Schedule

Living with Love and Purpose Beyond Asana

Join in an in-depth exploration of the Ashtanga yoga tradition March 1-4, 2018 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, in San Diego, CA with a collection of Ashtanga yoga’s most influential master teachers: Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson moderated by Jessica Walden. This is a worldwide gathering you won’t want to miss that will expand your mind, heal your body and feed your soul.

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 teachers, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath 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.

 

2018 ASHTANGA YOGA CONFLUENCE SCHEDULE 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST

4:30-5:30 pm – Ganesh 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.

5:30-7:00 pm – Catered Opening Ceremony
A light vegetarian meal will be served with a live music performance by Bviolin.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND

Choose between Guided First Series and Mysore

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

7:00-8:30 am Mysore Session 1 taught by Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Tim Miller and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am  – Mysore Session 2 taught by Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Tim Miller and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: Do Your Practice and All Is Coming – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois with Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson moderated by Jessica Walden (lecture/discussion/Q&A)

2:30-3:30 pm – Hindu & Buddhist Deities: Their Most Entertaining Stories and Secret Symbolisms and Why Its Relevant in Yoga Today with Dr. Manoj Chalam (lecture) Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will take you on a humorous story telling journey and will relate the symbolism of Hindu and Buddhist deities to the archetypes within us. He will help you find your archetype/personal deity/Ishtadevata that helps you in your transformation that ultimately leads to Moksha or enlightenment. Uncover their hidden symbolisms and learn the five ways to work with them as part of a spiritual practice. Manoj will help you find your archetype/personal deity/Ishtadevata.

Choose one of the two following workshops

4:00-6:00 pm – Integrating Breath and Bandhas in Your Asana Practice taught by Tim Feldmann (asana and pranayama) In this session, you will locate your locks and drop into your breath to free your practice.  Guruji says: “The Ashtanga practice is a breathing practice – the rest is just bending!” You will establish yourself firmly in the foundations of yogic breathing with a clear physical understanding of the use of the bandhas/internal activities and discover how to connect your physical body with your subtle body. You will learn simple pranayama to help your body open and your mind to settle into one-pointed focus. Experience how this ancient tradition holds many life lessons.

4:00-6:00 pm – A Drop of Nectar: Internal Forms, Breath and Mudra taught by Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor (asana and pranayama)  True nectar is said to be composed of compassion, insight and humor. It is released from the root of the palate when inhaling pattern of prana and the exhaling pattern of apana unite to form mulabandha into a proper mudra. Ashtanga Vinyasa is the continuous cultivation of this fine ambrosial drink achieved by following a thread of its flavor through and between postures, breaths, thoughts and techniques. In this class we will explore opening and then releasing vivid, internal, organic anatomy patterns in sync with the breath. This method fully uses the imagination to feel complementary full body patterns which, when interfaced with each other, open the central channel. The repeated practice of these internal forms eventually frees us from that very same imagination bringing technical skills to life with a taste of kindness and humor.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD

Choose between Guided First Series and Mysore

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

7:00-8:30 am Mysore Session 1 taught by Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am  – Mysore Session 2 taught by Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: Ancient Solutions and Modern Challenges with Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson moderated by Jessica Walden (lecture/discussion/Q&A)

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.

2:00-3:30 pm – One Precious Life taught by Diana Christinson (meditation) This session will begin with reflection and self-inquiry including meditation, writing and setting intentions followed by a Puja. Through this session, you will be invited to commit to a forty-eight day meditation and daily practice on the impermanence of life and death. Bring a pen, notebook and an open heart. This meditation is inspired by a true story that will inspire you to step into the precious moments of life with awareness of the importance to live to the fullest and to become the best possible version of yourself.

Choose one of the two following workshops

4:00-6:00 pm – Digestible Patanjali taught by Dena Kingsberg (asana, pranayama and chanting) This class will include asana, simple pranayama, philosophy and chanting. The asana practice will combine the elements of breath and bandha in a methodical informative sequence. Inspiring conscious movement for the promotion of freedom and longevity in an organic unfurling whilst exploring elaborations and modifications to enrich your current practice. Simple pranayama will evolve with sound as we introduce a few yoga sutras of Patanjali in an interactive and digestible form.

4:00-6:00 pm – The Marriage of Shiva and Shakti–Finding Harmony in Duality taught by Tim Miller (asana and pranayama) The practice of Yoga offers us an extremely concentrated experience of duality, and the opportunity to find balance between opposing, yet complimentary forces. Asana and Pranayama are collectively referred to as Hatha Yoga – literally “the union of the Sun and the Moon” – the Sun representing the active, masculine force and the Moon symbolizing the passive, feminine quality. Throughout the practice of Hatha Yoga, we encounter constant duality – the inhale and the exhale, extension and flexion, right side and left side, mind and body, effort and surrender, etc. Throughout all of the changing circumstances we encounter during practice, we are challenged to be stable yet comfortable and exercise intelligent effort coupled with appropriate surrender. Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras, suggests that if we are able to cultivate these skills, “Tatah dvanda anabhighathah” – then we are no longer disturbed by duality. In this class we will explore the myriad manifestations of duality that the practice of Asana and Pranayama provide for us and learn how we can begin to harmonize these forces to create balance. Central to this process is the conscious use of breath to link body and mind, facilitate more stability and receptivity and move with greater ease and intelligence. We will explore the notion of “Reciprocal Inhibition” – the complimentary actions of opposing muscles to provide both greater strength and flexibility and the importance of the interplay of pose/counterpose. In addition, we will learn the practical application of Mula Bandha and Uddhiyana Bandha to develop both Roots and Wings in our Asana and Pranayama practice.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH

Choose between Guided First Series and Mysore

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

7:00-8:30 am Mysore Session 1 taught by Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson 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 David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

Choose one of the two following workshops

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 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.

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Really Hip Openings for the Hips: A Pleasant Exploration of Gentle Methods To Open the Hips taught by David Swenson (asana) Tight hips can cause problems in other areas such as the knees and back. David has devised an approach of exploring the hips through slow and gentle movements, stable holding of postures and deep breathing which all combine to bring greater openness to the hips without forcing or pushing. To create stability, David will share methods of activating one area in order to relax another. This balanced approach is both safe and effective and can be applied to other regions of the body as well. As always, David will manage to make this an enjoyable experience. Bring those tight hips in for a tune-up!

1:45-2:45 pm – Awaken Shakti – The Goddess Archetype within You with Dr. Manoj Chalam (lecture) This class is suitable for men and women. 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.

3:00-5:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Q&A Tim Feldmann, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and David Swenson moderated by Jessica Walden (lecture/discussion/Q&A) This class 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.