activities of body, intellect, and heart into spiritual evolution, Level: All, Can be taken independentlyThis seminar explores the answers of the yoga tradition since its beginning, through an exploration of the Bhagavad Gita, one of its fundamental scriptures.
Friday Feb 17th
5:30-8:30 PMHatha Yoga and Related Traditions, Level: All, Can be taken independentlyThis seminar will offer a fascinating tour of the hidden “anatomy” charted by the Tantric masters and will also present several powerful
exercises to enhance our daily practice.
Saturday Feb 18th
9:15 – 12:15 PMVijnana Bhairava, 3 Sessions, Level:All, Must register for all 3 as they are sequentialIn this weekend course, we will immerse ourselves in the nectarean ocean of meditative practices selected from the sublime text, Vijnana Bhairava. As we progress through the various forms of meditation, the inner state becomes deeper and deeper, supported by our contemplation, analysis and discussions.
Saturday Feb 18th
1:30 – 4:30 PMSunday Feb 19th
9:00 – 12:00 PMSunday Feb 19th
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Cost: FULL WORKSHOP $200 | DROP IN $220
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS $45 Each | DROP IN $50
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Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during almost 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, which included 9 years in India, at the Siddha Yoga ashram, studying and practicing under Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.
During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation on the Krama school of Kashmiri Tantrism.
Carlos currently lives in San Francisco, California, and travels extensively around the world conducting a variety of retreats, courses, seminars, workshops and lectures on the Wisdom of Yoga and related subjects.
As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience.
For information on his DVD series “The Wisdom of Yoga” and other forthcoming titles, visit www.pomeda.com
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