Roots Illumined

Intensive for Yoga Teachers and Students

With a Focus on Backbends & Inversions

David Hollander, Nikki Lewitan & Shri Radha | August 17-19

Roots Illumined  training offers a space for teachers and students of all levels to experience yoga's vedic roots and to refine practical tools that can be used to  create more effective and meaningful classes. 

This weekend we will concentrate on backbends and inversions, informing and illumining our āsana practice through creative sequencing, alignment cues, advanced hands-on assists and teaching practicums. We will devote morning sessions to proper pronunciation of the āsanas' Sanskrit names to develop confidence and encourage their use. We will also explore select Sanskrit mantras to inspire a deeper connection with yoga's root teachings and traditions.

Yoga finds itself in a unique position today. The teachings of classical yoga offer a peaceful and purposeful alternative to the values and norms generally found in our current society. While the physical practice (asana) is very popular, yet much of the richness and profound insight of yoga is often lost. Our aim is to  rekindle a sense of that original light and, with that, to vitalize our own practice and galvanize the tools to share that spark with others. 

Roots Illumined is not a cookie-cutter training. Our teachers bring decades of deep study, personal practice and teaching to the classroom.  This course is designed to  support each individual as he or she develops through application of the classical yoga tradition along with modern scientific rigor..

Friday 7pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am-5:30pm | 20 hrs. CE hours | Tuition $250

The Sacred Syllable OM with Shri Radha  | September 1-2 

This weekend we will dive deep into an exploration of the mystic syllable OM with special consideration of the Mandukya Upanishad and reference to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sankhya philosophy and the five koshas and more. Sanskrit chanting, periods of silence and meditation will invite us inward to experience the eternal sound current, OM, directly. 

Saturday 9am-Sunday 5:30pm | 11 CE hours for each weekend | Tuition $155

The Roots of Yoga & Meditation with Shri Radha | September 15-16

We will trace the historical roots of yoga through the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras to identify the fruit the ancient sages held as their final aim and the methods they recommended to attain it. A primary focus will be dharana, dhyana and samadhi, the last three limbs of yoga, supported by guided and silent meditations and exercises.  

Saturday 9am-Sunday 5:30pm | 11 CE hours for each weekend | Tuition $155

Nestled in the foothills of the Catskills, Ananda Ashram has preserved the time-honored teachings of yoga. Its Roots Illumined training offers an immersion experience with classes and practicums punctuated by sunrise and sunset agni hotra (vedic fire ceremony), meditation, vegetarian meals and communion with nature. Walks around the ashram’s 80 wooded acres and organic conversations with residents and other students will imprint your heart forever.

To Register:  845-782-5575

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