Sanskrit & Yoga Philosophy Afternoon Workshop in Napa! May 18th, 2013

YS 1-2Dear Friends,

The Sanskrit train keeps on rolling! I’ll be teaching an afternoon of Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy at Ubuntu Yoga Studio in the beautiful Napa Valley on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 12:30pm – 6:30pm. Save the date and come on up!

We will look at essentials of Sanskrit sound, exploring the alphabet as a stepping-stone to be able to accurately pronounce yoga-related words, āsana names, mantra and verses from quintessential yogic texts. We will also explore key Yoga Sūtras which will help to unlock timeless truths of  yoga as a path of freedom, happiness & self-realization.

The workshop will be a lot of fun. It won’t be boring….I promise. NO experience of Sanskrit or chanting or Yoga Philosophy is needed. Less is more – just bring yourself!

For more information and to sign up for the workshop, please contact:

Ubuntu Yoga Studio: 1140 Main St  Napa, CA 94559 (707) 251-5656

http://www.ubuntuyogastudio.com

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Sanskrit Workshop In San Francisco! April 27th & 28th

I’ll be teaching a weekend workshop in San Francisco at the very wonderful Laughing Lotus Yoga School on April 27th & 28th. The class will be fun and light-hearted as we dive into the beautiful ocean of Sanskrit sounds and practical, timeless philosophy. Despite the title, no prior experience with Sanskrit or chanting is required…..really….trust me on that one! 🙂

Sanskrit Beyond The Basics –  April 27th & 28th, 2013

Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
3271 16th St  San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-1600

email: asklotussf@laughinglotus.com

Dates: Sat. April 27th & Sun. April 28th
Time: 1-6pm
Cost: $199 (20% off for Lotus Grads)

This 10 Hour Sanskrit and Yoga Sutra Intensive is for Yoga Teachers and enthusiasts wanting to deepen their knowledge and experience of Sanskrit as the language of Yoga through the highest of yogic texts , the Yoga Sutras. Since ancient times the practice of yoga has included the study, practice and chanting of yogic texts which are written in Sanskrit and is integral to the heart of yoga for deeper understanding and connection which is experienced through harmonizing and balancing of the mind through sound.

Josh will teach you how to approach the sacred language of Yoga as a practice that is fun, transformative, inspiring and liberating through an educational and experiential learning experience that will give you a deep connection to the beauty, power and energy of Sanskrit as a priceless tool to understand, uncover and feel the meaning of Yoga to experience, celebrate and share . This Intensive is an incredible opportunity to grow as a Yoga Teacher cultivating a more spiritual relationship and reverence in practice and teaching the High Art and Science of Yoga.

Curriculum:
* The ABC’s of the Sanskrit Alphabet
* Intimacy with Location of Sound
* The Breath of Sanskrit
* Pronunciation Perfection
* Chanting the key Yoga Sutras
* Uncovering personal meaning in the Yoga Sutras
* Sharing the Joy of sound in classes

About Josh:
Josh Michaell teaches Sanskrit, Yoga Philosophy & Meditation through workshops and Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. Practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1993 and studying Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy with Vyaas Houston since 1997 Josh is a licensed M.A., MFT, with a Transpersonal and Yoga Psychology-inspired counseling practice in San Francisco and Marin County, CA.

Back To The Land Of The Gods

Two more days and then I am heading back to Bali! I am thrilled to be going back to this magical place. I’ll be teaching Yoga Philosophy for my dear friends who run the wonderful, intense, and transformative Vibrant Living Teacher Training. You can find out more about this exceptional training at http://www.radiantlyalive.com/training.php

Sanskrit & Iyengar Yoga Workshop in SF – June 26th and 27th!

IYSF Presents:

Yoga Asana and Sanskrit Workshop
Saturday and Sunday
June 26-27, 2010 1:00 to 6:00 pm
with
Janet MacLeod and Joshua Michaell

Janet MacLeod
www.jmacleodyoga.com
As āsana prepares the body for meditation, so do the sacred sounds of Sanskrit. Sanskrit, refined and purified through the ages, naturally leads the mind deeply into meditation. Also, within the sounds of the language of Yoga are the “sonic enzymes” necessary to digest the understanding of yoga philosophy, whose body of knowledge is written in Sanskrit. In this workshop we will combine the roots of āsana and the roots of yoga’s sacred language to create an environment where a meditative experience can arise from the meeting of these oceans.  From the side of language, we will explore:

  • A yogic model of learning, designed to teach you how to establish one-pointed focus, eliminate limiting habituated patterns and awaken to a deeper sense of freedom and self-awareness.
  • Three essential elements of Sanskrit sound, allowing you to develop an intimacy with the language of yoga.
  • Beginning to read and accurately pronounce yoga-related words and sacred verses, savoring the beauty and power of the language and its resonance.
  • Chanting a selection of the most important of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the quintessential yogic text as well as supporting verses from various sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Hitopadesha, Mandukya Upanishad and Vairagya Shatakam.
  • The Yoga of Meditation: Exploring Patanjali’s meditation on Mastery of The Elements.

Cost: $180 MEMBER; $200 NON-MEMBER

Make check or money order payable to:
Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco
2404 27th Ave
San Francisco, 94116
www.iyisf.org
tel: (415)753-0909
fax: (415)753-0913

Sanskrit in Tokyo!!

I’ll be leaving on May 13th to teach Sanskrit and yoga philosophy in Tokyo. I’m pretty excited. This will be my second time back to Japan within a year. I lived in Japan for close to 2 years at the end of the 1980s. Even with the unstoppable flow of modernization, Japan has lost none of its charm for me. It is still easy to slip into a bygone world and a connection with nature that is truly soul-nurturing (**the picture above is Tokyo, c. 1890 during cherry blossom season). Plus, you can get just about anything you can think of out of a vending machine! 🙂

The Sanskrit/ Philosophy weekend will take place on May 22nd and 23rd and will dovetail with my close friends Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty’s teacher training. Sanskrit classes will be held at Prana Power Yoga Studio in Ebisu.

I’m very much looking forward to getting to see old friends and meeting a new group of students. Japanese students have a dedication to yoga practice that is very inspiring and a natural delight that is joyous to be around.

Other than teaching, I’m very much looking forward to visiting Kyoto for a couple of days of relaxation. Hand-made soba! A true wonder of the world. I’m also looking forward to visiting Yamanien tea farm in Shizuoka. Yamanien makes some of the world’s best Japanese green tea. Tale has it that the royal family drinks Yamanien’s highest quality sencha. I’ve been ordering green tea from them here in the states. It will be great to go and visit.

My mom is coming with me on this trip. She is a world traveler, yogini and human-being extraordinaire. Having her come along kicks up the excitement factor exponentially.

I’ll be blogging along the way, perhaps talking more about finding exceptional ramen and rice crackers than Sanskrit, but you never know…

SANSKRIT TRAINING: SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 17th & 18th

“If one has knowledge of Sanskrit, then knowledge of yoga is possible as well.”Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois

Since ancient times the practice of yoga has included the study of Sanskrit and the chanting of Sanskrit mantras to induce calm and clarity in meditation. Sanskrit is integral to the practice of asana: an essential adjunct for harmonizing and balancing the mind. Knowledge of Sanskrit, even at the most beginning level, makes it possible to grasp the subtleties of yoga philosophy, whose body of teachings are written in it. Through experiencing the profundity of Sanskrit sounds, feeling their force and power, and the unique way they vibrate the palate, body and chakras, your yoga practice and understanding can move to new depths.

In this weekend course, we will explore the following:

* A yogic model of learning, designed to teach you how to establish one-pointed focus, eliminate    limiting habituated patterns, and awaken to a deeper sense of freedom and self-awareness.

* The essential elements of Sanskrit sound, allowing you to develop an intimacy with the language of yoga.

* Beginning to read and accurately pronounce the Sanskrit alphabet and a selection of yoga-related words and yoga sutras using the original Devanagari script, savoring the beauty and power of the language and its resonance.

* Basic Sanskrit grammar, experiencing how sounds combine with each other.

* Chanting a selection of the most important of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the quintessential yogic text and foundation of Ashtanga Yoga as well as supporting verses from various sacred texts.

This class will be fun and engaging and can lead you deeper into your experience of yoga both on and off of the mat. No previous experience with Sanskrit is necessary to attend.

I highly recommend this training to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of yoga by exploring its sacred language and philosophy! —Chuck Miller, Certified Senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher.


Location: Ashtanga Yoga San Francisco
Address: 1009 Page Street, at the corner of Divisadero
between Haight and Oak.
Times: Saturday, April 17th 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 18th 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $195.00
For info: http://www.ashtangayogasanfrancisco

Upcoming Sanskrit Workshop – San Francisco March 13th, 2010

The Language of Yoga – An Essential Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation

“If one has knowledge of Sanskrit, then knowledge of yoga is possible as well.”

-Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois

Since ancient times the practice of yoga has included the study of Sanskrit and the chanting of Sanskrit mantras to induce calm and clarity in meditation. Sanskrit is integral to the practice of asanas: an essential adjunct for harmonizing and balancing the mind. Knowledge of Sanskrit, even at the most beginning level, makes it possible to grasp the subtleties of yoga philosophy, whose body of teachings are written in it. Through experiencing the profundity of Sanskrit sounds, feeling their force and power, and the unique way they vibrate the palate,body and chakras, your yoga practice and understanding can move to new depths.

In this course, we will explore the following:

* A yogic model of learning, designed to teach you how to establish one-pointed focus, eliminate    limiting habituated patterns, and awaken to a deeper sense of freedom and self-awareness.

* Essential elements of Sanskrit sound, allowing you to develop an intimacy with the language of yoga.

*Learning to accurately pronounce yoga-related words, asana names and mantra, savoring the beauty and power of the language and its resonance.

* An empowering selection of yoga sutras and timeless, healing verses from various sacred texts including the Bhagavad Gita, Hitopadesha, Ramayana and Mandukya Upanishad.

This course will be both fun and engaging. No previous experience with Sanskrit or yoga philosophy is necessary to attend class.


Saturday, March 13th, 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Ashtanga Yoga San Francisco

for info: http://www.ashtangayogasanfrancisco.com