Unraveling Yoga Philosophy Through In-Depth Study and Practice

With Usha Lakshmi 

January 25 - January 27

(time details below)

Have you always wondered what makes Yoga work? What are it’s building blocks? Do you feel stuck in your practice? Do you find the need to learn more to deepen your practice? Whether you are a beginner curious about the benefits of yoga or an advanced practitioner hoping to fire up your practice and take it to the next level,  there is something here for all of you. 
In this program, we will dive deep into the core of yoga philosophy through a weekend of practice,  studies, discussion and contemplation. No matter where you are with your practice, this immersion will be your next step to advance your yogic journey.  For teachers, this program gives you continued education credits with Yoga Alliance. Give yourself this gift of self exploration as the new year begins. This is a great gift to give yourself or someone you love over the holidays. More Details Follow.
Program Focus: Two philosophies that we would be looking at closely.
1. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - A collection of maxims that details the building blocks of current day yoga as it is. Divided into four chapters, it gives you step by step approach to travel the yogic path. Every verse is a meditation all by itself. This is a “must-read” text for all yoga practitioners looking to advance their personal practice. All yoga teachers should learn to easily navigate the text and understand the eight-limbed path.
2.  The Bhagavad Gita - Known as one of the oldest texts on Yoga, this book is not only beautiful in its narrative but also the richest source of inner wisdom. Unlike the Sutras it is hard to navigate until one learns to follow the markers. Learning this text will take the beginner practitioner through an inner journey like no other. For teachers and advanced practitioners, this study will open up pathways that one has never explored before.



January 25th - Friday Night 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

History and Mystery Behind Yoga

- A mindful all levels practice to explore the building blocks of yoga   
- Timeline that touches on the History of Yoga
- Types of Yoga Philosophy and its Evolution
5pm to 6:15pm - Mindful Practice 
6:30 pm to 7:00pm - Welcome Circle, Housekeeping, Announcements
7:00 pm to 10:00pm - Studies and Discussion

Jan 26th - Saturday Full Day : 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Exploring The Yoga Sutras 

- Why Yoga Sutras? What is its significance? How is it divided?
- Beginning The Eight Fold Path and Its Mappings
- Discussion on The Inner Limbs
- How to Navigate the Book for Further Studies
9:00 to 10:15 - Active Flow Practice
10:30 to 1:00 - Sutra Studies
1:00 to 2:00 - Lunch and Rest, Bring Healthy Meals, join us for mindful eating
2:00 to 6:00 - Sutra Studies
6:30 to 8:00 - Practice and Yoga Nidra 

Jan 27th - Sunday Full Day : 10:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Navigating The Bhagavad Gita

10:00 to 11:15 - Mindful Practice with Meditation
11:30 to 1:30 - Mythology of Mahabharata
1:30 to 2:30 - Lunch and Rest, Bring Healthy Meals, Join us for mindful eating 
2:30 to 7:30 - Mythology Continued, Philosophy Begins
7:45 to 9:00 - Practice and Closing
Total Time Commitment: 25 Hours (25 CEUs for RYT)
Investment: $350 
What To Bring -
1. A copy of Swami Sathitananda’s - Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
2. A copy of  Eknath Eashwaran’s - The Bhagavad Gita
3. Journal and Pen. 
4. Mats and Props for Your Practice. 
5. Layer up, so it works for the practice and then after to keep warm 
6. Healthy snacks and drinks for you to consume after the practice. 
About Usha:
Usha Lakshmi ERYT500, YACEP

Usha is passionate about yoga and mindfulness. Her spiritual journey has all been about breathing, practicing, teaching and simply being. She has been a yoga and meditation practitioner all her life and continues to learn at every opportunity she gets. She believes that the quest for knowledge is never ending and prefers to be a seeker of knowledge for the rest of her life. Yoga grounded her and always helped her to live in the now. She has lived and taught Yoga and Meditation in the Philadelphia area since 2010.  She has thousands of hours of experience teaching mindfulness practices full time.

Usha continues her studies frequently in India where she is constantly expanding her knowledge, personal practice and sharing that with her students. She has learned that sharing her studies with others takes her own personal experience to a whole new level. Don’t they say that when you give, it gets returned back to you threefold? So true as she learns from each one of her students every single day. Thus with practicing and teaching she comes the full circle.

Usha is registered with Yoga Alliance  as an Experienced Yoga Teacher(ERYT-500) as well as a Continued Education Provider (YACEP).  For a list of full time schedule, workshops and programs that she offers – go to her website at “Yogabhyasa Kalari“. To learn a little more about Usha, go on to her personal blog – “My Yoga Journey.”