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Astanga Sadhana: A Practitioners' Program
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A practitioners’ program
Exploring the depths of your Yoga practice, according to the eight limbs of Astanga Yoga. This year-long program is for the dedicated Astanga Yoga practitioners, already familiar with the traditional Mysore-style of self-practice and ready to expand the context of their Yoga Sadhana – spiritual practice.
“Sadhanas are the means that we use to identify with a sense of awareness within, and to remove the coverings of confusion, narratives and longings that prevent us from being who we truly are”
– Eddie Stern, One Simple Thing
Sadhana is a commitment to making our spiritual goals a priority and making time for them. We form our (spiritual) goal, then we find the means to accomplishing it - our practice is the path we travel to get there. Astanga Yoga – the eight limbs system presented by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras – becomes the road map we follow to explore our sense of self, to clear our perception of reality and ultimately to fulfil our goal, may that be happiness, liberation or simply a calmer mind and a healthier body.
As we journey on the path of Astanga Yoga, we begin to discover a new connection to our breath, to the ways our body moves, to an enhanced sense of awareness which soon becomes a new way of operating, first on the mat, then off the mat as well. Astanga practice develops slowly, requiring effort, patience and dedication, but consistently its effects are felt and wired into our system until it simply becomes a natural part of who we are. Dedicated practitioners.
That’s when the journey really begins. And when sharing the journey together with other moving in the same direction becomes of great support.
This program provides a supporting structure for the dedicated Astanga Yoga practitioner to deepen his or her sadhana and to further explore who they really are at a deeper level of being, under the guidance of experienced teachers and following the traditional teachings presented by Patanjali.
Over a period of nearly a year, you will form a much clearer view of your goals and the context for your Yoga Sadhana, your practice will develop and fine-tune to match your motivations and aspirations. Using a variety of techniques, you will become established in your morning routine (Meditation, Kriyas, Pranayama, Asana). You will gain an in-depth understanding of the Primary Series of the Astanga Yoga system, as taught by Sri K P Jois of Mysore, both in its traditional self-practice (Mysore) style and in its counted-through (led) format. You will be guided individually in your own practice directly by the teachers so that you can progress according to your own level of experience and capacity.
Each morning will be fully practice-based (about 3 hours). The afternoon will be dedicated to explore the philosophical context for spiritual practice and to further understand the effects of Astanga Yoga practice on the physical body, the nervous system and the mind. Patanjali Yoga Sutras will be our main reference text, with a particular focus to the eight limbs method and their relevance to our daily lives – on and off the mat. We will use the Yamas and Niyamas as tools for self-inquiry, contemplation, journaling and psycho-spiritual work.
We will also dive into the physical and subtle anatomy of the human body, in the context of the Asana practice, learning how to maintain a safe practice, how to deal with injuries and how to provide assistance to others (hands-on adjustments).
You will be extensively exposed to the history of the Astanga Yoga tradition, understanding its context, origin and evolution over the past 50+ years. You will learn some basic Sanskrit pronunciation skills, so as to be at ease with the names of the Asanas, the counts of Vinyasas and the chants which are used in daily practice, together with the main philosophical ideas discussed in the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
We will take time to discuss relevant lifestyle aspects of integrating ancient Yoga practices in our modern busy lives.
Expect 99% practice, 1% theory.
Min 1 year of regular Astanga Yoga practice (at least 3 times/week)
Currently practicing with a teacher* and in Mysore style
English speaking (all the teachings and the material provided are in English)
A motivation letter in which you tell us more about yourself and your motivation to take part in this program (we will ask you for this after registration)
A heartfelt dedication to the practice of Astanga Yoga, with the desire to learn more about the traditional methods and the willingness to share your experiences of this journey with others in the group
Participation to all weekends, including the weekend retreat (2-nights residential stay)
Commitment to daily practice for the rest of your life ;-)
*if you are not currently practicing in one of the Mysore Programs at Delight Yoga, we would like to ask you to come at least once to practice with either of the teachers, so to meet and get to know each other prior to registering for this program. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
Please note that we do not require you to know the full primary series. We do however expect you to have an established self-practice (ie you can practice by yourself without instructions and without cheat-sheet) of at least half primary series (somewhere in the sitting poses).
A note on Health and Wellbeing
To best support you in this program and in general in your practice, we ask you to please let us know if anything is currently affecting your physical, mental or emotional wellbeing, if you have any (serious) injury, if you are currently under medical treatment, taking medications or suffering/recovering from depression or burnout.
A note about Teaching and Homework
After years of offering Astanga-based teacher training programs, we came to the conclusions that our teachers were right about this – a lot more time, practice and dedication is recommended to any practitioner before stepping into a teaching role. We also learned through our own experience that most of the students come into a teacher training program simply with the longing for learning more about themselves and their own practice, supported by a structure and by the guidance of more experienced practitioners. So this year-long program reflects our commitment to offering a structure and the guidance for students to move deeper into their own practice journey, trusting that this is a good timeframe to allow for some personal transformation to occur. If – after completion of this program – some students will feel mature and motivated enough to learn about teaching Astanga yoga, we will offer a limited number of apprentice opportunities to share our teaching experience directly with the student, in a one-to-one student-teacher approach. We feel this is our call forward.
This also means that this program doesn’t offer any certificate, nor requires you to do any homework, assignments or exams of any kind. It does, however, requires you to dedicate time and effort into exploring your Sadhana practice – this is the foundation of this program.
The only text we ask you to buy for this program is The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. There are many translations available and you’re welcome to use any one you like (ideally a few). You will work with the sutras at your own pace throughout the program. We will use the translations of Chip Hartranft as a starting point during the weekends, you can download the free pdf version here (printing chapter 1-2 could be handy).
There are a lot of other books which we would highly recommend you to read, if you're interested in broadening your view on yoga. Here's a short list of our favourite ones:
Yoga Mala, Sri K Pattabhi Jois
Ashtanga Yoga, Lino Miele
Ashtanga Yoga, Petri Raisanen
Astanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy, Gregor Maehle
Functional Anatomy of Yoga, David Keil
One Simple Thing, Eddie Stern
Mirror of yoga, Richard Freeman
The Tree of Yoga OR Light on Life, BKS Iyengar
There’s plenty of free material available on the internet, we will send you relevant links to articles and interesting websites as we go through the program.
Weekends: 9:00-17:30 each day (7 hrs per day, with 1,5 hrs break)
Residential retreat: starts 17:00 on Friday 18 March, ends around 17:00 on Sunday 20 March 2022.
Weekends at Delight Yoga, Weteringschans 53, Amsterdam.
Retreat location to be confirmed (within 1,5 hours drive from Amsterdam)
€2150 (full payment) - regular price
Including 9% btw and course material.
We also offer an instalment payment option (3x €750).
Would you like to pay by instalments? This is possible, only we will have to charge you a little extra to cover for bank and costs. You can pay as follows:
- 1st Instalment: €750 upon registration
- 2nd Instalment: €750 due 1-11-2021
- 3rd Instalment: €750 due 1-3-2022
Please keep in mind that the retreat costs will also be due in early January 2022.
If you would like to register for the program with this payment option, please transfer the first instalment amount of €750 to Delight Yoga, specifying the following:
Account Holder: Delight Yoga BV
Payment Reference: Full Name + Astanga Sadhana 2021 1st instalment
Once you have wired the amount to us, please send a copy of the payment you made to Isabell via email email@example.com, also adding the following details:
- your full name
- your email address
- your telephone number
- your IBAN number
You will then receive a confirmation of your payment being received and your registration in the program being completed.
Any question about the payment? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular classes (we offer a discount on the Mysore membership), travel to and from locations, retreat weekend lodging costs and books are not included in the price of the program.
The lodging costs for the weekend retreat are extras and will be invoiced to you in January 2022. The amount will be around €300-350 per person (ex. btw, exact amount depending on the exact number of participants in the program).
A Note about Covid-19
We cannot at this moment predict how the Covid situation will evolve, so we have to start with a conservative plan. Within the current 1,5 mt regulations, the weekends will be held at the Weteringschans studio and the maximum number of participants will be 14 to comply with all safety & health regulations. Should things change in the near future, we will make an alternative plan and we will inform you accordingly prior to the start of the program. The group size will never exceed a maximum of 22 students.
Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you might have about this program and your participation. We will be super happy to discuss your concerns with you! If you are ready to register for this program, you can simply complete the process using the “book now” button below and proceed with the full payment.
REGISTRATIONS WILL CLOSE ON 7 AUGUST 2021
You can register for this workshop by clicking ‘Book’ and paying online with iDeal, Credit Card or PayPal. Full payment is required to ensure your place. Registration is confirmed when payment is complete.
Are you entitled to a refund of the registration fee in case of cancellation? Please read article 16 ‘Cancellation of Workshop Registration’ in our General Terms and Conditions to know exactly where you stand.
About Claudia Pradella & Eva Ugolini
About Claudia Claudia studied a variety of disciplines from personal coaching, to massage and dance therapy, but her affinity and interest in Eastern philosophy, reinforced by several journeys through Asia, led her to a deeper connection to the Yoga tradition.
A note on Wellbeing - Creating a safe and sacred space
We wish to create a safe and sacred space to study, practice and grow for everyone. Please take care of your own health and wellbeing while participating in classes, workshops and, trainings offered by Delight Yoga. If you're currently having any physical, emotional or mental issues, or prefer no hands-on adjustments, please make sure to discuss this with the teacher up front.