Join in an in-depth exploration of the Ashtanga Yoga tradition May 8 – 11, 2014 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina with senior western students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller 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 San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina  just 10 minutes from the airport on the San Diego Bay. When you arrive at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, please stop by the Confluence registration desk at the Marina Ballroom lobby on the 2nd floor just up the escalator near Starbucks. 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.




Thursday: May 8, 2014

5:30-6:30 pmGanesh Puja performed by Shrikantha Shastri
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.
Srikantha Shastri, a Hindu Priest from Mysore, India, received his advanced degree from the Mysore Maharaja Samskritha Maha Patha Shala, where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught for 37 years.

6:30-8:00 pm – Catered Opening Ceremony
A light vegetarian meal will be served and live music performed by Glen Fischer and Friends


Friday: May 9, 2014

7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Richard (asana)

7:00-8:30 am – Mysore taught by Manju, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Manju, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: The Evolution of Ashtanga Yoga in the West: The Legacy of Pattabhi Jois with Richard, Manju, Dena, Tim and David and moderated by Dominic Corigliano

2:45-3:45 pm – Form & Formless: Hindu/Buddhist Archetypes and Enlightenment with Dr. Manoj Chalam
Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of Hindu & Buddhist deities to the archetypes within us. Through mythology, we will uncover hidden symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of a yogic practice. Discover how knowing and working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how they lead to great peace of mind and prepares you for the goal of realizing the Self, or ultimate freedom.
Manoj Chalam uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 4 ways to work with an archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Manoj presents workshops on Hindu symbolisms and Tantra at yoga studios, keynotes at festivals, ashrams, and universities.

4:00-6:00 pm – Seeking Authenticity: A Marriage of Yoga Philosophy and Practice taught by Dena
(minimal asana to prepare for the seated practice)
Like a marriage, the commitment to an ongoing practice of one style or method allows us the possibility to move beyond the surface. In repetition and devotion, we provoke a gradual awakening. In this class, we will consolidate the basics of pranayama practice and sample a taste from Patanjali’s yoga sutras.

4:00-6:00 pm – So You Think You Can Balance taught by David (asana)
A fun-filled exploration of not falling over. Whether standing on our feet, hands, head or any other body part balance can be one of the most challenging aspects of practice. David will share his personal insights and methods of finding balance in an unstable world.


Saturday: May 10, 2014

7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Dena (asana)

7:00-8:30 am – Mysore taught by Richard, Manju, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Richard, Manju, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: Ashtanga Yoga and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with Richard, Manju, Dena, Tim and David. Moderated by Dominic Corigliano. (lecture/discussion)
The teachers will select specific sutras to illustrate Pattabhi Jois’ assertion that “Ashtanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga.” Feel free to bring your own copy of yoga sutras.

1:30 -1:45 pm – Yoga Gives Back Presentation with Yoga Gives Back Founder/President Kayoko Mitsumatsu
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.

3:00-5:00 pm – Mulabandha Is Not What You “Think” taught by Richard (asana)
To flow gracefully and effortlessly in and out of poses, it is essential to stay vibrant and grounded in breathing. This class will be based on a study of the essential and elusive activity of Mulabandha and the strong grounding effect of correct ujjayi pranayama.  Mulabandha is a conjunction of complimentary movement patterns, which open the central axis of the body right up through the root of the palate. We will flow seamlessly through these movement patterns, following the thread of the central axis.

3:00-5:00 pm – The Heroic Journey: The Essence of Sadhana taught by Tim (some asana)
The impeccable character of Hanuman embodies the qualities that constitute perfect sadhana: a strong and agile body, an intelligent and discerning mind and a compassionate and devoted heart. The building blocks of these qualities are called the “three vital essences”: prana, tejas and ojas. In this class we will use asana, pranayama and kirtan to cultivate the three vital essences.

7:30-9:00 pm  Kirtan with Naren presented by Sangita Yoga
Director of Sangita Yoga, Naren, brings more than 20 years of sadhana in an ancient Yoga tradition, including 11 years as a brahmachari. Naren has trained with eminent musicians in India and is dedicated to spreading the traditions of yogic music. He is considered by many to be a bridge between yogis and musicians of India and the West.


Sunday: May 11, 2014

7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Manju (asana)

7:00-8:30 am – Mysore taught by Richard, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Richard, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Ashtanga Yoga As It Is with Manju (vedic chanting/pranayama)
Manju began learning Vedic Chanting and Sanskrit at the age of seven from his father 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.

2:45-3:45 pm – Freedom from Yoga Philosophy: A Talk on the Empty Mind with Richard (lecture)
While practicing yoga we soon discover that Prana (internal breath) and Citta (mind) are two ends of the same stick. This eventually allows us to feel our yoga stretches, sensation – patterns and feelings – extend to infinity. But what about our beliefs, hopes, opinions and philosophies about ourselves, our world and our yoga?  Do they stretch out to infinity in the same delightful way as our internal Prana? This talk will look at ideas about yoga, its many practices, its many philosophies, the patterns they make, what matters and who really cares.

4:00-6:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Q&A with Richard, Manju, Dena, Tim and David. Moderated by Dominic Corigliano. (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
This class offers an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers. Questions submitted in advance
will be addressed.


Registration opens October 7, 2013. 

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Pre-registration Price: $495
Pre-registration opens October 7, 2013.
Requires staying at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina and registering by November 1, 2013.
(cancellation of room reservation automatically cancels event registration)

General Registration Price: $525
General registration opens November 1, 2013.

Please Note: Cancellation Policy - All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing via email to You will receive an email confirming receipt of your cancellation; keep this confirmation of your cancellation. Cancellations received on or before April 24, 2014 will be issued a 50% refund. All cancellations must acknowledge an understanding of the refund policy. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after April 24, 2014. Please take this into consideration when registering for the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence.

Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment in full must accompany registration.

If you signed up during pre-registration and you cancel your hotel reservation, it cancels your reservation for the entire event.

Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment in full must accompany registration. Enrollment is limited, pre-registration is highly recommended.

Within a month of the event, if it is not sold out, day passes may become available.
Day Pass Price: $225


*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.