Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence

HARMONY WORKSHOP

Harmony Slater KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Intensive

28 July - 2 August 2020

6 Days

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ABOUT HARMONY

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“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves”
— Nisargadatta Maharaj

As a child and into my youth, I spent many years training as a ballet dancer. Consequently I struggled with eating disorders and addiction. I always had a keen interest in spirituality, and was brought up in a Christian family who talked openly about God and matters of the heart. 

As a young adult, a search for meaning overtook my love for dance. I recognized that I was fighting a losing battle with an insatiable desire to embody an ideal form that was by its very nature, unattainable. I was grasping at trying to gain some control over an overwhelming onslaught of negative thoughts that were consuming me. I longed for a deeper connection to something beyond myself. 

This search eventually led me to discover the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. I was studying Buddhism and Sanskrit at the University of Calgary, where I completed double degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies, when I felt a strong pull to connect more deeply to the practical side of these ancient teachings I was learning about. 

In 2002, I traveled to China with a field school to research Buddhist Meditation. For six weeks, we lived and practiced in several monasteries in remote areas of the countryside. These experiences encouraged me to pursue more actively the path of Ashtanga Yoga in conjunction with a meditation practice. Since then, I have been fortunate to connect with the Vipassana style of meditation, as taught by S. N. Goenka, and have taken the opportunity to delve deeper into this discipline through sitting multiple silent retreats.

 I made my first trip to Mysore, India in 2004, to practice and learn under the direct guidance of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois.  With the exception of the year my son was born, I returned annually since that first trip and occasionally twice within the same year. From the very first time I met Guruji my heart was flooded with a deep feeling of love and reverence. He was able to transmit so much through a simple touch, his penetrating gaze or with only a few simple words. Those early years of practice with him solidified my dedication and devotion to this lineage. I remember for the first time feeling completely at peace within myself. This experience was so real and deep, I knew this was the path for me.  

I have found that time I spend in Mysore is the heart of my practice and source for my teaching. Directly learning from Guruji and Sharath has touched every aspect of my life. The ritual of immersing myself into the culture of India and connecting back to the roots of yoga continues to keep me inspired and each time forces me to go deeper within myself, to grow, and develop even more trust in this powerful, authentic practice. In 2015 I received 'Certification' from Sharath Jois, which is the highest acknowledgment one can receive from the KPJAYI in Mysore and is an official permission to teach the Advanced A Series. 

 

PROGRAM

Tuesday 28 July

7h00 - 10h00  Guided Self - practice (Mysore classes).  For optimum guidance, there will be 2 groups.  The first starting at 7h00 and the second starting at 8h30. 

15h00 - 17h00 Workshop

Wednesday 29 July 

7h00 - 10h00  Guided Self - practice (Mysore classes).  For optimum guidance, there will be 2 groups.  The first starting at 7h00 and the second starting at 8h30. 

15h00 - 17h00  Workshop - Opposites Attract: How to Open the hips and back

An introduction to different techniques that can enhance both the ‘hip-opening’ and 'back-bending' aspects of your yoga practice

Thursday 30 July

7h00 - 10h00  Guided Self - practice (Mysore classes).  For optimum guidance, there will be 2 groups.  The first starting at 7h00 and the second starting at 8h30. 

Program Free

Friday 31 July

7h00 - 10h00  Guided Self - practice (Mysore classes).  For optimum guidance, there will be 2 groups.  The first starting at 7h00 and the second starting at 8h30.  

15h00 - 17h00 Workshop - Sadhana - Cultivating a spiritual practice in the Modern World

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali gives us three essential components to Sadhana that address issues arising in the body, mind and spirit. Using the Sutras as a guide, we will see how these ancient techniques are related to current practices of yoga.

Saturday 1 August

7h00 - 10h00  Guided Self - practice (Mysore classes).  For optimum guidance, there will be 2 groups.  The first starting at 7h00 and the second starting at 8h30.  

15h00 - 17h00 Workshop - Experiments with Reality: The Internal Limbs

Discover how sound and breath can change your state of mind. We will delve into a suite of seated practices, including japa, pranayama and different meditation techniques to develop a personalize practice beyond asana.

Sunday 2 August

9h00 - 11h00 Sanskrit Counted Primary Series 

14h00 - 16h00 Workshop - Ashtanga Yoga as a Mirror for Self Study & Questions

An opportunity for students to ask practice related questions or other yoga related questions. This is a chance to receive guidance regarding the biomechanics of troublesome asanas and strategies to work intelligently and therapeutically to support healing

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FEES

Tuesday - Saturday Guided Self practice - 35 euros (Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students)

                                                                     - 40 euros (Non Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students)

Sunday Sanskrit Counted Primary Series  - 35 euros (Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students) 

                                                                    - 40 euros (Non Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students)

Afternoon Workshops                              40 euros (Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students)

                                                                    - 45 euros (Non Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students)

 

PROGRAM COMPLETE - 360 euros (Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students)

                                              - 420 euros (Non Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence Students) 

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Payment Details and Conditions

 

  • Full payment required to reserve a place

  • Payment to be made by direct bank transfer, cheque (French students only) or cash (in person at Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence)

  • Cancellation before 28 June 2020 - 80 percent refund (bank transfer fees to be met by the student)

  • Cancellation after 28 June 2020 - No refund

  • For Reservations, email AshtangaYogaShalaProvence@hotmail.com

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