(accredited for GaiaYoga TT300: 12 hrs)
We are extremely honoured to host Gregor Maehle - internationally renowed yoga master and author of 5 best-selling books on yoga - on his first visit to Zagreb, Croatia.
Having used his knowledge and his books for many years both for our personal study and as recommended reading in our teacher trainings, it will be very exciting to have an integrated yoga experience comprising of asana, Yoga Sutra, pranayama, kriya and meditation with this inspiring, long-term yoga scholar.
The weekend workshop consists of 4 sessions: guided Asana class - Yoga Sutra - Pranayama & Kriya - Yogic Meditation
Gregor recommends attending all four sessions as the purpose of the workshop is to show how all yogic techniques are linked together to bring about the state of spiritual freedom. He aims for his students to walk away with an experience of how asana, alignment, anatomy, kriya & breathing technique and yogic meditation are all interwoven, with the Yoga Sutra explaining how all are connected.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the most well-known teachers in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga. Whether you are a yoga practitioner or teacher, you will get inspired, advance your practice and broaden your knowledge.
If you enjoyed Gregor’s books, you will love this workshop. If you haven’t read his books yet, you will get inspired to study them after experiencing Gregor’s teaching, which is infused with his 40 years of practical yoga experience.
This workshop is suitable for all levels, but best to have at least 3 months of regular practice.
Gregor Maehle began his yogic practices in 1978. In the mid-1980s he commenced annual travels to India, where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters, traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. After practising with BKS Iyengar he spent fourteen months in Mysore, and in 1997 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then he has branched out into researching the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of yoga. He gained his anatomical knowledge through a Health Practitioner degree and has also studied history, philosophy and comparative religion.
In India Gregor also received eight months of mostly one-on-one instruction in scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through B.N.S. Iyengar, a student of T. Krishnamacharya, and he studied Sanskrit under Professor Narayanachar and Dr Chandrasekhar. He lived for several years as a recluse, studying Sanskrit and yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques. Together with his wife, Monica, in 1996 they founded 8 Limbs in Perth, Australia, which they co-directed for 21 years. They now live in a rain forest in the hinterland of Byron Bay where they conduct occasional Teacher Training Immersions.
Gregor’s internationally acclaimed textbook series consists of
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy,
Ashtanga Yoga: The Intermediate Series,
Pranayama: The Breath of Yoga
Yoga Meditation: Through Mantra, Chakras and Kundalini to Spiritual Freedom
Samadhi: The Great Freedom
They have sold more than 75,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into eight foreign languages. Further volumes are in progress. He has been invited to many countries to teach and has contributed to and been interviewed by numerous yoga magazines.
Today he teaches an anatomically sophisticated interpretation of traditional vinyasa yoga, integrated into the practice of the higher limbs in the spirit of Patanjali and T. Krishnamacharya. His zany sense of humour, his manifold personal experiences, and his vast and deep knowledge of scripture, Indian philosophies and yogic techniques combine to make his teachings applicable, relevant and easily accessible to all his students.
Apart from – together with his wife Monica - offering Teacher Trainings and Immersions in Melbourne, Perth, Tokyo, Byron Bay and Bali, Gregor also teaches retreats and workshops in various locations around the world.
In this class Gregor will analyse the many intricate anatomical details of the majority of the postures of the Primary Series, while maintaining as much pace as possible. The focus will be on breaking down the various phases of entering and exiting the postures into their constituents. Performing postures safely while understanding which anatomical actions will get us deep into the asanas will prevent unnecessary energy expenditure.
Through inducing precision this format also achieves that conditioning and emotions lodged in bodily tissue are released, preparing us for the higher limbs of pranayama and meditation.
This session is useful for students, still in the beginning their Yoga practice, for teachers needing tips and techniques to share with students, and for more experienced practitioners looking to inspire and deepen their practice.
The Yoga Sutra is the operating manual of yoga. It is only when we understand the why’s and how’s of yoga that we will practice with confidence and beyond doubt. In this class we will chant selected stanzas in Sanskrit and a detailed commentary based on Gregor’s four decades of practice and study will be given. The commentary will retain the depth of the ancient treatises but will be fun, relatable and applicable to modern urban life.
"The Yoga Sutra entered my life 39 years ago and since then it’s been a constant companion. It took me a long time to completely understand it but once this had happened it ended all confusion I had about yoga. Understanding the Sutra gave me complete confidence in how to apply my practices diligently and that I would succeed in due time. The Sutra changed yoga for me from a faith and hope-based system to a science with predictable and repeatable outcomes. It is exactly this confidence and certainty that I would like to pass on to my students. The workshop will be interactive, with ample time for participants to ask questions.”
Pranayama includes some of the most neglected but yet most powerful methods of yoga.
Pranayama is the vital link that connects asana to meditation without which the combined benefit of both cannot be harvested. Learn how to use pranayama to harmonize the doshas (humors of the body) and thus attain a state of health and balance as well as how to still the mind, enabling spiritual insight.
The kriyas are predominantly methods of purification of the body. They support the work of postures and are especially important for people who live in large cities. They aid in removing contamination from chemical, environmental, electrical, biological and electromagnetic sources.
Different to Vedantic or Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation contains the same structural elements as yogic postures and breathing and was designed to form together with those an integrated whole.
Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. Yogic meditation is a collection of scientific methods to bring about such awareness.
To accelerate spiritual evolution yogic meditation employs many means amongst which the prime ones are mantra, mudra, bandha, chakra-visualization and Kundalini-raising techniques. The yogic chakras are representations of evolutionary brain circuitry with the lower three chakras representing our reptilian, mammalian and primate ancestry respectively.
By understanding the chakras and skillfully meditating on them yoga offers the opportunity to activate higher brain centres and propel the evolution not only of the individual but of society as a whole. Kundalini- raising techniques consist of a combination of all other yogic means to raise the life force (prana) to a level where meditation is easy and spiritual insight becomes spontaneous.
This session will provide an accessible introduction to yogic meditation and give insights also for those also having an established meditation practice.
50 € / 400 kn deposit secures your spot at the workshop and is non - refundable.
|Full Workshop:||220 € / 1.650 kn|
|**Early Bird:||200 € / 1.500 kn|
|Gaia TT students:||180 € / 1.350 kn|
**early bird price: until 31st of January, 2019
The deposit is non-refundable.
For full payments: cancellations made more than 60 days before training start date will not incur cancellation charges and will receive a full refund (except for the bank transitions charge). Cancellations after that date will incur 50% cancellation fee. One week prior to the course no refund will be possible.
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