The following are a variety of special courses designed to expand and deepen your knowledge of yoga, meditation, philosophy and theory.
Sanskrit is described as divine language, with healing and energizing sounds. It is the most ancient and structured language of the world. Sanskrit is yoga in linguistic form, with pranayama and mantras built into it. In this course you will get to know the language, basic spoken Sanskrit, some mantras, names of yoga asanas and Sanskrit alphabet. A four-session course meeting once a week.
$180 – Non-members / $140 – Members
About the Teacher:This course will be taught by Acharya (‘Professor’ in Sanskrit) Ram Vakkalanka, a well known Sanskrit expert who has studied Sanskrit from three scholars in India for more than 10 years. Ram conducts Sanskrit workshops at many Yoga studios in North America and is the translator of several works from Sanskrit to English, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. For more about Ram, please visit www.aksharayoga.com.
Raja Yoga Sutras describe profound methods for exploring the mind which can be applied to improve your meditation practice. The Sutras however are often misunderstood and guidance of a teacher is necessary in order to understand and apply the wisdom contained in each of the verses.
In this course we will explore the most important teachings of the Sutras, including: components of the mind; five states in which mind manifests; five categories of thoughts (including sleep!); 8 limbs of yoga practice (ashtanga); other practices and meditations designed to achieve a one-pointed mind.
$75 – Non-members / $60 – Members