Please read the following carefully to be well prepared for our next weekend together promptly on Saturday morning with Cynthia:
1. Write down TWO 30 min sequences (centering and savasana max 2 min each) that you will have to HAND IN, have memorized, and be able to teach – NO EXCEPTIONS. If anyone wants to work off notes, they can (though it tends to be more disruptive than helpful), you should have TWO copies. If you plan to teach sun salutations, you don’t have to break them down, just write “sun salutation”.
2. Each person will only have to teach 1 sequence, but you won’t know which one… “Seriously- NO EXCEPTIONS” (Cynthia Cooperstone, 2013). And everyone MUST come prepared and on time…
3. Notice adjustments done in class. What are they doing/how/what principles (UPA) were they adjusting for?
4. Get honest feedback from people you are teaching and practice manual adjustments on them- this implies that you are practice teaching and getting the words out of your mouth and observing how bodies respond to your direction
5. Finish reading articles from the precious YTT weekend if you haven’t already done so
6. Look over JP’s list of sutra translations below

Here’s a link to “JP’s Key Yoga Sutras.pdf” in my Dropbox:


7. Meditate daily
8. Check in with buddy weekly

Friday PM Scott Petrie Lecture

Bhagavad Gita quick overview and background history on Hindu philosophy in India

The Four Ages of Yoga

–          Satya

–          Dwi

–          Treta

–          Kali

Introduction to the Four Karmas (universal flow) vs Individual Autonomy (rational though, choice, hard work). Debunking the way our society views Karma as karmic debt vs how the Gita teaches it to be

  1. Sanchita      Karma
  2. Pararbhda      Karma
  3. Kriyamana      Karma
  4. Agni      Karma

Contemplation – what does it mean to live in this age in the context of the Gita, and how we should live in this age of chaos, what does it mean to live a good life?

Introduction to Krishna and Arjuna’s characters in the Gita, and his circumstances on the battlefield

Conversation and discussion on Free Will & Control in terms of universal interconnectedness. What is free will, and when do we have control over this? When we commit a selfless action, or sacrificing your self for another, being bigger than human is the only instance of free will in our lives

Authenticity: Being authentic as a yoga teacher is to be vulnerable and be a student as we too are growing and learning constantly…. Ego/arrogance vs humility and the roles we step into in our lives as it relates to free will and resulting suffering if try to take full control of our lives.

Karmic Yoga is about rebirth after mortality, a recycling of energy and life to rediscover and know itself deeper each time.

Contemplation – What is the point of my yoga practice, and how do I connect to this life? Do I have a soul? How do I convey these teachings and the concept of a soul from the seat of a teacher? Ask yourself questions and come to these answers on your own.

Yoga is about asking tough questions, sitting with mixed answers, being a sceptic and being okay with not knowing the answers to all the questions, simply trusting  and giving space for the answers to fill in when they’re ready to. What are we doing here on this earth??

Saturday AM with Christi-an

Opening circle

–          What did you take from last night’s lecture with Scott?


Privelege & Inclusive Teaching & Positive Space Initiative

–          Yurtle the Turtle Dr Seuss Story

–          In groups, brainstormed yoga and privilege in the following topics:

  • Heterosexual/CIS gender/White/Ability/Age/Thin/Class Privelege

–          What can we do to make a change?

  • 1- Awareness
  • 2- Shift environment & Language
  • 3- Be an Ally

Kula Prayer: Let us be Free


–          Language (ie “sometimes this happens for me, this resonate with you?”)

–          Consent cards (Yes/No), what is consent?

–          Trauma in the body, sensitivity to triggers in class

–          Sensitivity with adjustments, adjustments can really be an offer of love and given as a gift

–          Not being too authoritative but use optional inclusive language and give space for differences

–          Picking up energy in the room

Asana Adjustments –

1-      sensitivity

2-      stability

3-      adjust

Review of UPA’s and adjustments for each *ORDER MATTERS*

–          Open to Grace/Muscluar Energy/Inner Spiral/Outer Spiral/Organic Energy

Teaching in the Hot Room Overview

–          It’s an art to balancing heat and humidity on top of teaching the class

–          Do less dangerous poses, shorter holds, less touching/adjustments

–          How to manage the heat panels and air exchange in the studio

–          Less up and down movements, some standing pose then bring them to the floor for a break, then keep them there

–          Frequent water breaks

–          Hydrating yourself as a teacher/student and taking electrolytes/minerals

–          Injury risk?

Sunday AM with Susan

Call and response: Sahana Bhavathu

Pranayama: Kumbaka

Review of the Bhandas:

–          Mula

–          Udiyana

–          Jalandara

Interconnectedness – quotes from Susan

Copy of The Winds of Energy from Susan

Anatomy of Breathing: primary/secondary/accessory muscles

–          diaphragm/intercostalts (internal&external)

–          Pectoralis Minor

–          QL/Scalenes Sternocleidomastoid/upper trapezius

–          Serratus posterior (internal and external)

Different types of breathing (belly/theracodiaphragmatic/asana breath etc)

Trauma and Asana discussion

–          muscle memory (in body and respiratory system)

Kundalini shakti & Nadis related to para/sympathetic nervous system


Sunday PM with Susan

Philosophy of yoga practice (Buddhist perspective/Pema Chodron)

Overview of Different takes on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali * get JP’s copy from Susan

Review of and Chanting of sutras from Pada 1

–          1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.30, 1.31, 1.33

Sunday PM Asana with Susan

Pavamakhasana (wind relieving pos) on blankets

Supported childs pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana with supported props

Shoulder girdle Rx (eagle arms/hands clasoed behind back/gomukasana arms)