It’s official: Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2013 schedule is out

It’s official. The 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence schedule is up. Link is right here, but here are the details, too:

2013 ASHTANGA YOGA CONFLUENCE SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 28

4:30-5:30 pm – Ganesh Puja performed by Eddie

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

Friday, March 1

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

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

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

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: The Legacy of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois with Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together led by Dominic Corigliano (lecture/discussion)

4:00-6:00 pm – Roots and Wings: The Mysterious and Elusive Bandas taught by Tim

We will explore the application of bandhas to a variety of asanas as a way of enhancing concentration, stability, comfort, alignment and lightness. We will also use a variety of pranayama techniques to explore the connection of breath to bandhas and a refined sense of awareness.

4:00-6:00 pm –  “How I Was Taught” taught by Nancy

In 1973 when Nancy was taught by Pattabhi Jois for the first time, he taught her in a “different” way than ashtanga yoga is generally taught, with fewer vinyasas and often joining groups of poses together. This class will examine the practice as it was taught to her at that time. We will begin with a short explanation then you will be guided through the primary series up to supta vajrasana of the intermediate series. There will be time for questions at the end of the class. Suitable for all levels.

Saturday, March 2

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

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

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

11:30 am-1:30 pm – The Eight Limbs of Yoga with Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together (lecture/discussion)

The first five limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are known as the external limbs. Pattabhi Jois said, “The first five limbs of yoga are very difficult-the last three are easy!” Each teacher will illuminate a yama and a niyama, as well as discuss the lager context of the first five limbs, or even all eight if time permits.

4:00-6:00 pm – Spirit of the Breath taught by Dena

This class will revise the basics for both the fresh and the seasoned practitioner. Exploring principals of posture (asana), breath development (pranayama), internalization (pratyahara) concentration (dharana) and elevation through sound. (chanting)

4:00-6:00 pm – Flying, Floating and Handstanding taught by David (asana with partner)

Flying, Floating and Handstanding: In this fun-filled exploration of vinyasa and arm balances, we’ll break down the vinyasa into its components and explore handstands and arm balances through the avenue of partner work. All levels can attend – even if you’ve never done a handstand.

8:00-9:30 pm – Kirtan with Naren

Naren K. Schreiner, Director of Sangita, brings more than 20 years of dedicated sadhana in an ancient yoga tradition, including 11 years as a bramachari. He is considered by many to be a bridge between yogis and musicians of India and the West. Naren is a representative of India’s premier school of music, ITC-Sangeet Research Academy, and is a lifelong music student of maestro Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty.

Sunday, March 3

7:00 -9:00 amam – Guided First Series taught by David (asana)

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

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

11:30 am-1:30 pm – The Jungle Physicians taught by Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together (lecture/discussion)

This class offers an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers regarding the application of asana as a healing modality.

4:00-6:00 pm –  Ashtanga Yoga and Daily Life with Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together (lecture/discussion/Q&A)

All of the teachers will reflect on what it means to be a yogi in the modern world, as a westerner and a householder and how one’s practice changes over time in relation to the aging process. Questions submitted in advance will be answered.

Price: $495

Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment in full must accompany registration. Registration will open early October 2012. We’ll send out an email with registration instruction once available

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A few things I’ll note:

  • We’ve promised Eddie we would walk with him to the Pacific Ocean (not just the bay). We’ll keep that promise!
  • Last time, Eddie didn’t lead any of the asana classes.
  • Interesting addition of another senior teacher: Dominic Corigliano.
  • With zero offense meant to David, I’m guessing that Dena’s Friday class is going to be a big hit.
  • The “How I was Taught” by Nancy, I bet, will be another big hit. It probably will be like this.
  • A taste of the Saturday night kirtan. (As fun as MC Yogi was, I did hear quite a few people who talked about wanting something more … mello, is that fair to say?)

Bottom line? Bring. It. On!

Finally, I’ll explicitly ask for some comments: Are you going? If so, what are you most looking forward to? I think for me it’s the guides classes by Eddie and Dena; in fact, I may go all guided all weekend, even though I’ve done David’s led in the past.

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