'The Love of Knowledge' Yoga Sutra & Philosophy
with Gregor Maehle
The Yoga Sutra is a tool to gain inner
freedom. Inner freedom means to be able to
dictate our mind what to do, what it needs to
think or when it should be quiet rather than our
mind bossing us around. Studying the Yoga Sutra is
a training that teaches you to use your mind in
the same efficient and creative way as asana
is a training to use your body. For this purpose
we need to be able to understand how to free ourselves from our conditioning (vasana).
In this workshop you will
come to understand how conditioning is created by
your past thoughts, words and actions and
how to change future conditioning by changing your present thoughts, words and actions.
Another important goal of Yoga Sutra is the integration of meditative experiences
or glimpses into our life. We may have had great experiences of happiness but without their proper integration, apart from the actual moment of experience, they are often not of lasting value. The Yoga Sutra helps us to put them into perspective and integrate them into our lives, leading to lasting change.
This workshop is taught over two full weekends (32 hours).
28, 29 March & 4, 5 April 2015
Two full weekends
An opportunity to partake of the wisdom and fun with internationally renowned yoga author, Gregor Maehle.
'Friday Evenings with Gregor' are an informal arena packed with philosophical insight, meaningful explanations, answers to those difficult questions and an exploration of the meaning of life, the universe and everything!
Gregor's zany sense of humour, his manifold personal experiences, his vast and in-depth knowledge of scripture, Indian philosophies and yogic techniques combine to make his teachings easily applicable, relevant and accessible to all students.
"I often joke Gregor is an ocean of Yoga knowledge and it would take me another three lifetimes to know what he knows about yoga. I have never asked him a question that he cannot answer, and he has never had to refer to a book to answer my question (often first quoting in Sanskrit before he translates for us). I believe that Gregor is an authentic teacher with a great depth of knowledge that is fairly rare among yoga teachers ... Gregor has devoted his life to researching and understanding yoga and sharing that knowledge with people like me....I am really very proud he is my teacher." Sarcha Thurston
At the door
Kirtan music concert
with Devaraje & Scott Mitchell
Share in the meditative sounds, sacred mantra and chanting in the traditional Kirtan style of call and response. With the exotic sounds of the sitar, harmonium, guitar and celestial vocals of Devaraje, we will be immersed in the healing power of mantra.
Devaraje is a singer and songwriter from Israel. She has travelled extensively through India where she has spent many years in the practice of Bhakti Yoga and immersing herself in the Indian music culture. Scott Mitchell is a sitar player, multi instrumentalist and music producer. A regular performer in the Perth music scene, Scott has been playing sitar for 16 years as a soloist and recording artist. Since 2010, Devaraje and Scott have been offering their audiences an intimate musical experience of meditation, spiritual rejuvenation and celebration seeped in the richness of Sanskrit mantra and sacred songs.
Early on-line Bird!
At the door...
'The Breath of Yoga' - Pranayama & Kriya
with Gregor Maehle
Learn how to use pranayama to harmonize the doshas (humors of the body) and thus attain a state of health and balance as well as how to still the mind, enabling spiritual insight. Additionally, you will learn how to liberate the breathing pattern, the use of breath waves, breath ratios, digital counting, contraindications and the therapeutic effects of all pranayama techniques.
The kriyas are predominantly methods of purification of the body. They suppor the work of postures and aid in removing contamination from chemical, environmental, electrical, electromagnetic and radioactive sources.
Gregor is the author of 'Pranayama, The Breath of Yoga'.
"Once again, Gregor Maehle has provided an invaluable resource for yoga students. I've read a dozen books on pranayama and taken workshops, all to little benefit in my practice. With this book, the lights came on. As in his previous publications, Mr. Maehle combines his astonishing knowledge of yoga scripture with the most straightforward, most insightful, most eye-opening descriptions and explanations ranging from physiology and bio-mechanics to psychology and spirituality. As I reread this book and ponder it, I am continually astonished by the depth of insight it provides. I have come to believe that this will be the single most important book on yoga in the past century. This is a life-changing contribution, for which I am profoundly grateful. " Paul M. Gahlinger, MD, PhD, MPH
This workshop is taught over two full weekends (approx. 32 hours).
2, 3 & 9, 10 May 2015
Two full weekends
'An Act of Giving' Teaching Methodology
with Monica Gauci
Learn sophisticated verbal instructions combined with the essential principles of communication to help your students reach their desired goals. We teach you how to effectively structure, conduct and deliver various levels of asana classes safely to a broad range of student abilities. Learn about the role of the teacher and intra-class dynamics.
You will learn various ways of giving students feedback so that they can improve their Yoga practice. These will include verbal and light touch corrections as well as anatomically sound hands-on adjusting techniques.
After having demonstrated a particular posture you will often find the class practising as many variations of the posture as there are students in the room! Learn effective demonstration techniques so that there is the smallest possible deviation in the class from the posture taught.
You will also have the opportunity to rehearse the learned content so you receive valuable individual feedback and can then confidently step before a class and teach.
This workshop is taught over three full weekends (approx. 48 hours).
26, 27 september, 3, 4 & 24, 25 october 2015
Three full weekends
'The Transcendental Jewel' - Yoga Meditation
with Gregor Maehle
In this workshop Gregor gives a precise step-by-step description of the meditation technique at the heart of yoga but also puts it into context with all other yogic techniques and how they contribute to the break-through to spiritual freedom.
Yogic meditation derives its power from the fact that it systematically suspends the entire processing capacity of the subconscious mind and diverts it towards meditation. The processing power of the subconscious mind is a multiple of that of the conscious mind. Simply watching breath or watching awareness involves only your conscious mind. For quick and effective concentration the entire power of the subconscious mind has to be harnessed. This is the secret of yogic meditation.
Kundalini is the coiled life force. If left resting at the base of the spine we are enslaved by our urges and desires. If, however, it is lifted through the various energy centres (Chakras), we can express ourselves as a successful person, a fully integrated human being, a genius, or recognize the Divine within us, respectively. Once the higher Chakras are reached meditation (Dhyana) will occur effortlessly.
Gregor also introduces us to the Chakras and leads us through guided meditations aimed at raising Kundalini.
21, 22 & 28, 29 November 2015