Join in an in-depth exploration of the Ashtanga yoga tradition March 30-April 2, 2017 at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa, in San Diego, CA with Ashtanga yoga teachers: Tim Feldmann, Laruga Glaser, Kino MacGregor, Mark Robberds and Tarik Thami.
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 Kona Kai Resort & Spa just 12 minutes from the airport on Shelter Island. When you arrive at the Kona Kai Resort & 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.
2017 ASHTANGA YOGA CONFLUENCE SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, MARCH 30TH
5:30-6:30 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.
6:30-8:00 pm – Catered Opening Ceremony
A light vegetarian meal will be served with a live music performance.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST
Choose between Guided First Series and Mysore
7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Kino MacGregor (asana)
7:00-9:00 am – Mysore taught by Tim Feldmann, Laruga Glaser, Mark Robberds, and Tarik Thami with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
11:00 am-1:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Parampara of Ashtanga Yoga – The Legacy of Pattabhi Jois with Tim Feldmann, Laruga Glaser, Kino MacGregor, Mark Robberds and Tarik Thami moderated by Jessica Walden (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
1:00-1:15 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.
1:30-2:30 pm – Awaken Shakti – The Slumbering Goddess within You as Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali and Tara with Dr. Manoj Chalam (lecture)
In this entertaining and deeply spiritual lecture, Manoj will bring in statues of these Goddesses and relate their symbolisms to your life situation through the power of story telling. Unleash the Shakti archetype within you as the creative power of the One. Learn the 5 yogic practices you can do with these Goddess archetypes of Durga, Lakshmi Saraswati, Kali and Tara. This Shakti archetype guides us through all aspects of life transitions such as relationships, profession and adaptation to new challenges. With Shakti’s guidance, we are able to live out the intentions of the Universe with a lightness of being. This class is suitable for men and women. Manoj will help you find your personal deity/Ishtadevata.
2:45-3:45 pm – Developing a Sitting Practice taught by Tarik Thami
In the Ashtanga practice, our object of meditation is the tristhana or three places of attention (drishti, asana and breath). In the Zen tradition initially the objects of mediation are conveniently enough posture, gaze and breath. I have found that when one begins to feel the desire to just sit that these two practices dovetail nearly perfectly and are in essence one and the same. You will learn a few simple techniques, some classic Zen parables and leave with an overview of how to integrate this Zen based approach with a regular Ashtanga practice.
4:00-6:00 pm – Back Bending and Beyond taught by Mark Robberds (asana)
Find the ‘hidden’ backbends in the Primary Series. All of us can develop safe and beautiful backbends to the best of our own ability. It is a matter of rediscovering the primary patterns of movement that allow us to find our own unique way of expressing our back bending potential. From Samasthiti to the final pose, the keys to unlocking this intelligence of the body can be found. This class will explore ways to find those keys; the fundamental shoulder movements, pelvic/lumbar rhythms, breath patterns and the hip, leg and foot work needed for back bends and beyond, into all aspects of your practice and life.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST
Choose between Guided First Series and Mysore
7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Laruga Glaser (asana)
7:00-9:00 am – Mysore taught by Tim Feldmann, Kino MacGregor, Mark Robberds and Tarik Thami with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
11:00 am-1:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Ashtanga Yoga and Daily Life with Tim Feldmann, Laruga Glaser, Kino MacGregor, Mark Robberds and Tarik Thami moderated by Jessica Walden (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
2:30-3:30 pm – Pattabhi Jois and the Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy of Yoga Māla with Tim Feldmann, Tarik Thami and Andrew Hillam moderated by Jesse Gordon (lecture/discussion)
The yoga sutras were written for an audience familiar with many other related texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. Pattabhi Jois commentary of yoga philosophy in Yoga Māla draws on many different sources, which help us to understand Ashtanga Yoga in a way that is useful to us in a modern context. Drawing inspiration from Yoga Māla this forum will inquire into how Guruji’s explanation of Ashtanga Yoga can enrich and deepen our yoga practice including yoga practice in daily life.
4:00-6:00 pm – Detailing Second Series taught by Laruga Glaser (asana)
Intermediate Series, otherwise known as Nādī Śhodana, meaning nervous system cleansing, builds upon the culmination of energy and purification within the practitioner built from the foundation of Primary Series. In this workshop, special attention will be focused on the in depth study of each posture, their relationship to each other as well as executing the proper vinyasas and transitions, with special attention to all points of Tristhānam (posture, breath, drishte) throughout the practice. In addition, there will be time to trouble shoot areas of difficulty to gather skills to then move forward in the practice with greater intelligence and awareness. Whether new to the practice of Intermediate Series, or an experienced practitioner, this workshop will invoke new insights and inspire your already existing practice.
7:30-9:00 pm – Fireside Dance Performance & Kirtan with Deepika Meetha and Mark Robberds
Deepika combines her two loves, dance and yoga, in this unique blend, which she calls “Dance of Prana”. Part and parcel of the Mysore experience, Mark was first introduced to the devotional practice of kirtan on his first trip to Mysore in 1999. Over the years, he became an accidental kirtanist because people wanted kirtan and he played guitar and sang. And so it happened that with each year on his visit to Mysore, the Kirtans became bigger and bigger and brought the Mysore yoga community together in an experience of bhakti and union through music and singing from the heart. This is an opportunity to bring the spirit of Mysore to the Confluence. You don’t need to sing well, you just need to sing loud!
SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND
Choose between Guided First Series and Mysore
7:00-9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Tim Feldmann (asana)
7:00-9:00 am – Mysore taught by Laruga Glaser, Kino MacGregor, Mark Robberds, and Tarik Thami with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)
11:00 am-1:00 pm – Be Strong taught by Kino MacGregor (asana)
True strength in the journey of yoga begins with a decision to never give up. Enjoy challenging yourself to exceed your limits as you try fun arm balances, powerful lift-ups and develop a strong mind. Leave with solid technical instructions that unlock the keys to the strength poses of yoga. This class shows you how to practice safely and effectively along the inner path of strength. With a brave heart and a tenacious spirit the impossible becomes possible. Learn what it means to truly be strong and expect to sweat!
1:30-2:30 pm – Form & Formless: Yogic Deities & 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,Tara play in this journey? Manoj will bring in statues of these deities and relate their symbolisms to our journey to enlightenment. 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.
3:00-5:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Q&A with Tim Feldmann, Laruga Glaser, Kino MacGregor, Mark Robberds and Tarik Thami 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.