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+385 95 880 1807
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ASHTANGA YOGA WORKSHOP WITH EDDIE STERN

STEADINESS, RESILIENCE AND TRANSCENDENCE: NEW FINDINGS IN YOGA AND SCIENCE

Zagreb, June 13-16, 2019

For the second time in Croatia, we're honored to have Eddie Stern back in our community for an exciting weekend workshop, Mysore classes and Yoga Conference.

Eddie is one of the most recognized and extraordinary teachers in the world today known for his multi-disciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga to which he devoted his entire life, including its more esoteric aspects. His approach combines the ancient philosophy and practices of yoga with a modern, scientific understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms that make yoga work.

By being one of the closest students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, he has initiated the publications of Yoga Mala and many other books on Ashtanga Yoga. This year he is promoting his forthcoming book ‘One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life’.

This workshop is a great opportunity to share with Eddie the true and pure essence of comprehensive system of Ashtanga Yoga and learn about his ideas on science, philosophy and physiology related to yoga and its practices today.
Yoga classes, lectures and discussions will be held in English.

 

PROGRAM:

 

Thursday June 13

6:30-10:30  Morning Mysore program

(timings in few shifts will be defined closer to workshop date)

19:00-21:00  Lecture/Pranayama/Chanting

Feeling, Acting and Thinking: The Four Modes of Yoga


Friday June 14

6:30-10:30  Morning Mysore program

19:00-20:30  Ganesh puja ceremony

 

Saturday June 15

8:00-9:30  Led Primary series

10:30-12:00  Philosophy 

Ashtanga Yoga: Purification of Body and Mind

14:00-16:00  Lecture/Pranayama/Chanting

Steadiness, Resilience and Transcendence: New Findings In Yoga and Science

 

Sunday June 25

8:00-9:30  Led Primary series

10:30-12:00  Philosophy and Q&A session

Ashtanga Yoga: Purification of Body and Mind (part II)

 17:00 "Yoga and Science" Conference 

WORKSHOP TOPICS:

 

Lecture on Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-12:00
Ashtanga Yoga: Purification of Body and Mind
 
The first presentations of Yoga in India ancient originated in its contemplative traditions. These traditions held, in one form or another, that self-knowledge was the best and most lasting cure for the suffering and pains that life brings. The transcendence of the mind, our faculty of thought, which hold the structures of our limited identity, such as our likes, dislikes, fears, ambitions, ideas and judgements – is crucial to this process. Beyond the mind – or perhaps deeper than the mind – is awareness, sometimes called consciousness, which is the source of knowing, larger than the troubled realm of the mind. Yoga is the practice that the ancient seers taught to remove the clouds that cover pure consciousness, removing sorrow and awakening us to our inner state of joy.
The yogis taught that the mind is a field that holds thought, and awareness is an unlimited potential that the mind rests upon. The saying that the mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master is apt for the yogis, and sums up the essential purpose of practicing the different limbs of yoga. Is there a way that I can master my mind, and engage it to help answer these basic questions of existence: Who am I? What am I doing here, or, what is my purpose? And last, what do I do next, or, how can I live my life according to my purpose? A contemplative practice seeks to allow answers to these questions to rise up from the depths of awareness, into the quieted field of the mind, so that our thoughts, words and actions become expressions of our purpose. This is where, according to the yogis, fulfillment in life comes from – living in alignment with our inner purpose.

In the practice of asana, or posture, we learn how to bring our limbs into alignment; when we add in breath, we bring ourselves in alignment with our mind; and when we do yoga as a practice of devotion, we bring ourselves into alignment with our purpose. Ashtanga Yoga was founded on these principles. It is a challenging practice because the mind is difficult to master; however, its benefits are profound.

Lecture on Saturday afternoon, 14:00-16:00
Steadiness, Resilience and Transcendence: New Findings In Yoga and Science

In this lecture, Eddie will discuss some of the underlying mechanisms of yoga that make it an effective practice for self-regulation, emotional regulation, and spiritual experience, highlighting specifically the effects of certain pranayamas and other yogic practices that are particularly powerful. Eddie will also be drawing from his upcoming book, One Simple Thing, (to be released on March 12th, 2019), in which he examines a variety of scientific findings and yogic explanations that complement both an Eastern and Western approach to spiritual practice. Even after thousands of years, yoga continues to be an infinitely interesting and exciting practice and philosophy, never growing old, and always staying new. In this class we will look at some of the reasons why this is so. This class will include chanting, pranayama, and the lecture.

Lecture on Thursday evening, 19:00-21:00

Feeling, Acting and Thinking: The Four Modes of Yoga

In this lecture we will discuss the four paths of yoga that represent the four basic ways that we interact with the world. Yoga at its core is the practice of knowing who we are on a deep level. The access we have to that inner knowledge gets cloudy because our minds are filled with thoughts, desires, confusion, conflict and regrets. Yoga provides remedies for all of these mental difficulties, which are reflected through the four paths, or modes, of yoga. In this class you’ll learn what the four paths are, how they apply to you, and what states of mind the four paths can help to soothe, so that you can use them to help strengthen your positive mental traits, and gradually diminish negative mental states. This class will include chanting, pranayama, and the lecture.

 

Practice on Saturday and Sunday, 8:00-9:30
Led Primary Series

 

The primary series is a challenging and invigorating sequence of postures that take about an hour and thirty minutes to practice. The postures are strengthening, toning and cleansing for the muscles, joints and internal organs. Variations of poses that prove challenging will be offered. Previous yoga experience is highly suggested for this class.
The postures of the primary series target the strengthening and massaging of the visceral organs and digestive organs, whose proper functioning are vital, according to both Ayurveda and modern science, for vibrant health and for fighting off many diseases.

 

Ganesha puja on Friday evening, 19:00-20:30

 

If you are familiar with Eddie Stern, he loves to start most of his workshops with Ganesha Puja. Ganesh is the elephant-headed Hindu deity who is the remover of obstacles, and the giver of success for all new undertakings. This ceremony creates a feeling of joy and devotion, and creates a special sense of community and togetherness. Explanations into the meanings behind Hindu ritual, and how ritual has formed a part of the Hindu and Yogic tradition for thousands of years will be given as we go through the steps of the ceremony, which will include group chanting and other offerings.
Please wear clean, festive clothing, and bring fresh fruits, nuts, or flowers, which we will offer to Ganesh during the ceremony.

 

"The idea is that the deity worshiping on the outside is none other than your own heart. And that feeling is a feeling of the connectivity – that I feel this thing inside of me but I can also connect it to the outside of me. Connecting to things outside of ourselves is very important, it is difficult to connect to ourselves, but it is easier to connect with ourselves and sometimes it is to connect with difficulties of the world. So if we establish these simple daily rituals of connectivity then the things in the world which are troubling to us might become a little easier to deal with. Maybe we get a better perspective about them or can try to do something about them."

You can be a part of puja even if you are not in this workshop. Please, feel free to join us.

 

NOTES:

 

  • Classes will be taught in English.

 

  • The schedule is subject to minor changes. Mysore program, Puja ceremony and Thursday evening lecture is going to take place in Pink Elephant Yoga House, Gundulićeva 63. Location for weekend workshop will be announced with time as well as Mysore morning slot

 

 

PACKAGES AND PRICES:

 

FULL PACKAGE: 260€/1900kn

from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th of June

*15% for registered Croatian Yoga Federation teachers and Pink Elephant Yoga Institute students

 

EARLY BIRD FULL PACKAGE: 230€/1700kn

valid for payments done until 14th of April

 

WEEKEND PACKAGE: 200 €/1500kn

from Friday 14th evening to Sunday 16th of June

 

MYSORE PACKAGE:  80€/600kn

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th of June Morning Mysore program

 

LECTURES ONLY PACKAGE: 150€/1100kn

 All Philosophy and Lecture/Pranayama/Chanting classes

*15% for registered Croatian Yoga Federation teachers and Pink Elephant Yoga Institute students

REGISTRATION

Registration is now open! Please fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page to confirm your attendance and package option you would like to purchase for this occasion. Prepaid registration confirms your workshop spot.

The host of this event is our proud partner Pink Elephant Yoga House and the payment can be made in cash during working hours in their yoga studio, Gundulićeva 63, Zagreb or by bank transfer to:

ROZI SLON d.o.o.

Gunduliceva 63
10000 Zagreb
Erste Bank
IBAN: HR8124020061100748459

SWIFT: ESBCHR22XXX

Reason: Eddie Stern+your name+type of package

 

  • Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you as soon as we receive your payment.

  • If you wish to reserve your spot by paying a non refundable deposit of 100€, please note that the rest of the payment should be done before June 1st.

For more info and registration:

 

PETRA BIANCO
info@pinkelephant.hr
+385 91 242 00 72

+385 91 411 79 11

TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

  • If your cancellation takes place no later than May 13, 2019, 50% of the workshop price will be forfeited. After May 13, 2019, 100% of the workshop price will be forfeited. Deposit is non refundable.

 

  • You can also transfer your registration to another person if it turns out you cannot participate in the workshop.

 

  • In the unlikely event of cancellation we will refund 100% of the money received by each client.

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