We are very pleased to welcome Zoë Slatoff, from New York, for a weekend of Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy. You can read more about Zoë and the class description below. Open to everyone with a desire to learn and add more to their practice.
*There will be a Led Primary Series on Saturday from 8:00-9:30am, and Mysore on Sunday from 8:00-9:45am. You are welcome to practice with us before the workshop*
-40$ per class
-150$ for the whole weekend
-Paypal ([email protected]
If you have any questions, you can ask here, by email or Isabelle and Aurélie at the studio during Mysore.
**Registration in advanced is strongly recommended
We hope to see you there!
Introduction to Sanskrit for Yogis
Saturday June 3, 10:30am-12:30pm
An understanding of Sanskrit can help to connect us to the richer fabric of philosophy from which the yoga tradition emerged and thus deepen our practice. Sanskrit study can be a meditation in itself and helps to cultivate concentration. It is also fun! In this workshop I will give an introduction to the Sanskrit language. We will learn to read and write the Sanskrit alphabet, emphasizing proper pronunciation through chanting the fundamental sounds. We will then begin to read familiar words and chants. The resonant quality of the Sanskrit language and the ujjayi breath we do as we practice yoga are directly related. Our speech/breath is the link that joins our bodies and minds. This workshop will help to strengthen that connection.
Yoga Philosophy and Practice
Saturday June 3, 14:00-16:30pm
In this workshop I will give an overview of yoga philosophy from Vedic times to the present, situating the practice within its historical context. We will look at the ideas of Samkhya and Vedanta, out of which the yoga tradition has emerged, as well as later influences, such as Tantra. I will highlight specific verses from yogic texts, such as the Upaniṣads, Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Sūtra, and Haṭha Pradīpikā. We will discuss how the yoga philosophy is embedded within our daily yoga practice and how we can draw on and deepen those connections.
Āsana Names and Ashtanga Mantras
Sunday June 4, 10:30am-12:30pm
This workshop is for all levels. We will begin with the opening mantra of ashtanga yoga, learning the proper pronunciation and discussing its meaning and importance in relation to the ashtanga practice. We will then go through the āsana (posture) names in primary series and intermediate series and break down and discuss their meaning and the stories they invoke. We will also discuss the vinyāsa counting system and how it runs through the practice. We will end by chanting and discussing the closing śānti (peace) mantra. An understanding of the ashtanga mantras and āsana names will add a new depth of meaning to your daily practice.
Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra: Chanting and Philosophy
Sunday June 4, 14:00-16:30pm
In this workshop we will explore the Yoga Sūtra, highlighting key verses from all four chapters. Through chanting and discussion, we will investigate the meaning of yoga, as laid out in this text, and how it translates into our modern lives. The first chapter, the Samādhi Pāda, the Chapter on Meditative Absorption, provides a foundation for our yoga practice, giving a fundamental understanding of why we practice. The second chapter, the Sādhana Pāda, the Chapter on Practice, provides guidance for how we should practice, both on and off the mat. The third chapter, the Vibhūti Pāda, the Chapter on Superpowers, explores the powerful concentration that can be cultivated through practice and the various mystical capabilities it can produce as well as the dangers of being seduced by them. The fourth chapter, the Kaivalya Pāda, the Chapter on Oneness, focuses on the ultimate realization of our true nature. This workshop will provide insight into how the sūtras can help us to cultivate clarity, compassion, strength and joy in our practice and in our lives.
More about Zoë
Zoë Slatoff discovered yoga at the age of 15 and has been devoted to a daily practice ever since. Since 2000, she has traveled to Mysore almost every year to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath and Saraswathi. She is honored to have received Guruji's blessing to teach in 2002. In 2009 she received Authorization level 2.
Zoë has a Master's Degree in Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University. Her master's thesis was a translation and exploration of a Sanskrit text on Yoga and Ayurveda. Zoë’s recent book Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga is a Sanskrit textbook for yoga students that integrates traditional and academic methods of learning, teaching grammar and reading through classical yoga texts. She teaches daily Mysore classes as well as Sanskrit and yoga philosophy at her yoga shala in New York — Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side.