It’s my birthday month: Early bird retreat pricing extended to July 31!

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Happy summer, yogis and yoginis!

First, let me tell you how humbled and heartened I am by the many positive responses I’ve received regarding my November Deepen Your Practice yoga retreat. What an amazingly beautiful yoga community we have, and what a great opportunity it will be to deepen your ties to your community and your own practice for a week in India! I know it isn’t possible for everyone to make the trip, but you will all be there in spirit.

For those who have been considering the trip, or who have asked, here is some clarification on the pricing. (And if you have had trouble accessing the Ashok Tree website, they have had technical difficulties recently, so try it again – or you can email or contact me through the form below regarding booking or any questions. Sorry for any inconvenience!)

Early bird pricing, which lasts until the end of July, is as follows:

  • Standard room – private – £450 £405
  • Standard room  – shared – £350 £315 (couples only, must be booked together)
  • Deluxe room – private –     £525 £475
  • Deluxe room – shared –     £400 £360

Such great deals, don’t miss out!

Answers to a few other FAQs:

Q: What airport should I fly into?

A: Ground transport from Chennai (airport code MAA) is included in the retreat package. Bangalore (BLR) is also nearby, and transport can be arranged for a nominal fee.

 

Q: Do I need a visa for India?

A: Yes, you do, and it’s quite simple. You can get a 30-day e-visa online just a few days before you travel. You present the print-out for your approved visa upon arrival at the airport in India. (There is even a special queue for these visas at immigration, which is generally much shorter than the regular one!)

Any other questions or concerns about travel to India? Give me a shout.

No more excuses now, I’ll see you on the mat in India!

Namaste.

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What is Yoga: a modern history

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Finally, the answers to all your questions!

WHAT IS YOGA?

The practice of yoga involves far more than the sequences of postures, breathing exercises, and meditations that we do in the studio. In fact, it has an incredibly rich history that goes back thousands of years. In the last century in particular, since yoga’s popularization in the West, the practice has undergone tremendous change and diversification.
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With an eye to this larger question, ‘What is Yoga?’, over 6 weeks we’ll examine the various dimensions of the philosophy and practice of yoga, from its revival in India in the late-nineteenth century, through its early-twentieth century modernization and migration westward, up to its current commercialization with myriad styles and hybrids.
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Each class will include a reading, a short presentation, group discussion, and a short meditation. The reading for the first class, which presents an excellent overview of the material to be covered, can be found here.
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The countdown has begun (10 days!); the journey through modern yoga history is imminent. The teacher is ready, the schedule is set, what are you waiting for? The time machine through yoga history takes off Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6pm. It runs on Thursdays, 6-8pm, from November 3 to December 15, with a break in the middle for Thanksgiving.
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Book your passage here.
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Note: If you can’t commit to all 6 weeks, you can still drop in to individual classes.
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Do you communicate via Facebook and prefer to register your excitement there?
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Still have questions? (Don’t we all.) Shoot me an email through the form below, or just turn up on the first day. Bring loads of questions. I can’t wait.
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Namaste.
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Aum for my Autumn Teaching Schedule

Don’t you just love those crisp fall mornings with the clear sun, the feeling of freshness, the smell of  morning dew … This season is such a natural time to come back inside physically and mentally, reconnecting with yourself, returning to familiar routines, and remaining attuned to circadian rhythms. Much as I love this time of year, I also know how hard it can be to find your way onto the yoga mat on the cooler and darker days. The body’s just a little bit stiffer, whines a little bit more, makes all kinds of excuses why now is not the best time to fit in your yoga practice.

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve got a full spate of classes for the fall months with plenty of morning and evening options. So whatever suits your temperament best, choose a time and keep your date on the mat!

Step 1: Check out my Fall Teaching Schedule. There are a few changes to note: September 27 will be my last Tuesday morning Gentle Yoga class at Thomaston Yoga Studio. And from October 12, my Thursday evening Yoga+Meditation class in Thomaston will shift to Wednesdays at 6:30pm [note time change].

What will I do with my Thursday evenings? I’m excited to announce that for 6 weeks starting in November, I’ll be teaching a short course (off the mat!) on the contemporary History of Yoga at the Dancing Elephant called “What is Yoga?”. Have you ever wondered about what’s at the core of “yoga” as it goes more mainstream; and what is ‘authentic’ among all of the different classes offered at studios these days; or where yoga comes from in general? Are you a history buff who just loves to delve into specific topics and learn what was going on ‘way back when’? Look no further. And mark your calendars now. It’s going to be a nice stretch for the brain muscles – nice, gentle, and soothing, aummm.

More information, including registration, can be found on the Dancing Elephant website or by contacting me. Further details will follow shortly, so watch this space!

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