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26 January 2017 · by Clara · Blog Entries

Module 2: Nov 16-25th, 2017 HW3A3785

Location: Kalani, on the big island, Hawaii

Pricing: Triple $1701 USD + taxes,  Double $1791 USD + taxes
*Open to teachers and students alike.
This week long intensive is geared towards deepening our understanding of the more subtle aspects of the Yoga Practice.
What we’ll be covering:
Art Of Mantra and Meditation
We will cover different mantras, their meanings, how to pronounce them properly and how to lead our students through them. We will also have a daily mediation practice going through different techniques and how to lead our students through them.
Sacred Scripture
You will be given a book list in Module 1, or if you’re just joining us for Module 2, upon registration. We will go over one to two texts a day. Included in this list is the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Myth of Freedom, Tantra, Chakras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and a few others. We will dissect their meanings, discuss our experience of the readings and go over how to apply them to the public class setting.
We will go over different pranayama techniques, their effects, how to teach them and why they are beneficial. Everyone will practice teaching the group and receive feedback.
The Subtle Body
We will go over what it is, how to connect to it and how to make it accessible to our students. Included in this will be Pranayama, Boa Form (from a martial art I used to study called Chien Lung), visualization and mantras of the chakras and meditation.
Ayurveda-The sister science of Yoga
What is it and why is it useful to the yogi? We will go over the doshas, how they are affected by the seasons, the daily rituals (dinacharya), abhyanga (self massage) and what to eat/avoid depending upon our own constitution and the time of year.
The Power of Myth with guest teacher Shivanad Oss
Drawing from Joseph Campbell, Carlos Castaneda, Buddhism and Indian Mythology, Shivanad will lecture on the power of myth. Explain why it’s relevant to our path, how to apply and use myth in our life and practice.
About Shivanad Oss:1935826_10153553616515829_376923812294469229_n
I ‘chanced’ upon Joseph Campbell’s “Hero of a Thousand Faces” fifty years ago in the stacks at Loyola College in Montreal. I ‘chanced’ upon Carlos Casteneda’s “Journey to Itxlan” five years later. Because of Campbell, I recognized that Don Juan, the Yaqui shaman, in “Itxlan” was living mythologically. I studied with Brizilian shamans for seven years & led my own circles for about ten.
Mythology helped me leave the village of the predigested experiences of my culture & enter the mystic forest of original experience. The world is all forgetting & the heart is a rage of directions. For me, living myth unites the heart & the world is lifted into its place.

For those who are taking the whole program, you will be paired up in Module 1 with a fellow participant to mentor each other for 6 months. You will share  your goals, as a teacher, and support each other to work towards them. You will take each other’s class once a month and provide feedback. If you do not live in the same city, you will record your class and send it to your co-mentee for feedback.


If you’d like to receive the 300 hour certificate, you must take both modules. They can be taken out of order.

I’m ONLY taking 10 for each module.

This program is Yoga Alliance Certified.

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your space. I accept checks or credit cards (with min. fee)

Email me to register:

28 June 2016 · by Clara · Blog Entries, Uncategorized

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10 August 2015 · by Clara · Blog Entries

Take Care of Your Mind First.

The greatest gift meditation has ever taught me is that a much larger percentage than I thought of the world around me is self created. All the stories I make up about what’s going on around is exactly that, stories. So sit still Clara and really see what’s going on around you. HW3A3785

A great excerpt that nails it:

“Sri Ramakrishna Parahamsa told this fine story: A few people were walking along the road early in the morning, and they saw a man lying on the side of the road. The first one said, ‘He must have spent the whole night gambling and couldn’t reach home, so he fell asleep here. Gamblers are like that. The don’t reach home safely.’ Then he walked away.

The next one spoke, ‘Poor man, he must be very ill. We shouldn’t disturb a sick man. Let him rest there.’ Then he walked away.

The third one came and said to the man on the roadside, ‘You’re a bum. You don’t know how to drink. Don’t you know one or two is enough? Probably they gave you free drinks, and now you’re down.’ He treated him as a drunkard.

The first fellow thought the man had been gambling and was sleeping. The second thought he was sick, and the third thought he was drunk. Then the fourth man spoke: ‘A saint doesn’t care where he is. Probably he’s in higher consciousness, samadhi. A saint can be anywhere…This man is probably above physical consciousness. Let’s not disturb him.’ Then he bowed and walked away.

We don’t know who was right. All four may have been wrong. They all saw the same person differently because they projected themselves. A drinker thinks the other is a drunk. A saint sees a saint. The world as you perceive it is nothing but your own projection. If there is hell in your mind, you won’t see heaven anywhere. If there is heaven in your mind, you can’t see hell anywhere. That’s why it’s said, ‘Correct your vision, and you will see the truth.’ Self -reformation will bring the right view…The teaching given here is: Take care of your own mind first.”

–Sri Swami Satchindanada, The Living Gita

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