Courses & Workshops

Pranavah, OM, and Pranayama

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Class can be taken In Studio or at home Livestreaming.

Ashleigh will be teaching about “Pranavah”, which is another word for OM.
What is the meaning of this ancient sound and symbol?
Why do we chant it at the beginning and end of asana class?
What is “Japa Mantra” of the “bija” (“seed”) mantra?
Practice chanting OM and experience the “magic” of a “Rolling OM”.

Jen will be teaching various pranayama (breathing) practices, as well as discussing their benefits.
Kapalabhati, Kumbhaka, and Nadi Shodhana are some of the pranayama practices that will be explored.

Class can be taken In Studio or at home Livestreaming.

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Patanjali. Commons.wikimedia.org

Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Offered annually APRIL/MAY

An in-depth course exploring a must for serious yoga practitioners, Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Offered every year in April and May. Eight weekly sessions in a seminar format. The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali is a collection of 196 Sanskrit “sutras” (threads, aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga. Compiled sometime between 500 BCE and 400 CE by the sage Patanjali who synthesized and organized knowledge about yoga from much older traditions. A practical manual describing the theory and practice of yoga as it is classically understood.

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Yoga Teacher Training in Western MA

Ganesha Panchayatana. circa 1800. US Public domain

The Upanishads

Offered annually SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Offered once a year in September and October.  The earliest philosophical roots of yoga are found in the texts of the classical Upanishads, which are about 2,500 years old. This tradition of mystical yoga teachings continued in the later Upanishads about 500 years ago.    The Upanishads offer a vision of an interconnected universe with a single, unifying principle behind the apparent diversity in the cosmos, any articulation of which is called Brahman.    If you are curious about the philosophy of yoga, then take a journey to its source. Come together with a small group to explore the Upanishads. This 8 session course will meet every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. The course will require regular reading, the purchase of a text and will have a seminar format, where we will question, discuss and perhaps even debate. Sure to enrich your understanding of yoga philosophy.

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Study the Bhagavad Gita

Ramanarayanadatta astri / Public domain

The Bhagavad Gita

Offered annually JANUARY/FEBRUARY

Offered once a year in January and February. The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna, a gifted warrior about to go into battle, and Krishna, his charioteer. In the course of giving Arjuna all manner of spiritual and material advice, Krishna explains karma, the self, the Supreme Self, the purpose and varieties of yoga, the difference between our Self and our mind/body and how to live life in the best possible way. The Gita appears as a central chapter in the Mahabharata, the history of greater India.

This 8 session course will be offered Online, livestreaming, and will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. The course is limited to a small group to facilitate a seminar approach with interactive discussion, exploration, debate and meditation. Weekly reading and the purchase of a text is required. Sure to enrich your understanding of yoga philosophy.

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