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Yoga Intensive with Govinda Kai

Join Govinda for this rare opportunity to deepen your yoga practice in this week long intensive at Casa Bagus.  All levels of practice are welcome – afternoon sessions on philosophy require no previous experience with ashtanga yoga.  Space is limited for asana classes so early registration is suggested.  

Govinda Kai brings a unique perspective to his teaching.  He has been fortunate to have studied with some of the most renowned spiritual teachers of this age, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Swami Muktananda and Sogyal Rimpoche.  With over thirty years of experience Govinda challenges students not just to improve their physical practice, but, to explore the possibilities of living a truly meaningful life.  

Govinda has been to Mysore, India more than 20 times and practiced almost exclusively with Guruji from 1995 to 2007.  He was certified to teach ashtanga yoga by Guruji, an honor bestowed on fewer than fifty individuals worldwide. 


“There is a thread connecting each of us,
connecting our past, our present, and our future,
heart & mind, body & soul.
There is an idea weaving its way through our
collective conscience that who we are and how we live
is born out of compassion & love.” 
– Govinda Kai

 

Schedule


Monday September 25, 2017 

  •  5:45 am – 9:30 am Mysore Practice 

Tuesday September 26, 2017 

  •  5:45 am – 9:30 am Mysore Practice 

  •  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pranayama, chanting, meditation and yoga philosophy 

Wednesday September 27, 2017 

  •  5:45 am – 9:30 am Mysore Practice

Thursday September 28, 2017 

  •  5:45 am – 9:30 am Mysore Practice

  •  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pranayama, chanting, meditation and yoga philosophy 

Friday September 29, 2017

  •  5:45 am – 9:30 am Mysore Practice

  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  Dharma Talk: Love And Friendship 

Saturday September 30, 2017 

  •  9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Led Primary Series

  •  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Yama & Niyama:  How Anyone Can Use These Concepts to Live a More Meaningful Life

Sunday October 1, 2017

  •  9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Intro To Second Series

  •  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Developing Tools For Handling The Challenges Of Daily Life

All Inclusive Yoga Intensive Package

$400

  • All weekday morning Ashtanga Yoga Workshops and evening sessions with dharma talks,pranayama, chanting, meditation and yoga philosophy.  
  • All weekend Ashtanga Yoga workshops and afternoon Dharma Talks.




Special Weekend Package

$150

  • Led Primary Series
  • Yama & Niyama:  How Anyone Can Use These Concepts to Live a More Meaningful Life
  • Intro To Second Series
  • Developing Tools For Handling The Challenges Of Daily Life


 

Mysore style Ashtanga yoga

Mysore style practice is the traditional method of practicing Ashtanga yoga.  Each student practices at their own pace under the guidance of a teacher. The Mysore system allows students to develop a personal practice that is authentic to their physical individuality while following the Ashtanga tradition.  Students will receive one on one instruction from Govinda to develop his/her individual practice.

 

Evening sessions will further explore pranayama, chanting, meditation and yoga philosophy.  In these sessions students will also have additional opportunity to ask Govinda questions regarding their personal practices. 


Dharma Talk:  Love And Friendship

The quality of our friendships and love relationships is truly what defines the difference between a life well lived and a life that is dominated by boredom and desperation The quality of our relationships also is reflective of the quality and depth of our spiritual practice.  The keys to understanding our own selves are also the same keys that

lead to fulfilling and lasting relationships in our lives. Let us dive deep into a discussion in which we can better understand what the difference is between a human relationship filled with deep love, trust, honesty and loyalty and a relationship that is merely superficial or even downright destructive.

 




Led Primary Series

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, combines a precise system of breathe, movement and focus point to create a dynamic and profoundly meditative style of practice.  The Primary Series, or yoga chikitsa, is designed to promote therapeutic healing of the body.  Govinda studied this method and practiced directly with Pattabhi Jois, or Guruji, for many years.  In his teaching, Govinda conveys his passion and knowledge of the practice to the student.  Govinda will lead the class in the traditional Sanskrit count. 

 

Yama & Niyama:  How Anyone Can Use These Concepts to Live a More Meaningful Live

In Patanjali's Book On Yoga Sutras, there is a very detailed description of Yama & Niyama - which are commonly understood to be rules of behavior for yoga practitioners. In this session, we will explore some of the ideas behind these fascinating descriptions and attempt to dig deeper into their true meanings. Thinking deeply on these verses can have a profound effect on the way that you see your practice and on the way that you live your life in general. Please come and join in this afternoon of spiritual exploration.

Intro to Second Series

The Intermediate series of the Ashtanga Vinyasas Yoga tradition is designed to produce transformation in both the body and the nervous system.  Deep back bending and a deeper exploration of inverted postures are introduced in this series challenging even the most experienced practitioners.  As with all of the Ashtanga series, the students ability to stay with the breath and maintain a steady focus while practicing difficult asana is the key to successful mastery of Intermediate series. 

 

It’s Not Just Exercise – Developing Tools For Handling The Challenges Of Daily Life

Many people think that philosophy is an area of study reserved for academics and intellectuals. Additionally, many people think that philosophy is primarily a mental activity and is theoretical in nature and not designed to be actively applied to one's daily activities and life. Yoga philosophy is very different in both these regards. Yoga

philosophy was designed to be intimately practical, easy to understand and a very powerful way to enhance one's day to day life. In this session, we will draw from classic yoga texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to illustrate just how simple and how directly powerful the understanding of yoga philosophy can be.

There is no reason to be fearful or intimated by the study of yoga philosophy. What you will learn about yoga philosophy in this session will change your ideas about yoga philosophy and about how it can change your life for many years to come.