Yoga

Continuing Education for Yoga Students, Yoga Teachers and Vedic Enthusiasts:

 

I’m an E-RYT 500 teaching since 2005. In 2010 I formed the Veda Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and led nineteen Teacher Trainings through Heart of Yoga School in Carrboro, NC. In 2018 the physical space of Heart of Yoga School will close and I’ll continue focusing on teaching sincere practitioners as a YACEP provider, no longer bound exclusively to NC. Below is a very brief synopsis of what I can offer your you or your community. Please email ombluesky@gmail.com with questions and requests:

 

The Puranas: Bhakti and Mythology through Stories and Chants: I can introduce the Indian Gods and Goddesses and/or focus on a specific deity. Bhakti is the path of devotion. The stories I love to tell the most are stories from Srimad Bhagavatam, The Ramayana, Devi Bhagavatam, Narada’s Bhakti Sutras, and Planetary allegories from the Vedas. The stories can be interwoven with kirtan the suits the bhav, or mood. Kirtan and listening to the stories are two of the main forms of a bhakti practice; it helps the mind become focused and subdues the emotional storms, transforming grief, doubt, and chaos to contentment, love, and acceptance.

 

Patanjali Yoga Sutras: How to Live and Die Well: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is an ancient text on how to calm the mind, how to alleviate our sense of suffering in the world, and essentially how to die well. The beauty Patanjali offers us is a concise vocabulary for the psychological underpinnings of the mind paired with clear instructions on how to let go of attachments. Patanjali teaches equanimity despite the inevitable rise and fall of life. He also describes, in great detail, the distinctions between yoga and buddhism, the anatomy of psychic phenomena, and the path to liberation.

 

The Subtle Body: The Science of Hatha Yoga: How interesting that the West has confused yoga asana as a way to “get in shape” or “to exercise”. In actuality, it’s a purification and balancing practice most closely aligned with breath work. Conscious breathing cleans the nadi’s, subtle pathways, that carry prana, our energy, thoughts, and feelings. To be a sincere yoga practitioner one does not need arms or legs; only breath. I primarily teach from Hatha Yoga Pradipika, but I do bring other experiential information from my own practice and the lessons I’ve learned from my teachers; Krishnamacharya (by way of Mark Whitwell and K. Sridhar) and Sivananda (by way of Prem Sadasivananda and K. Sridhar). I can focus on chakras, pranayama, bandhas, kriyas, mudras, ancient asanas, and more.

 

Bhagavad Gita: What’s My Dharma?: There’s no better text to study to answer the question of how do I balance being in and of the world while developing and nurturing a spiritual life? It takes courage, the heart of a warrior, and a willingness to surrender to something greater than the small self. The text is full of earthy practical wisdom about our every day confusions and frustrations, and is relatable to students of all levels and ages.

 

Intro to Indian Music: Want to learn the Indian Scale? And begin to dive into ancient wisdom around how sound vibration can transform negative emotions? We can use voices and/or instruments for this exploration.

 

Harmonium, Sanskrit, and Rhythm: The Basics of Indian Music: The neuroplasticity training that one can develop through practicing Indian music is truly sublime. We’ll learn a sanskrit chant or two, breaking each word down bit by bit and coming to understand exactly what we’re saying. Students will need to have their own harmonium, or be willing to come just to chant. We’ll learn to count rhythms aside from the regular 8 that transport you to previously unknown dimensions of feeling and mood. You’ll also learn the saptasvara, the way Indian music is classified by scales using Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa.

 

Astrology Fundamentals: Learn the basic building blocks of Jyotish, the Science of Light, by uncovering the meaning behind planets, signs, houses. Vedic Astrology is an ancient system that reveals the subtle physics of what it is to be human and to be tugged on by the giant forces in orbit around our own planet. I was a skeptic for years who transitioned to a serious student because of the ongoing synchronistic experience of what the stars say and my experience of what is happening.

 

Eye on the Deeper You: This course dove-tails off the Astrology Fundamentals Course. I refer to each attendees chart on a variety of different hidden wisdoms that can be seen through Jyotish including atma karaka (soul’s purpose), the ascendant ruler and it’s importnace in your life, elemental strengths and imbalances, the Moon’s Nakshatra (birth star location), and the dasha ruler (the planet ruling your current life phase). Some familiarity with Astrology is necessary.

 

Astrology Current Events: This is an investigation into current and upcoming astrological events, with particular attention to the more dramatic themes currently being revealed. All levels are welcome to attend. Typically we focus on what Saturn is doing, his place in your chart and his nakshatra (star position) in the sky, and any aspects he’s making. We also focus on Rahu and Ketu (the ecliptic points), the karmic line in the sky and what they are trying to teach us. Depending on how much time we have I can go deeper into other transiting planets.