Join in an in-depth exploration of the Ashtanga yoga tradition March 3-6, 2016 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa with Ashtanga yoga master teachers: Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson.
In India, the location where two or more rivers merge is thought to be an auspicious place of spiritual power. In the same spirit, these highly respected teachers will join in a confluence* of classes, lectures, stories and events designed to share the profound gift of yoga they received from their beloved teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
The confluence is open to experienced Ashtanga yoga practitioners as well as yoga students who are new to the Ashtanga practice. We offer a unique opportunity for students of all levels to learn from master teachers of this profound and ancient system.
The Ashtanga Yoga Confluence will be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa just 15 minutes from the airport on Mission Bay. When you arrive at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, please stop by the Confluence registration desk in the lobby. Please bring your ID to pick up your badge and event guide, which includes complete schedules and locations. Your badge will be your admission to classes and events.
2016 ASHTANGA YOGA CONFLUENCE SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD
4:30-5:30 pm – Ganesh Puja performed by Eddie Stern
In India, the elephant headed god is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings. He is honored at important ceremonies to insure an auspicious beginning and successful completion of the event.
5:30-7:00 pm – Catered Opening Ceremony
A light vegetarian meal will be served with a live music performance.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH
7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Manju Jois (asana)
7:00-8:30 am – Mysore Session 1 taught by Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
8:30-10:00 am – Mysore Session 2 taught by Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: Consulting the Jungle Physicians with Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson moderated by Dominic Corigliano (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
An open forum where the teachers will field questions from the students in regard to asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy, injury, diet, aging and more.
2:30-3:30 pm – Form and the Formless: Yogic Deities and Enlightenment with Dr. Manoj Chalam (lecture)
The Upanishads are Vedic scriptures that reveal the Self in us. Enlightenment is the journey of Knowing the Self, abiding in the Self and seeing the same Self in others with love and compassion. It involves the practices of Shravanam (listening), Mananam (contemplation) and Nidhidhyasanam (abiding in the Self). The question then arises, what role do these deities such as Ganesh, Shiva, Lakshmi, Buddha and Tara play in this journey? Through archetypical story telling, discover your Isthadevata (personal archetype), uncover their secret symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of a practice towards spiritual awakening. Manoj will help you find your personal deity/Ishtadevata.
4:00-6:00 pm – Rhythm & Balance: Seeking Transformation not Perfection taught by Dena Kingsberg
BHAVANA: Reflection – Unrealistic expectation leads to discontent. The acceptance of all – dark and light, smooth and rough alike with an open heart and pure intention leads to genuine transformation. Inspiration can be found in nature’s organic irregularity. Inspiration and beauty can be found within the unique irregularity of you. We practice, not for the sake of a perfect pose, but for the prana that stirs the blood and inspires change. This class will be a combination of conscious movement (asana), conscious breath (pranayama), conscious intention (pratyahara), sound (chanting) and sweet surrender.
4:00-6:00 pm – Thread of Nectar: The Art of Subtle Alignment taught by Richard Freeman (asana)
Ashtanga Yoga is the art of following an empty thread of awareness through and between postures, breaths, thoughts and techniques. In this class we will learn to use core techniques like Dristi and Bandha to awaken a subtle intelligence. This intelligence allows us to enter into each pattern of our awareness and technique, to experience it in context and to then release it. We can then play with the paradoxes of breathing and the complementarity of technique to open the central thread of the body. Experiencing therein a subtle kindness and joy, allows us to bring a new degree of freedom, technical skill and compassion to our everyday practice.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH
7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Richard Freeman (asana)
7:00-8:30 am – Mysore Session 1 taught by Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
8:30-10:00 am – Mysore Session 2 taught by Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
11:30 am-1:30 pm – Women’s Panel Discussion with Diana Christinson, Kathy Cooper, Dena Kingsberg, Leigha Nicole and Mary Taylor moderated by Shelley Washington (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
Each teacher will share the profound gift of yoga they received from their beloved teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and one of their favorite stories relating to Guruji. This discussion will offer an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers.
1:30-1:45 pm – Yoga Gives Back Presentation with Founder/President Kayoko Mitsumatsu (presentation)
Yoga Gives Back is helping mothers and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods. This presentation will show the newest exciting short film that documents how the programs implemented by this Los Angeles based non-profit organization are making a difference in many lives in India.
2:30-3:30 pm – Awaken Shakti: The Creative Force & Slumbering Goddess of Tantra with Dr. Manoj Chalam (lecture)
Contemplate on the symbols of Goddess Statues and discover the archetypes of the slumbering Goddesses or Shakti within us as Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali, Durga, Tara and Kwan Yin. Unleash this Shakti, within you as the creative power of the One. In Tantra, this Shakti archetype guides us through all aspects of life transitions such as adulthood, relationships, marriage, parenting, profession and adaptation to new challenges. With Shakti’s guidance, we are able to live out the intentions of the Universe rather than doing the bidding of our ego.
4:00-6:00 pm – Teaching with Your Hands: Standing Poses taught by Tim Miller and David Swenson (asana)
An introduction to the art of adjusting standing poses, including: making a visual assessment of a student’s pose; entering someone’s space with awareness and sensitivity; and adjusting safely and intelligently.
4:00-6:00 pm – Intermediate Series and the Nervous System taught by Eddie Stern (lecture/chanting)
The theory behind the postures of the Intermediate Series has fascinating correlates in modern scientific findings. Consciousness, according to Yoga, expresses itself through the functions of our physiology, including the nerves of the brain and nervous system, sense organs and subtle channels. Because of sensory overload, stress and poor living habits, our nervous system becomes taxed, and stress hormones and other chemicals flood certain areas of the brain and body, effectively preventing the nervous system from signaling properly and allowing for a clear perception of the world around us and our place in it. In this lecture, we’ll look at how the intermediate poses (and many primary ones), breathing and bandhas help remedy this.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6TH
7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by David Swenson (asana)
7:00–8:30 am – Mysore Session 1 taught by Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and Eddie Stern with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
8:30-10:00 am – Mysore Session 2 taught by Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and Eddie Stern with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
11:30 am-1:30 pm –Ashtanga Yoga As It Is taught by Manju Jois (vedic chanting/pranayama)
Manju began learning Vedic Chanting and Sanskrit at the age of seven from his father Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. After several years of instruction Manju began to practice Vedic Chanting on his own. These simple Vedic mantras create a vibration that result in a feeling of well-being. Manju enjoys sharing his favorite chants with anyone who is interested in chanting to help with memory, mental peace and relaxation.
3:00-5:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Q&A with Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson moderated by Dominic Corigliano (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
This discussion offers an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers. Questions submitted in advance will be addressed.
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*con·flu·ence [kon-floo-uhns] noun: A flowing together of two or more streams. An act or process of merging. A coming together of people or things.