November 2010

Mark Shveima: Hridaya Bindu: The Balancing Point of the Heart

November 13, 2010 - November 14, 2010

Hridaya means “heart”. Bindu is a point in time and space. Mark will offer a two-day exploration of the concept of the balancing point of the heart in the yoga practice.

Mark will teach you alignment principles from the Anusara Yoga tradition. These principles will be presented in an intelligent, sequential way to increase your understanding of how to maximize your strength and flexibility, and find the center point of any balance. This understanding will bring greater focus to the mind. With that focus you can begin to penetrate your emotional center, and experience equanimity even in the face of challenges that may arise, both on and off your mat.

November 2010

YogaJaya Hatha Yoga Basic Course 2010

November 6, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Yoga practice is an essential part of living a positive life. Over this 7 week course, YogaJaya will work together with the students to build the strong foundations of a regular yoga routine. This course will be taught by YogaJaya qualified top teaching instructors.

November 2010

Exploring Expression & Creativity through Movement Course with Satoko Horie

November 1, 2010 - December 20, 2010

When healthy, we take little notice of our bodies. Yet the state of the body determines the physical form of who we are and how we present ourselves. The body is the first thing by which others recognize us, and it is central to the way that people define the ‘self’ and personal individuality. Through growth and education, we gradually cultivate behavior patterns and responses tied to emotions that are also interconnected with our body. We continuously reinforce our sense of ‘self’ through a mainly unconscious process of self-observation and self-adjustment. In this course, we aim to raise our own awareness through body movement, gradually finding how to express through movements and expressions that ignite our inner creativity.

October 2010

Tranquility Within: Yin Yoga – Workshop with Jacqueline Hargreaves

October 30, 2010 - October 31, 2010

This workshop will develop your skills of observation, sensitivity and intuitive responsiveness in order to cultivate tranquility within. We will nourish the meridians in the upper and lower body by using a sequence of floor poses that directly enhances the movement and distribution of vitality. This rejuvenating practice will elicit your body’s natural healing response to repair and balance areas of focus. It might be described as “taking your acupuncturist with you to yoga!”

October 2010

Jacqueline Hargreaves: Yin Yoga: A Silent Practice (Practice Immersion for Teachers and Experienced Practitioners)

October 30, 2010 - October 31, 2010

Experienced practitioners will enjoy delving deep within to discover the benefits of moving slowly, practicing quietly and promoting stillness. This 5 week immersion will use the principles of Yin Yoga to heighten sensory awareness and clarity of perception. Our primary focus will be to develop the skills necessary to find freedom from physical and mental tension that allows the body to rest, heal and rejuvenate.

October 2010

Dave Dobson: Moving Forward: Tools for Transformation

October 25, 2010 - October 28, 2010

Most of us operate on autopilot, employing old habits in the hope that we will achieve the change that has been eluding us. The truth is, if we aren’t getting what we want out of life, be that personal health, a rewarding job, or meaningful relationships, then something has to change. By understanding how life works, we can take a path of constructive development by making the right choices, saying the right things, and responding to life’s challenges in a way that results in positive outcomes, instead of painful experiences.

Dave will be drawing on Ayurvedic principles interpreted in a contemporary way, as well as nutrition, psychology, and communication ethics to provide participants with practical tools they can use to improve the quality of their lives.

These workshops will be open to all. Modules 3 and 4 will develop and extend areas covered by Dave in the YogaJaya teacher training program, so if you are a YogaJaya teacher training graduate who enjoyed Dave’s classes, there will be something here for you also.

October 2010

Iva Drtina-Hall: Heart Flow Yoga: Opening Oneself to the Present Moment

October 16, 2010 - October 17, 2010

This workshop focuses on opening the shoulders, chest, heart and ultimately opening oneself. We will explore our willingness to be aware of all parts of ourselves- the light and the dark, and to look at the full spectrum of emotions, sensations and thoughts that arise as our true selves begin to be revealed.

We will look at the possibility of staying in the flow and to look at everything that arises with fresh eyes, openness and freedom.

Our goal is to accept ourselves and our reality as we are and respond with love and truth.

October 2010

The Art and Science of Adjusting: Part 2 – YogaJaya Adjustment Immersion with Patrick Oancia

October 6, 2010 - December 8, 2010

Adjustments to yoga poses come in a variety of forms including physical, verbal, and energetic.

To physically adjust a student in a safe and effective way requires a good working knowledge of postural alignment, basic anatomy, and sensitivity of touch.

This immersion aims to introduce dynamics of adjusting at an introductory level in a safe and effective way.

Participants will learn and experiment with examples from different pose groups to bring greater awareness to anatomical dynamics that apply to practice.

October 2010

Hatha Yoga: A Complete Practice – Workshop with Jason Birch

October 2, 2010 - October 3, 2010

Many styles of Modern Yoga tend to emphasise one auxiliary (anga) of practice. Some focus on asanas, others, meditation. This workshop aims to demonstrate that one can combine cleansing practices, asanas, pranayama and meditation to enjoy a broad range of benefits and to gain a greater ability to vary and adapt the practice according to one's needs. By practising a broad range of techniques in a particular sequence, students will see how all the auxiliaries fit together and how each one is essential for the others.

September 2010

Patrick Oancia at yogafest 2010

September 24, 2010 - September 25, 2010

In his 5th year at Japan's YogaFest Yoga Conference In Yokohama, Patrick will introduce the following workshops:

September 24th 11:00-12:30 -
Discovering the Depth of Your Practice:
different ideas on how to share your knowledge as a teacher (For Teachers)

September 25th 11:00-12:30 -
Practice With Joy and Ease:
being connected with your inner voice (All Levels)

September 2010

Hatha Yoga Basic Course with Asako Ota

September 18, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Practicing Hatha yoga affects us in various ways. By directly working on the physical body, we come to understand our body and ourselves without needing to make comparisons to other people.

In this course, we use the elements of Hatha yoga to experience how beginners can deepen their practice mainly from a physical perspective by applying physical concepts as well as theory to discover the potential effects of Hatha yoga over seven weeks.

September 2010

David Swenson: 2010 Tokyo Workshop & Teacher Training

September 17, 2010 - September 26, 2010

Ashtanga Yoga Workshop 17-19, 2010

40 Hour 1st Series Teacher Training September 20-26, 2010

September 2010

Health, Happiness and Hatha Yoga Course with Jacqueline Hargreaves

September 6, 2010 - September 25, 2010

In this 8 week course, we will investigate how the practices of Hatha Yoga can be used to bring out the best in you! Each week will include a topical discussion followed by a practice designed specifically to produce certain effects, with the aim to establish and build upon a regular personalised practice. We will look at our constitution, current habits and lifestyle, and then discuss the repertoire of tools (such as kriyas, asana, pranayama, mudras and meditation).

September 2010

The History of Yoga Course with Jason Birch

September 5, 2010 - September 26, 2010

The aim of this course is to present the history of Indian Yoga, while attempting to answer questions that are relevant to those practicing Modern Yoga. If one knows something about the history of today's Yoga, it becomes easier to understand doctrinal differences between Indian Yoga systems and the various teachings of Gurus, and to avoid the mistake of thinking that one system of Yoga is the best because its the oldest.

September 2010

Clive Sheridan: Japan Workshop & Retreat

September 4, 2010 - September 12, 2010

Weekend Workshop September 4-5, 2010

Mitake Mountain Retreat September 6-12, 2010

September 2010

Jason Birch & Jacqueline Hargreaves: Morning Practice Immersion

September 1, 2010 - September 30, 2010

The essence of Yoga is daily practice, and a morning practice sets the tone for the rest of the day. Yet, it takes some understanding and skill to develop a practice that leaves one feeling refreshed, with the mind, calm and clear, for the day ahead.

The morning practice immersions will focus on cleansing and breathing techniques that generate heat with minimal effort, and then a sequence of asanas that facilitates the practice of Uddiyana bandha (gently drawing the abdomen in and up). The aim will be to avoid over-exertion while enjoying the invigorating effects of these practices. Each student shall be encouraged to work with variations and different sequences so that they might discover their own, most effective way of practicing.

September 2010

Healing through Yoga & Thai Massage Course with Gweon Jung Eun

September 1, 2010 - September 29, 2010

Meridians are channels through which qi energy flows to nourish and energize the body. They form a matrix within which the physical body functions. They also act as a network of communication between the physical and the more subtle energetic character of the body. The meridian healing system is based on the premise that an insufficient supply of qi makes one vulnerable to disease. Restoring qi is the ultimate goal on the road to restoring overall health and wellness. In this course, we heal our bodies by stimulating the meridian system through Yoga and Thai massage.

August 2010

Wisdom in the Office: Bringing Yoga at Work – Workshop with Jessica Heynis & Philippe Brawerman

August 30, 2010 - August 31, 2010

Historically the disciplines of yoga and business share little in common and are even considered antagonistic by some. This workshop introduces yogic tools and concepts to the business environment.

This workshop will offer participants a strong foundation in the practical application of yoga and how this assists the psychological and emotional needs of the individual in the context of their career and/or their business.

August 2010

Chris Kummer: Practical workshops to awaken more awareness and dynamic stability in the body and mind

August 23, 2010 - August 26, 2010

Yoga is mostly practiced by following a given description of how to move, breathe and focus. This series of workshops explores the questions of ‘why?’ and ‘is this right for me?’ to assist in developing a personally more effective and suitable practice. Learn tools and receive powerful knowledge that enables you to lead an active life that improves with time. The refinement of movement and yoga practices can transform your yoga from exercise to therapy, self-improvement and health insurance. Yoga anatomy is about exploring your body and taking more ownership of it.

August 2010

Emil Wendel: Pranayama and Beyond 2010 Tokyo

August 10, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Morning Pranayama/Meditation August 10-14, 2010

Yoga Philosophy Evening Workshop August 10 & 12, 2010

July 2010

Steph Davis: High Places: Conquering Fear en route to ‘Impossible’ Dreams

July 30, 2010 - July 30, 2010

YogaJaya is thrilled to announce that it will be hosting the summer 2010 Japan speaking tour of one of the world’s unique adventurists and rock climbers, Steph Davis. Steph’s personal-empowerment tour is aimed at describing her life experiences to people who seek to discover within themselves their own power to be free and to pursue their dreams in all fields of endeavor.

Telling her story in words accompanied by videos and still images of her exploits, Steph describes her experiences of base jumping (parachuting off of mountain peaks), wing-suit flying (flying through the sky using nothing but a winged bodysuit) and free-solo climbing (climbing mountains alone, without any safety ropes). She presents all of these amazing feats as nothing but new ways by which she learned how to understand and overcome her deepest fears...

July 2010

Yoga Synergy: Continuing the Practice Mini Immersion with Simon Borg-Olivier

July 26, 2010 - July 26, 2010

Morning Yoga Synergy Led Class
07:00-08:30

Generating Outer Power within Inner Peace
08:45-10:15

July 2010

YogaJaya International Intensive Teacher Training 2010 (Yoga Alliance 200-hour)

July 17, 2010 - November 28, 2010

The YogaJaya Teacher Training courses are unique in being rooted both in great traditions of knowledge as well as contemporary and forward-thinking visions of the future. Anyone sincerely interested in Yoga is most welcome to enroll in the course in order to expand practice and knowledge with or without the desire for certification.

July 2010

Exploring the Chakras Course with Lea Sölter: A journey through the energy centres along the spine

July 12, 2010 - August 30, 2010

Prana energy flows through our body via the Nadis, or energy channels, and is accumulated in and distributed by the Chakras, or energy centers. There are seven main Chakras along the spine, each of which has unique characteristics. It is in the Chakras that Prana takes on specific forms to serve particular purposes for a balanced state of mind and body. A free flow of Prana in and through the Chakras is essential to staying in balance and to increase vitality.

This 8-week course explains the functioning of the energy centers along the spine, teaches students how to recognize blockages in the Chakras, and instructs them how to stimulate a free flow of energy, as well as how to use Chakras to deal with everyday challenges.

July 2010

The Art and Science of Adjusting – YogaJaya Adjustment Immersion with Patrick Oancia

July 7, 2010 - August 25, 2010

Adjustments to yoga poses come in a variety of forms including physical, verbal, and energetic.

To physically adjust a student in a safe and effective way requires a good working knowledge of postural alignment, basic anatomy, and sensitivity of touch.

This immersion aims to introduce dynamics of adjusting at an introductory level in a safe and effective way.

Participants will learn and experiment with examples from different pose groups to bring greater awareness to anatomical dynamics that apply to practice.

July 2010

Breaking down the Ashtanga Vinyasa System Course with Satoru Koguchi

July 3, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga expands the potential of your body, mind, and spirit through fixed techniques. In this course, we focus on those techniques in detailed explanations and practice aimed at deepening our appreciation of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

This course covers the subject in even finer detail as we explore Vinyasa in terms of synchronizing the body and breath as well deepening our awareness.

June 2010

The Discipline of Yoga: Sakshin Ghatastha Yoga – Workshop with Dali

June 26, 2010 - June 27, 2010

If you want to change the physical structure of your body, the first step is awareness directed onto breath in the postures. In this workshop Dali will focus on the subtle adjustment of breath as a thread to transform the students inner attitude, to create a sense of lightness in the students practice.

The skillful use of Karana (combined movements of hands and feet) to cultivate awareness and develop a strong foundation in Sakshin Ghatastha Yoga will be taught. Dali will share his knowledge of specific sequenced yoga asana, to build internal fire and demonstrate how to direct this energy to dissolve life stresses that over time manifest inside the body causing energetic and structural misalignment.

May 2010

Practice of Pranayama & Meditation Course with Yumiko Terasaki

May 2, 2010 - August 29, 2010

Pranayama breathing refers to controlling the vital energy that fills the human body. Pranayama is a critical process of purification needed for deeper meditation toward the goal of Raja Yoga -- the control of the heart.

Acquiring and then developing this skill requires a routine of practice and perseverance while maintaining calmness. This process is facilitated by building our trust in each other and by sharing experiences over a course period of up to 18 weeks. The course theme is “harmony”. Through Pranayama and Meditation, we seek to generate a harmony that resonates between the body and the mind, within and between people, and between each individual and the broader universe.

May 2010

Yoga Aid Challenge 2010

May 1, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Join YogaJaya Director Patrick Oancia along side of the other eleven 2010 challenge leaders in a practice of dynamic devotion.

Support the global family project charity by pledging a donation of any amount.

April 2010

Jason Crandell: Lotus 8 x Tokyo Yoga x YogaJaya Collaboration Workshop

April 29, 2010 - April 30, 2010

In this 3-workshop series in Tokyo, you will learn how alignment and attention to detail cultivates greater depth and ease in your flow practice—from core-strengtheners, to hip-openers and arm-balances, to backbends. Said to have a “knack for explaining subtle movements in a way everyone can understand” (Yoga Journal), Jason will help you deepen your practice—teaching you to expand your edge, open your body, and stay connected to your essence. Each workshop will begin with a brief discussion of related anatomy and illustrate the physical theme of the practice with demonstration. Then, we will transition into a smart, satisfying flow practice.

April 2010

Developing Your Own Hatha Yoga Practice – Workshop with Mark Robberds

April 10, 2010 - April 11, 2010

In this workshop Mark will shed light on the base principles needed to develop a hatha yoga practice - no matter what style you are practicing. Working the human body is like a unlocking a combination lock - once you learn the combination you can transcend into it's full potential. Learning the core techniques of practice well is essential. Upon this, the rest will follow.

This workshop will be interactive, allowing the students opportunity to ask questions and to get answers by exploring different possibilities.

April 2010

Body Mind Breath – The Art of Movement Course with Amber Spear

April 7, 2010 - June 23, 2010

This is not a classical Yoga course.

Each session we will build upon creative movement sequences, linked with the breath and sourced from a focused connection to the core. This 12 week course is a suitable, valuable and challenging inclusion for all levels of student.

April 2010

YogaJaya Practice Immersion with Patrick Oancia for teachers and advanced practitioners

April 4, 2010 - April 25, 2010

n this practice immersion Patrick will emphasize on building stamina through fixed sequencing including detailed work every week in back bending, inversions and arm balances. The program will also include pranayama and guided meditation. The focus will be to cultivate and contemplate the sensitivity needed to refine the deeper dynamics of yoga practice.

This program is offered as continuing education for YogaJaya Teacher Training Graduates (YJAT-YogaJaya Accredited Teachers).

March 2010

Adi Carter: Detox Series Workshop: collaboration with pangea organics

March 27, 2010 - March 28, 2010

Detox to re-tox? The pattern might seem like a never-ending cliche´, however there are several considerations and choices that one can make to prevent feeling completely toxic and overwhelmed by our fast paced lives. Join Adi for a workshop focusing on physical toxicity in the digestive system and the core region of the body.

March 2010

Demian McKinley: Elements of Yoga Workshop

March 13, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Yoga is scientific and very practical in its approach, and can provide a means for living a fulfilling, meaningful and clear life. It unravels years of tension making the mind and body youthful and may even help in clarifying our individual purpose for living. In this class we will examine the elements of yoga practice that make it powerful and can put us on the fast track to live happily and freely.

February 2010

Matej Jurenka: Shrivatsa Yoga Workshop

February 20, 2010 - February 21, 2010

In this Shrivatsa workshop Matej will touch on different aspects of asana and introduce unique vinyasa sequencing. Tantric kriyas, bandhas, mudras & pranayama will be introduced to touch on the more subtle aspects of the practice and how they can be used to heal the body and soothe the miind through cleansing the subtle energetic channels (nadis). This entire workshop reflects several years of the developing a unique system introducing the integration of subtle yoga practices. Beginner and advanced practioners of any yoga system will greatly benefit from these teachings.

The symbol of “Shrivatsa” symbolizes the “infinite knot” and nature of existence without beginning or ending. It reflects a deeper state of meditation in which we realize the cyclic existence of all things. Shrivatsa Yoga is about connecting to the deeper layers of consciousness so as to realize full human potential.

February 2010

Patrick Oancia 2010 International Workshops

February 19, 2010 - March 21, 2010

Air Yoga - Zurich, Switzerland : 2/19-2/21

Power Yoga Hamburg - Hamburg, Germany : 2/23-2/28

Air Yoga - Munich, Germany : 3/5-3/7

Karma Calmer Studio - Cape Town, South Africa : 3/12-3/14

Lotus Studio - Knysna, South Africa : 3/19-3/21

Das Yoga Haus - Salzburg, Austria : 5/7-5/9

Kitzbühel yoga - Kitzbühel, Austria 5/11-5/12

Wohlfuehlbereich Yoga - Stuttgart, Germany : 5/14-5/16

Odaka Yoga - Rome, Italy : 5/21

Yoga Aid Challenge - Rome, Italy : 5/22

Yoga Aid Challenge - Milan, Italy : 5/23

German Yoga Conference - Cologne, Germany : 5/28-5/30

Lord Vishnus Couch - Cologne, Germany : 5/28-5/30

Home Yoga - Berlin, Germany : 6/8-6/13

February 2010

Adi Carter: Valentine’s Day Special Event: Partner Yoga & Massage Workshop

February 11, 2010 - February 11, 2010

Come share and connect with a partner or friend as we explore the wonders of partner yoga and Thai massage while enjoying chocolate and other Valentine's Day treats. We will nurture and practice metta (loving kindness) through partner asanas and therapeutic techniques intended to stretch and support both partners so as to leave you feeling completely relaxed and at ease. Chocolates will be provided and students are also invited to bring their favorite desserts.

Open to all, no prior experience with partner yoga or Thai massage is necessary (but a desire for chocolate is strongly recommended).

February 2010

Build, Unite, Integrate, A Trilogy to Deepening the Fundamentals of Yoga

February 1, 2010 - June 28, 2010

The design of the curriculum for this course is meant to take people into a deeper introductory understanding of the open ended apects of yoga and the way it relates to everyday life. There will be 2 consecutive programs running simultaniously from May to June. Weekday evening, and weekend. Students with challenging schedules may mix their attendance depending on the availability for each session.

These courses are also designed as a preparatory program for our 300 hour teacher trainings.

January 2010

Roberto Milletti: Odaka Yoga Contemporaneo Workshop

January 30, 2010 - January 31, 2010

Spiral Wave Motion- the unfolding of your inner yogic expression.

An interactive workshop based on theory and practical experience

January 30-31, 2010

This workshop will explore the extraordinary inner strength of the Spiral Wave Motion. A crescendo of intensity, intuition and free expression of ones potential. Tradition and innovation are combined to transform a better understanding of living in Joy and harmony through body movement.

Odaka Yoga Contemporaneo (Contemporary Yoga) combines the different applications of martial arts with Yoga, creating a dynamic balance between tradition and innovation. It is an art in motion, initiating the flux of conscious energy and constant transformation.

January 2010

Light on Prana: Cultivating the Subtle Energy of Yoga Practice Course with Demian McKinley

January 13, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Often we come to yoga practice to improve our health, tone our bodies, or quiet the mind, but the actual mechanisms of how this happens can be difficult to understand. In this course we will examine and experience the flow of prana, or life force, as the core healing energy of yoga practice. Difficult to pin down in concept and experience, the healing and enlivening potential of yoga hinges on the proper application of yogic tools to channel and cultivate prana, which is the foundation of all life. In a step-by-step fashion, we will integrate the tools of yoga and learn more how to be aware of prana and how to cultivate it.

January 2010

AcroYoga Therapeutics Course with Adi Carter

January 10, 2010 - March 28, 2010

AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. This course with focus on using core awareness to help practitioners balance on each other and take flight to truly experience the joy of being inverted and in supported back bends without the effort and struggle of trying to hold yourself up.