Wednesday’s the day to sign up for Richard Freeman’s month-long training

I won’t be surprised when a summer comes along, with no trips to India involved, and Bobbie says to me, “I want to take Richard Freeman’s month-long training.”

Of course, she’ll have to be saying that the fall before hand. Like, right about now in some perhaps not so distant future fall.

Because Wednesday is the day that sign-ups open up for Freeman’s Teachers Intensive. You’ll want to click here for the details and the application. For those who need the reminder of what this pretty near the top of the yoga studies mountain is all about:

The purpose of the course is to begin an exploration of the internal principles and forms of Ashtanga Yoga at a level that will deepen one’s practice and make teaching a natural outcome of practice. Always returning to our own personal experience, we will explore the practices and philosophies of yoga, their contexts, purposes, patterns and limitations. Examining the tradition from multiple viewpoints should give depth and sophistication to the interconnected processes of yoga. The course will flow through the many and often contradictory philosophies of yoga into therapeutics, into asana practice, on to Sanskrit and pranayama, back into meditation, on into the biomechanics of posture and movement and into the hands-on world of relating to others.

Yoga Workshop is quick and clear in noting this isn’t a “certification” course. We all know why. But, by all accounts we’ve heard, it is a deep, intense (thus the name), mind-shifting and consciousness-raising experience.

The course runs July 28 to Aug. 22, 2014.

My favorite of the qualifications (perhaps because it’s the one I, in my own mind, most meet): “An appreciation of subtlety, and a sense of humor.” If you are thinking about doing the course, probably it’s wise to look through the requirements. But, if you are thinking of taking it, surely you’ve done so already.

I suppose I should be clear that I, too, would love the opportunity to take this course. I’m just extraordinarily realistic.

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