In time for Guruji’s 100th birthday, here’s Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2016 schedule

This may have landed in your inbox, but if not — or if, anyway — the 2016 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence’s schedule is out today. Link here and the schedule:

THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH

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

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

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

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: Consulting the Jungle Physicians with Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson moderated by Dominic Corigliano (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
An open forum where the teachers will field questions from the students in regard to asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy, injury, diet, aging and more.

4:00-6:00 pm – Rhythm & Balance: Seeking Transformation not Perfection taught by Dena Kingsberg
BHAVANA: Reflection – Unrealistic expectation leads to discontent. The acceptance of all – dark and light, smooth and rough alike with open heart and pure intention leads to genuine transformation. Inspiration can be found in nature’s organic irregularity. Inspiration and beauty can be found within the unique irregularity of you. We practice, not for the sake of a perfect pose, but for the prana that stirs the blood and inspires change. This class will be a combination of conscious movement (asana), conscious breath (pranayama), conscious intention (pratyahara), sound (chanting), and sweet surrender.

4:00-6:00 pm – Thread of Nectar: The Art of Subtle Alignment taught by Richard Freeman (asana)
Ashtanga Yoga is the art of following an empty thread of awareness through and between postures, breaths, thoughts and techniques. In this class we will learn to use core techniques like Dristi and Bandha to awaken a subtle intelligence. This intelligence allows us to enter into each pattern of our awareness and technique, to experience it in context and to then release it. We can then play with the paradoxes of breathing and the complementarity of technique to open the central thread of the body. Experiencing therein a subtle kindness and joy, allows us to bring a new degree of freedom, technical skill and compassion to our everyday practice.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH

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

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

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Women’s Panel Discussion with Diana Christinson, Kathy Cooper, Dena Kingsberg, Leigha Nicole and Mary Taylor moderated by Shelley Washington (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
Each teacher will share the profound gift of yoga they received from their beloved teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and one of their favorite stories relating to Guruji. This discussion will offer an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers.

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.

4:00-6:00 pm – Teaching with Your Hands: Standing Poses taught by Tim Miller and David Swenson (asana)
An introduction to the art of adjusting standing poses, including: making a visual assessment of a student’s pose; entering someone’s space with awareness and sensitivity; and adjusting safely and intelligently.

4:00-6:00 pm – Intermediate Series and the Nervous System taught by Eddie Stern (lecture/chanting)
The theory behind the postures of the Intermediate Series has fascinating correlates in modern scientific findings. Consciousness, according to Yoga, expresses itself through the functions of our physiology, including the nerves of the brain and nervous system, sense organs and subtle channels. Because of sensory overload, stress and poor living habits, our nervous system becomes taxed, and stress hormones and other chemicals flood certain areas of the brain and body, effectively preventing the nervous system from signaling properly and allowing for a clear perception of the world around us and our place in it. In this lecture, we’ll look at how the intermediate poses (and many primary ones), breathing and bandhas help remedy this.

8:00-9:30 pm – Ananda Rasa Kirtan led by David Estes
David grew up in India, has studied music since childhood and spent several years completely immersed in the practices of kirtan, swadhyaya chanting and meditation as a resident in daily ashram life. Ananda Rasa Kirtan is rooted in traditional sanskrit chants sung to original melody compositions in light classical Indian ragas. Additional musical influences include Qawwali and reggae. www.anandarasa.com

SUNDAY, MARCH 6TH 

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

 7:008:30 am – Mysore taught by Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and Eddie Stern with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller and Eddie Stern with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

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 Sri 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.

3:00-5:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Q&A with Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Dena Kingsberg, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and David Swenson moderated by Dominic Corigliano (lecture/discussion/Q&A)
This discussion offers an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers. Questions submitted in advance will be addressed.

Pick your highlight.

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