Here is a selection of the most popular topics for workshops, retreats and teacher trainings
Each workshop can last between 3 - 4 hours depending on your preference
What is Awakening? Actualize the Goal of Yoga
All the ancient masters of yoga without exception say that this practice has a purpose: full awakening to our real nature and radical freedom from all mind-created suffering. So why is there so little discussion of that goal and how we can realistically attain it? This provocative workshop will present powerful teachings from the yoga traditions that clarify the nature of the path, the goal, and the obstacles along the way. When these become clear, our road suddenly seems shorter, we see that we have what it takes to walk it, and our whole life in energized by that conviction. Join us for uncensored straight talk about the ups, downs, and apparent shadows of the journey. Lecture, Q&A, and meditation.
What is Yoga? The Ancient and Modern Practices
Yoga is a living tradition arising from the ancient meditative disciplines of India, yet has forgotten much of its own history. There is a new wave of work by scholars who are also practitioners whose goals are to reintegrate some of what has been forgotten, clarify the roots of many ideas and practices that are around today, and chart clearly the varied landscape of Indian spiritual thought. This is not simply a retrospective exercise but is done with a view to how these practices can contribute to our lives today. This workshop, packed with "aha" moments, will help you understand where yoga came from and where it's going.
Tantra Illuminated: The Original Teachings and Practices of the Ancient Tradition
Though Tantrik philosophy was deeply influential on all the Indian religions, especially the spiritual path of Yoga, "Tantra" is a much-misunderstood concept today. Going back to the original sources, we discover that the roots of this tradition possess some of the most effective teachings and technologies for human transformation, and these offerings are particularly relevant for our time. As teachers and practitioners of yoga, these powerful teachings and practices can creates shifts and openings on the deepest levels of our being, clarify the sources of suffering and bliss in our lives, and leading us to illuminating insights that more fully connect us with our true nature.
Seven Steps to Walk the Path of Yoga
There are so many yoga traditions, spiritual teachings, and forms of practice that it can be overwhelming. How to make sense of it all? Drawing on 25 years of experience and study, this workshop presents the key essential features that make the journey of yoga successful and joyous. The seven stages of the path and the seven indispensable practices will be clearly presented, with immediately actionable information. This engaging and surprisingly entertaining workshop will inspire your spiritual journey like no other.
The Secret Science of Sound and Mantra: How mantra-practice can invite health, prosperity and happiness.
American yogis are increasingly awake to the joy and power of kīrtan, or singing Sanskrit mantras. In this new workshop, you will learn from a Sanskrit scholar about the six kinds of mantras and how to use them to cleanse the mind, open the subtle centers, and create greater ease and flow in your life. Mantra practice has a unique power to increase the "juiciness" of life! Since it can only be learned from a qualified scholar-practitioner, join us for this rare offering.
Awakened relationship: A practical spiritual guide to the challenge of human relating
The arena of close relationships is often where we struggle most in life. We need a new paradigm, a value set that brings clarity to the ways we relate, coupled with modes of compassionate communication that help us understand each other. This groundbreaking workshop draws on key teachings of the original Tantrik tradition that provide the clarity so needed in this area of life. Previous participants in this workshop describe it as "veils of confusion being torn away" and have felt empowered and inspired to relate to others from the place of their deepest truth.
The Story of Yoga (HISTORY OF YOGA TRADITIONS)
Note: This workshop can be broken down into 4 parts of approximately 3 hours each.
Explore the overarching themes in the 2,500 year history of the integrative psycho-physical discipline of self-actualization known as yoga. Discover which practices are consistently associated with the word yoga over the millennia, the various definitions given to the word in the original Sanskrit sources, and most importantly of all, what all forms of yoga have in common.
A Wellspring of Power: The Practice of Yoga in the Tantric Mode
Empower your practice of Yoga by exploring what practice in a Tantric mode means, and why it accelerates the effectiveness of yoga on all levels. Explore the influence of Tantrism on modern yoga, and the historical connection between the two. Discover what the term "yoga" really means in the original Sanskrit texts, and how Tantrism refined the nature of yoga for the modern age. Explore practice on a subtle level, analyzing the challenges that arise in our practice and how they can be overcome.