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In this free Quarterly Discussion recorded Live at Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Director and Senior Teacher, John Schumacher, opens up the discussion with some insight into Patanjali's Yoga Sutra I.33. maitri karuna mudita upeksanam sukha duhkha punya apunya visayanam bhavanatah cittaprasadanam Translated by BKS Iyengar, "Through cultivation of friendliness, compassion, joy, and indifference to pleasure and pain, virtue and vice respectively, the consciousness becomes favourably disposed, serene and benevolent." Enjoy and let us know how you practice these virtues.
Recorded Live at the Unity Woods Yoga Center. A Quarterly Discussion on the much-debated topic of whether Yoga can be called a Religion. Find out Senior Iyengar Teacher, John Schumacher's take after 40 years teaching Yoga.
Filmed Live during a workshop in Leesburg, Virginia on October 2, 2011, Cora Wen shares her knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This weekend started out hot and humid and ended up cold and freezing rain, typical of a late fall weekend in northern Virginia and exemplary of the shifting mood of the Metal Element. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga are amongst some of the oldest healing practices in the world and date back somewhere around 5000 years ago. TCM, rooted in Taoism has a very poetic philosophy to describe the seasons of the year and their effects on the macrocosm and the microcosm, including the tendencies and challenges we face in our yoga practice and in our daily lives during this season of the year.
It was another incredibly gorgeous spring night in Central Virginia when Tim Miller arrived for his annual weekend workshop at the Yoga Barn in Ivy. Our recording begins with Sutra I.4 Vrtti Sarupyam Itaratra and Tim asks, If we are not identified with the essential self with what then are we identified? Tim leads us to Sutra I.12, Abhyasa Vairagyabhyam Tannirodhah and reminds us that "The practice of yoga is really the art of learning how to let go...
Kino MacGregor visited Ashtanga Yoga Richmond for the fourth time in early April 2011 and brought a wealth of knowledge to the growing Ashtanga Kula in Central Virginia. Friday night, Kino led the class through the Ashtanga Primary Series and claimed that "For those of you who know me, I talk a great deal, so tonight we will practice."
Recorded April 9, 2011, at Elise's own California Yoga Center, in Mountain View, CA. In this opening session of the weekend workshop, Elise discusses the anatomy and physiology of scoliosis, types and causes of scoliosis as well as the physical and psychological  effects of scoliosis. In addition, she identifies the different patterns of scoliosis and also for those attending, she identifies their pattern. Elise's upcoming training is at the Satchidananda Yoga Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia March 21 - 25, 2012. Recordings will be available on iHanuman.com later in 2012. Enjoy this sample of Elise' story and teachings.
This month our featured offering is part of a series of discussions offered by Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, John Schumacher. Each quarter John hosts a free discussion at his Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This month the topic of discussion is the prevalence of Yoga Teacher Trainings and how to navigate these potentially murky waters. John references his own journey to become a teacher as well as a rather egregious example of a 5 hour workshop he came across which claimed to teach you everything there is to know about yoga and yoga therapy. John's examples remind us of how precious this gift of yoga is as it offers us an avenue for self-discovery.
On a cold day in December, iHanuman attended a special performance and class by a friend and up and coming Tabla star, Loren Oppenheimer. Loren is a tabla soloist and accompanist for music and Kathak dance and a member of the tabla ensembles Tabla Upaj and Tabla Triveni, which have performed throughout the US. And until now he has been a full time teacher at the Taalim School of Indian Music, which he helped to start with his Guru Pandit Divyang Vakil.
Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, John Schumacher invites his students to engage in a free discussion on a topic related to yoga in his Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In this discussion, John tackles the lofty question of whether Yoga can Save the World. The topics range from the BP oil spill and corporate greed to how to train teachers properly.
This week's feature is a very powerful and special offering of music and mystical nature poetry by Gerry Ramakrishna Sackett and Sam Eberle of Yogaville. We first heard this beautiful piece at a Satsang at the Satchidananda Ashram this past winter, and Ramakrishna and Sam graciously agreed to come record it at Monkeyclaus Recording Studio so that we could share it with all of our podcast listeners around the world.
We are honored to present an introduction and talk on the Bhagavad Gita, given by Prahaladan Mandelkorn, Former Director of the Yoga Teacher Training program at Integral Yoga in Yogaville. The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient spiritual text of the Indian Tradition which discusses ones relationship to one's Dharma or Duty in life as told through the Indian God, Krishna, and the Great Warrior, Arjuna.
This week's feature is a lecture on the History and Philosophy of Yoga with Charlottesville Yoga Teacher, Kate Hallahan. Kate is the Founder of the Guerrilla Yoga Project which offers Donation-Only Yoga Classes to all sectors of the community and Co-Director of the Charlottesville Yoga School. Kate has studied extensively with Kofia Busia, one of the world's foremost Iyengar teachers, as well as other senior teachers in both the Iyengar and Anusara Traditions.
Every Quarter, Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, John Schumacher, offers a lecture and discussion to his students which is free and open to the public. These talks are held in his Bethesda, Maryland Unity Woods Yoga Center. This lecture, held in the summer of 2009 is on the topic of Yoga and Awareness. John tackles the concept that anyone can do the physical poses of yoga asanas, but what makes yoga yoga is really the sense of awareness one brings to the practice. John asks us to "Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out", but quite a bit differently than the original use of the term as described by Timothy Leary. To find out how, listen to the audio recording below or subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or through your favorite feed reader.
Join philosopher and lecturer Neil Bhatt as he uses contemporary stories to illustrate the important philosophical principles introduced in the Upanishads. Neil's knowledgeable and engaging approach logically combines abstract philosophical concepts with tangible scientific and cultural facts, making challenging texts easy to understand and useful for self-development. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of yoga students, as well as anyone interested in exploring key concepts in Indian philosophy.
We are honored to offer you the quarterly discussion Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher John Schumacher holds in his Unity Woods Yoga Center. John offers a forum every session which is free and open to the public. This discussion held last Fall 2008 and is on the topic of Yoga and Health.John shares some of his personal experience and how yoga has had an impact on his health. Some time ago, he realized that health is ephemeral and that our best position is to be proactive now while we are in good health. Those with dis-ease will often speak of how you never appreciate your health until you are sick.
The holidays and end of the year inventory can be a particularly difficult time for many people for many reasons, not least of which is the stress which it tends to bring. In the spirit of the holidays, iHanuman would like to offer you a few end of the year gifts in hopes of reducing your stress levels.First, a sequence of asanas taught in the Iyengar Tradition in honor of Mr. Iyengar's 90th birthday celebration being held this week in Pune, India. For twelve days in a row we will post a new asana.
iHanuman is honored to offer you the third in our series of lectures from the First Annual NIH Yoga Week. Timothy McCall, M.D. is a board-certified internist, the Medical Editor of Yoga Journal, and the author of two books, including Yoga as Medicine. Since 2000, his main focus has been examining the therapeutic aspects of yoga from a scientific perspective. His most recent book,Yoga As Medicine, begins to address the question which the NIH Yoga Week asks: "How can doctors and researchers bring Yoga into the main stream as a therapeutic modality with scientific support?" Dr. McCall is a critical spokesperson as a researcher AND practitioner of yoga for over 10 years.
May 19-23, 2008 marked the first annual National Institutes of Health (NIH) Yoga Week. The NIH Yoga Week is free and open to the public and this year's event boastest such yogic greats as Yogiraj Alan Finger, Senior Iyengar Teacher John Schumacher, Sat Bir Khalsa, and Dr. Timothy McCall.
This recording of Yogiraj Alan Finger is from a week that iHanuman spent covering the first Annual National Institutes of Health Yoga Week. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.Dr. Rachel Permuth Levine and her colleagues at NIH put on quite a show with live yoga demonstrations, yoga for the office classes, and incredible speakers each day. The event was free and open to the public and Rachel has just informed us that the 2nd Annual NIH Yoga Week is in the works for September 2009, so stay tuned.
Erich Schiffmann is a Yoga Master who does not shy away from technology; rather, he embraces it and utilizes it to its fullest and highest potential. When he wanted to make a yoga DVD to follow up on the huge success of Yoga: Mind and Body with Ali MacGraw (in which he was the featured teacher), he did not go looking for producers and a film crew. Instead he bought a video camera, microphone, and the editing software to make it himself. Several years later, he is now the producer/editor/cameraman/featured yogi of eight highly-acclaimed DVDs and multiple audio CDs.
Peter Malakoff is a poet, storyteller, Ayurvedic consultant, Ghee maker, meditation teacher, and woodworker living in Bolinas, CA. Several years ago he attended a gathering with Ram Dass in Marin County, California, and offered a story in gratitude for all that he has meant and given to countless seekers throughout the years. The story, "Love, Serve and Remember: A Hanuman Story for Ram Dass," is a beautiful retelling of one of Hanumans exploits in the Ramayana, one that wonderfully illuminates the oft seen image of Hanuman ripping open his chest to reveal Rama and Sita.
ShantiMayi is a lineage holder and an awakened master from the Sacha Lineage of India, œwhich exists solely for the purpose of enlightenment of all beings. ShantiMayi is a direct disciple of Sri Swami Hans Maharajji. Maharajji's ashram, Sacha Dham Ashram in Laxman Jhulla, India is near Rishikesh, where ShantiMayi spends several months of the year, when she is not spreading the Sacha (Truth) Dharma (Way) on her international tours or at home in the Pyrenees.While ShantiMayi says she does not align herself with any particular religions of the world, she draws on many of the world™s philosophies in her teachings and believes œwhatever awakens us to the Truth is the Way.
Richard Rosen is the Director of the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, CA. He is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal and is the author of The Yoga of Breath, a beginner's guide to pranayama, and Yoga for 50, an instructional manual for older beginners. Our feature was recorded live at a teacher training workshop at Yoga Source in Richmond, VA where Richard shared with us some of the history of how yoga arrived in the west, as well as how it has changed from its original form.
Dr. Prabhavati Dwabha traveled around the world in search of purpose and meaning, and eventually found it in the lives of India's poorest children. Dr. Prabahvati is the founder of Ramana's Garden, an orphanage in the mountains of Northern India that provides food, shelter, clothing, education, and a future to abandoned, orphaned, and destitute children. In addition to the orphanage, she has also created programs that provide medical, vocational, and educational assistance to those living in these remote mountain villages.
Tim Miller was the first American certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Center in Mysore, India. That was over 25 years ago. He claims he was “hooked” ever since. After several trips to India and many years of personal practice, Tim opened the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas, California. Encinitas holds the distinction of being the birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga thanks to the work of David Williams who sponsored Pattabhi Jois on his first trip to the US in 1975. Tim Miller met Pattabhi Jois when he returned to Encinitas in 1978. Tim took over the Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam in 1981 and has inspired countless students on their path.
Erich Schiffmann has taught yoga and meditation for over 30 years, and is a major influence for many of today's leading teachers. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness as well as eight yoga DVDs. Erich is known throughout the yoga world as a master of creative sequencing, and for his ability to take the most complex yoga philosophy and make it accessible through simple yet profoundly insightful analogies. His primary teaching is the art of "listening for inner guidance, and daring to do as the energy guides you," both on the mat and in life. Erich lives and teaches in Santa Monica, CA and gives workshops nationally.
The Mount Madonna Center is a retreat center located in the redwood forest overlooking Monterey Bay in Northern California.The retreat center is affiliated with the Mount Madonna Institute, a college of yoga and ayurveda, and is sponsored by the Hanuman Fellowship, a community of yoga practitioners devoted to the teachings of Babaji Hari Dass. Every year the Mount Madonna community celebrates the great history of Indian mythology, philosophy and religion through a lavish parade through the streets of Santa Cruz, California. During a recent visit to Thailand, iHanuman caught up with one of the participants in the parade who shared his recap of the story of Hanuman. Enjoy the sounds of the ocean.
Swami Satchidananda is a spiritual teacher and yoga master who influenced the lives of millions of people around the world. He first came to the United States in 1966 and quickly became known for his combination of practical wisdom and deep spiritual insight. He gained wide public recognition for opening the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, and spent the rest of his life dedicated to sharing the teachings of yoga and working to promote peace and interfaith understanding. He founded the Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville in Virginia and established Integral Yoga Institutes around the world.
Victor Van Kooten was born in Holland and began practicing yoga in 1966 with renowned teacher Dona Holleman. He moved to Pune, India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar and became one of the first certified Senior Advanced Iyengar teachers in the world. Following a traumatic experience that left him partially paralyzed, he became fascinated with the energy body and began to explore its subtle wisdom and healing power. The insights that accompanied his eventual recovery caused him to look anew at how yoga was being taught and to question the efficacy of forceful practices and methods.
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