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Friday, August 31
 

4:30pm

Opening Asana | Integrated Viniyoga Practice
This class with America's leading teacher of Viniyoga, Gary Kraftsow, helps participants understand their own unique needs in a way that allows them to design specific practices to promote effective healing for a wide range of conditions. Our time together includes an integrated practice of Viniyoga. This class is particularly useful and relevant for yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, and health-care professionals and is open to those with or without previous yoga experience.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →


Friday August 31, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

7:30pm

Welcome and Opening Symposium
Yoga Culture and Media
Over the past few decades, many students and teachers have expressed their concerns about the commodification of yoga, which does not seem to be abating. How can we maintain the integrity of yoga in the face of commercialization?

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →
avatar for Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga and the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. A practitioner of both hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, she has been a columnist for Yoga Journal and Shambhala Sun for many years.
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Friday August 31, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute
 
Saturday, September 1
 

7:00am

Morning Asana | Solar Practice: Awakening the Force of Transformation
We focus on the approach to practice that links us to and allows us to collect, expand, and develop our relationship to prana, or life force. Sun practices aim to increase vital force, subtle awareness, the elevation of consciousness and to unlock dormant capacities––to shine, both internally and externally. This unique approach to practice leads to you to unlock the subtle forces that path the way to the final stages and highest goals of practice.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 7:00am - 8:15am
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

9:00am

Practice as Refuge, Not Escape

Sometimes our motivation to practice is strongest when we feel overwhelmed, directionless and ungrounded.  Although yoga is meant to be a path toward awakening, we may find that we are using practice to escape from reality. In this workshop, Cyndi offers Three Tenets and Four Guidelines, which we will explore through lecture, discussion, pranayama, asana and restorative practices, enabling you to transform stress, fear and confusion into confidence, security and kindness; to feel grounded even when your world is upside down.

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga and the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. A practitioner of both hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, she has been a columnist for Yoga Journal and Shambhala Sun for many years.


Saturday September 1, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
** SUNRISE ROOM **

9:00am

Empowering the Heart

Unlocking the wisdom and power of the heart center leads to supreme glory, peace and capacity. According to the traditions of yoga and tantra, the heart holds the keys to the “highest fortune.” However, the heart and the soul secrets it holds are closed, until we begin to illumine clearer perception and nurture the heart through the practice of inner worship. As the heart opens and the mind seeing become clear, the heart’s unique capacities, including complete understanding of our own mind is awakened as we learn to rest in complete freedom and wholeness. This class will weave a journey into the heart lotus through different methodologies––asana, bandha, mudra, pranayama and meditation, self-inquiry and contemplation––to unveil the qualities of the awakened heart: unsurpassed joy, complete stability, the clear light of pure discernment and deep knowledge of the state of yoga.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

9:00am

The Wisdom Goddess Empowerment: Working with Deity Energies for Healing and Transformation

The Goddess archetypes of the Hindu tantra represent aspects of the universe and aspects of the personality. Deity practices are powerful ancient techniques for tuning into these energies and the gifts they can manifest within us. By diving into directly into meditation and contemplation of the divine feminine as She manifests in the physical and subtle worlds, we can realize the power and wisdom that is our birthright.’

Speakers
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Lotus Room Himalayan Institute

9:00am

The Prana Body and the Frontier of Understanding Fascia

This session will be less practice oriented, but no less practical: an examination of the emerging understanding of fascia in our time, the importance of understanding this for practitioners of yoga, especially in relation to pain problems and even ‘yoga injuries,’ and an examination of the relationship of this understanding to the ideas of the ‘Koshas’ and of the Prana body (pranamaya kosha) in particular. The idea of the ‘Koshas’ did not play a major role in hatha yoga literature (but has become part of our language of yoga, so it bears discussion). But the idea of the role of Prana, its movements and functions in the body as well as the relationship between ‘blocks’ (sometimes called ‘knots’ or granthis) in the flow of prana — on physical as well as emotional levels — in relation to problems of pain as well as obstacles to the practice of yoga — all of these concerns were at the forefront of this emerging approach to yoga that more consciously involved the body for the sake of spiritual evolution. We’ll be looking at the fascia as the practical medium of this flow of prana, and how it is the doorway between the physical and mental/emotional worlds of human ‘being,’ in terms that make sense to contemporary understanding while giving greater insight into the experiential (but not always empirically precise) language of the yogis. Included will be some insights into the ‘Fascial Distortion Model,’ which is an emerging understanding of chronic pain that arises from distortions in the fascia (very like ‘blocks’ to the flow of prana). This is important for understanding pain that arises from causes that are not always medically obvious, but nevertheless very real — and relevant to understanding not only how yoga injuries can arise and cause pain, but how yoga — done mindfully rather than aggressively — can be a tool for addressing such distortions.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute

2:00pm

Moka Origins: Chocolate/Coffee Tour and Tasting

Join us for a free chocolate/coffee factory tour and sampling. You'll tour our bean-to-bar chocolate factory and coffee roastery and explore the artisanal chocolate and coffee making process while learning about our humanitarian work in Africa. We’ll sample plenty of our finest creations. Tours are free and last approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday September 1, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meet at the Front Desk Himalayan Institute
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3:00pm

Walking Meditation with Fancy Shapes

Cyndi will lead you through two hours of mindful walking meditation, done fast, slow and medium paced. We will gradually integrate our walking actions and rhythm with familiar asana shapes.  Standing poses, floor work, simple backbends, working on our hands, upside down and (weather permitting) all the way outdoors. Find out what yoga feels like when it grows from a practice of arriving in every step.

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga and the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. A practitioner of both hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, she has been a columnist for Yoga Journal and Shambhala Sun for many years.


Saturday September 1, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunset Room Himalayan Institute

3:00pm

Pranayama is More than the Breath

20th century yoga has often placed greater emphasis on the physiological processes of the breath — the muscles and movements involved — while early or ‘Classical’ yoga focused almost exclusively on ‘kumbhak’ or breath retention as the essence of ‘breath control.’ A rich period came in between that focused more on the processes of inhalation and exhalation (while refining ideas of breath retention), but not just from a physiological or even technique-obsessed perspective. Visualization, location of awareness in the body (sometimes involving marma), mantra awareness as well as awareness of subtle blocks or ‘knots’ (‘granthis’) to be ‘pierced’ that had elements of emotion and of the subconscious — all of these were elements or aspects of pranayama. This session will be part ‘history,’ part practice, rediscovering these elements of what is often described as the more ‘tantric’ era of pranayama practice connected with hatha yoga — and which are closely related to the emerging practice of yoga nidra and ‘Laya’ yoga.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute

3:00pm

Foundations of Tantric Yoga
Learn the philosophical foundations of Tantric Yoga, as well as the methods and purposes of the various practices that have emerged from the tradition. Explore the integrated use of breath-centric āsana, prāṇāyāma, and mudra to bring awareness into the central channel, and the journey along the path to liberation. We will activate mantra in the chakras through central channel breathing and use the power of meditation to affect deep inner transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

3:00pm

The Tantric Path of Emotional Alchemy: How to Transform Emotional Pain into Healing Energy

The tantric sages understood that even the gnarliest emotions can be healed and transformed when emotion is understood for what it is. In this workshop, we’ll examine a series of powerful alchemical practices for going beyond emotional turmoil, and we’ll also learn how to use emotional intensity as a path to awakening.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Lotus Room Himalayan Institute

7:30pm

Integration Discussion
Asana and the Body
As our understanding of biomechanics expands, it seems to naturally affect, and perhaps sometimes dramatically shift, the way we approach alignment. When teaching asana, how does a teacher find the balance between tradition (what they were taught) and the new things we’re learning about how the body works?


Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →
avatar for Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga and the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. A practitioner of both hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, she has been a columnist for Yoga Journal and Shambhala Sun for many years.
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Saturday September 1, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute
 
Sunday, September 2
 

7:30am

Morning Asana Class

In this energizing vinyasa practice, you'll warm up, wake up, and then learn a flow that blends both traditional and not-so-traditional movements, which you'll repeat several times. Class concludes with a feel-good stretch and a brief relaxation.

Speakers
avatar for Kat Heagberg

Kat Heagberg

Editor, Yoga International
Kat Heagberg is the editor of Yoga International and has been teaching yoga since 2005. Though she initially trained in alignment-based styles of yoga (which continue to inform her practice and teaching), Kat likes teaching vinyasa flow best of all. In her editorial life, she writes... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute

7:30am

Morning Meditation | Connecting Heaven and Earth
A deep meditation practice in which we invoke solar energy and earth energy through the breath to balance, heal and expand our inner body to hold the energies of awakening.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

9:00am

Mindfulness of Body

Mindfulness of Body is an integrated mind-breath-body training practice which teaches us how to fall back into the simplicity of each moment.  Cyndi will unfold the traditional layers of this powerful Buddhist practice through mini-talks on Sati or Mindfulness, Establishing Presence of Mind, Contemplating Externally, Impermanence, and Insight.  We will embody each layer through breath, posture, long holds, creative sequencing and three variations of savasana, allowing our awareness to strengthen with every step.

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga and the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. A practitioner of both hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, she has been a columnist for Yoga Journal and Shambhala Sun for many years.


Sunday September 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
** SUNRISE ROOM **

9:00am

Chakras and Emotional Health

The ancient chakra system is a complex model of the integrated human being, in which deep dimensions of our personality are revealed. Using this system as a guide, we'll explore the emotional characteristics represented by each chakra, how to recognize imbalance based on symptoms of emotional distress, and tantric methods for cultivating qualities such as tranquility, courage, compassion, and joy.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Lotus Room Himalayan Institute

9:00am

Tantra Yoga Vinyasa: From Detox to Freedom

Tantric Hatha Yoga maps a complete journey, from purification to spiritual awakening. In this class we cover the entire spectrum, focusing on the tradition’s most essential teaching on mastering both the inner and outer universe. Through a wise progression of asana––twists and forward bends––we’ll enliven the function of viscera (internal organs) and tone the nervous system to stimulate healing and purification, then deeper hatha practices will stoke vital force to access a vision of the highest promise of practice. In addition to asana, bandha and mudra, this session will include chanting as well as kriya and tantric meditation techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

9:00am

The Bandhas and Sacral Stability in Asana — Especially Twists

This will be a practical approach to addressing sacral and low-back pain that incorporates an understanding of the structure of the sacrum and its supporting ligaments and muscles, and the role of the layers of the ‘Core’ in maintaining sacral freedom and stability in movement. It will be put in the context of ‘bandha’ in relation to movement (as opposed to how ‘bandha’ is practiced in pranayama) and will focus on key actions that can be practiced in isolation to improve low back and sacral health, as well as in asana — with special attention to the challenges of twisting in the torso, which is an important element of most asanas. Some traditional instructions will be examined and even refined in user-friendly terms, as well as some of the problems caused by overly simplistic instructions. And we’ll approach ‘bandha’ from a somewhat different and functionally oriented angle.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute

2:00pm

Moka Origins: Chocolate/Coffee Tour and Tasting

Join us for a free chocolate/coffee factory tour and sampling. You'll tour our bean-to-bar chocolate factory and coffee roastery and explore the artisanal chocolate and coffee making process while learning about our humanitarian work in Africa. We’ll sample plenty of our finest creations. Tours are free and last approximately 45 minutes.

Sunday September 2, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meet at the Front Desk Himalayan Institute

3:00pm

Meditating in the Subtle Body: The Tantric Practices for Awakening Intuition, Heart-Based Intelligence and Healing Wisdom

Why is meditation considered such a powerful practice for healing? This workshop  explores what healing meditation really is. Our focus will be on the techniques of the Tantric meditation traditions, which have unfolded amazing ways of working with the subtle energies of the body/mind for expanding consciousness, tuning into healing powers, and experiencing your interconnectedness both to the physical and subtle worlds. This meditation class works with visualization, mantra, inner channels and imagination to help you open to your own power and innate intuitive wisdom.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Lotus Room Himalayan Institute

3:00pm

ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep

ParaYoga Nidra is the sublime science of effortless “Enlightened Sleep” (or yogic sleep) that leads to spiritual awakening. Because of its unique capacity to transform the body, the mind and all the “layers” that the soul inhabits, ParaYoga Nidra is both a method for maximizing health and vitality as well as one of the tradition’s most profound practices leading to self-realization. In this workshop we focus on the healing dimension of ParaYoga Nidra––you will learn how to create a personal healing practice suited to the specific condition you wish to heal. In addition to theory and some self-reflection exercises, you will be led through two ParaYoga Nidra practices.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

3:00pm

Respecting the 'Curve' of the Knees: Knee Health in Hamstring Stretching and Backbending

The knee has been much abused in asana, in some cases because our unexamined habits get codified into simplistic instructions (such as ‘lock the knees!’). We’ll take a look at better respecting the knee as a secondary ‘curve’ in the body, whose integrity is maintained by actions of the muscles on both sides (beyond simply the instruction to maintain a ‘microbend’ of the knee). This understanding will be incorporated into asana practice for more effective (and beneficial, knee-wise) hamstring and forward bending, as well as approaches to backbending which reduce the kinds of muscular conflicts that give rise to knee pain. An understanding of the rotations of the bones that take place in hip opening will be included as well, with ideas for safer actions for the knees in such poses.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
** SUNRISE ROOM **

3:00pm

Viniyoga Therapy for the Neck and Shoulders

Gary will present the means and methods for working with chronic and acute structural conditions including: assessment, goals, treatment strategy and application.  Explore the biomechanics of the neck and shoulders, and the types of problems that can affect these areas. We will experience a sequence of adapted āsana-s designed to relieve symptoms as well as strengthen these areas of the body.  

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute

7:30pm

Integration Discussion
Beyond the Physical: Philosophy and Personal Practice
As meditation and mindfulness practices become more mainstream (promoted in our workplaces, for example, and by media that’s not specifically yoga/spiritual in nature), is there anything important that’s being lost? What is most important to preserve?

Speakers
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute
 
Monday, September 3
 

7:00am

Morning Asana | A Cup of Practice: Smooth Flow
Enjoy a morning cup of practice with Doug, including a smooth flow of asana practice designed to wake up the prana, topped with a light and frothy Pranayama practice and a cinnamon sprinkle of meditation. Start your day bright and sunny.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →


Monday September 3, 2018 7:00am - 8:15am
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

9:00am

Toggling toward Resiliency

By engaging in just one activity at a time, yoga and Buddhist practices teach us how to be fully present. However, our body tells us that it gets strong, clear, and nimble when we alternate our activity on a regular basis. This class will integrate single-tasking with our innate need for variety by toggling between strong movement, stillness, upside down play, quiet self-adjustments, fun, bright sequences — and some surprises, too!

Speakers
avatar for Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga and the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. A practitioner of both hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, she has been a columnist for Yoga Journal and Shambhala Sun for many years.


Monday September 3, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
** SUNRISE ROOM **

9:00am

Meditation for Modern Life: The Phenomenon of Attention

Bring the power of meditation into your life by learning the steps to create a personal meditation ritual for insight into the possibility of peace. We'll focus on reducing mental agitation, shifting attention away from distractions, developing the capacity for attention, and breaking identification with past conditioning. Using ancient insights for modern healing, we'll learn how to abandon superficial distractions and become more deeply who we are.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →


Monday September 3, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute

9:00am

Lunar Practice: Centering and Balancing

Activation of the lunar force creates healing, stability, tranquility and the awakening of the light of wisdom. These practices emphasize increasing the self-nurturing unsurpassed calm that allows us to remain centered in the midst of turbulence and steady in the midst of change. A steady mind opens the door to true self-understanding and is the vital foundation for successfully navigating both the journey inward toward spirit and outward toward success, prosperity and joy.

Speakers
avatar for Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Monday September 3, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
Auditorium Himalayan Institute

9:00am

The Healing and Liberating Power of Mantra

Mantras are not just words. The great mantric sound syllables are direct expressions of higher energies, and when we take them inside they open us to amazing gifts—including the gift of spiritual liberation. In this workshop we’ll look into the radical tantric viewpoint on mantra, at the connection between mantras and sacred experience, and practice in ways that will awaken your connection to mantras that are literally transformative.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →


Monday September 3, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
Lotus Room Himalayan Institute

11:30am

Closing Symposium
Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →
avatar for Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional contemplative tantra—an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation... Read More →
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →
avatar for Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee is the founder of OM yoga and the author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind. A practitioner of both hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, she has been a columnist for Yoga Journal and Shambhala Sun for many years.
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Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga® and the author of The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the ancient traditions of yoga, tantra, and meditation. Rod’s teaching... Read More →


Monday September 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Auditorium Himalayan Institute