Get ready to spend 5 days with Richard Freeman

For those who can’t drop everything and spend a month during the summer in Boulder studying with Richard Freeman, here’s a next best thing: Five days during the winter.

Yoga Workshop has announced that the sign-up for the five-day “Essentials” course begins Oct. 26. (And yes, we highlighted this last year, too.) All the details, including the link you’ll need in a couple of weeks, is right here. A taste:

In the morning sessions we will ground our study with an in depth exploration of the internal patterns of breath and alignment found in the Primary Series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. In the afternoons there will be an introduction to Sanskrit chanting, an introduction to the internal pleasures of pranayama and a comprehensive overview of the foundational philosophies which form the context for yoga practice. We will read and discuss the Kena and the Katha Upanishads, selections from the Yoga Sutras and then learn to appreciate the plurality of approaches to yoga through an introduction to the Bhagavad Gita.

The cost is $600. It runs Jan. 26-30, 2015. Which means you could go right from there to Maya Tulum with Tim Miller. (Of course, then you’re starting to push that month you may not have to spend.)

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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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If you’re heading to Boulder, dates you need to know

Yoga Workshop has updated Richard Freeman’s schedule for the next couple of months. This seems like useful information if any Ashtangis is going to be passing through Boulder, Colo. Here it is:

yoga workshop classes

Level 2 Class

Date: Tuesdays | Mar 27 and Apr 3 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Place: Yoga Workshop
Cost: Drop-in or use your punchcard

Sunday Mysore Classes

Date: Sundays | Apr 22 and May 27 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Place: Yoga Workshop
Cost: Drop-in or use your punchcard

Sunday Talks

Date: Sundays | Apr 22 and May 27 | 5:45 – 7:00 pm
Place: Yoga Workshop
Cost: Free – everyone welcome!

Weekday Morning Mysore

Date: Monday – Friday | May 21 –  25 | 6:30 – 10:30 am (Monday 6:15 – 10:15am)
Place: Yoga Workshop
Cost: Drop-in or use your punchcard

Workshop: Arm Balancing with Strength, Alignment and Focus

Date: Saturday | May 12 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Place: Yoga Workshop
Cost: $40 (Online registration opens in mid-April)

Pranayama: Unfolding the Secret Breath

Date: Tuesdays | Feb 7, Mar 13, Apr 16, May 8, June 12, July 17 | 6:00 – 7:15pm MT
Place: Online interactive class at Sounds True

Online link right here.

The teaching intensive this year runs from July 23 to August 17. Reminder of all that entails is right here. In a few words, it is really, really appealing. I don’t think I yet meet the advanced requirements, though.

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