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June 28, 2020
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Thursday, June 25, 5:30-7pm
Friday, June 26, 9:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-5pm
Saturday, June 27, 9:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-5pm
Sunday, June 28, 2018: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-5pm
We live in perpetual state of identification with and attachment to changing internal conditions and external circumstances, not seeing our true nature. The Ancients said that the cause of this perpetual cycle (saṁsāra) is the bondage of – Avidyā (ignorance), Kāma (desire) and Karma (action) – resulting in the tension and suffering of distorted self-perception, unfulfilled desires, and incessant activity.
The Ancients said that this three-fold bondage forms the framework of our personality, and called it, collectively, the Hṛdaya Granthi: the “knot of the heart”.
Discover of the “knots of the heart-mind” (hṛdaya-granti) in relation to the bondage of desire, action, and ignorance as they manifest through the cakra-s and influence our feelings, thoughts and behavior. We will use the cakra model to explore these knots that form the framework of our personality and bind us in this life. Untying the knots leads to the psycho-energetics of transformation.
We will explore the Brāhma, Viṣṇu, and Rudra Granthi-s, as well as the Laya Yoga methods of Bhūta Śuddhi, Cakra Sādhana, and Devatā Yoga. Each session will include lecture and an integrated practice, using āsana, prāṇāyāma, chanting, mantra, and meditation.
Yoga Therapy for Stress – a Special Yoga Therapist Intensive
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Stress and its manifestations on anatomical, physiological, emotional and cognitive levels are both causal as well as contributing factors in disease. Understanding how to manage stress at all these levels is therefore a fundamental life skill for achieving and maintaining optimal health and wellbeing. The tremendous potential of yoga and Yoga Therapy to reduce and manage the symptoms of stress is now documented and evidence based. Join Gary Kraftsow, named by Yoga Journal as a Lifetime Contributor and “One of America’s Leading Yoga Therapists”, as he demonstrates the Viniyoga Therapist approach to managing structural, physiological, and psycho-emotional conditions linked to stress. Explore principles and practices for stress management at each of these levels.
Yoga Therapy for Neck/Shoulder Tension
9:30am – 12:30pm
Viniyoga methodology will be used as the basis to learn and experience specific therapeutic sequences for the neck and shoulders, and is designed for therapists, teachers, and individuals who suffer from any type of neck or shoulder pain. We will experience a sequence of adapted āsana-s designed to relieve symptoms and strengthen these areas of the body.
Yoga Therapy for Better Sleep
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Insomnia and sleeplessness are two of the most common and troubling symptoms of chronic physiologically-based conditions. The stress and strain of daily life, changing emotional landscapes, diet, environmental toxicity and hereditary tendencies can all contribute to the development and exacerbation of many different conditions which produce similar symptoms. In addition, as we age, the length and quality of our sleep can also be significantly affected. In this segment, students will explore the theory, principle and practices of Yoga Therapy to address sleeplessness.