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6 month ashtanga program



This six month program will take place September  15 - April 13, 2018 (with a break thanksgiving week & winter break 12/05 - 01/19), at Yoga Shala of San Antonio. The course fee is $2850 before May 25th and $2950 after May 25th. The Ashtanga program is open to students who are serious about learning the discipline of Ashtanga Yoga, and who have been practicing yoga consistently for six months

The course is designed to give participants an in depth experience of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. There are two basic methods for transmitting this teaching. One is the “Mysore style” method in which students in the class work independently at their own level of proficiency with hands on assistance from one or more teachers. The second method of teaching involves guiding the students through the practice by counting the vinyasa in the traditional Sanskrit. In this course we will have an opportunity to experience these two types of teaching.

Participants are expected to take part in ongoing classes at the studio for their personal practice, and to observe and assist other classes. The hours of the program will be from 8 AM to 3 PM every Saturday, except during holidays. A total of 200 hours will be spent in this program, practice and observation/assisting in classes during these six months.

Yoga Philosophy
Pattabhi Jois says that “Ashtanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga.” This part of the course will explore the Yoga Sutras as the philosophical basis of the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. We will examine basic questions like “What is the purpose of yoga?” and “How can we use the technology of yoga to achieve the state of yoga?”

Pranayama and Mantra
This part of the course will explore pranayama as the connecting link between the external and internal practice of yoga. Just as asana is the foundation for pranayama, pranayama is the foundation for working with sound (mantra), which prepares the mind for meditation. We will learn basic techniques of pranayama, and explore sound through mantras, slokas, and bhajans.

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