Beginners Yoga Courses (“intensives”)

Offered as an 8 class course starting on the first Tuesday of the month.

Upcoming Intensive start dates: February 5, March 5, April 2

Beginners Yoga Intensive Syllabus

No experience necessary

No required reading (optional readings will be offered)

Study materials included in class tuition ($80)

  • Yoga History

    • Pre-Classical

      • Samkhya Philosophy origins

      • Relationship to Hinduism and Vedic ethos

      • Physical (archaeological locations of yoga)

    • Classical

      • Post-Aryan India

      • Yoga Sutras

      • Siva Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other classical texts

    • Post-Classical

      • Modern Masters

        • T. Krishnamacharya

        • Mohandas Gandhi

        • Yogananda

        • BKS Iyengar

        • Sri K Pattabhi Jois (teacher of David Garrigues; teacher of director of shala)

  • Yoga Philosophy & Guidelines

    • Yamas and Niyamas

      • do no harm/nonviolence

      • truthfulness and honesty

    • Diet

      • macrobiotics & ayurveda

    • Developing a personal practice; rituals and routines

      • Surya Namaskara

      • Sutra 1:14

      • Bhakti Yoga principles

  • Fundamental Yoga Asana (postures)

    • Surya Namaskara (sun salutations)

    • Standing postures

    • Closing postures

    • Seated postures

  • Yoga Anatomy

    • Vayus and energy flows

    • Pranayama, Ujjayi, breathing

    • Dealing with and avoiding yoga injuries

  • Yoga Chanting

    • Om & meaning

    • Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Chants

      • Ashtanga Invocation & Patanjali Chant

      • Closing Mantra

    • Basic Yoga Sutras in Sanskrit

    • Numerical sanskrit count of Ashtanga Yoga