T. Krishnamacharya was a master Yogi who, over his lifetime, taught classical asana, and yoga therapy to yoga for the mastery of the siddhi powers and spiritual aspirations. And TK managed to keep these pearls together with an underlying framework that runs through all of the different expressions of his yoga teachings; the golden string that holds the pearls together. Come to any of these individual sessions and come away with specialized information, or come to all three (3) sessions to understand the golden string and learn how each expression of Krishnamacharya yoga is beautifully compartmentalized, as well as a part of a comprehensive yogic system of thought.
Saturday Morning, Session 1
Each asana in the system of T. Krishnamacharya is taught as a “vinyasa” or step-by-step process. The specific steps are given to go into the vinyasa, and also to come back out. Each step in the sequence has a special purpose and placement for maximum effectiveness. We will review the classical vinyasa krama for several main yoga postures. Then we will look at each one of these postures from the perspective of the posture’s therapeutic uses and examine the subtle qualities theoretically produced by of each of the poses. We will discuss the effect that each posture has in terms of the potential to imprint on the human system, when practiced with consistency and appropriate effort. Curriculum and handouts will be given to help each student understand the material and to use as a reference.
Pranayama is considered the most useful and healing tool in the yogic system of T. Krishnamacharya. Pranayama is very powerful and can be used to heal if used properly, or hurt if used improperly. Come and learn the classical order of teaching for the different pranayama-s. Come learn how each classical form of pranayama can be modified for a person that needs healing. Come to understand the subtle impressions that each pranayama creates in the body for health, healing and beyond. Curriculum and handouts will be given to help each student understand the material and to use as a reference.
Sunday Morning, Session 3
There are at least 10 main steps in classical meditation practice. These steps are part of an ancient ritual that prepares the mind to go deeply into meditation and help us to become the master of our Self. It should also be noted that for many people, these ancient ritualistic steps that help us to link to our object of meditation are quite difficult to master and sustain in practice over time. Thankfully it is possible that we can gain much benefit from breaking the 10 steps down to a mere 3 or 4 simple steps, and get much of the same benefit for therapeutic purposes. Come and learn how to get the most out of a meditation practice. Curriculum and handouts will be given to help each student understand the material and to use as a reference.
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Amy Wheeler, Ph.d is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 20+ years. Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT). Amy also helped the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) set standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. Amy is the Founder and Director of Optimal State of Living Programs, which provides both Yoga and Yoga Therapy Training Programs. See www.AmyWheeler.com for details.
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Amy Wheeler, PhD