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Course Details:

Dec 22nd 2018 - Jan 4th 2019

Teacher:
Harmony Slater
Harmony Slater

Harmony Slater has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga in the Mysore method for over fifteen years. She was first introduced to Yoga in 1995, and began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2000. She always had a keen interest in spirituality and the art of physical movement, which culminated in fifteen years of dance training and two BA degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. 
In 2002, she traveled through China researching Buddhist meditation and in 2004 she made her first trip to Mysore, India. That same year she moved to South East Asia where she began a five year journey of living abroad and teaching Yoga Internationally.  It was a blessing to spend prolonged periods of time practicing with Sri K PattabhiJois and his grandson R. SharathJois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, now the KPJAYI. Harmony was given Authorization by Guruji in 2006, and was granted Certification by ParamaguruSharathJois in 2015. She is one of less than 20 women in the world to hold this honor.
Over the years she co-founded two traditional Ashtanga Yoga Schools in Canada. The first was established in 2009, in Victoria, and the other is found in Calgary. With the birth of her son Jediah in 2011, life became full and sweet.  She experienced the deeper dawning of yoga within every aspect of daily life.  She has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon and openly shares her insights about experiencing the full integration of Ashtanga Yoga during her workshops.

Russell Case
Russell Case

Russell Case has been practising and teaching Ashtanga yoga for more than 25 years. An authorised level II teacher through Sri K. PattabhiJois, a humble and refined teacher, Case is known for his joking spirit, and his perpetual eye toward social justice work.  When PattabhiJois invited him to his pranayama class in 2007 he considered this distinction to be the highest grade. 
He is the Director of Partnerships for the Pure Edge Inc. Foundation, a non-profit program started by the Robin Hood Foundation founder Sonia Jones, which brings yoga-based exercises and mindfulness into schools. Russell is also Ashtanga Yoga Director for Stanford University, and also serves as a yoga advisor to Sonima.com.
Currently at Pure Edge he is responsible for delivering experiential presentations on neuroscience for social and emotional learning to classroom teachers at the Milwaukee Public School District, among our many school district partners nationwide.  First and foremost his work is convincing cynical skeptics to the efficacy of mindfulness practice.    

Course Description:

Course Details Morning Program:

6am – 9am - Mysore Style Practice – Mysore Style is the heart of Ashtanga Yoga. In the Mysore method, students are met as individuals. Each person is taught progressively according to his or her readiness. A relationship is cultivated with the teacher and the practice begins to grow over time. The Mysore method of teaching and practice is very effective, and a certain power can be transmitted through the teacher to the students. Practicing with a qualified teacher can be a very transformative experience for students who are open to exploring their inner self, using the asana as a tool for this discovery. The Mysore Style classes are for anybody familiar with the Ashtanga Yoga sequence.

9am – 10am – Beginner’s Led Class – A Step-by-Step approach moving towards developing a self practice. The led classes are for beginners or any students who want to take a slower more methodicalapproach to the practice. They will be suited for complete beginners as well as those whom wish to take a more guided approach to the practice.

4:15pm – 6pm: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Moving Inward – Developing the Internal Limbs An Introduction to Pranayama and Meditation practices.

Pranayama is the expansion of the vital life energy within. Kaivalya is the ultimate goal of our yoga practice. We will discuss the more esoteric aspects of the practice, and explore easily accessible ways to begin a practice of breath-control. Various methods of mindfulness will be introduced that can lead to the development of a meditation practice to help increase our overall sense of well-being and compassion towards others. These evening classes will be a combination of Yoga Philosophy and Methodology. We will develop a theme of Moving Inward and learning more about the more subtle practices that yoga offers. Each class will begin and end with an exploration of breathing exercises and different methods for cultivating deeper levels of concentration and meditation.

Some Topics that will be covered during the afternoon sessions:

Handstands Begin in Primary Series Leaning to balance on your hands begins right from the first sun-salutation. If you want to start to build up the strength through the arms and core to practice handstands, the foundations are found right in the postures of primary series… learning to jump back and jump through.

Sadhana - Cultivating a spiritual practice in the Modern World In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali gives us three essential components to Sadhana that address issues arising in the body, mind and spirit. Using the Sutras as a guide, we will see how these ancient techniques are related to current practices of yoga.

Opening the Hips and Protecting the Knees Open hips makes many asanas more accessible. This session will explore several different ways of opening the hips throughout the practice, and introduce different techniques to enhance ‘hip-opening’ outside of the practice - whilst protecting the knees.

Patanjali Yoga Sutras: Integrating All Eight Limbs into daily life Yoga is the science of experience and a philosophy for living. The eight limbs provide us with a guide for how to lead a fulfilling and powerful life. When we integrate them into each area of our daily experience we cultivate a deeper connection to our true identity.

The Myth of Back Bending: Fundamentals for a Pain-Free Backbend We will look at what is Yoga Chikitsa&NadiShodana and how we can purify our energy channels. We will explore some back-bending enhancements: and take a closer look at the principles of opening the heart, and the importance of strengthening the foundation of our legs.

The Journey of the Ashtanga Practitioner The journey of practice is often not linear. We will look at how to modify your physical practice in the transitional stages of life. Some topics will include how to modify the asana practice during times of stress or injury, to help nurture and take care of our emotional & psychological health!

Ayurveda: Ancient Remedies for the Modern World Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. It is the traditional healing system in Indian and is 5000 years old. Ayurveda takes into account the entire person, mind-body-spirit in its approach to creating greater health. We will learn about Ayurveda’s 3 constitutional principles: vata, pitta, and kapha, and you will discover how to find your own unique constitution.

Bhagavad Gita – Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Living The Bhagavad Gita discuses four primary paths of yoga practice.

These are essentially different methods for uniting with the Divine. We will discuss how each of these paths can be experienced and practiced within our daily lives, and how each is actually an integral part of the Ashtanga Yoga method.

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