Deeper Practice: Training the Inner Teacher

Why Do Yoga?

Those of us who take up yoga, we do so with the intent of improving our life. We come to yoga with aching knees, bad backs, chronic pain, stressful out-of-control daily existence, and sleepless nights. We hope this ancient tradition applied in modern times can somehow help with these maladies. And for most of us it inevitably does help in some shape or form: physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and perhaps even spiritually. Often yoga changes our lives in ways that we never expected or imagined.

 

 

A Different Way to Learn

A Deeper Practice is a journey for those who have started down this path of yoga but choose to go farther and in a direction not often taken. This program allows you to explore and discover for yourself the many benefits and joys of a mindfulness-based yoga practice. This is an intense, but nourishing course that cultivates focused awareness, a personal yoga practice, meditative skills, and an authentic commitment to a mindful life.

 

More Than Teacher Training

Many schools offer training programs to help students become teachers. A Deeper Practice, however, is a transformational course that fosters your own inner teacher. In yoga there is the concept of dukkha, which is often defined as suffering, but is more accurately translated as “ill-being.” In looking deeply for our inner teacher you untie the intricacies that often entangle your lives in this dukkha. By applying the lessons of a yogic tradition that is over 3000 years old, but still relevant today, you begin to understand the nature of mind. On a practical level this is done by nurturing a healthy, nourishing practice. With help, you will develop a personally-tailored asana practice, foster a joyous sitting meditation routine, learn creative understanding of yoga history and philosophy, cultivate better focus along with higher states of concentration, and have a deeper abiding gratitude for life and things of this life. The program is intense, but nourishing; ambitious but worthwhile.

 

Who Is It For?

This program is right for you if you have a hunger to understand and learn factors that influence your life.  If you want to make a commitment to realizing joy and happiness that is abiding. If you want to take the time and energy to learn to cultivate an enduring state of peace and health. And you want to work in community to realize that your happiness and joy are not separate from happiness and joy of others.

On a practical level,  this program includes 2½ day weekend sessions once a month for 9 months. (see schedule below for more information). A commitment  to devote your time and energy to this specific practice. And a generous willingness to help yourself and fellow students learn and engage in these teachings.

 

Other Gifts

  • Improved health, mental and physical
  • Better understanding of yoga philosophy
  • Personal tailored asana practice
  • A joyful meditation practice
  • More focus and higher states of concentration
  • An abiding gratitude for life and things of this life
  • Experiential knowledge of the unity with all things

 

Schedule/Topics

Weekend schedule: Fridays 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Saturdays 10:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday 9:00 – 12:00 a.m. at Pony Creek Practice Center

  • October 6-8 Introduction & Orientation. “How Do We Practice, Exploring the Principles of a Mindfulness Based-Yoga practice”
  • November 3-5  “The Science of Enlightenment”
  • December 1-3 “What is Yoga and How It Works”
  • January 5-7 “The Eight Limbs of Yoga and Yoga Sutra”
  • February 2-4 “Bhagavad Gita & the Mahabharata”
  • March 2-4 “Buddha Was a Yogi / Healing & Transformation”
  • April 6 – 8 \ Retreat: “the Embodied Practice, Understanding Our Mind”
  • May 4 – 6 \  Exploring the Basis of a Mindfulness Based-Yoga practice
  • June 1 -3 \ Graduation: Bringing Yoga to Life

 

Program Requirements

  • Attend all weekend class times
  • Be an enrolled student at the Yoga Path
  • Complete all readings
  • Work with teachers on your own personal practice
  • Plan to attend a mindful-based retreat

Readings

  • Bringing Yoga to Life, Donna Farhi
  • Yoga: The Iyengar Way Mira Mehta
  • Yoga in Action: Preliminary Course: Geeta S. Iyengar
  • Yoga Sutras Chip Hartranft
  • Bhagavad Gita Jack Hawley
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Mindfulness in Plain English Bhante Bunaratana

Optional:

  • Light on Yoga BKS Iyengar
  • The Inner Tradition of Yoga Michael Stone

Cost

  • Full session $1800 by September 30
  • 2 – Payment Plan: One payment of $925 by September 30 and $925 by January 30.
  • Monthly Payment plan: $220 prior to start of each session

You can apply here by emailing theyogapath@cox.net  Leave your full name and the best way (phone or email) to reach you.

 

The Yoga Path of Omaha practices mindfulness-based yoga. In it’s teaching of yoga it is influenced by the in depth teachings of BKS Iyengar. Our practice of mindful and meditation is influenced by the skillful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as those of S.N Goenka in the Vipassana tradition. We further include an exploration of Native American spirituality with its abiding reverence in nature and its confluence with Eastern spirituality.