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To Be a Rock & Not to Roll: A Yogi Reflects on Led Zep


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            I’ve been doing yoga for the past 18 years.  I’ve been playing guitar for nearly 33.  Picking up the guitar in the early ’80s, early songs that were de rigeur for a young guitarist were, of course, Iron Man and Smoke on the Water.  And after that, Stairway to Heaven.  Almost everyone back then wanted to see me play Stairway.  I just learned the opening chords and that was enough.  Though I loved Led Zep, I didn’t get as much into Jimmy Page’s playing as my other heroes: Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton.

           Years later, after being deeply immersed in the yoga tradition, I see the profundity of this song way beyond just the chord progression.  Robert Plant has said that the words came to him one night sitting in front of the fire place at Headley Grange, contemplating “spiritual perfection.”  Despite all claims to the contrary (that the band was in league with satan, etc.), the message of the song is ageless.  Let’s consider just the last verse:  

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When we all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

     And she’s buying the stairway to heaven.

             This really is the essence of Advaita Vedanta expressed right here, and in words that are timeless and of this time.  There is a seeming war between the ego and God.  From our perspective, being in the throes of the ego, the odds are greatly against God, for the ego’s illusionary “reality” seems so real, so solid.  So much so that some of us need a kickass hard rock song to get the message through to us!  And yet, there is still a still, small voice of Spirit that we can listen for, tune into, and it will lead us to the place that is eternally golden light, to Heaven.   If yoga is a lifelong path (and possibly for many lifetimes — “rolling” here can be seen as an allusion to reincarnation, which is only real within the ego’s illusion), it is so only because this process of awakening is not an overnight thing, it’s gradual, lest we blinded by the light (see my next blog on Bruce Springsteen ; )

             So, it’s really nice to see Robert Plant’s eyes well up in this video.  I’m sure it wasn’t just pride in the song.  It was knowing that this song truly is ageless, timeless, immortal.  It will be with us quite a long time, it’ll be interesting to see how things develop, and yet, most important is to truly take in its message.

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Yoga Teacher Training on Maui with Yoga University, December 2013


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~ ALOHA & NAMASTÉ~

E Komo Mai ~ You Are Invited…

To our 212-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Program this Summer on Maui

WHEN: December 2nd-December 22nd

WHERE: A Beautiful Retreat Sanctuary on Maui.

WHO: Anyone who wants to deepen into their yoga practice and self-understanding while enjoying the beauty and richness of Maui. These programs are of special benefit to those who are seeking to become new yoga teachers, yet are open to anyone with a deep interest in yoga and their own evolution/involution. Our intention is always to open space for transformation to occur — a process that often takes us beyond the mat…

~ Certification through Yoga University ~

+ Continuing Education & Deepening for Yoga Teachers.

*** + 12 Hour Aerial Yoga Play Certification with Jen Healy ***

FEATURING

* Learn to Teach Vinyasa Flow Style *

* Kundalini Yoga, Partner Yoga, Flying Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Ecstatic Yoga Dance & Breathwork *

* Intro to the Yoga Swing & Receive a Free One + 12 Hour Aerial Yoga Play Certification with Jen Healy http://www.zenhealyng.com/ *

* Daily Meditation, Kirtan & Satsang ~ Native Hawaiian Spiritual Wisdom Sharing *

* Healing & Detoxification, Connecting with Your Passion *

* Super-healthy Food Prepared On-site *

* Shamanic Yoga Healing Ceremony (optional) *

* Internet Marketing for Yoga *

* Epic Island Excursions *

* Special Guest Teachers *

* Learning & Teaching Yoga as a Way of Life, in a Well-Rounded, Non-Dogmatic, User-Friendly Way *

* Receive our online course offering package as part of the program, & discounts on future offerings *

PRICING

Reserve Your Space ~ $2200

Early Bird (If Paid In Full Before September 15th) ~ $4280

Kama’aina Price with Lodging ~ $4280

Kama’aina Price w/out Lodging ~ $2880

Full Price ~ $4880 (Includes Everything except airfare)

All payments are 90% refundable up to 90 days prior to start date, 50% 21 days prior to start, or 100% could go toward a future offering.

SPECIALS

Refer a friend and receive $150, even if you don’t participate! Your friend receives $75 off.

* Special Discount for Students & Special Needs *

* We offer no money up front and no interest for 6 months with Paypal Financing (decent credit required) *

*** Please note ~ This program is open to all ~ even to those who do not necessarily want to teach yoga, but just explore it more deeply for personal growth and planetary healing. This training course is also ideal for yoga teachers who wish to delve into the deeper dimensions of yoga. In other words, not just yoga as a workout, but as a way of life. ***

Teachers & Special Guests Include

* Allowah Lani (Program Director) ~ Kundalini Yoga, Flying Yoga, Kirtan, Satsang, Ectatic Dance & Shamanic Breathwork, etc. *

* Jen Healy ~ Aerial Yoga Play *

* Zhenya Delate ~ Internet Marketing for Yoga *

* More Special Guest Teachers & Presenters, TBA

WE ENCOURAGE EARLY REGISTRATION AS SPACE IS LIMITED

For questions about the program, contact Allowah @ allowah13@gmail.com

“QUESTIMONIALS”

“It is an amazing space: great energy, absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to do your training. I know, bc I just completed mine there Feel free to contact me, ask questions or see my photo albums for more information. I fully reccomend Allowah and his program. ♥” ~ Theresa Guinasso

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“Allowah is a great teacher who lives yoga full heartedly. He is wise in the information he gives and makes everyone feel very welcome. He is also very patient and understanding of individual needs as well the group needs…[& About Livacious Live Food Catering:] Delicious Delicious and Amazingly Delicious! Taliyah and Diana make the best food I’ve ever had and it’s all filled with Loving & Light energy! Thank you! Namaste”
~ Robyn Filkins

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“It was a strong experience…So many lessons I have learned to grow up, and now I just need to practice! Thank you so much for this amazing experience…I love you.” ~ Delphine, Miami, Florida

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“Thank you for a wonderful learning experience with a great group of people. I feel that I have really grown through having had this experience. I learned a lot about yoga from this training.” ~ Meredith, Naples, Florida

CONTACTS

Allowah (239) 592-0898

email: allowah13@gmail.com, or Facebook “Allowah Lani”

web: http://www.allow-ah.com

http://www.yogauniversity108.com

Yoga University on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/yogauniversity108?ref=ts&fref=ts

3~’ “Love, Serve, Remember” 3~’

Note: Reading all the signs and observing, objectively I feel, that this will be the experience of a lifetime, an epic edventure on beautiful Maui Wowee, & even more importantly, a venture inward that will establish an intimate inner relationship to last a lifetime…aloha!

Yoga Quest University

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Going Beyond the Body, Through the Body…


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When I watch this video, I don’t see the form, I see the content.

In other words, I’m not interested in what this guy’s doing here,

I’m much more interested in what’s happening on the inside.

On one level, I see the will power, patience, perseverance, practice, persistence, etc.,

over years and no doubt lifetimes that went in to creating this whole spectacle.

And that is all well and good as far as it goes…

Yet, and this is so hard to truly grasp, I realize, yoga is beyond even this, beyond

the body and even its most beautiful expressions.

Yes, let us witness them, enjoy them, be inspired…

and release all attachment to it or judgment about them.

Real yoga does not require anything more or less than this,

I say, releasing judgment about that statement, too…

The truth is, this cat here is still very much in process,

still making allowance to release more and more the attachment to the body,

to being “somebody,”

releasing fear that his body will no longer be able to do this someday,

and then where will he be?

Or that there’s someone out there who might judge and say, “Well, that’s not bad,

but I know a guy…”

Or of course the ultimate fear of losing the body, either in part or in toto, through

injury or death…

So this is a good start, this shows a certain level of mastery,

yet ultimately where this is all headed is to the heart,

where fear, judgment, and guilt all must be released —

both in oneself, and towards all “others,” until

only Love remains…

The Great Paradox we find ourself in today is that the body is

both the greatest obstacle to this Embodiment of Love,

and at the very same time,

it is the vehicle through which many of us are journeying

to discover that the body is indeed merely a tool

and that we shall one day be required to lovingly let go of it,

fully realizing, at last, that it was never really about the body,

that is not the goal, and let us cast out all false idols once and for all

to BE STIll & KNOW

that we are THAT

TAT TVAM ASI

We are Love

We are One

We are Spirit

in Godessence

Thank U for Witnessing All of This,

& with me,

Releasing All Fear to Truly Know the One Love

That We Are & Share

Eternally Now & Forevermore

Amen

AUM SHANTI

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Suddhossi Buddhossi ~ Words, Meaning, Origin


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       I was curious to learn more about this beautiful song and mantra.  Where is it found in the Vedas?  What is the exact Sanskrit and meaning of the words?  Who was the woman sage to whom this particular mantra/lullabye was attributed?  What else do we know about her?

        I first heard this song on Shimshai’s 2008 CD “Alianza,” and then later this past January (2013) at the Mystic Island Festival on Maui.  The first video below is one I put up on Youtube of Shimshai and friends singing the song.  What I noticed as I looked around for the original Sanskrit words to this song is that the Sanskrit is incorrectly written in several places on the internet.  At the very least, this blog post will help to correct that — or at least give the Sanskrit (+ English and Spanish) translations that Shimshai has on the CD.  The only correction I can make to what is on the CD is the word “swarupe” is one word, not two.  A minor correction.  I cannot speak to the rest.

                         Here is what I found on Shimshai’s Alianza CD:

Suddhossi Buddhossi

Sanskrit mantra originally sung as a lullaby by a woman saint to her children in the Vedas

[Sanskrit]

Suddhossi buddhossi niranjanosi

Samsara maya parivar jitosi

Samsara svapanam

Traija mohan nidram

Na janma mrityor

Tat sat sva rupe

[English]

You are forever pure

You are forever true

& the dream of this world

Can never touch you

So give up your attachment

& give up your confusion

& fly to that space

That’s beyond all illusion

[Español]

Tu eres siempre puro

Eres verdadero

Y el sueño del mundo

Nunca te tocará

Deja los apegos

Deja la confusion

Y vuela mas alla

De toda ilusion

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BASIC GUITAR CHORDS: E minor, C Major, D Major

This one by Swami Svareshwarananda sounds more like a lullabye, and you’ll find the words in more languages here,

with slight differences in the words to what is above:

Explanation of the song found with the video above:

“Un hermoso mantra en sánscrito cantado en la antigua India

por madres y madres embarazadas para preparar a sus bebes a ingresar al mundo de maya sin ilusión.”

http://artedelapaz.wix.com/kriyayoga

English Translation: “Beautiful Sanskrit mantra sung in ancient India

for mothers and expectant mothers to prepare their babies to enter the world of maya without illusion. “

Swami Śivananda wrote a whole book on conquering fear, in which he mentioned this particular mantra, which was sung by the woman sage Madalasa to her young babies. Here is what he wrote:

The sage Madalasa sang the following cradle song when she rocked the cradle of her children: “Suddhosi Buddhosi Niranjanosi Samsara-maya-parivarjitosi“—”O child! Thou art Pure Consciousness. Thou art stainless. Thou art devoid of Maya and Samsara.” She made all her children sages.

The world is in dire need of women-sages like Madalasa.

The destiny of the world and children is in the hands of intelligent mothers.”

SOURCE: http://www.dlshq.org/download/conquest_fear.htm

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Stephen Knapp has the following to say about Madalasa:

  “Madalasa was the daughter of Vishvasu, the Gandharva king. She was also a great inspiration to her sons. Ritdhvaj, the son of the powerful king Shatrujit, was her husband. When Shatrujit died, Ritdhvaj took the position of king and engaged in the royal duties. In due course, Madalasa gave birth to a son, Vikrant. When Vikrant would cry, Madalasa would sing words of wisdom to keep him quiet. She would sing that he was a pure soul, that he has no real name and his body is merely a vehicle made of the five elements. He is not really of the body, so why does he cry?

Thus, Madalasa would enlighten her son with spiritual knowledge in the songs she would sing to him. Because of this knowledge, little Vikrant grew up to be an ascetic, free from worldly attachments or kingly activities, and he eventually went to the forest to engage in austerities. The same thing happened to her second son, Subahu, and her third son, Shatrumardan. Her husband told her that she should not teach the same knowledge to their fourth son, Alark, so that at least one of them would be interested in worldly activities and take up the role of looking after the kingdom. So to Alark she sang a song of being a great king who would rule the world, and make it prosperous and free from villains for many years. By so doing he would enjoy the bounty of life and eventually join the Immortals. In this way, she trained her son Alark from the beginning of his life in the direction he would take. This is how a mother can influence her child in whatever potential may be possible, whether materially or spiritually, by imparting noble thoughts to open the avenues of activities for her children.”

SOURCE: http://www.stephen-knapp.com/women_in_vedic_culture.htm

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Yoga University 200 Hour Course Syllabus, 2013-2014


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Yoga University Course Outline & Syllabus

2013-2014

 

“21 Days to Love”

 

This is a 20-22 Day Course, though ideally would be seen as not merely a 3-week training, but at least a 3-year process.  Actually, traditionally in the East it is believed that 12 years is the amount of time needed to master any discipline.   But wait!   Yoga is often said to be a lifetime practice – if you’re still alive, there’s still work to be done!  It’s a continual process of refinement, of peeling the proverbial onion, undoing the layers of inauthenticity.  In other words, it’s important to be clear at the outset of the 3-week process that while in this 3 week immersion we will dive in deep, yet there’s a sense in which we will only just get our feet wet…

 

This Course & Curriculum is Registered with Yoga Alliance

www.yogaalliance.org

 

Course Website:

www.yogauniversity108.com

Course Requirements

9 Major Categories

 

Yoga History (15 Hours)

Yoga Philosophy (15 Hours)

Yoga Lifestyle & Ethics (15 Hours)

Sanskrit (20 Hours)

Asana (50 Hours)

Pranayama (20 Hours)

Teaching Methodology (20 Hours)

Anatomy & Physiology (15 Hours)

Business of Yoga (10 Hours)

= 180 Hours

 

+1 à Study/Self-Study/Practice (20 Hours)

= 200 Hours

 

Note: Although each of these categories will be covered individually on specific days, they will also all be interwoven throughout the entire training.

 

Course Requirements (cont’d)

Each Student who wishes to be certified at the 200 Hour Level is Required to:

 

1)         Pay for program prior to coming (Paypal Financing is an option).

 

2)         Attend all days and classes of program, with the exception of missing no more than 2 sessions, and make up the missed work.

 

3)         Do all reading assignments and all exercises (& innercises) in the Great Yoga Quest manual.

 

4)         Prepare a full 60-90 minute class and teach it to the group at the end of the training.

 

 

5)         Take the Final Quest (final exam) at the end of the training and pass.

 

6)         Stay in touch after the training and follow the guidelines for what to do after your yoga teacher training is over.

Day 1 ~ What is Yoga?

Intention (Sankalpa)

What is our intention in doing this practice?

What are intentions for this Yoga TT program?

We will have an opening sharing circle where we

are given the opportunity to express our intentions aloud to the group.

 

Focus: Core Strength (Coeur à Courage)

Yoga Lifestyle

4 Agreements

The Yoga of Food & Diet

 

Asana: Learn Meditation Postures

Pranayama: Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing & the 3-Part Breath

 

Evening Activity: Watch first part of Yoga Unveiled

Reading: First section of The Great Yoga Quest (GYQ), First few chapters of Yoga Beyond Belief,

and first chapter of Teaching Yoga.

                        Day 2 ~ History of Yoga

 

Linear Vs. Holographic History

Major Periods of Yoga History

Evolution Vs. Devolution

Can We Know What Really Happened?

How does our own personal history/herstory fit into all of this?

 

Focus: Rest Poses

Asana of the Day: Shavasana

Pranayama: Ujjaiyi Breath

 

Evening Activity: Watch Part 2 of Yoga Unveiled

 

Readings: Chapter 1-2 of Teaching Yoga, Mark Stephens

Section on Yoga History in the Great Yoga Quest

Watch Part 2 of “Yoga Unveiled”

 

 

Day 3 ~ Yoga Ethics

Golden Rule

Yama & Niyama

 

YAMA = ahimsa (non-harming) * satya (being truthful) * asteya (nonstealing) * brahmacharya (continence/moderation) * aparigraha (noncoveting/hoarding)

 

NIYAMA = shaucha (purity) * santosha (contentment) * tapas (austerity/purifying practices) * svadhyaya (self-study) * ishvara pranidhana (surrender to source)

 

Ethics for Yoga Teachers

4 Agreements

Potentially Awkward Situations

 

Focus: Seated Poses

Asana of the Day: Tadasana

Pranayama: Kapalabhati

 

Readings: Section of GYQ dealing with Yoga Ethics.

 

Day 4 ~ Introduction to Sanskrit Language, Kirtan, Mantras & Chanting

Sanskrit Alphabet

What is Kirtan?

What are the benefits of chanting?

What is OM/AUM?

 

Mantras ~ Gayatri, Lokah Samasta, Asatoma, Mrtyunjaya, Om Namah Shivaya, Ong Namo Gurudev Namo

 

Focus: Standing Poses

Asana of the Day: Surya Namaskara

Pranayama: Bhastrika – Bellows Breath

 

 

Readings: The Language of Yoga, by Nicolai Bachman

Sections in The Great Yoga Quest on Sanskrit & Kirtan

 

Day 5 ~ Wisdom of The Upanishads

Yoga Philosophy – The theoretical framework

of all of this – the WHY we do what we do.

 

Introduction to Advaita Vedanta – The highest philosophy of India & the heart of Yoga

6 Schools of Indian Philosophy, Yoga being one of them

 

Focus: Forward Bends

Asana of the Day: Downward Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Svanasana

& Upward Facing Dog

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

 

Pranayama: Nadi Shodhana

 

Readings: Katha Upanishad

The Great Yoga Quest Sections on Upanishads

& Advaita Vedanta

Day 6 ~ Essential Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita &

The Paths of Yoga & Styles of Yoga

 

Paths of Yoga

Raja * Bhakti * Jnana * Karma

* Mantra/Japa * Tantra * Hatha * Kundalini

 

Major Styles: Iyengar * Ashtanga * Kundalini *Anusara * Viniyoga/Yoga Therapeutics * Bikram * Restorative * Yin * Partner * AcroYoga  Etc.

 

Focus: Twists

Asana of the Day: Inversions ~ Shirshasana (Headstand) & Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

 

Pranayama: Bhramari (Bee Breathing)

 

Readings: Bhagavad Gita & GYQ Sections on BG & Paths of Yoga

 

 

Day 7 ~ The Yoga Sutras & the 8 Limbs of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga)

 

Learn the 8 Limbs and read them directly from the Yoga Sutras.  This will lead into a deeper discussion of the path of Raja Yoga and how it relates to being a yoga practitioner and professional in the postmodern world. 

 

Focus: Backbends

Asana of the Day: Paschimottanasana  (Seated Forward Bend)

 

Pranayama: Didgeridoo Breath

 

 

Readings:

The Yoga Sutras

Section in the GYQ on The 8 Limbs

 

 

 

Day 8 ~ What is Tantra?

 

Tantra is such a vast and complex subject (as is all of this!) and we will really only get to the smallest but most important part of it: The Sex!  Seriously,

we will discuss the origins and original intention behind the path of Tantra, and recognize how it really is the foundation and inspiration for the path of Hatha Yoga.  We will also talk about sex from a yogic perspective, and how it pertains to living a yogic lifestyle and being a yoga teacher.

 

Focus: Hip Openers

Asana: Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)

          Pranayama: Seetali & Sheetkari (Cooling Breaths)

 

Reading: Chapter 2 of Teaching Yoga

 Section in GYQ on Tantra

 

 

 

 

Day 9 ~ All About Asana & Hatha Yoga

 

Look at the 54 Major Asanas we are learning.

Talk about Modifications, Variations, Contraindications, Benefits, Alignment & Anatomy for Each Pose.

 

Explore the Deeper Dimensions of Hatha Yoga – What was its original intention, and how has Hatha Yoga been adapted now to fit our modern lifestyle.

How much of the tradition needs to be kept, and what can/should be tossed, if anything?

Read Selections of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

On * asana *  pranayama *  mudra *  bandha * kriya

 

Focus: Inversions

Asana of the Day: Virabhadrasana (Warrior Series)

Pranayama: Agni Sara

 

Reading: Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The Great Yoga Quest Sections on Asana & Hatha Yoga

Day 10 ~ What is Pranayama?

 

Today We Will Review the Major Pranayama Practices/Techniques, as well as the science and physiology of breathing.

 

Pranayama Exercises:

3-Part Breath (Complete Yogic Breath) *

Ujjaiyi * Kapalabhati * Bhastrika * Nadi Shodhana (aka Anuloma Viloma) *  Agni Sara * Bhramari * Shiva Pranayama * Seetali & Shitkari * Coherent Breathing * Didgeridoo Breath * Shamanic Breathwork

Introduction to Shamanic Breathwork

 

Focus: Supine Poses

Asana of the Day: Bakasana ~ Crow Pose

Pranayama: Shiva Pranayama

Readings: Sections on Pranayama in Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Beyond Belief, and Teaching Yoga

GYQ Section on Pranayama

 

Day 11 ~ Teaching Methodology – Designing Your Yoga Class

 

Today brings to the fore one of the most important aspects of teaching yoga, which is to become proficient at designing your own yoga sessions.

While there is room for much creativity and innovation, there are also some guidelines that would be wise to follow as to how to most effectively design and structure your classes.

From this day on, each student will focus on the design of the yoga class that they will be teaching at the end of the program.

 

Focus: Vinyasa

Asana of the Day: Half Vinyasa

Pranayama: Combining Ujjaiyi with Vinyasa Effectively.

 

Reading: Section on Designing Your Yoga Class in the GYQ.   Also, select chapters in Teaching Yoga.

 

 

Day 12 ~ Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga

(Also, “Subtle Anatomy”)

 

Today’s concentration is on the specific muscles, bones, tissues, and organs affected by our yoga practice, as well as which poses work best for particular physical issues.   

The anatomy and physiology curriculum of the teacher training is specifically designed for instructors to have a deeper knowledge and comprehension of the human body,  organ systems, movement and the musculoskeletal system, and to be able to integrate this knowledge into their teaching.  
 
Topics we will cover:
-Anatomical terminology 
-Skeletal terminology and anatomy
-Major muscle groups ( points of insertion and origin)
-Basic biomechanics of movement (levers, effects of gravity, force)
-Functional anatomy and application of biomechanics during common postures and exercises.
-Which poses work best for particular physical issues
 

Taught by Meenakshi Angel Honig.  Click HERE for Meenakshi’s website. 

Subtle Anatomy: Chakras, Nadis, Koshas,

Granthis, Kundalini, Prana

 

Focus: Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Pranayama: Breathing & Subtle Anatomy

 

Taught by Allowah Lani

Readings: Sections in GYQ on Anatomy & Physiology, as well as in Yoga Beyond Belief & Teaching Yoga.

 

 

 

 

Day 13 ~ Assisting & Adjusting in Yoga Poses

 

This day will primarily be focused on how to safely and most helpfully assist students in yoga poses, in a way that is professional and non-invasive.  We will go over psychic assists, verbal assists, mirror assists, brief physical assists with light touch, and also more drawn out and full-fledged assists.

 

Focus: Assists & Adjustments in Standing Poses

Asana of the Day: Prasarita Padottanasana

(Standing Split)

 

Pranayama: Coherent Breathing

 

Reading: Sections in GYQ and Teaching Yoga, by Mark Stephens

 

 

 

 

Day 14 ~ Injury Prevention & Preventive Maintenance

 

Today is dedicated to the all-important topic of how we might use yoga as a tool for preventive maintenance, and this includes injury prevention. 

Believe it or not, it is possible to live a life free from conventional medicine and doctors, yet it does take a serious commitment.  Again, patience is the key — give it time, you will see…

 

Focus: Poses for Specific Injuries

Also, Assisting and Adjusting (Cont’d)

 

Asana: Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Half Twist)

Pranayama: Breathing Through Stressful Periods

 

 

 

Readings: Sections in Yoga Beyond Belief & the GYQ.

 

 

Day 15 ~ Hindu Mythology

 

Many new yoga students initially are somewhat overwhelmed by the seemingly countless gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, wondering for instance, how and Elephant god and a Monkey god came to be worshipped by millions, why the cow is considered sacred, why Krishna is blue, and why Kali wears a garland of human skulls around her neck…   This day is meant to fill in the gaps a bit and give a clearer understanding of what can sometimes be a very confusing subject.

Focus: Poses Connected to Gods and Sages

Asana of the Day: Hanumanasana (also, Anjaneyasana & Banarasana)

 

Pranayama: Kumbhaka à Breath Retention/Holding the Breath & Benefits

 

 

Readings & Resources: See the Section in the GYQ on the Mythology of Yoga, plus the section on Stories and Storytelling.  Also, one fun way to learn a little bit about the gods and goddesses (devas) is through the music of MC Yogi.  We will do this : )

Day 16 ~ Basic Elements of Flying Yoga

Learning to Base, Fly, and Spot for

Basic Acro/Fly Moves

 

This will be one of the most fun and enlivening sections of the program, and though by this time we will already have played with this together, on this day the idea is to actually learn the basics of flying, basing, and spotting to practice and teach effectively and safely.  We will also cover Flying Yoga Therapeutics.

 

Focus: Partner & Flying Yoga

Asana of the Day: Bird Pose (Flying Yoga)

Pranayama: Synchronizing Breath & Intention with Your Partner (and/or student)

 

 

 

 

Reading: Section of the GYQ dealing with Partner and Flying Yoga.  Also, watch several Flying Yoga videos online.

Day 17 ~ Essentials of Thai Bodywork

 

We have already seen and experienced the power of touch in teaching yoga, and as with Flying Yoga, we have already experienced the benefits of Thai Bodywork during our time together.  Today we will bring it all together and learn some very basic yet effective techniques that can be used for the students who attend your classes, as well as slightly more advanced techniques for private work with clients.

 

Focus: Assisted Stretching

Asana of the Day: Baddha Konasana & Supta Baddha Konasana (Butterly & Supine Butterfly)

Pranayama: Synchronized Breathing (Again)

 

 

Reading: Section in the GYQ dealing with Thai Bodywork.

 

 

 

Day 18 ~ The Business of Yoga & Student Teaching

 

It is so essential to come away from your Yoga Teacher Training with a solid plan of action to build a sustainable yoga teaching practice, one that is creative, fun, and not too stressful! 

This will include:

~ Tapping into your passion, bliss, true calling.

~ Formulating your own personal business plan.

~ Basics of Facebook, WordPress, Website Building, Youtube, Pinterest, and other Social Media.

~ Tips on how to best earn right livelihood through your offerings.

 

Today we will also have the first student teaching sessions.

Focus: Teaching Methodology, Business of Yoga

Asana of the Day: Trikonasana, Triangle Pose

Pranayama: Yogananda Breath

 

Readings: Section on the GYQ on The Business of Yoga.  Various selected videos.

Day 19 ~ Course Review & Student Teaching

 

 Wow, there’s been a lot of material thrown at you over the past two-and-a-half weeks, lot to take in. So here’s our chance to begin to review what we’ve learned.  What we will do essentially is just go through what will be on the final, just so there are no surprises, and through this process things will begin to make that much more sense for you — words that at first looked like gibberish feel like second nature, knowledge of poses and breathing will be that more experiential, and ideas will begin to be linked up in a more coherent way – we trust!

 

Students on these days are highly encouraged to also continue to read, study, and journal on their own, shoring up those places in their learning where there are holes.

Focus: Review

Asana of the Day: Bhujangasana ~ Cobra

Pranayama: Just Breathe

 

Reading: Review of materials in various books and notes.

Day 20 ~ Course Review & Student Teaching

 

Continue the review from the previous day.  Once the review is done, if there is any additional material to be covered, it will be happen on this day.

 

 

Focus: Review

 

Asana of the Day: Studyasana ; )

 

Pranayama: Deep sighing exhale, let go of that stress, it’s all good!

 

Reading: A lot

 

 

 

 

 

Day 21 ~ Final Quest & Student Teaching

 

Commencement ~ To commence means to begin something.  It’s good to see this all as just the beginning of your journey, and to stay as much as possible in the state of “Beginner’s Mind,” a state

of humility, of “I don’t know.”

 

In the morning we will have any final class sessions by the student/teachers, followed by breakfast and then the Final Quest.  This will be closed book the first hour, and open book for the next 1-2 hours.

 

In the afternoon we’ll have a special outing.

In the evening, our graduation/closing ceremony.

 

Focus: Celebration

Asana of the Day: Smileyasana ; P

Pranayama: Deep Sigh of Relief/Joy

 

Reading: None ‘tall. 

You have at least temporarily been liber-ated : )

Course Reading List

 

Bhagavad Gita.  Eknath Easwaran translation.

 

Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  Online Translation.

 

The Language of Yoga.  Nicolai Bachman.

 

                             Paths to God. Ram Dass.

 

Teaching Yoga. Mark Stephens

 

Thirty Shamanic Questions.  Linda Star Wolf

 

Yoga Beyond Belief.  Ganga White.

 

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  Swami Satchidananda.

 

 

 

Full Reading & Video List

Here is a more complete version of our required and recommended book and video list for those of you who like to read, and/or for future reference. It’s a really good idea to prepare yourself by reading and viewing before you come, it will make your YTT experience that much more helpful & otherwise rewarding. There are really so many great yoga books and videos out there these days, this list is by no means exhaustive. But it is a good start! Hope you find it useful on your journey…

Note: ONLY THE STARRED BOOKS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE TRAINING (the others are Highly Recommended : )

Required Reading

David Coulter. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga.

* Ram Dass. Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita.

T.K.V. Desikachar. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a
Personal Practice.

* Eknath Easwaran. The Bhagavad Gita.

Georg Feuerstein. The Shambhala Guide to Yoga.

* Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Martin Kirk. Hatha Yoga Illustrated.

* Mark Stephens. Teaching Yoga. North Atlantic Books.

* Ganga White. Yoga Beyond Belief.

Paramahamsa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Self- Realization Press.

& The Sunshine State Yoga “Playbook” : )

Books may be purchased through Yoga Lifestyle (www.yogalifestyle.com), or Amazon, and should be received at least 2 weeks prior to start of program.
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Recommended Reading

Bihar School of Yoga. Asana, Pranayama, Mudra,
Bandha.

Steve Ross. Happy Yoga.

Georg Feuerstein, The Yoga Tradition. Hohm Press.

Georg Feuerstein, The Deeper Dimensions of Yoga.
Shambhala.

Georg Feuerstein, The Encyclopedia of Yoga. Shambhala.

Eknath Easwaran. The Upanishads.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Bihar School of Yoga.

Sivananda Yoga Center and Vishnu Devananda. The

Sivananda Companion to Yoga.

Sri Swami Satchidananda. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Commentary by Swami Satchidananda.

David Swenson. Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual.

Hawley. The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners.

Osho. Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic.

Ram Dass. Be Here Now. Hanuman Foundation.

Ram Dass. Be Love Now.

Sandra Anderson and Rolf Sovik. Yoga: Mastering the Basics, 2000.

Nicolai Bachman. The Language of Yoga. Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskrit Terms, and Chants.

Steven Cope. The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living.

David Frawley. Hinduism: The Eternal Tradition.

Iyengar and Razazan. Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health.

BKS Iyengar. Light on Yoga. Schocken Books.

Richard Freeman. The Mirror of Yoga.

Stephanie Pappas. Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting: An Insightful Guide for Yoga Teachers and Students

Also, consider subscribing to Yoga Journal and/or Yoga & Joyful Living magazine.

Yoga Videos

Required

Yoga Unveiled.

The Soul of India.


Anatomy for Yoga with Paul Grilley

Shortcut to Nirvana.

Fierce Grace.

Enlighten Up!

Yoga, Inc.

Yoga Is.

Yoga Woman.

Y Yoga

Sita Sings the Blues

Titans of Yoga

Recommended


The Fire Yogi. Mike Vasan.


The Razor’s Edge. The Bill Murray version

Sound Yoga/Nada Yoga. Shanti Shivani.

Yin Yoga. Paul Grilley.

Origins of Yoga: Quest for the Spiritual.

The Yogis of Tibet.

Note: At least some of these videos can be found online, some in parts, some in full.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga Documentaries

(originally published by My Yoga Online)

 

Yoga documentaries are a really good way to take a better look at this colorful character we call yoga.  As a yoga teacher trainer, I am especially grateful for the following resources, most of which I have shown at one time or another at my programs. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are some of the best videos to date.   My personal favorites are the first three listed.

 

1. Y Yoga Filmmaker Albert Klein takes up yoga the week of 9/11, falls in love with it, and goes on to make one of the greatest yoga documentaries to date.  This is my personal favorite, and if you only have time for one, this one is it. It’s primarily about the California Yoga scene, but that’s where it all starts anyway.

 

2. Enlighten Up!  A skeptic’s journey into the wide world of yoga.  This film is very well put together, and with a lot of colorful characters, like international yoga superstar, Diamond Dallas Page. It is particularly good, I feel, because it raises more questions than it answers. You can watch some of this one on Youtube, and it’s full version is on Netflix.

 

3. Yoga UnveiledThis is a great introduction to the deeper dimensions of yoga, especially the history and philosophy of yoga that often gets neglected. It is perfect to watch at the outset of a yoga teacher training program. You have to pay for this one, though you can find some clips on Youtube.

4. Yoga Woman:   Among other things, delves into why yoga is now still primarily practiced by women, even though for most of yoga’s history it was not. I saw this when it premiered on Maui in early 2012. It’s not my favorite, but definitely worth your time.

 

5. Shortcut to NirvanaIt’s now been almost 12 years since this film came out, which features the 2013 Kumbha Mela, the  largest religious festival in the world, which happens every year in India. So if you want to get some sense of what it’s all about before it happens, this is a good place to start.

 

6. Sita Sings the Blues: This is a brilliant, funny and ironic modern re-telling of the ancient Hindu epic The Ramayana, which relates the possibly tragic story (depending on how you look at it) of Rama & Sita. You can watch this for free online.

 

7. Titans of Yoga: This documentary is a good introduction to some of the major figures on the contemporary yoga scene. It is helpful to hear what they have to share with us about the yoga journey.

8. Yoga IsThis is a very sweet introduction to the world of yoga.  It is one woman’s journey while coming to terms with her mother’s death from cancer.  It is especially good for those new to yoga and is very inspiring.

 

9. The Soul of India:  This is not a yoga documentary per se, as yoga is only touched upon only briefly, yet it gives some very good insight into Mother India, the birthplace of yoga.  My students have loved this video  Rick Ray also has another great documentary for yoga people called “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.”

 

10. Ayurveda: The Art of Being: Explore Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, as it has been traditionally practiced in India for centuries. Students have found this to be one of the most fascinating films we’ve shown.

 

11. Fierce Grace:  This is a touching, insightful film about the life and work of Ram Dass, author of the famous book” Be Here Now” and recently featured by Oprah on her online network.

Also Highly Recommended: Kumaré

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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Sacred Valley, Peru, 2013


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200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training in Sacred Valley, Peru

~ HOLA! NAMASTÉ~

You Are Invited…

To our 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Program this Fall in Peru’s Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru

WHEN: October 20th-November 11th, 2013

WHERE: A Beautiful Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley

WHO: Anyone who wants to deepen into their yoga practice and self-understanding while exploring the rich Peruvian culture. These programs are of special benefit to those who are seeking to become new yoga teachers, yet are open to anyone with a deep interest in yoga and their own evolution/involution. Our intention is always to open space for transformation to occur — a process that often takes us beyond the mat…

~ Certification through Yoga University ~

+ Continuing Education & Deepening for Yoga Teachers & Devoted Students.

FEATURING

* Learn to Teach Vinyasa Flow Style *

* Kundalini Yoga, Partner Yoga, Flying Yoga, Thai Bodywork, Ecstatic Yoga Dance & Breathwork *

* Intro to the Yoga Swing & Receive a Free One *

* Daily Meditation, Kirtan & Satsang *

* Healing & Detoxification *

* Super-healthy food prepared on-site *

* Shamanic Healing Ceremony *

* Agni Hotra ceremony, Pachamama offerings, Sound Healing

* Internet Marketing for Yoga *

* Sacred Excursions *

* Special Guest Teachers *

* Learning & Teaching Yoga as a Way of Life, in a Well-Rounded, Non-Dogmatic, User-Friendly Way *

* Receive our online course offering package as part of the program, & discounts on future offerings *

PRICING

Reserve Your Space ~ $999

Early Bird (If Paid In Full Before August 15th) ~ $3999

Price for Peruvian Residents ~ $3800

Peruvian Residents w/out Lodging ~ $3300

Full Price ~ $4400 (Includes Everything except airfare and some boos)

All payments are 60% refundable up to 2 weeks prior to start date, or 100% could go toward a future offering.

SPECIALS

Refer a friend and receive $150, even if you don’t participate! Your friend receives $75 off.

* Special Discount for Students & Special Needs *

* We offer no money up front and no interest for 6 months with Paypal Financing (decent credit required) *

*** Please note ~ This program is open to all ~ even to those who do not necessarily want to teach yoga, but just explore it more deeply for personal growth and planetary healing. This training course is also ideal for yoga teachers who wish to delve into the deeper dimensions of yoga. In other words, not just yoga as a workout, but as a way of life. ***

Teachers & Special Guests Include

* Allowah Lani (Program Director) ~ Kundalini Yoga, Flying Yoga, Kirtan, Satsang, Ectatic Dance & Shamanic Breathwork, etc. *

* Talia Irene ~ Partner Yoga, Heart Dance, Live Food Nutrition, & Soul Connection Counsel*

~ Lila Land ~ Peruvian Excursions and Shamanic Ceremonies ~ Yoga for Kids

~ Marcella Pantigozo ~ Shamanic Healing Ceremonies

* Snehan Born ~ Hatha Yoga, Flow Yoga, Raja Yoga (yoga philosophy), Assists and Adjustments, Kriyas (cleansing practices), Pranayama and Meditation.

* More Special Guest Teachers & Presenters, TBA

WE ENCOURAGE EARLY REGISTRATION AS SPACE IS LIMITED

For questions about the program, contact Allowah @ allowah13@gmail.com

“QUESTIMONIALS”

“It is an amazing space: great energy, absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to do your training. I know, bc I just completed mine there Feel free to contact me, ask questions or see my photo albums for more information. I fully reccomend Allowah and his program. ♥” ~ Theresa Guinasso

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“Allowah is a great teacher who lives yoga full heartedly. He is wise in the information he gives and makes everyone feel very welcome. He is also very patient and understanding of individual needs as well the group needs…[& About Livacious Live Food Catering:] Delicious Delicious and Amazingly Delicious! Taliyah and Diana make the best food I’ve ever had and it’s all filled with Loving & Light energy! Thank you! Namaste”
~ Robyn Filkins

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“It was a strong experience…So many lessons I have learned to grow up, and now I just need to practice! Thank you so much for this amazing experience…I love you.” ~ Delphine, Miami, Florida

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“Thank you for a wonderful learning experience with a great group of people. I feel that I have really grown through having had this experience. I learned a lot about yoga from this training.” ~ Meredith, Naples, Florida

CONTACTS

Allowah & Taliyah (239) 592-0898

email: allowah13@gmail.com, or Facebook “Allowah Lani”

web: http://www.allow-ah.com

http://www.yogauniversity108.com

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We Recommend ~ Tuning In (the Movie…& the process : )


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Tuning In, the Movie

A small group of us watched the 2008 movie “Tuning In” last night and loved it.  It’s all about the phenomenon of channeling, and specifically looks at about 7 or 8 different channels — what they do, how they started, and some of the messages coming through them.  We noted had similar most of the messages were to each other (a good thing).  You can rent this for about $4 on Amazon.

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