Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the renowned Ashtanga yoga master of Mysore, once famously said: ‘when the mind is quiet, the asana is correct’. In his view, and the view of the ancient texts, the goal of yoga is to quiet the mind so that we may have a deep experience of consciousness, and the method that Pattabhi Jois taught to experience this was through bodily postures, breathing and concentration.
Though he had a wide range of methods at his command, his asana sequences are by far the most well known. During this three day workshop, we will practice Pattabhi Jois’s traditional approach to yoga, but also practice some of the other dimensions that he taught and practiced himself, including chanting, pranayama, and discussion of philosophy. These practices, taken together, allow us to enter into a wonderful world where yoga exists as an internal practice, and helps us define for ourselves what it is to engage in a truly contemplative practice, and how a truly contemplative practice will lead us to engage with the world.
Eddie Stern is a yoga instructor raised in New York City. He studied Ashtanga Yoga, chanting, philosophy and ritual under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, from 1991-2009, and is the founder of the Broome Street Ganesha Temple; co-publishes Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, a Hindu art and philosophy magazine; and runs the Urban Yogis project that brings yoga and meditation to young adults and youth in disadvantaged and at-risk-to-violence communities in NYC, with his collaborator, Deepak Chopra. He has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois’s 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. He continues to study with Pattabhi Jois’s grandson and successor, R. Sharath Jois.
Morning Mysore practice (2 start times) followed by a lunch break and then afternoon discussion sessions / lectures.
NOTE: The previously available, earlier slot of 9.30am is now fully booked.
Each day should finish by 5pm