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Buddhi Vana 200 RYS Teacher Training

Sat Apr 27th , 2019 9:00am-5:30pm
Venue: Zenbarn
179 Guptil Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677 (Map) (Set as Local)
Buddhi Vana 200 RYS Teacher Training Waterbury Center Vermont

Buddhi Vana Training Philosophy and Focus

This teacher training program reflects on Sharon's dedication to nature and outdoor education and over 25- years of meditation and yoga practice and teaching in this innovative approach to yoga studies. Sharon also brings a significant academic background in East Asian religion and philosophy and anthropological theory. Buddhi, in Sanskrit, means "mind" in the sense of our human intellectual faculty for reason, discernment, judgment, and understanding. Vana means forest in Sanskrit, but it is also a feminine Indian name suggesting deep silence and ultimate bliss. The program offers an emphasis on meditation and the spiritual aspects of practice. The name of the training reflects the intersections of nature, subtle energy, and mind rather than an attempt at the creation of a new style of yoga. Buddhi Vana program graduates will be able to design, practice, and teach a spectrum of various levels of yoga and meditation classes including asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, and mindful movement. We draw upon Chinese and Tibetan energetic body anatomy, elements and light of the subtle body, classical Buddhist philosophical and instructional texts, and apply these to the physical postures (asana) and breathing practices (pranayama) of yoga.

Nature and Outdoor Education

*Training includes instruction in walking meditation, pranayama, and visualization using outdoor hiking trails, indoor botanical gardens, and natural environments
*Emphasis on the impact of the health of the environment and the health of humans and how yoga practices and techniques can bring us into a state of balance when we focus on the elements (air, space, earth, fire, water, metal) and exchange of prana with all living beings including vegetation
*Learn about herbs, essential oils, and the use of vegetation to support yoga practices

Philosophy and Ethics

* An introduction to the Yamas and Niyamas and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
* We will read and discuss essential Buddhist sutras and commentaries including: The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta), The Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta), The Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra), The Sutra on Happiness (Mangala Sutta)
Asana and Physical Practices
*Classical education in Tibetan and Chinese yogas, Hatha asana techniques and pranayama
*Introduction to physical practices of Buddhist yoga exercises and pranayama

Embodied Anatomy and Subtle Body

*Anatomy of the physical body including skeleton, organs, muscles and kinesiology in the tradition of Body-Mind Centering that provides an embodied knowledge that can be applied for safe asana and pranayama practice
*Alignment for safe physical yoga practices and techniques for modifying asana for students of all body types and abilities
*Deep study of chakras and yoga techniques for chakra vitality and balance
*Tibetan and Chinese subtle body anatomy of winds, elements, light, sound and energy channels
*The use of sound and mantra for the subtle body
December 15th- March 15th online

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