Last week, Jeremy and I powered off our cell phones and headed out to one of our favorite pine groves to spend a few days immersed in nature, removed from our day-to-day concerns. We sat under the pinyons and junipers to watch both sunrise and sunset, and the days passed without our seeing any other humans. The two photos I've included in this communication are from our trip: The first picture is of the sunrise on the second day of our retreat--an auspicious beginning to a day of quiet introspection and easy camaraderie. The second photo is of our final night's campfire, which was for me the highlight of our trip. We found a sizable dry log in the forest and dragged it back to our fire pit by looping a rope around the log and around a sturdy stick long enough for the two of us to hold while walking side-by-side. The photograph was taken right after the campfire was lit--we piled it high with kindling to get it burning big enough and hot enough for the huge log to catch. Successfully so--the log kept us warm throughout the night and the fire pit was full of hot embers in the morning, glowing gold and coral. If we hadn't smothered it before breaking camp and heading back to Vegas that afternoon, those embers would have stayed hot for days.
I share this anecdote because the experience parallels that of an intensive training, such as the "Deepen Your Practice" yoga intensive I'll be offering during the first four weekends of May. The right material, some help from others, and a lot of initial intensity spark a transformational process that burns hot for a short duration. Just as the huge mass of kindling helped us to get our campfire established, so also can an intensive training be the beginning of a glow that can later be sustained for a long time.
I'm including the details of the 100-hour program below. It is open to students who want to deepen their practices as well as serious practitioners who hope to continue their studies with me and become yoga teachers themselves. Reply to this email or give me a call at (808) 388-9553 if interested.
"DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE"
May 2018: 100 hours of yoga instruction
for practitioners who want to delve deeper into yoga practice and studies.
-8 small-group Mysore-style asana practices
-In-depth study of sun salutations, standing postures,
the Ashtanga primary series and the closing sequence
-Instruction and practice of Sanskrit mantras
-Pranayama instruction and practice
-Philosophy from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and Valmiki's Ramayana
-Optional participation in Vedic fire ceremonies
Four weekends: May 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
Fridays 6-8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 6 am-5 pm, Plus 4 private sessions during the month
$1100--cost includes breakfasts and lunches on Saturdays and Sundays