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Chanting, Lecture & Philosophy

With Eddie Stern

We are extremely honored to welcome Eddie Stern from New York back to Amsterdam! Eddie will bring the authenticity of his teaching to all students of Astanga Yoga in the Netherlands. The youngest of the so-called Senior Teachers of Astanga Yoga in the world, Eddie has followed for more than twenty years', uninterruptedly, the teaching of his guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, from whom he could learn the most profound essence of the Astanga Yoga system. Always close to Guruji until his death in 2009, Eddie devoted his entire life to the study of the Astanga Yoga system, including its less popular aspects. He has studied Sanskrit and many of the scriptures of the Indian tradition as well as all aspects of the Indian and yogic culture. Eddie Stern embodies the most authentic expression of how Indian thoughts can be relevant to our western lives. He's one of the most recognized and extraordinary teachers of Astanga Yoga in the world today and this workshop is a great opportunity to share with him the true and pure essence of this uniquely comprehensive system of yoga.


Eddie will offer 4 days of intensive morning Mysore practice for the more regular astanga practitioners. A unique opportunity to practice under Eddie’s direct guidance and adjustments - followed by a chanting, lecture and philosophy session each day.

Saturday June 16

From Death to Immortality: The mantras and teachings of the Upanishads are largely about liberation from the illusory cycle of birth and death, and awakening to the realization that consciousness is never born, and never dies. Each Upanishad begins with a peace invocation, followed by special teachings on yoga practices, different levels of consciousness, and the ways of Self knowledge. They are beautiful and poetic, mystical in nature, and often revelatory. In this class, we will chant some of these profound mantras, and we will discuss the meanings associated with them. These are mantras that you can also include in your own, personal practices. 

Sunday June 17

Stories and Teachings from Yoga Mala: The founder of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, wrote his only book on yoga in 1958, called Yoga Mala. It is packed filled with details and teachings about the various limbs of yogas. In 1997, Eddie embarked on a two-year project to translate and publish Yoga Mala in English, which involved working with Sanskrit professors in Mysore, and many months of reviewing translations and corrections with Sharath and Pattabhi Jois. In this class, Eddie will talk about some of the background philosophy that highlights Pattabhi Jois’s perspective in writing Yoga Mala, and stories that happened along the way. The first English edition of Yoga Mala was published in 1999. Since then, it has been translated in thirteen languages and sold over 100,000 copies. 

Monday & Tuesday 18-19 June

Bija Mantras and Mysore Journals: The class is broken up into two parts. In the first part, we will chant the bija and petal chakra mantras that tune the subtle body. Imagine your subtle body filled with pathways of energy similar to how the inside of a piano has a string that resonates with each, single key. When you tune a piano, you bring the resonance of each string and key to the right pitch, so the piano plays with a harmonious sound. When we chant the bija and petal chakra mantras, we are tuning our subtle body like a piano, so that our whole being vibrates in a harmonious resonance. In the second hour of this class, Eddie will share teachings from the afternoon talks Pattabhi Jois gave in his home in Mysore, in 1999, from his small book, “Mysore Journals”. 

Extra on Saturday 16th June

the price includes the Saturday afternoon opening session with Eddie, 16th June, 15:30 - 17.00 at Prinseneiland, Welcome and Puja Ceremony. Open and free for all. 


Puja means worship. It is a Hindu ritual that is a personal expression of devotion to one’s conception of God - whether it is a personal form, such as Siva, Vishnu or Ganesh, or an impersonal conception of Absolute Consciousness. For Saturday afternoon's puja, Eddie will lead the group through a simple worship of Ganesha, the Lord of Obstacles, as he was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It will be puja, explanation, and participation. Please bring some fresh flowers, fruit or dried fruit and nuts as symbolic offerings.


Date / Time

Location

Teacher

Price

16 June 2018, 13:00 - 15:00

Prinseneiland

Eddie Stern

€35

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17 June 2018, 13:00 - 15:00

Prinseneiland

Eddie Stern

€35

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18 June 2018, 10:30 - 12:30

Prinseneiland

Eddie Stern

€35

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19 June 2018, 10:30 - 12:30

Prinseneiland

Eddie Stern

€35

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This workshop is also available as a full course, total price:

€100

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