Here’s the schedule for the MLK weekend retreat with Eddie Stern and Robert Moses

If you are within traveling distance of New York City, I’d strongly urge you to check out the full schedule for Eddie Stern and Robert Moses’ weekend retreat at Ashtanga Yoga New York, happening the weekend of Martin Luther King Day. It looks to be fabulous. From the AYNY website:

Saturday:

Mysore class 6-11am
The Fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s Dream: Lecture by Pastor Tillman, 12:30-2pm
Vedanta 101, a Philosophical Viewpoint: Lecture by Robert Moses, 2:30-4:30 pm
Q&A: Robert Moses and Eddie Stern, 5-6pm

Sunday:
Mysore class 6-11am
Our Three Bodies: Lecture by Robert Moses, 12-2pm
Integrating Yoga and Meditation in Inner City Environments: Erica Ford and Pastor Tillman 2:30-3:30pm
Karma and Reincarnation: Lecture by Robert Moses
Closing talk and Q&A: Robert Moses and Eddie Stern, 5-6pm

And a little more:

Please join us for annual MLK Weekend retreat at Ashtanga Yoga New York. This is one of the most important times of the year for us, as it is the only retreat that we run, and is a time for creating a stronger community, deepening our knowledge, and contemplating the realities of the world as a spiritual journey.

This year Robert Moses will lead discussions on Vedanta, Eddie Stern will lead the Mysore classes along with all of the AYNY assistants, and Pastor Tillman will be with us again to speak on the Fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s Dream in light of the recent tragedies in Ferguson and Staten Island. Erica Ford, of LIFE Camp, and the Urban Yogis, will also join into lead a discussion on Sunday about the work they do in Queens to reduce violence through mediation, yoga and meditation.

I can attest that Pastor Tillman was dynamic during last year’s retreat. Unfortunately, he has plenty to discuss this year.

A few important facts. In other words, cost: Full weekend is $190, a single day is $105 and half a day is $55.

For any number of reasons, Bobbie and I couldn’t make the cross-country trek to attend this time. If you can make it — you should. Email to register is at the AYNY site.

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Urban Yogis take it to the next level

Our last post focused on the really amazing work by Ashtanga Yoga Outreach with disabled adults.

AYO also has its Urban Yogis program. An update about it came across the Sonima Foundation blog a few days back, or a couple of posts down (as of our posting):

For a year, Eddie and Deepak worked with these kids on meditation and yoga, visiting them every month and bringing them along in each practice with gentle care and guidance. At the end of the year, some young people were doing so well with the yoga that Eddie offered a summer intensive program. Five students agreed to participate.

Again, those five excelled. Whatever their challenges, or successes, had been in the past, with yoga they’d found something new that brought them confidence, better health, and a deep sense of passion. These students were committed, and they wanted to continue to practice yoga through the course of the year.

And they did. Once or twice a week, they got on the train in Queens and traveled into Manhattan and continued to work with Eddie for the next nine months.

At the end of those nine months, Eddie surprised them with a question: “Are you ready to go to the next level?”

Curious and intrigued, they sort of hemmed and hawed in unison, “What did you have in mind?”

Then Eddie laid them out with an answer more surprising than the original question: “You want to be yoga teachers?”

You’ll have to click over to the Sonima blog to find out what’s happening in answer to Eddie’s question.

There’s also this video:

Bobbie and I — I believe — saw these students when we were back in New York in January; we came by Ashtanga Yoga New York a little early for a Siva puja, and Eddie was finishing up a class with them. He was kind enough to introduce us. They all seemed to be taking to the yoga and other instruction Eddie was providing — far better than I ever would have at 17 or so.

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