200 Hour Teacher Training • Yoga Alliance Certified
• Advanced study of Asana
• Principles of anatomy
• Science and art of sequencing
• Hands-on adjustments
• Confidence-building through practice teaching
• Yoga history and philosophy
• Sanskrit names of postures
• Dharma talks, interweaving meaningful intention throughout the class • Meditation
Gaura Vani is a multi-disciplinary artist - fluent in music, film and visual arts. He is most known for his Mantra Music performances. Gaura Vani's events are unifying and transporting - a mix of participatory rhythm and song, story and dance. He has traveled in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia performing both as a solo artist and with his sacred music ensembles “The Hanumen” and “Juggernauts”.
Gaura Vani began studying sacred Indian music at the age of six in the ancient temple town of Vrindavan at a traditional Gurukula school. He continues to share the magic he received and performs at festivals like Lollapalooza, Floyd Fest, Beloved, Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust, as well as eclectic venues like private homes, theatres, temples, and yoga studios.
Gaura Vani is also a co-founder of Chant4Change a mantra-music festival that took place in Washington, DC on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
A highly dynamic duo, Vish and Vrinda will share kirtan and storytelling from India's beloved epic, the Ramayana. Invoking sacred vibrations and moods through mantra, movement, and expressive reading from the award-winning Sita's Fire Trilogy, a retelling of India's beloved epic which focuses on the women of the legend. This event is perfect for anyone curious about India, kirtan, Indian dance, the Ramayana, Vedic stories, kirtan, or just looking for an uplifting transformational evening!
About Visvambhar Sheth
An internationally recognized kirtan-singer and inspirational speaker, Vish has a lifelong connection to India and its culture. He began leading kirtan when he was five years old, and is a master of the Mridanga drum. Vish has a rare capacity to invoke and transmit the essence of kirtan. Vish has shared his love for kirtan at well known venues like BhaktiFest, Omega Institute, Wanderlust, and Beloved. He is the lead singer of the The Mayapuris, a headlining kirtan group that has rocked stages worldwide. He is also a performer and recording artist with world-beat ensemble, The Hanumen. Vish is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, harmonium, bansuri flute, sitar, cajon, and bass. In this capacity, he accompanies other kirtan singer, like kirtan pioneer Jai Uttal or Gaura Vani. Vish has composed many unique songs, and collaborates with his wife, Vrinda Sheth, to make music and sing for dance. www.Visvambhar.com
About Vrinda Sheth
Vrinda is a dancer, writer, and singer. She was raised in the Bhakti tradition in Sweden, and has been singing kirtan and dancing since she was a child. She studied Bharata Natyam in Kalakshetra, India the most renowned institute for classical Indian dance. She has a BA in English from University of Florida and is the award-winning author of The Sita's Fire Trilogy, a modern re-telling of the Ramayana. She lives in Florida with her husband and two children. www.SitasFire.com
Memory matters in the ashtanga vinyasa sequence. One of the things that distinguishes the ashtanga practice from many other forms is that it is a set sequence of postures. Rather than changing what postures are practiced, what changes instead is the relationship a student has with the postures. Over time and with consistency the practice grows stronger. However before a true connection with the practice can be made, the sequence, pose by pose, should be committed to memory. As a student advances not just the sequence of postures, but then the vinyasas for each posture can be learned.
Mysore style is the traditional method taught by sri k pattabhi jois named after the small city where guruji lived for much of his life. In this style, the method of ashtanga yoga is transmitted from the teacher directly to the individual student through physical adjustments and minimal verbal cueing. Gradually the student is able to commit to memory a series of postures and breaths that comprise the series. Once the student memorizes and becomes proficient at a pose she is then taught the next pose until primary series is complete. Once primary series is complete and the student is firmly grounded in its techniques, she will move on to the intermediate series and on. There are 6 series in ashtanga yoga; at this time there is only one person, r sharth jois, guruji’s grandson, who practices the 6th series of ashtanga yoga.
A guided primary class is conducted following specific vinyasa counts and the names of each posture called in sanskrit. Following the rhythm of the vinyasa counts is meant to develop physical strength and mobility, mental clarity, emotional calm, and spiritual awakening.
BACK BENDING WORKSHOP (OPEN TO ALL)
In this session, we will warm up the shoulders, quads and back; as well as explore heart opening asanas from various angles using applied anatomy & props so as to encourage fearless expansion in the midst of vulnerability.
Jivamukti Master Yoga Class
A classic Jivamukti yoga class with a bit of NYC - you chant you dig the dharma. You breathe. You sweat. You go deep. All in 90 minutes!
SURYA NAMASKAR & STANDING ASANAS ASSISTS
In this workshop, we will focus on key principles of assists as they apply to sun salutations and to foundational standing asanas using the Jivamukti methodology as platform.
Palm Court in Miami's famed Design District will be home to another amazing season of YogArt Event in the Design District. Led by Miami's loved Dawn B, this unique blend of yoga and live music will encourage participants to open their minds to a yoga experience that allows them to soar and shine bright. All classes will last approximately one hour and will end with a reception of healthy snacks and refreshments to complete the nourishing experience of YogArt. Follow us on instagram @yogartevent
This workshop explores the relationship between the movement, strength, and mobility around the pelvis and the energetic emotional connection to sensuality and creativity. Energetically, this relates in a big way to the shadow of the unconscious. In a society, that both obsesses over and ignores this sacred hub of emotional connection, creation and elimination, how can we reconnect and bring a sense of flow on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels? How much do you know about your pelvic floor?
Through asana, breathing exercises, and a guided meditation we’ll prep the body and mind for free writing and a space to share. You may be surprised by what comes up and all that you have to say.
The thought of kicking up into a handstand can make many of us feel afraid and heavy. In this workshop we will break through fear and find lightness and control. Beginning with a flow designed to prepare your body for handstands, we will then move into specific drills and finish with a well deserved savasana. The goal is that you will leave understanding that you can apply the same principles to all balancing poses —- from bakasana (crow pose) to pressing up into a handstand. Liz has been practicing yoga daily for many years and doesn’t believe that there is a magic trick to nailing a handstand - it comes from practice and taking time to feel/listen to your body. She cannot wait to share with you!
The workshop will include instruction on pranayama (breath work), how to sit correctly for meditation, what is the subtle body & group meditation.
Michael has devoted his life in service to his Guru Sri Karunamayi . He has spent the last 10 years traveling with her while deepening his practice.
Michael was raised in Miami, went to University of Florida & then got his masters in engineering.
Suggested donation $20 , all proceeds go to the Children’s School at The Ashram
With the rise of yoga, we have all heard of chakras and seen various illustrations showing these energy centers within our subtle body. But despite our intellectual understanding about the chakras, many of us lack ever having any experience of our subtle body, chakras, kundalini, etc. Join us for an evening where we will learn and practice the yogic techniques of pranayama and silent meditation, which allow us to experience the more subtle aspects of ourselves. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome. Proceeds from the event go directly to supporting rural schools in India.
About the instructor: Michael was born and raised in Miami. In 2007 a series of powerful spiritual experiences led him to quit his job as an engineer and move to India. For the last 10 years Michael has served his teacher, Her Holiness Amma Sri Karunamayi, and facilitated 3-week long, silent meditation retreats on the chakras. Today, he lives at his teacher’s ashram in India and travels with Her Holiness internationally teaching pranayama and meditation.
There is a vast array of Gods & Goddesses in the Hindu tradition, and in the Bhakti Yoga practice of Kirtan, we celebrate by singing to them! To start off our weekend of Bhakti Bliss, Amah Devi will share stories and songs of Shiva, Sita & Ram, Ganesh, Krishna & Radha, and Lakshmi to help us build greater context for understanding the colorful stories that are the underpinning of the Bhakti path. Sharing the pastimes of the deities is a rich pathway into the Heart of Devotion!
Please join Day Cristensen for a special guided primary yoga class. She is one of our senior teachers who dedicates her time, resources & love to rescuing animals. If your an animal lover, come to this class & make a difference in the lives of animals.
Please join Asheville, NC based Amah Devi for a weekend of Bhakti Yoga bliss at Ahana Studio, Miami! Well known for her uncanny ability to connect with the hearts of her students, as well as for her frank and authentic approach to spiritual concepts, Amah Devi will guide you deep into the joyous heart of devotional yogic practices for a truly ecstatic experience!
Come and explore the transformative power of simple mantras designed to release you from the anxieties of the overactive mind. Get back to your natural state of contentment and clarity through personal mantra practice as well as group chanting (Kirtan) with this amazingly accessible practice. Come discover how the practice of Kirtan has inspired yogis from 6th Century India to Carnegie Hall, NYC to gather together in a celebration of peaceful personal transformation.
Just below the surface of our minds, there is an undercurrent of quiet thought where we feel fully connected to the sublime world around us. Chanting gives us the tools to dispel the illusion of separation and create a lasting sense of calm that we can carry with us off our yoga mats and into our everyday lives.
The tradition of holding conference in the ashtanga lineage began with its founder Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and is continued by his grandson paramaguru Sharath Jois. We as authorized and certified teachers in his lineage on occasion will also hold such conferences for our local students.
Holding conference provides an important channel for exchange of information between students and teacher. This exchange opens the dorr to conversation, questions and answers that there may not be time for, or may not be appropriate in the Mysore room. It provides time for reflection for both the student and the teacher to discuss ideas and concepts within the practice that may fall outside the arena of solely asana practice. With this time and space we are free to discuss a bit of theory, yoga philosophy, modalities for healing methodology in the asana practice and anything that may fall under the umbrella of living the life of a daily yoga practitioner.
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED
Kirtan with Madhu & Ananda. They are amazing. You will fall in love with singing. Come let go. You are welcome to come & hang -- no pressure to sing. Really one of the most uplifting experiences EVER! And is FREE -- donations accepted to keep the musicians going
LESS TALK MORE ACTION. WANT TO DO A WORKSHOP THAT WILL CHALLENGE EVERY PART OF YOUR PHYSICAL BEING WITHOUT GETTING TOO HEADY ABOUT IT. THIS IS A PURE WORKOUT INCLUDING EXERCISES THAT I HAVE USED TO DEVELOP STRENGTH, SKILLS, AND CONTROL FOR SOME OF THE MORE CHALLENGING VINYASAS IN THE ASHTANGA SYSTEM. PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK, "IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO GET STRONGER AT JUMP BACKS?" THE ANSWER IS "YES! YOU CAN TAKE THIS CLASS"
WHAT TO BRING: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOCKS, A HAND TOWEL OR BANDANA, AND WATER. $35
The inspiration and power to create the life you desire is already within you. Embody your creative life-force, connect with your Inner and Universal guidance through intention setting and ritual, and experience miracles unfolding. By creating conscious space, and allowing yourself to be inspired, you are creating a blueprint for a life that is passionate, intentional and purposeful. Ritual is called meditation in action ~ through this practice we allow ourselves to find peace within, and show up for our life in profoundly more empowered and grounded way.
Kirtan is an ancient form of mantra meditation, a component of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotion), which has the power to open and purify the heart. This chanting, accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming, brings the audience to its feet in the joy of singing, clapping, and dancing with pure devotion. In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states or meditation, bliss, and esctasy.
If you have a harmonium pls bring it to the workshop. If you are shopping for a harmonium, now is your chance to buy. Amah will have harmoniums for sale.
THIS WORKSHOP IS MEANT TO EXPLORE WAYS TO REFINE A SEASONED PRACTITIONER’S SKILLS IN YOGA. WE WILL WORK THROUGH THE MAIN OBSTACLES OR “HIDDEN LOCKS” THAT PREVENT STUDENTS FROM EXPERIENCING THE LIGHTNESS, GRACE AND STRENGTH OF A MASTER. WE WILL WORK ON VARIOUS TECHNIQUES FOR JUMP THROUGHS AND JUMP BACKS, HEADSTANDS, FOREARM STANDS, AND HANDSTANDS, AND MORE. THIS WILL BE A FUN, LIGHT-HEARTED CLASS WITH LOTS OF ROOM FOR EXPLORATION, HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS, AND QUESTIONS.
A GUIDED PRIMARY CLASS IS CONDUCTED FOLLOWING SPECIFIC VINYASA COUNTS AND THE NAMES OF EACH POSTURE CALLED IN SANSKRIT. FOLLOWING THE RHYTHM OF THE VINYASA COUNTS IS MEANT TO DEVELOP PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND MOBILITY, MENTAL CLARITY, EMOTIONAL CALM, AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING. (THIS CLASS IS THE PERFECT END TO ASHTANGA 1% THEORY).