Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training 2017 Blue Spirit Costa Rica

GET 300 $ EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT + RECEIVE A 270€ NEW TEACHER STARTER PACK FROM JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLIN
Taking the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training is the best you can do and a great step. We hope that, afterwards, you continue and deepen your journey as a new Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and take your yoga studies and practice to the next level. But we also know that the training can be draining to your finances which is why we developed the 270 €* New Teacher Starter Pack by Jivamukti Yoga Berlin, which you will receive from Jivamukti Yoga Berlin after you graduate from the training if you sign up for a 2019 Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training using promo code JYTT2019BERLIN. This would be in addition to the up to 300 $/€ early bird discount you receive if you sign up by Feb.15 for Costa Rica.

▲▼ HOW TO GET THE 270 € NEW TEACHER STARTER PACK & BENEFITS, TERMS + CONDITIONS

All you have to do is enter JYTT2019BERLIN as your Promo Code when signing up for any of the 2019 Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Trainings here. This way, you already receive 200 $ discount on the teacher training tuition. And after you graduated from the Jivamukti Yoga Training, you just have to get in touch with Jivamukti Yoga Berlin showing us your certificate and, voila, you receive 270 €* worth of of studio credit at Jivamukti Yoga Berlin free of charge* that you can use for paying any Jivamukti yoga products, classes, workshops, retreats or trainings (like the Jivamukti Yoga Immersions or the Jivamukti Yoga Apprenticeship or the 2018 Wild Woodstock Retreat) offered, hosted or organized by Jivamukti Yoga Berlin.

Pretty straightforward!?*A few rules and conditions apply, so please make sure to read them to avoid any disappointments:

Jivamukti Focus of the Month

JUNE 2019

JIVAMUKTI YOGA FOCUS OF THE MONTH:THE LIGHT OF KNOWLEDGE

Each month Jivamukti Yoga has a special Focus of the Month, which is reflected in our yoga classes. Ever changing new inspirations help to change your perspective on the way of Yoga so you can come to new conclusions on your yoga practice.

▲▼ THE CURRENT FOCUS OF THE MONTH IN ENGLISH:

om. asato mā sad gamaya tamaso mā jyotir gamaya, mṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamaya. oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ.

from Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad

Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. Om peace peace peace.

Audio by Anja Kuehnel

 

 

Most human beings act as though the purpose of life is to seek happiness derived from the enjoyment of the senses. Whatever desire arises in the human mind, the tendency is to fulfill it. If that desire does not get fulfilled, it will lead to inner frustration and anger, and if we do manage to get what we crave, our never-satisfied ego wants more and more of it. If we examine human history, the greed, war and pollution of the environment that we see everywhere can be traced to the fundamental root cause, desire.

In the ancient wisdom-filled yogic text, the Bhagavad Gītā, it is said that whatever one’s mind thinks of (saṅkalpa), for that thing one develops a desire, and one will strive to fulfill it. Whatever it is that one desires, one will make efforts towards that, but one may or may not achieve the desired object. If we do achieve it, it will only lead to greed, and if something obstructs that achievement, it will lead to anger. But there will be no end to desire. It takes some amount of courage to investigate one’s own mind, in order to figure out what one really wants. But definitely, an individual’s actions will show to the world what he or she is craving- whether it is wealth, acknowledgement, fame, sex or anything else. We assume that all those things in which we find satisfaction, through the use of the senses, will finally quench the thirst of the ego, ahaṁkāra – but surely they do not. And we all know this from our personal experience, because even when the desire gets fulfilled, there is still a sense of dissatisfaction. And this is the dilemma of humanity from times immemorial.

When a person realizes this, it can be said to be the beginning of Yoga. At this stage, one can make the conscious choice to enter onto the path of Yoga, a path of true inner evolution, in order to realize one’s pure nature as the Supreme Consciousness (which is the ultimate goal of all Yoga). It is called Self-knowledge.

It is a difficult journey, but not impossible. The scriptures (Upaniṣads, Bhagavad Gītā, etc.) can serve as a guideline, so as not to get caught up and lost on our journey towards freedom, peace and happiness – (which fundamentally is for what we are all searching). These scriptures teach us the yogic methods by which we can purify our naturally extroverted minds, and this is necessary because the true nature of the Self only reveals itself by a purified mind.

One of the Upaniṣads describes this dynamic as: “The person who has not given up all bad behavior, is not peaceful, cannot concentrate, and who has not pacified his mind is not qualified to get this knowledge“. (Kaṭhopaniṣad 1.2.24) Hearing this, most of us will understand that the one who is aspiring to Yoga has to make an effort to truly acquire these above-mentioned inner qualities. Otherwise, it is possible for one to understand the teachings intellectually, but it will not directly culminate in one’s own experience (anubhava).

There is also a section in the Bhagavad Gītā which states very clearly the sāttvika characteristics of the mind that will lead one to happiness, freedom and Self-knowledge. These are: humility, lack of pride, nonviolence, patience, non-hypocrisy, purity, persistence, self-control, dispassion, lack of egotism, non-clinging, absence of extreme identification with one’s possessions, unswerving devotion to Truth, resorting to a quiet space, and constantly engaging in the subject of Truth (BG XIII.7-11). These are the qualities that will bring purity of mind to a true yogī, and the opposite of these qualities will only lead one to being a bhogī. The words yoga and yogī are derived from the saṁskṛta root yuj, which means “to join”. It means that one must join one’s entire being to the inner Truth. The word bhogī is derived from the saṁskṛta root bhuj, which means “to enjoy“. For a bhogī, the concern is mainly the enjoyment of sense objects.

In the ancient Purāṇas (Indian mythology), the forces of darkness and evil are often depicted to be very strong and challenging to the forces of light and goodness. The path of Light and Truth is narrow; in order to attain a pure, sāttvika mind, a yogī cannot do many of the things others are doing, such as being arrogant or proud, boasting, causing harm to others, being egotistical, stealing, cheating – just to name a few. It takes being conscious of one’s own mind and motivations to make the necessary effort. It feels more free to do as one pleases, but on deeper reflection, we can see that this freedom is no freedom at all.

A yogī will develop mumukṣutva, an intense desire for liberation, and this desire will become so strong that what seems at first impossible can in fact be accomplished. Only then a yogī starts to train his mind in a way that becomes conducive to Self-realization. This is so because it is only in a sāttvika mind that viveka, discrimination of what is not-Self and what is the true Self, can take place and ultimately culminate in the realization of one’s inner nature. Otherwise, these sublime teachings are as useful as daylight is to an owl who can only see during the night. The path of Truth and Light, the path of Yoga, is the path that will lead one to true satisfaction and happiness – and also will contribute to the betterment and welfare of society.

Anja Kühnel

https://jivamuktiyoga.com/fotm/the-light-of-knowledge/

22.06.2019:
INVERSIONS & ARM BALANCE WORKSHOP with Juan Sierra
Juan Inversions Workshop

▲▼ ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Feel lighter! Overcome fears and develop deep inner confidence. Bring balance and poise into every aspect of your life. Inversions are the most powerful group of yoga postures. When we turn our bodies upside down, we are literally turning our world upside down. Turning upside down allows us to experience the advantage of different attitudes and ways to perceive. Everything we know as right side up, typical and normal is pulled out from underneath us

▲▼ ABOUT JUAN:

ABOUT JUAN: Juan, born in Peru and raised in NYC, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and a Mentor for Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Trainings. He was introduced to Yoga by a friend, and that was the turning point in his life. Yoga contributed to peeling away the layers of avidya (illusion, ignorance) and to have compassion for all beings. His classes are filled with “crisp” humor and endearing humility, skillful hands-on assists, and thoughtful choice of music. Juan offers a witty yet challenging practice that strives to inspire and empower, giving students tools to develop consciousness - and maintain undisrupted when faced with the calamities of everyday life. Juan is eternally grateful to his Teachers who have influenced him: David Swenson, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and his mentor, Rima Rani Rabbath.

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

PRICE: 36 EUR regular; 27 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract (not valid for Introductory month or JYB class pass/Fanta4); 27 EUR with 1 USC Checkin

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "INVERSIONS WORKSHOP" + name of the participant + email-adress if you like to recieve a confirmation

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

PLACE: Jivamutki Yoga Berlin-Mitte

DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 22, 2019

PRICE: 36 EUR regular; 27 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract (not valid for Introductory month or JYB class pass/Fanta4); 27 EUR with 1 USC Checkin

JULY 2019

06.07.2019 @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLIN MITTE:
ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS ASHTANGA WORKSHOP WITH ELINORE
Ashtanga Beginner Workshop

"Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice ashtanga yoga." — Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

DATE+TIME+LOCATION:
Sat., 06.07.2019 13:15-15:45 @ Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Mitte, Brunnenstr. 29

▲▼ DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTION AND FURTHER INFORMATION

A 2.5 hour practical introduction to the foundational principles of Mysore style Ashtanga yoga for absolute beginners and advanced inquirers, this workshop by Authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher Elinore Burke is for students who want a 'soft landing' into a Mysore style practice.

Taking this class before coming to Mysore classes is not necessary, but it is designed to ease your way into the practice and give you some important background information on things you might have been asking yourself about Ashtanga or on questions that might otherwise come up in the course of your practice. This workshop will cover some of the basic theory behind the practice, what to expect in a Mysore style class. It will also give you an introduction to the basic elements of the Ashtanga yoga practice: breathing technique, basic asana (sun salutations and fundamental standing poses), gazing (dristi) as well as muscle and energy locks (bandha).

And most importantly, students will be introduced to the breath and movement binding concept of Vinyasa which is an essential quality in Ashtanga yoga's asana series. Students will also be familiarised with the individually progressing mysore-style class as well as the class-etiquette.

There will be enough time and opportunities for everyone to ask individual questions, too.

▲▼ MORE INFO ON THE COSTS AND THE SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER FOR ABSOLUTE ASHTANGA BEGINNERS:

OPTION 1 —BEGINNER WORKSHOP: 20 EUR if booked and paid before the day of the workshop, thereafter: 25 EUR. With JYB Unlimited contract or 1 USC checkin 15EUR, if booked and paid before the day of the workshop, thereafter: 20 EUR.

OPTION 2 — ABSOLUTE BEGINNER PACKAGE: Absolute Beginner WS + thereafter 1 month unlimited Yoga at JYB: 54 Euro if booked and paid before the day of the workshop, thereafter 59 Euro. ONLY VALID IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO JYB BEFORE.

10% SPECIAL DISCOUNT on the Sunday of the workshop for all Absolute Beginners participants on all class packages as well as prepaid monthly passes and yoga mats. If you buy a class pack for 275 EUR, you effectively get 7,50 EUR paid back ;) – (27,50 EUR discount – 20 EUR workshop fee = 7,50 EUR gift for taking the workshop ;). Sorry no discount if you pay with class pack units or got a 20% discount for the workshop

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "ASHTANGA BEGINNER WORKSHOP" + name of the participant + email-adress if you like to recieve a confirmation

* NB: The reduced early bird fees are only valid if full payment is received by the deadline.

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

07.07.2019:
A JOURNEY TO YOUR SOUL: A Jivamukti Yoga class & A Sound Bath with alchemy crystal singing bowls
Juan Inversions Workshop

▲▼ ABOUT THE CLASS:

A gentle, opening Yoga asana practice will lead us to a journey of sound and light frequencies induced by the alchemy crystal tones singing bowls to get access to our emotional body and our soul. We will focus on experiencing our body, we will reach our most subtle levels and we will open our heart center by accessing our divine essence. The sound of the crystal singing bowls will take us deep into our subconscious and will help us to sink into a dreamlike state. Get in touch with your inner light. During this workshop we will first open up our physical body with a Jivamukti asana practice lead by Felicia Walker and will then access our etheric body by enjoying a unique sound bath with Irina Sterna. The subtle frequencies of the singing bowls resonate perfectly with your very own frequency and will bring you back into your natural balance. All is energy, all is vibration, from your physical body to the smallest quantum.

PLACE: Jivamutki Yoga Kreuzberg

DATE & TIME: 18:15-20:15, Sunday, July 7, 2019

PRICE: Regular Drop-In 18EUR; Free with JYB Unlimited or 1 unit of JYB Class Pack/ Fanta4 contract/ 1 USC Login; 5EUR donation suggested for the sound bath

SIGN-UP: In both our studios (Berlin Mitte & Kreuzberg) at the Check-In counter, also possible to reserve in advance.

27.07.2019:
TWISTS: Hands-On Assist Workshop with Juan Sierra
Assists workshop

▲▼ ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Yoga practitioners receive tremendous benefit from effective hands-on assists that help them find alignment in the deepest possible expression of an Asana. Skilful, sensitive, and proper assists are a deep and powerful way to deepen a practitioners physical experience of a pose and focus their awareness on the present moment. This workshop is for both teachers and practitioners who would like to learn the principles of safe and effective hands-on assists and deepen their understanding of asana. Class will begin with warming up the body through a sequence of sun salutations, before we learn how to give and receive assists for frequently practiced twisting poses. Through partner work we will learn the essentials of giving hands-on assists and explore how to support others while improving our own practice in the process. In the workshop we will cover how to use body mechanics and proper hand placement to ground ourselves and offer effective assists. We will also learn how to use props as part of an assist.

▲▼ ABOUT JUAN:

ABOUT JUAN: Juan, born in Peru and raised in NYC, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and a Mentor for Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Trainings. He was introduced to Yoga by a friend, and that was the turning point in his life. Yoga contributed to peeling away the layers of avidya (illusion, ignorance) and to have compassion for all beings. His classes are filled with “crisp” humor and endearing humility, skillful hands-on assists, and thoughtful choice of music. Juan offers a witty yet challenging practice that strives to inspire and empower, giving students tools to develop consciousness - and maintain undisrupted when faced with the calamities of everyday life. Juan is eternally grateful to his Teachers who have influenced him: David Swenson, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and his mentor, Rima Rani Rabbath.

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

PRICE: 36 EUR regular; 27 EUR with JYB Unlimited Contract (not valid for Introductory month or JYB class pass/Fanta4); 27 EUR with 1 USC Checkin

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "ASSISTS WORKSHOP" + name of the participant + email-adress if you like to recieve a confirmation

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

PLACE: Jivamutki Yoga Berlin-Mitte

DATE & TIME: 18:15-20:15, Saturday, July 27, 2019

SIGN-UP: In both our studios (Berlin Mitte & Kreuzberg) at the Check-In counter, also possible to reserve in advance.

AUGUST 2019

10.-17. & 18.-25.08.2019:
Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon & David Life + Jivamukti Berlin director Anja Kuehnel

THE 2019 JIVAMUKTI YOGA WILD WOODSTOCK INTENSIVE RETREAT@ WOODSTOCK, NY (USA)
Jivamukti Wild Woodstock Retreat

For the fifth time in a row, Jivamukti Yoga Berlin humbly presents The 2019 Jivamukti Yoga Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat at the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY (USA) taught by Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon & David Life and Jivamukti Yoga Berlin director Anja Kuehnel as well as selected guest teachers and presenters.

Do not miss this great opportunity to experience one or two weeks of close and intensive study and practice with living masters and Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life at their home in Woodstock, NY (USA). Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary. This space holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where all yoga classes and events of this retreat will be held.

THE 2019 DATES:
Week I: Sat. August 10, 3pm – Sat. August 17, 2pm (8days, 7nights)

Week II:
Sun. August 18, 3pm – Sun August 25, 2pm (8days, 7nights)

Both Weeks: Sat. August 10, 3pm – Sun August 25, 2pm (16days, 15nights)

Limited Number of Half Week Spots available for these dates:
(1)
Sat. 08/10, 5pm–Tue. 08/13, 7pm  (2) Tue. 08/13, 5pm–Sat. 08/17, 7pm  (3) Sun. 08/18, 5pm–Wed. 08/21, 7pm  (4) Wed. 08/21, 5pm–Sun. 08/25, 2pm

RETREAT LANGUAGE: English (Anja teaches in English but also speaks German for individual tips/assistis/questions)

▲▼ ALL INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP, PRICES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Registration FormREGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start at 1,008 EUR/ 1,179 USD per week without accommodation or 1,395 EUR/ 1,629 USD with accommodation. Half week prices 540 EUR/ 630 USD without or 792 EUR/ 936 USD with accommodation.

Please check out the registration form for detailed prices, discounts and accommodation options.

THE 2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THIS RETREAT: For registering, we have a 2-step registration process:

STEP 0: Download the registration form (click on the little image to the left), and make sure the offering, dates, prices and terms are agreable for you.

STEP 1: Make the applicable non-refundable sign-up deposit to hold your spot in the retreat and initiate the registration process. See in registraion for payment options and instructions for the sign-up deposit.

STEP 2: Fill in and sign the registration form you downloaded in Step 0. We highly recommend to use the free iPhone/Android App “Adobe Fill & Sign”! Alternatively, you can also print it out and fill and sign it and then either snail mail, or fax it to +49-30-48491950 or scan and email it to info@jivamuktiberlin.de. Download Adobe Fill&Sign for iPhone/ipad here and for Android here

PLEASE NOTE: Spaces are strictly limited due to the size of the intimate yoga shala at the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary which also guarantees participants a very intimate experience with the teachers in a comparatively (relative to their usual class size) very small group. Please reserve you spot early to avoid frustration.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Your sign-up deposit is non-refundable, if you later change your mind and/or cannot come and/or cannot pay the full retreat price, however, you may find another person to take the retreat instead and who did not pay the sign-up deposit yet and transfer you deposit to this person.

MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE WILD WOODSTOCK 2019 ADVENTURE: Secure your spot now by downloading the registration form and sending us your non-refundable sign-up deposit to hold your spot.

Luminous Shabda Retreat


▲▼ BIO AND MORE INFO ON THE TEACHERS OF THIS RETREAT: SHARON GANNON, DAVID LIFE & ANJA KUEHNEL

Luminous Shabda Retreat

"MEET THE INNOVATORS...SHARON GANNON AND DAVID LIFE" (Yoga Journal, USA)
Jivamukti Yoga founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life, is one of the fastest growing and most highly regarded modern approaches to the ancient art of yoga. Sharon Gannon together with David Life have certified hundreds of students to teach the Jivamukti method through the intense one month residential 300 hour Teacher Training course which is offered each year in the US, Costa Rica and/or Europe/India. With their Yoga DVDs and the books "Jivamukti Yoga" (also translated into German, Russian & Italian), "The Art of Yoga", "Yoga and Vegetarianism", "Cats and Dogs are People, too!", "Simple Recipes for Joy", Sharon and David are changing the way that people view spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

Sharon Gannon David LifeSHARON GANNON started her quest for liberation upon her birth on July 4th in Washington, DC. Sharon views art as a means for uplifting the soul and her artistic pursuits enriched the community by educating and inspiring. In 1984 she shifted her main focus from the performing arts to teaching yoga in the hope of giving practical methods that would benefit people more directly and immediately. Sharon has studied yoga since 1976 with many teachers around the globe, most notably with Shri Brahmananda Saraswati, Swami Nirmalanada, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Swami Shankarananda, Shyam Das and Bhagavan Das. She brings a rare blend of scholarly study, artistic pursuits and a highly disciplined asana and meditation practice to her offerings as a teacher.

DAVID LIFE: Bios are hard for me to digest. The idea that a picture could be painted of me with some little list of factoids is untenable. The only thing that gives me credibility as a yoga teacher is the graceful association with my teachers. Sometimes I like to read bios because it tells me things about a person that I didn't know and to that end, here is a list of all the significant jobs that have come my way over the past 60 years, in order: Lawnmowing and snowshoveling, Paper delivery, Beer and Wine store stockboy, Forklift driver in Corrugated box company, Phone order taker, Dishwasher, Cafeteria manager, Welder in Steel Mill Apartment building super, Silk screen production and designer, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Artist, Poet, Life Cafe owner, Yoga teacher, Bio writer!

JIVAMUKTI YOGA, founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life, is one of the fastest growing and most highly regarded modern approaches to the ancient art of yoga. Both have certified hundreds of students to teach the Jivamukti method through the intense one month residential 300 hour Teacher Training course which is offered each year in the US, Costa Rica and/or Europe/India. With their Yoga DVDs and the books "Jivamukti Yoga", "The Art of Yoga", "Yoga and Vegetarianism", "Cats and Dogs are People, too!", "Simple Recipes for Joy", Sharon and David are changing the way that people view spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

Anja KühnelANJA KÜHNEL has been a devoted student of Sharon Gannon and David Life since she first met them while temporarily living in New York. She has been directing the two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers and their Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training program since 2008. After 15 years of study with Sharon and David, Anja is more than grateful for all she has learned and all that she is still going to learn. Anja has been practicing yoga with teachers of various yoga styles and has traveled the world to do so. But in her heart, Anja knew immediately after her first Jivamukti class, that it was where she belonged. She teaches at her two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers, is regularly invited as a guest teacher worldwide and leads the 800-hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training Program in Berlin. She has also been a regularly invited to mentor and facilitator at the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings.

"The only thing that gives me credibility as a yoga teacher is the graceful association with my teachers." - David Life

Everyone is talking about Sharon & David's Jivamukti Yoga method….
“Sharon Gannon und David Life who founded their own yoga method called Jivamukti Yoga in the late 80ies and, with it, made Yoga for the first time ever socially acceptable for western urban dwellers. Among their students are Sting, Madonna, Christy Turlington and basically all other non-overweight famous american actors and musicians. Many speak about them as Gurus. With their mixture of old Indian tradition and modern lifestyle like rock music they were the ones who were majorly responsible for the Yoga boom, which from New York has long spilled over to Germany: Three million Germans are said to regularly practice Yoga these days ... in Berlin-Mitte it appear to be two million alone.'
--Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Germany
"David Life looks like Iggy Pop, is widely tatooed, has an incredible power in his stringy tiny arms and the great luck to have a woman on his side who has a delphine blue streak in her black hair and who is radiating a mild wisdom that makes one want to start crying immediately as soon as she opens her mouth. With their headsets, the two contrive to get every hall to boil.... – Oh My Guru!"
--DIE WELT, Germany
“..holistic vision extending to strict vegetarianism and hard-core animal rights activism'
--Vanity Fair USA
“David and Sharon have inspired and encouraged us to think of yoga not just as a system of exercises but also as a door to the infinite.”
--Sting
"It has the full package, more than just exercise. I always learn something at Jivamukti; they really educate the students."
-- Christy Turlington
“Without Sharon and David, yoga in the US would still be the obscure practice of a few devotees.”
--The New York Times, USA
“The pioneers of yoga in the United States, inspire us to appreciate life’s depth and breadth.”
--25, Japan
“Jivamukti Yoga offers the tantalizing promise of not only a well-toned body, but salvation too.”
--Hinduism Today, USA
“Es handelt sich dabei um eine kraftvolle Praxis, die Körper und Intellect stimuliert und zu spirituelleum Bewusstsein führen möchte.”
--Yoga Aktuell, Germany
“Meshing the spiritual and psychological elements of yoga with the physical ones, Jivamukti yoga forces students to confront both their bodily and emotional limitations.”
--Harpers and Queens, UK
“Lean, flexible, vegetarian, poetry writing, theosophist, celestial American yogis…their salutes to the sun are done by the stars.”
--Sunday Morning Post, Hong Kong
"These two pioneers, (Sharon Gannon and David Life) are consummate showmen as well as shamans, injecting yoga with a healthy dose of New York Chutzpah along the way."
--Vanity Fair USA
“Meet the innovators, David Life and Sharon Gannon are American originals who are shaping yoga today. Looking for a highly meditative but physically challenging form of yoga? Try jivamukti.”
--Yoga Journal, USA
“The shape of things to come.”
--London Observer, UK
“Lo yoga e uno stile di vita: fatto di meditazione, di posizione, di musica, canti, letture.”
--Corriere Della Sera, Italy
"There's a level of spiritual activism here. It's not just what you do on the mat. You are surrounded by it the second you walked into the door, and it's infectious."
--Yoga Journal USA
"Once you make Jivamukti yoga part of your life, you will look different to the world and the world will look different to you"

- -Yogi Times USA

"Gannon and Life work hard to show that yoga is not just about health and fitness, and that spirituality can be congruent with the high-energy, vibrant lifestyle of New York."
--Yoga Journal
"Jivamukti Yoga (which means "liberation while living") fuses Dynamic vinyasa, music, chanting, and the embodied commitment to yoga's ultimate goal, enlightenment."
--Fit Yoga USA

 

Interview with Sharon Gannon & David Life @ JYB in 2009:

SHARON GANNON IN BERLIN 2010 on Vimeo.

 

▲▼ MORE INFO ON THE RETREAT LOCATION AND ACCOMODATION

Wild Woodstock Retreat

OUR LOCATION FOR THE YOGA CLASSES AND EVENTS:
Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life open part of their home in Woodstock, NY (USA) for this special retreat. Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary. This space also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where all yoga classes and events of this retreat will be held.

The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is a magical 125-acre landscape established in 2003 and located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains near Woodstock in upstate New York (about 2 hours north of New York City and 3.5 miles from downtown Woodstock).

The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven and unpolluted habitat for diverse plant and animal communities, including white tail deer, black bear, foxes, porcupines, possums, raccoons, turkeys, as well as a large variety of wild birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles and amphibians. In present culture, the word wild is usually used to mean "chaotic" or "disorganized," but the word actually means "living true to one's nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others." The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness—to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully.

Sharon Gannon often teaches that we can have anything we want so long as we are willing to provide it to others first. She and David Life live that teaching by having established and by maintaining the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, which is the country ashram for the Jivamukti Yoga School.

Wild Woodstock Retreat

YOUR ACCOMMODATION DURING THIS RETREAT will be provided in handpicked high quality properties/houses in the Woodstock area. All houses are shared (2 to 5 twin/double or single rooms in one property), i.e. you will share a common living area, a fully equipped self-catered kitchen and 1 to 3 bathrooms with up to 4-10 other retreat participants (depending on the size of the house, number of single rooms booked etc.). All properties and rooms are individual with their special treats so it is hard to compare them. We also offer a number of optional upgrades to the standard accommodation to better suit your individual requirements. Check registration form for details.

Wild Woodstock Retreat

BOARD DURING THIS RETREAT: All houses come with well equipment self-catered kitchens and are strictly vegan, i.e. no diary, egg or meat products may be brought into any of the houses.  The idea of this retreat is to also create a Satsang experience by cooking together delicious vegan meals in groups of likeminded vegan yogis. All houses will be equipped with a copy of Sharon Gannon’s cookbook “Simple Recipes for Joy”. For days/nights out, there are also some very nice vegan restaurants in Woodstock.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

▲▼ GENERAL INFO ON THE YOGA PROGRAM & OTHER ACTIVITIES

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

BEING WILD, the underlying theme of this first of its kind retreat, in present culture, is usually used to mean "chaotic" or "disorganized". But the word actually means "living true to one's nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others". The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness - to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully. Reaching this state actually requires the oposite of "chaos" and "disorganization": A regular intensive yoga practice, not only asana wise but also by studying the other legs of yoga and having satsang with other like minded yogis and most importantly, your teachers.

 

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

This is why we have designed this one of a kind Jivamukti Yoga Intensive Retreat in Woodstock in order to provide you the opportunity to immerse for up to two weeks in intensive dalily study and practice right from the source with the founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method. Every morning of this retreat, Sharon Gannon and/or David Life will teach a 4 hour intensive Jivamukt Yoga workshop from 10am to 2pm (ca. 3 hour asana practice and ca. 1 hour yoga philosophy teachings). These workshop style morning classes will be complemented by daily 2hour Jivamukti Yoga Open XL classes with Jivamukti Yoga Berlin director Anja Kuehnel and occassionally also other international Jivamukti Yoga teachers in the late afternoon and, occasionally Satsangs, Kirtans and other special events with Sharon Gannon, David Life, Anja Kuehnel and other presenters.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

Special Bonus Events: Approximately 1-2 times per week, we hope to offer special events in the late afternoon/evening, such as Satsangs or Kirtans or Yoga Philosophy lectures with Sharon Gannon, David Life and other presenters, which in some cases due to time constraints will be offered INSTEAD of the afternoon Open XL class (i.e. sometimes no Open XL class on special events days). Once during each of the two weeks of this retreat, we invite you to a Karma Yoga session to benefit the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary area. Exact daily schedule TBA at the retreat venue.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

Please note for your planning: On the arrival days there is NO morning class nor Q&A conference with Sharon Gannon and/or David Life, i.e. the first class on your arrival day is the afternoon class with Anja. This also applies if your arrival day is August 18 even though Sharon and David teach on this day in the morning, as this class is only for the people who also booked Part I of the retreat. On August 17 and 25 (final days), there is no evening class with Anja, last class on August 17 and 25 is the morning workshop with Sharon Gannon and/or David Life from 10am-2pm. If you booked both weeks, August 17 in the evening and August 25 in the morning provides a welcome opportunity to take "a day off" and explore Woodstock and its surroundings. For instance, you could visit Ananda Ashram or the Farm Sanctuary. Or go swimming.

As normal with renowned teachers like Sharon Gannon and David Life, the practice space included in this retreat strictly is the size of one regularly sized yoga mat (ca. 0,65x1,8m) only. All practice spots are marked and mats must be placed within the markers. You should bring your own yoga mat as there are only a limited number of rental mats. The yoga room has blankets and straps for your use. It also has a limited number of blocks. If you anticipate using blocks, please bring your own, as we cannot guarantee to have enough for everyone.

 

Yoga philosophy talk by David Life at the Wild Woodstock Forest sanctuary (recorded, we have to admit, on someones iphone).

Posted by Jivamukti Yoga Berlin on Sunday, August 10, 2014

 

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

▲▼ WELCOME LETTER BY ANJA FOR THE RETREAT + DETAILLED SCHEDULE + TRAVEL INFO

Dear Wild Woodstock Retreat participants!

Please find below a personal message for you from Anja along with an outline of the official schedule.
In case you booked shuttle services through us, please do get back to me at studentsupport@jiivamuktiberlin.de with your arrival time at the Woodstock Village Green bus stop.
In case you booked housing through us (i.e. no discount for no-accommodation), please tell us your expected arrival times in Woodstock so we can organize the checkin schedule.

Please note that checkin generally is at 3pm but we can maybe plan around that a bit if we know everyone's expected arrival time. Once we have this information, we will get back to you with further information on checkin. Please also let me know by which means of transportation so we can give you the address of your house, in case you did not book a shuttle pickup service from the bus station.

Please note that below you find directions to Sharon and David's Yoga Shala. However this is NOT WHERE YOUR ACCOMMODATION IS. So please DO NOT GO THERE UPON ARRIVAL but only at the scheduled class times.

This year, we are again planning to do a little bit of Karma Yoga in the Wild Woodstock Forest in order to give back to nature. For this, please bring with you a pair of suitable protective shoes and gloves (e.g. flimsy flip-flops or open-toed sandals, and bare hands would not be protective for someone hiking in the woods or picking up trash e.g. glass, garbage etc.)  

To get in touch with other retreat participants (for example for car-sharing), you can use our Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/149144075935419/

Remember to ensure that you fulfill the necessary requirements for entering the USA if you are travelling from abroad. I.e. you probably have to obtain a US Visa or ESTA Authorization before you travel. If you booked housing through us and are asked for an address in the US, you may just state the adress of the Wild Woodstock Sanctuary which is 3651 Route 212, Shady, NY 12409 phone number (212) 555-1212.

Many greetings
Anne-Christine

Message from Anja

अोम् ।। सह नाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु । मा विद्विषावहै ।।
अों शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति: ।।

Accept us both together, protect us both together, may our knowledge and strength increase together, may we not resent each other.

Dear ones,

I am thanking all of you for making an effort to create the time and space to be together! We hold precious and dear in our hearts whatever we put our energy into. It is 100% up to us. Life is pulling us in all these different directions. It is wonderful that we are all meeting here at Sharon ji's and David ji's beautiful home and at the sanctuary they have created for the animals, plants and us human people, and that all of us together get the chance to immerse into our practice in this beautiful natural environment which is supporting us on all levels. This year Wild Woodstock will be very special as we beginn on a New Moon and end on a Full Moon. And for me personally, it will the the 11th time in a row that I am coming to Wild Woodstock.


Let us put all of our love into what we do! Let us always remind each other that this is what truly matters in life. To uplift each other, to enjoy each other's company, to learn from each other, to see the beauty in each moment and to be grateful for the gift of life. Putting our prāṇa in what we truly care about: to be as natural and loving as one can possibly be, taking rest in our true nature, to truly be free and to serve with each breath.

लोका: समस्ता: सुखिनो भवन्तु ।।
May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

Love.
Anja

THE 2019 WILD WOODSTOCK INTENSIVE RETREAT - SCHEDULE

Normal Daily Schedule
10am-1pm: Morning workshop with Sharon ji/David ji
Every other day 1pm-2pm: Q&A with Sharon ji/David ji
5pm-7pm: Afternoon class with Anja

Arrival and Departure Days Special Schedule:
Sat., August 10=Week I Arrival Day+ NEW MOON: There will be a welcome class taught by Anja with Sharon ji/David ji present at the usual afternoon time, i.e. from 5 pm - 7 pm.
=> Morning workshops with Sharon ji/David ji start on Sunday, August 12 if you booked Week I
=> The 10am-2pm class with Sharon ji/David ji on Sat. August 18 is the last class for Week I only participants. You must check out your room before coming to class if you booked accommadtion through us

Sun., August 18=Week II Arrival Day: There will be a welcome class taught by Anja with Sharon ji/David ji present at the usual afternoon time, i.e. from 5 pm - 7 pm.
=> Morning workshops with Sharon ji/David ji start on Monday, August 19 if you booked Week II

Sun., August 25= FULL MOON => The 10am-2pm class on Sunday. August 25 is the last class of this retreat. You have to check out of your room before coming to that class if you booked accommadtion through us.

Special Afternoon Events:

Mon., August 12: Lady Ruth is teaching the afternoon Open XL class instead of Anja
Tue., August 13: 6pm-7:30pm Satsang with David-ji (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day)
Fri., August 16: 2pm-4:30pm Wild Woodstock Karma Yoga Session IWe team up to clean up the Wild Woodstock Forrest for ca. 1.5 hours under the guidance of David-ji/Banka-ji. We start right after Q&A and includes a lunch break, so please bring some vegan lunch to class. Please also bring with you a pair of suitable protective shoes and gloves (e.g. flimsy flip-flops or open-toed sandals, and bare hands would not be protective for someone hiking in the woods or picking up trash e.g. glass, garbage etc.)
Fri., August 16: 7pm-8:30pm Magic 10 and Beyond Bookreading with Sharon-ji (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day)
Sat., August 17: Free Afternoon: Anja+Christian invite you to visit the Catskill Animal Sancturary with them (ca. 20mins by car). Suggested to organize rides among retreat participants. 
Sun., August 18: Free Morning: 7:00am-3pm: Anja invites you to visit Ananada Ashram with her and take part in the morning ceremony there. (5-7pm afternoon class in Woodstock with Anja is also taking place)
Wed., August 21: 6pm-7:30pm Satsang with Sharon-ji (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day)
Fri., August 23: Jules Febre is teaching the afternoon Open XL class instead of Anja
Sat., August 24: 2pm-4:30pm Wild Woodstock Karma Yoga Session II: We team up to clean up the Wild Woodstock Forrest for ca. 1.5 hours under the guidance of David-ji/Banka-ji. We start right after Q&A and includes a lunch break, so please bring some vegan lunch to class. Please also bring with you a pair of suitable protective shoes and gloves (e.g. flimsy flip-flops or open-toed sandals, and bare hands would not be protective for someone hiking in the woods or picking up trash e.g. glass, garbage etc.) 
Sat., August 24: 6pm-7:30pm Singer-Songwriter Satsang/Concert with Woodstock legend folk singer Paul McMahon (no 5pm afternoon Asana class with Anja on this day): 

Be a yogi be on time!

Changes of the schedule will be announced before the morning class.

Be in the moment!

▲▼ MORE INFO ON THE VENUE/LOCATION OF THE DAILY CLASSES - WILD WOODSTOCK FOREST SANCTUARY

Wild Woodstock Retreat

THE VENUE FOR THE DAILY CLASSES OF THE RETREAT:
Jivamukti Yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life open part of their home in Woodstock, NY (USA) for this special retreat. Here they have established the magical Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary which also holds a beautiful intimate yoga shala right next to their house where The 2019 Jivamukti Yoga Wild Woodstock Intensive Retreat will be held.

The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is a magical 125-acre sanctuary established in 2003 and located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains near Woodstock in upstate New York (about 2 hours north of New York City and 3.5 miles from downtown Woodstock).

The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven and unpolluted habitat for diverse plant and animal communities, including white tail deer, black bear, foxes, porcupines, possums, raccoons, turkeys, as well as a large variety of wild birds, fish, snakes and other reptiles and amphibians. In present culture, the word wild is usually used to mean "chaotic" or "disorganized," but the word actually means "living true to one's nature; not restrained, controlled or tamed by others." The quest for enlightenment is a quest for wildness—to return to the natural state in which we know ourselves as one with all that is and we live that truth fully.

Sharon Gannon often teaches that we can have anything we want so long as we are willing to provide it to others first. She and David Life live that teaching by having established and by maintaining the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, which is the country ashram for the Jivamukti Yoga School.

Doors open 30mins before the classes. Please respect the Wild Woodstock Forrest Sanctuary and its inhabitants by keeping the noise level down during checkin and by not arriving much earlier than the doors open. Please bring your own mat if possible, other props (blocks etc.) are available in limited quantity. Please make sure to park your car properly and follow the instructions of the parking attendant.

DIRECTIONS to Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary From NYC BY CAR:
The Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary is approximately 2.5 hours from New York City
Address: 3651 Route 212 Shady, NY 12409

Take George Washington Bridge top level (from West Side Highway)
Exit right at end of bridge to Palisades Parkway North(Alternately, you could drive up I-87 North to exit #19 Kingston)
Exit #9W to 87 North toward Albany(NOT exit #2 to Route 9W)
Stay on I-87 North (New York State Thruway) TOLL ROAD
Take exit #19 Kingston, Woodstock
After paying toll at Kingston exit, exit right onto Route 28, Pine Hill.
After about 7 min. turn right onto route #375 toward Woodstock (there is a clear sign at the intersection)
After about 5 min. you will come to a stop sign. Turn left toward "Bearsville.". You are now on Route 212.
You will drive through the town of Woodstock. Stay on the same road, Route 212. You will come to "Bearsville" (look for small 212 roadside sign on right or Bear Cafe on left)
Just after the Bear Cafe, turn right, following the signs for Route 212.
In about 5 min. you will reach 3651 Route 212. Driveway is on the left.
Details:
When the road gets curvy, you will see a road called Church Road (on the right). Just past Church Road is one more "S" curve. You will see a red barn on the right, near the road, with a red mailbox that has a carved wooden cat on top. The driveway to the Sanctuary is directly opposite the barn and mailbox. YOU WILL SEE "LIFE/GANNON" NEXT TO DRIVEWAY, AS WELL AS A SIGN THAT SAYS "YOGA." pull into the driveway and find a parking spot in the wooded parking area marked with the sign: "yoga parking"

The 2015 Wild Woodstcok Chant Weekend

The Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary by BUS:

2 hours 20 minutes from Port Authority, NYC.

Pine Hill /Adirondack Trailways
www.trailwaysny.com (tickets can be pre-purchased online)
1-800-858-8555
Call or check online for fares and schedule. Check the schedule before traveling, as there may be seasonal and holiday changes!

Woodstock Taxi phone# 845-679-7766
The bus from NYC can take you to Woodstock (10 minutes from the Sanctuary) or to Kingston (20 minutes from the Sanctuary). Then you would have to take a taxi to the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary (3651 route 212, Shady, NY) or to the location you will be staying at.

Some buses from NYC go all the way to Shady, which is where the Wild WDST Forest Sanctuary is, but you have to purchase your ticket in NYC to Shady, then you have to let the bus driver know where to let you off when you ask him or her to stop. Tell the driver, "in Shady, just past Church Road, near an old red barn."

The old red barn will be on the right side of the road just after the first curve of an "S" curve past Church Road. There will be a red mailbox with the numbers 3651 and a black & white painted wooden cat on top of the mailbox, the cat is pointing across the road to our driveway. Next to our driveway at the entrance to the sanctuary will be a tall pole with a winged Siamese cat on top and a sign that says "LIFE/GANNON." Also look for a white and black painted sign that says "YOGA" Walk all the way to the top of the driveway.

We suggest for first time visitors that you take the bus to Woodstock and call the taxi to bring you to the Sanctuary and not tell the bus driver to take you to Shady as you may get lost.

Sharon Gannon David Life Woodstock Retreat

OCTOBER 2019

3.-6.10.2019: @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLIN
AHTANGA YOGA FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE Jivamukti Yoga Immersion Berlin

Ashtanga Yoga for the Rest of Your Life with David Williams - 4 Days, 5 Classes - Thursday, 3 October - Sunday, 6 October, 2019

This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to study Yoga with the man who brought Ashtanga Yoga out of India.

▲▼ GENERAL INFO ON THE WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Thursday- 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Talk and practice.

Discussion of how David thinks Ashtanga Yoga should be taught and practiced based on his 45+ years of daily practice and teaching. This class is the foundation for all students, and particularly teachers, who want a greater depth of understanding of the "big picture" of the most beneficial way to practice and teach Ashtanga Yoga.

Primary series practice led by David.

Friday- 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Talk and practice.

Continuation of Primary series led by David with thorough explanations of every step not covered on Thursday.

Saturday- 10:00 am- Noon

Questions and complete primary series led by David's commentary.

Saturday- 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

History of Yoga, description and the history of Ashtanga Yoga, David's travels and adventures in Yoga, and his bringing Ashtanga Yoga to America and its eventual spread to the entire world. Introduction and practice of the Ashtanga yoga pranayama, as taught by Pattabhi Jois, led by David.

Sunday- 10:00 am- Noon

An introduction to Intermediate series in a way that everyone at all levels can try and enjoy. 2nd session of the Ashtanga yoga pranayama led by David.

▲▼ COSTS, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Full workshop: 297 euros; 243 euros, if paid by August 31st.

For those who can't come to the entire workshop, David really encourages everyone to attend the Thursday class.

Attend Thursday’s class for 54 EUR (early bird by Aug. 31st) or 63 EUR (after Aug 31) and all other classes are 54 EUR (early Bird by Aug. 31st) or 63 EUR (if booked/paid after Aug. 31). Otherwise single classes ar 63 EUR (early bird by Aug. 31st) or 72 EUR (if booked/paid after Aug. 31.

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: Due to the limited number of spaces available for workshops we only accept binding reservations with full pre-payment of the workshop fees. With full payment of the workshop fee you are firmly booked for the workshop (we reserve the right to turn down registrations in case an event is sold out; in this case the date/time of receipt of the full payment is relevant). In case you cannot come, you can name another person who can come instead of you.

By booking workshops with us, you are accepting our standard booking conditions for workshops and seminars. You can read these conditions by clicking here. Please note: Once we received your payment your spot at the workshop is firmly booked and the workshop fee cannot be refunded. However, if you are prevented to come, you can name a replacement person, who has not yet registered with us, who can come instead of you. In case the workshops sell out, spots will be given in the order the payment is received. We suggest to reduce your financial risks that you cannot come to a workshop you booked by buying a workshop- and seminar insurance, which you can buy for little money by clicking here.

FOR A BINDING RESERVATION WITH ADVANCE PAYMENT WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

1. Directly at the Jivamukti Yoga Berlin with cash or all major debit and credit cards

2. By sending the applicable amount (see above) to our bank account as follows:

Jivamukti Berlin GmbH
Konto-Nr. 0020011610
BLZ 70022200
IBAN DE66700222000020011610
BIC/SWIFT FDDODEMMXXX
Fidor Bank AG
Verwendungszweck: "DAVID WILLIAMS FULL WORKSHOP/SINGLE CLASS + DATE" + name of the participant + email-adress if you like to recieve a confirmation

* NB: The reduced early bird fees are only valid if full payment is received by the deadline.

3. By Major Credit Cards directly through our MindBody registration system:
=> Just click SIGN UP next to the class you want to sign up for

▲▼ ABOUT DAVID

About David

David Williams has been practicing yoga daily, without interruption, since 1971.

In 1972, David met K. P. Manju , the son of K. Pattabhi Jois, and saw him demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. This was at Dr. Swami Gitananda's Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where David received his Six Month Yoga Teachers Training Course Certification.

In 1973, David began learning Ashtanga Yoga from K. Pattabhi Jois at his home in Mysore, India, and he became the first non-Indian taught the complete Ashtanga Yoga system of asanas and pranayama directly from Jois. In 1974, David became one of the first non-Indians certified to teach the Ashtanga Yoga asanas. He is also one of the few people ever certified by Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama.

In 1975, David introduced K. Pattabhi Jois and Manju Jois to America when he, along with Nancy Gilgoff, organized and sponsored their first visit to Encinitas, California.

David is responsible for teaching the Ashtanga Yoga system to many of today's leading teachers and practitioners, including David Swenson, Danny Paradise, Cliff Barber, Baptiste Marceau, Bryan Kest, Jonny Kest, Clifford Sweatte, Ricky Tran, Kathy Cooper, and Andrew Eppler.

David is 70 years old. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lived on the island of Maui, Hawaii, since l976.

Early years

L-R: David Williams, David Swenson , Guruji, Nancy Gilgoff. Encinitas CA '75 Amma & Guruji Mysore, India '77 Guruji, Manu Jois & David Williams. Encinitas CA 1975

▲▼ WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HIS LAST WORKSHOP

What others are saying about his last workshop:

Hi David,

Just thought I'd write to you while the going is good. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and am very happy that I had the experience of sharing yoga with you. For many years now, I have been questioning the way that Ashtanga has been taught and I too have been saddened by the injuries and bad name that Ashtanga has in the yoga community. I started yoga to find freedom in my life and then one day I looked around and realized that I was surrounded by a system that was rigid and full of doctrines and dogmas.

To hear you, the 'legend of Ashtanga yoga,' come out and say that, "if it hurts you are doing it wrong," that "it should feel wonderful," and that "the person who enjoys it the most today is the one most likely to practice tomorrow," was so refreshing and so important.

You have inspired me to practice daily for the rest of my life, to love it, and to get real.

Thanks.

Aloha mate,

Mark

Thanks David for unshackling years and years of self-doubt that certain individuals along the rungs of the "Yoga hierarchy" have bestowed in me because I didn't and wouldn't agree with their dogmas and doctrines (I heard you well and clear Mark). It enabled me to completely change my daily practice and my way of teaching this very art of Yoga with a clear conscience and total freedom. Good on ya.

George

Dear David,

My epiphany... How could so many of us have it wrong? Could it be that we were ALL just taught wrong? We all see the form and the strength and have been taught to focus on the outer alignment. All of the workshops and teachers focus on advancing your postures, not your prana. We are believing that the more advanced postures bring some kind of secret, and try to perfect the posture like we see it. We desire to understand, but keep searching in the wrong place, led by teachers who are doing the same thing. The search never ends because the information is never clear. After over 20 years of workshops, study and practice, I feel like I am also guilty of teaching wrong knowledge. It makes me cry to think that I may have hurt someone by my own ignorance. You not only have lit my candle, but blown my mind to realize that I made it too hard on myself and others. You have given me the missing puzzle pieces and my search is over. I only hope I can convey your message to others.

Happy travels,

Laura

P.S. Jalandara Bandha was never a focus point for me, I never understood it. My neck has been stiff for a year, and it feels better already. Too many injuries later, I thank you!

▲▼ AN OPEN LETTER TO GERMAN YOGA STUDENTS

Greetings and Salutations from Maui!

When I teach Yoga, I am always reminded that there are some major concepts about how Ashtanga Yoga is taught and practiced, based on my personal study, observation, and uninterrupted practice, that I feel are important to share with my classes.

First, and foremost, I hope you can learn from me that in your practice, "If it hurts, you are doing it wrong." Through the years, I have observed that too many people are hurting themselves and hurting others. Yoga practice can be (and should be) pleasant from the beginning to the end. What is important is the mula bandha and deep breathing. With daily practice, it is inevitable that one will become more flexible.

From my own practice and observation, I learned that pushing your current limitations to get into a position could result in injury, which results in one needing to rest the injury to recover so they can resume their practice. This entire sequence of events is not only unpleasant, it is contrary to my belief that through slow, steady, daily practice one can achieve greater flexibility by generating one's own internal heat to relax into positions, rather than being forced into a position. I have observed this slower, steadier method is not only healthier, but it allows one to develop greater flexibility of a more lasting nature, than the kind that is forced. Unfortunately, as many have found, pushing one's current limitations can result in having to severely curtail or limit activity during recovery. This cycle can lead to unpleasant associations with one's Yoga practice, rather than the pleasant experiences I work to instill, and that I feel are necessary for a lifelong practice.

In my workshop, I want to show each of you how you can do the Ashtanga Yoga series in a lifelong practice that is a completely pleasant experience.

I suspect that when you first saw the practice, you said to yourself, "If I did this, it would be great for me!" So, here you are--you have observed the practice, and you want to continue it. The key is being able to continue practicing Yoga for the rest of your life. From over 45 years of observing thousands of people practicing Yoga, I realize that those who continue are the ones who are able to figure out how to make it enjoyable. They look forward to their daily practice and nothing can keep them from finding the time to do it. It becomes one of the most pleasant parts of their day. The others, consciously, subconsciously, or unconsciously, quit practicing. It is my goal to do everything I can to inspire you to establish your Yoga practice, not just for the few days we are together, but for the rest of your life.

Secondly, I hope to share with you my belief that the ultimate goal of Yoga is not to increase flexibility and strength. Increased flexibility and strength are simply the natural results and benefits of daily practice. While additional flexibility and strength are important and apparent benefits of Yoga, I believe the goals of Yoga practice are self-realization and keeping oneself balanced and healthy on a daily basis. Health is your greatest wealth. The body's DNA knows how to heal itself; all it needs is the energy. The energizing, rejuvenating Yoga practices can be the source of this energy.

Lastly, I hope you will find that my workshop is for everyone at all levels. Occasionally I asked if someone is "good at Yoga." I quickly respond that the best Yogi is not the one who is most flexible, but the one who is the most focused on what he or she is doing, the one most intensely doing the mula bandha and deep breathing. It is with some sadness that I have observed people "competing with their Yoga practice." I have also observed others who are discouraged in their practice because they feel this competition and worry that they will never be able to do their practice with the flexibility and skill of others more advanced in the series. My goal is to convey the idea that the greatest Yogi is the one who enjoys his or her Yoga practice the most, not the one who can achieve the ultimate pretzel position. It is my belief, which I hope to convey to you, that in your practice of this moving meditation, what is important, is what is invisible to the observer, what is within each of you.

I believe in the Yoga. I believe that anyone who has the desire can do the Ashtanga practice, perhaps with personal modifications, in a way that is pleasant. For years, I have said, "If someone said to me, 'You have 15 minutes, one hour, etc., do something good for yourself. You can use barbells, bicycles, or whatever,' I would start doing the Ashtanga Yoga Salutations to the Sun and Primary Series." If someone can show me something better, I am ready to learn it. In my more than 45 years of searching, I have learned five or six systems of Yoga practice. For myself, I have not found a better physical, mental, and emotional fitness program than the Ashtanga Yoga system. I hope you will feel the same after our days together.

I look forward to sharing my practice and experience with you.

Yours in Yoga,

David Williams

http://www.ashtangayogi.com/

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2019

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2019 @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLIN
THE 2019 JIVAMUKTI YOGA 75HR TEACHER TRAINING @ JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLIN Jivamukti Yoga Immersion Berlin

We recommend early booking, not only for the early bird discount (available until June 21, 2019), but also because spots are limited.

Introducing our new Jivamukti Yoga 75 Hour Teacher Training! This program is our practical new introduction to the Jivamukti Yoga Method, designed for aspiring Jivamukti Yoga Teachers. This also serves as the foundation to our base level Teacher Training, the 300 Hour TT.

The Jivamukti Yoga® Teacher Training will provide you with a blueprint for incorporating the physical, psychological, spiritual and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Jivamukti Yoga's® focus on a non-dualistic view of life (the interconnectedness of all) awakens in the practitioner not only the need to protect the environment and all the animals and plants that share the planet with us, but also teaches skills to confidently achieve those goals for oneself as well as lead others to live in harmony with the planet.

DATE: OCT. 12+13, 19+20, 26+27, Nov. 1+2, 9+10

▲▼ WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE JY75 ?

▲▼ PREREQUISITES FOR ATTENDING THIS TRAINING

PRACTICE PREREQUISITES: Participants must have practiced the Jivamukti Yoga Spiritual Warrior class a minimum of 10 times within the last 6 months, prior to the beginning of the training; and provide documentation that this prerequisite has been completed. Documentation can be provided in various ways, for example by providing MindBody class attendance printouts, or a log with dates of classes were taken initialed by the teacher(s). Please bring this documentation with you on the first day of the training.

READING PREREQUISITES: Participants must familiarize themselves with and have copies of the following 5 publications: 

  1. Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Mind, by Sharon Gannon and David Life
  2. The Art of Yoga Assists, by Sharon Gannon and David Life
  3. Yoga and Vegetarianism, by Sharon Gannon
  4. Jivamukti Chant Book, by Sharon Gannon and David Life
  5. The Magic 10 and Beyond, by Sharon Gannon

▲▼ WHAT TO BRING

▲▼ ALL INFO ON HOW TO SIGN UP, PRICES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

COSTS FOR THE COMPLETE TEACHER TRAINING:

PRICE: 1.539 EUR including VAT (19%=292,41 EUR). 270 EUR non-refundable Sign-up deposit to save you a spot, except for students with a JYB Unlimited contract who opt for the payment plan

RESERVATION PROCEDURE: 270 EUR non-refundable Sign-up deposit has to be paid, except for students with an JYB Unlimited contract who opt for the payment plan, a 270€ non-refundable sign-up deposit, counting towards the total price of the training is required by the organizer of this training, Jivamukti Yoga Berlin (JYB), to initiate the training registration and to reserve a space in the training.

DISCOUNT: 108 EUR Early Bird + Immediate Full Payment Discount (available until June 21),

162 EUR Early Bird Payment Plan only w/ JYB Unlimited contract (available until June 21) the course fee can be paid in up to 9 installments of 153 EUR each together with my monthly JYB Unlimited contract payments. The Early Bird Payment Plan option is exclusively available for students with a Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Unlimited contract with monthly payments by SEPA direct debit only (sorry no credit card, nor pre-paid nor Fanta 4 contracts) that is valid through (i.e. not canceled before) November 2019.

18 EUR Discount: Payment via SEPA bank transfer in Euro to our German, Payment via Transferwise.com and Payment with Paypal Friends&Family payment option

REGISTRATION: We recommend early booking, not only for the early bird discount, but also because spots are limited

Please check out the registration form for detailed information about prices and discounts and more information on the program.

Registration FormTHE 2-STEP REGISTRATION PROCESS:

STEP 0: Download the registration form (click on the little image to the left), and make sure the offering, dates, prices, optins and terms are agreable for you.

STEP 1: Make the applicable non-refundable sign-up deposit to hold your spot in the retreat and initiate the registration process. See below for payment options and instructions for the sign-up deposit.

STEP 2: Fill in and sign the registration form you downloaded in Step 0. We kindly recommend to use the free iPhone/Android App “Adobe Fill & Sign”! Alternatively, you can also print it out and fill and sign it and then either snail mail, or fax it to +49-30-48491950 or scan and email it to info@jivamuktiberlin.de. Download Adobe Fill&Sign for iPhone/ipad here and for Android here für iPhone/ipad hier und für Android hier.

 

▲▼ WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS TRAINING

Introduction: This 75hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training, developed by the Jivamukti Global community, is held at Jivamukti Yoga Berlin on the following dates in 2019, which this booking form is for:

Dates and Times: Sat.& Sun.: Oct.12&13, 19&20, 26&27, Nov.01&02, 09&10, 9:00-16:30 plus 2 hours homework each day

Language: English (Anja also speaks German, so individual tips/hints in German will be possible but comprehension of English will be necessary to successfully attend this training)

Pls. note: The tuition for this course does not include any food, accommodation, or travel services. All these extra costs need to be borne and booked independently by the participant.

Unlimited Classes: At Jivamukti Yoga Berlin, you will also receive Unlimited free classes for the duration of your training (from Oct. 11 until Nov. 11, 2019) that is already included in the tuition, as we strongly encourage participants to practice as many additional Jivamukti Yoga classes as possible alongside the training.

Curriculum: The curriculum of this training presents 5 units, each unit is 15 hours. Thus, you will, upon successful participation, receive a certificate* of attendance for 75 hours of training in the Jivamukti Yoga method. (*please see separate detailed section below on the types of certification that can be achieved through this training).
The Jivamukti Yoga 75 hour training is aimed to provide you with a blueprint for incorporating the physical, psychological, spiritual and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Jivamukti Yoga’s focus on a non-dualistic view of life (the interconnectedness of all) awakens in the practitioner not only the need to protect the environment and all the animals and plants that share the planet with us, but also teaches skills to confidently achieve those goals for oneself as well as lead others to live in harmony with the planet.

Each day of the training consists of 5.5 hours of teacher training at the studio, a lunch break plus 2 hours of home-work that you need to work on by yourself.
You will receive a training manual with an overview and summary of the curriculum content and with your home-work assignments.
Every day of the training begins with a short meditation and an exploration into a topic of yoga philosophy and a mantra that is quintessential to the Jivamukti Yoga method. There is a daily practice of the Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior class, followed by a practical and/or a lecture. The focus of this training will be on teaching you how to teach and on the methodology. This way, upon successful completion of this training, our aim is for you to be able to teach a Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior class by yourself.
As part of the curriculum of the 75 hour Jivamukti Teacher Training, our goal is for you to learn:

▲▼ WHAT CERTIFICATION CAN BE OPTAINED THROUGH THIS TRAINING

Certificiate of Completion: After successful and complete attendance of all parts of this training, you will be issued a Certificate of Completion certifying that you took 75hours of foundational training in the Jivamukti Yoga method, namely how to teach the Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior class.

Please note: This certificate of completion alone does NOT authorize you to teach Jivamukti Yoga Spiritual Warrior classes nor does taking this 75hr foundational training alone authorize you to teach any other Jivamukti Yoga class nor to use the brand name Jivamukti Yoga for any of your other yoga classes or similar yoga teaching services. These limitations will be stated in fine print on your certificate.

Teaching a test class in order to receive authorization to teach Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior classes: If you want to receive authorization to teach a Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior class without taking the full 300hour Jivamukti Teacher Training, it is suggested that, after completion of our 75hr training, you first teach a number of classes, free of charge, in your community or to your friends/family, in order to enable you to confidently teach a test class at a Jivamukti Yoga School of your choice in front of the Director of the school, a 75hour Jivamukti Teacher Training Facilitator and/or the school’s JTAP Program director. For this test class, which has to be passed within one year of the completion of your 75hr training, you need to pay an additional examination fee, which at JYB is corresponding to the 95min private class fee of the examiner and includes taking your test class for 60 minutes and giving you feedback for 30 minutes. If you pass this test class, you will be issued another written certificate that will say: “You are now authorized to teach a Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior Class”. If you do not pass, the test class, you may repeat it for an unlimited number of times within one year (subject to the examination fee being paid for each test class).

Please note: This certificate will also state, in fine print: “You cannot call yourself a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher until you attend a 300 HR TT program, nor may you teach any other Jivamukti Yoga classes or use the brand name Jivamukti Yoga for any of your other yoga classes or similar yoga teaching services.”.

Taking the 300 HR Jivamukti Teacher Training: Alternatively, you may also take the full 300 HR Jivamukti Teacher Training at a later point which authorizes you to teach any Jivamukti Yoga class, including the Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior class, without passing a test class. And the best thing is that the fees you paid for your 75HR training will be offset against your 300HR tuition as follows:
Sign up to 300hr JYTT within one year after 75hour TT completion: 100% of JY75 tuition paid
Sign up to 300hr JYTT within two years after 75hour TT completion: 50% of JY75 tuition paid
Sign up to 300hr JYTT more than 2 years after 75hour TT completion: 0% of JY75 tuition paid

▲▼ WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I MISS PARTS OF THE TRAINING

For all classes/sessions/parts of this course it is crucial that you arrive on time. There will be no (partial or full) refund of the course fee if you miss any classes of the course. Please note that participation will be monitored, and a certificate of completion will only be issued if you take part in the full 75 hours of this course. The main requirement for successfully completing the training and receiving the certificate is that you need to “show up” and “be present” and engaged at all sessions, complete all homework, learn the sequence, and participate in the final review. It is up to the discretion of JYB and the facilitator of the 75 Hour training to grant a reasonable extension for a student to complete any work or to deny giving a student a certificate for stating the reason(s) in writing. However, in case of missed classes, sessions, regardless of the reason for missing them, the certificate will only be issued if they have been completed, which will involve an additional fee to compensate the facilitator for taking the time to re-teach the missed parts of the program just for you. This fee will be the pro-rated undiscounted training price in case you re-take the missed parts of the training in a following training. In case you ask the facilitator to teach the missed parts outside of another training just for you, this price will be multiplied by the factor of 9. I.e. if you need to re-take 2 hours of the training, you would have to pay 1.539 EUR / 75 * 2 * 9 = 369.36 EUR to the facilitator.

▲▼ DATES AND LANGUAGE

DATES: Jivamukti Yoga Berlin Dates for the TT modules: 
Oct. 12 + 13, 2019
Oct. 19 + 20, 2019
Oct. 26 + 27, 2019
Nov. 01 + 02, 2019
Nov. 09 + 10, 2019

LANGUAGE: English (Anja is a German native speaker and can contribute all necessary tips and references in German; nevertheless understanding English on a basic level can be helpfull for your participation in the Teacher Training)

▲▼ MORE INFORMATION ON THE FACILITATOR

Anja Kühnel JYB Director Anja is facilitating this teacher training. She is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and mainly teaches at her two Jivamukti Yoga Berlin centers. If time allows, she accepts one of the many invitations to teach workshops worldwide. Anja has been teaching international Jivamukti retreats for a number of years, leads the 800-hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training Program in Berlin, where she has certified numerous teachers in the past, and is a facilitator of the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings. She also has been teaching intensive international Jivamukti Yoga retreats worldwide for a number of years now, often together with internationally renowned teachers like Sharon Gannon, David Life, Manorama and Dechen Thurman.

Anja has been a devoted student of Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon and David Life since she first met them in 2000 while temporarily living in New York. Privately, she has a special interest in studying the teachings of Vedanta and Sanskrit and adopting rescued dogs

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The Circus Hotel
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Gates Berlin City East Hotel
Invalidenstr. 98
10115 Berlin
Free-Service Numbers: 0800 311 0600 und 0800 Gates Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 311 06-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 312 20 60
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Hotel Taunus
Monbijouplatz 1
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Fax: +49 (0)30 2 83 52 55
Email: mail@hoteltaunus.com
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The Circus Hostel
Weinbergsweg 1a
10119 Berlin
Phone: +49-(0)30-28 39 14 33
Web: http://www.circus-berlin.de

Hostel Singer109
Singer Str. 109
10179 Berlin – Mitte
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 868 787 0
Fax: +49 (30) 868 787 - 500
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Johannisstrasse 11
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Email: bridge@heartofgold-hostel.de
Web: www.heartofgold-hostel.de

Baxpax Downtown Hostel Hotel Mitte
Ziegelstr. 28, 10117 Berlin
Phone: +49(0)30 278 748 80
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E-mail: info@baxpax-downtown.de
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Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel
Schönhauser Allee 133a
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Phone: +49 (30) 48 49 68 15
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Kastanienallee 65
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Hotel AMANO
Auguststraße 43,
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MANI
Torstraße 136
10119 Berlin
Tel: ++49-(0) 30-530 280 80
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EASY HOTEL
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IBIS STYLES HOTEL MITTE
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Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

IN-CLASS PRIVATES (ICPs) AT JIVAMUKTI YOGA BERLINICP at JYB

An In-class Private (ICP) may be the best yoga class you’ve ever taken. During your regular group class, another teacher individually assists you throughout, refining and adding depth to your practice. In the hands of a certified Jivamukti teacher, you are comfortably guided through each and every movement of the class experience. Whether you are sitting, standing or moving through vinyasa, the teacher skillfully offers hands-on assists that take the recipient deeper into their practice. It is not just the physical form that benefits, as the subtle body is also energetically moved into alignment.Often psychological blockages prevent us from experiencing the inherent bliss of yoga. Sometimes, no matter how long we practice or how hard we try, we are unable to reach the next level. Through the guidance and trust created during an ICP, anxiety and fear diminish and self-confidence grows, allowing for major breakthroughs to occur. The ICP experience is unique to the Jivamukti Method and as therapeutic as a full body massage.

▲▼ PRICES, REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

PRICING:

ICP Special Offer (JYP choses the teacher): 36 EUR

300 Hours Certified Jivamukti Teacher: 63 EUR

800 Hours/Long Time Certified Jivamukti Teacher: 72 EUR

Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher: 81 EUR

The ICP-price is in addition to the tuition fee for the class. 9% discount on ICPs with JYB-Unlimited Contract (except for special offer ICPs). 18% additional for ICPs in XL classes. By email appointment only, please write to info@jivamuktiberlin.de.

GUITAR LESSON AT JYB WITH BEN BEIRSBen Beirs Guitarrenunterricht

Jivamukti Yoga Berlin is happy to offer a rare chance to learn the guitar and how to incorporate it into yoga / meditation or sacred chanting with one of our new teachers, Benjamin Beirs, aka the “Yogitarist”. In order to make it accessible for all, Ben is offering group lessons with options for 2, 3, or 4 person classes.

Students in groups will start with one trial lesson, and if they would like to continue, will commit to a 4-week curriculum that is optionally renewable. Ben has been teaching the guitar for 15 years and earned a master’s degree in guitar performance/pedagogy at Peabody Conservatory in the USA. He has also studied in Paris, France and regularly performs internationally. Since meeting his teacher, Lama Surya Das, at Omega in 2005, he also plays music at yoga and meditation retreats and enjoys contributing music to Kirtan (sacred chanting) as well.

Private classes are offered in English or French and can be held either in the yoga studio or possibly elsewhere – bring your own guitar. Students can learn how to accompany themselves while chanting, accompany others, or delve into more advanced finger style and / or classical guitar technique.

PRICING: Groups of two: 36EUR per person; Groups of three: 27EUR per person; Groups of four: 18EUR per person;

CONTACT: privates@jivamuktiberlin.de

JANUARY 2020

(16.)17.-19.(20.) January 2020:
taught by Anja Kühnel (Jivamukti Yoga Berlin)
powered by The JiVamukti Canteen
A 114 year old granary on Germany's biggest island (Rügen)

THE 2020 JIVAMUKTI YOGA NEW YEAR DETOX RETREAT
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For the sixth time, Anja Kühnel (Director Jivamukti Yoga Berlin) and The JiVamukti Canteen are happy to offer a long weekend retreat, hosted on Germany's biggest Island, Rügen.
Fill your energy reserves, detox your system, and set new resolutions for the new year with an intense yoga weekend on the island Rügen's pristine environment. With inspiring Jivamukti Asana workshops with Anja Kühnel and healthy and nutritious vegan food prepared by The JiVamukti Canteen, this is exactly what you need for a cold and grey January!

Spaces are limited. We recommend early registration in order to secure the Early Bird Discounts (72€ off until November 15 or 36€ off until December 15).

CORE RETREAT: Fri., January 17th, 2020 - Sun., January 19th, 2020

OPTIONAL+BETTER=RECOMMENDED!: From Thu., 16/01/2020 - Mon., 20/01/2020 , which still includes yoga and the detox program. You can arrive a day earlier (Thursday) or stay a day longer (until Monday), or both. Perfect for everyone who wants to take more time than a weekend for themselves and wants to go deeper than the core program, all within a smaller and even more intimate group setting. See details below.

Registration FormRegistration Form REGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start at 333 EUR p.p. with our super early bird discount with various rooming options, length of stay and upgrades available in the registration form. We recommend early booking, not only for the early bird discount, but also because spots are limited and our Rügen retreats are always very popular.

More information on the program and prices in the drop-down menus below.

Please check out the registration form for detailed prices, discounts and accommodation options.
To register, please download the registration form in German (here or click on the image on the left), in English (here or click on the image on the right) fill it in and send it via fax (+49 03 48491950) or E-mail (info@jivamuktiberlin.de), or drop it off at one of our Berliner Jivamukti Studios.

▲▼ BIO AND MORE INFO ABOUT TEACHERS AND DETOX-SPECIALISTS FOR THIS RETREAT: ANJA KUEHNEL+TEAM & CANTEAM

Anja KühnelANJA KÜHNEL + TEAM = JIVAMUKTI YOGA CLASSES
Anja has been a devoted student of Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon and David Life since she first met them in 2000 while temporarily living in New York. She has been directing her two Berlin Jivamukti Yoga Centers and their Jivamukti Apprenticeship Teacher Training program since 2008 and is a regular facilitator of the international Jivamukti Teacher Trainings. If time allows, she accepts one of the many invitations to teach workshops worldwide. She also has been teaching intensive international Jivamukti Yoga retreats worldwide for a number of years now, often together with internationally renowned teachers like Sharon Gannon, David Life, Manorama and Dechen Thurman. Privately, she has a special interest in studying the teachings of Vedanta and Sanskrit and adopting rescued dogs.

As often on international retreats and at home in Berlin, Anja will be assisted by a Jivamukti teacher, to make sure that everyone will be guided and assisted individually.

 

DETOX MASSAGE WITH JULI WERNER (OPTIONAL)
I love to touch. It is unbelievable what is possible through a touch. Awareness can grow with a conscious touch. Far away from concepts, beliefs or judgement, we get in touch with simplicity. Then total relaxation is possible. Everything is okay as it is. We are arriving in our inner home with ourselves. Massage is always leading inwards. I am supporting this inner acceptance through touch, so you can check in with yourself and be okay with your inner state. I am looking forward to a common travel into the now, towards Love.

JULI'S MASSAGE TECHNIQUES:

AYURVEDIC YOGA MASSAGE: Relaxing whole body massage, to soften the body and dissolve old and deep rooted tensions. For straightening the body and bringing you back to balance through soft stretches. Stimulating your blood circulation and deepening and relaxing your breath.

DEEP TISSUE MESSAGE: Loosening up deep tissues with stroking movements.

REBALANCING: Was developed in the Osho-community and is taught since 1980. It was the first real connection of deep tissue massage, soft touch, “flowing” touch and meditation. The focus here is always on loving the body and becoming more aware of the body.

JOINT-RELEASE-TECHNIQUE: Joint release through rhythmic swinging and shaking. The body is moved in a passive way by becoming aware of holding and movement patterns.

DETOX RETREAT MASSAGE PRICES: 60min=99 EUR, 30min=63 EUR.

▲▼ MORE INFORMATION ON THE RETREAT LOCATION AND ACCOMODATION

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

Tucked away in a remote corner of Rügen, amongst wheat fields, paddocks, arrays of bird nests, and bays of the Baltic, at the end of a tiny road, there is small village with a great historic granary, constructed in 1904.

Today the granary has been sensibly restored, keeping most of the details from the old design and thus retaining a generous and enchanting air with bright loft-like spaces that are perfect for practice and relaxation. Just the right space for those who seek to breathe deeply again.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

In addition to the cozy rooms, there are numerous lounges and fireplaces all over the building for hanging out and having interesting conversations as well as quiet alcoves to read a book. In the evenings we can warm ourselves in front of the fireplaces or in the sauna and can also enjoy the view from the big wooden terraces over the virtually untouched nature around us.

Generous 1.000 sqm over two stories, a 150+ sqm loft for yoga classes, huge open style kitchen, saunas and fireplaces, huge terraces: Our 1904 granary which we have exclusively for our groups just embodies freedom, luxury, and coziness. A perfect venue to retreat, detox and immerse into the teachings of Jivamukti Yoga.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

The nearby bird colony and beaches allow for spectacular walks and swims under the big skies of Germany's north. The short walk to the beach alone allows one to dive back into nature. In the evenings, there are a number of places to take it easy: in the sauna, around the fireplaces, or on the many terraces the site has to offer.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

This is the ideal setting to enjoy the clear air in between yoga classes before coming back into our cozy space with Sauna and radiant floor heating, which you might recognize from our Jivamukti Studio in Berlin Mitte.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

Our old yet very modern granary on Rügen is spoiling us with its warm atmosphere, sauna and a lot of space to arrive. In pure and remote nature we can recharge our energies and relax and detox together with Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation in order to leave behind the old year and start fresh in 2019.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

▲▼ MORE INFORMATION ON JIVAMUKTI YOGA AND THE DETOX-PROGRAM

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THE JIVAMUKTI YOGA PROGRAM: Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher Anja Kühnel will teach a 2-3 hour Jivamukti Yoga class every morning and evening with the exception of arrival and departure days; see preliminary program below. These will be intense and deep “workshop-style” classes with a focus on detox, in which Anja is using her years-long experience in teaching numerous international Jivamukti yoga retreats. We will experience different aspects of Jivamukti Yoga, like Asanas, Kriyas, Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy. Guided meditations will be offered every morning and Satsang/ chanting every evening.

The yoga practice will be perfectly complemented with carefully chosen detox food, made by the Jivamukti Canteen, as well as hikes, jogging, sauna sessions and massages for an extra charge; please let us know in the registration form. Every day we offer special detox sauna infusions and you can book special purging sauna and spa treatments and personal detox coachings for an extra charge.

As we recommended, there is the option of arriving a day earlier, Thursday, January 24 and leave a day later, Monday January 28, so we planned ahead for everyone who wants to have an even more deep experience.

If there are non-german-speaking friend among us, we will make sure that all classes are understood by everyone.

Jivamukti Rügen Retreat THE FOOD: All ingredients in the kitchen of the Jivamukti Canteen are 100% plant-based – vegan, organic and nutritious. During our detox retreat, you won't find any  sugar, gluten or other unhealthy things on your plate. We will increase the use of alkaline-rich foods to neutralize and support your body's natural detoxification process. The balanced relation between raw and cooked/ baked ingredients and the chosen times for group meals are designed to support the biorhythm of your body and will also help your yoga practice, leaving you grounded and well rested. Seasonal fresh fruits and veggies as our main energy provider, accompanied by optimal protein sources with a high organic availability as well as the healthiest fats and oils, spices and herbs, will inspire us to the greatest creations in canteen style, so that we can fully express ourselves in the open retreat kitchen. Colorful salad creations, creamy soups and purees, savory and crunchy stews and side dishes, surprising toppings, sweets without guilt… But always tasty and filling, and always made with Love.
All meals, drinks and snacks are arranged and well-balanced to harmonize your digestive system and support the purging that starts in your intestines. Don't worry! We are not talking of uncomfortable, smelly methods, but the softest and most comfortable way to leverage your digestion. You will be surprised what mother nature has to offer, in order to bring more detox in your life, even after the retreat.

 

 

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Hiking and jogging at the Baltic sea (free of charge)
  • Bike rental (18 EUR)
  • Visiting the local tourist highlights of Rügen Island (organize yourself)
  • Reading, self study or hang around the fireplace (free of charge)
  • In-Class-Private class with assisting Jivamukti Yoga teacher (99EUR: Please book in registration form!)
  • Detox massage (99EUR/60min, 63EUR/30min: Please book in registration form!)

Jivamukti Rügen Retreat

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY

From 14:30 on, check-in for everyone with early arrival

17:00-19:00: Teatime

19:30 Class

20:30 Dinner

20:30-22:30 Fireplace Talks and Sauna Time

FRIDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning Satsang + Meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-Class Juices + Detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

14:00-16:00 Sauna time

From 14:30 Check-in for everyone without early arrival

15:30 Teatime

17:00-19:00 Class

19:30-20:30 Dinner

20:30-22:00 Sauna Time

SATURDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning satsang + meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-class juices + detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

14:00-16:00 Sauna time

15:30: Teatime

17:00-19:00 Class

19:30-20:30 Dinner

20:30 Satsang

20:30-22:30 Saunazeit

SUNDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning satsang + meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-class juices + detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

12:00 Check-out for everyone without additional night/ late departure

13:00-17:00 Sauna time

15:30: Teatime

17:00-19:00 Class

19:30-20:30 Dinner

20:30-22:00 Sauna time

MONDAY

7:00-7:45 Morning satsang + meditation

7:45-8:00 Pre-class juices + detox snacks

8:00-11:00 Morning class

11:15 Brunch

12:00 Check-out for eyerone with late departure

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▲▼ DETAILED INFORMATION ON PRICING AND HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS RETREAT

Registration FormRegistration FormREGISTRATION AND PRICES:
Prices start from 333 EUR per person with super early bird discount before 15.11.19, or 369 EUR per person with early bird discount before 15.12.19, depending on the length of your stay. We recommend early booking, not only for the early bird discounts, but also because spots are limited and our Rügen retreats are always very popular. Last year it was booked out before the early bird discount ended.

More information on the program etc. in the drop-down menus above.

In order to register, please download the registration form in German (here or click on the image on the left) and in English (here or click on the image on the right), fill it in and send it via Fax (+40-30-48491950) or Scan-E-Mail info@jivamuktiberlin.de or drop it off at one of our Berliner Jivamukti Studios.

 

PRICE FOR FRIDAY 14:30 - SUNDAY 12:00:

Sign Up Deposit for registration: 99 EUR p.p.

Super-Early Bird Price (registered and paid before 15.11.19): 333 EUR p.P.

Early Bird Price (registered and paid before 15.12.19): 369 EUR p.p.

Regular Price (registered and paid after 15.12.19): 405 EUR p.p.

Early Bird discount is valid only if you sign up before the above mentioned dates AND pay the full retreat price within 5 days after receipt of our booking confirmation and invoice. In any case we recommend an early booking, since the different room categories are limited.

The Base Price is per person and includes accommodation in a shared 3-bed room* in a shared apartment** in a
shared queen size double bed*** in a great luxury restored old granary. It includes accommodation and food as well as all yoga activities in the core retreat time, from Friday 14:30 (earliest arrival possible at that price) until Sunday 12:00 (latest departure possible at that price). Find all details for the program/daily schedule in drop-down-menu above. Travel costs to and from location is not included in this offer and has to be organized by yourself. We can help with shuttle reservations for example, with an extra charge.

*Shared bedroom means that we may assign the maximum number of occupants to the room size you booked (i.e. 2 other participants to a 3-bed room or 1 other participant to a 2-bed room). Of course, as far as possible, we will try to accommodate your special wishes if you want to share your room with someone specific, but keep in mind that normally we will need to have only participants of the same sex sharing a room unless all people in the room agree otherwise. There are a limited number of room upgrades available below for a surcharge.

**Shared apartment means that 2-3 bedrooms share a common living area with bathroom(s) and toilet(s). Optional there is one apartment in the house that can be used by only three persons alone (see above).

***Shared double bed means that if you do not request a special room partner, we will pick one with your same gender, that you will share a room. Optional it is possible to request a single bed in a shared room or single room. Optional there are separate beds available in the house (see above).

Optional other room choices are available for an extra charge. See right above.

ROOM/ BED/ UPGRADES:
In addition to the base price (shared queen-size double bed in a 3-bed room), we offer a limited number of “more intimate” accommodation options ranging from a single room for one to double rooms or single beds in double or 3-bed rooms. The applicable surcharges apply per person and are in addition to the base price. PLEASE NOTE: There are only a limited number of spots for each setup, which is why we can only guarantee the rooming selection after we receive your sign-up deposit.

Own (separate) single bed in a 3-bed room: +27 EUR p.p. and night

Shared Double Bed in a double room: +36 EUR p.p. and night

Own (separate) single bed in a 2-bed-room: +45 EUR p.p. and night

Single Room for just yourself: +72 EUR p.P. und Nacht

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: FOR PROLONGING YOUR STAY (INCL. YOGA AND FOOD ON THESE DAYS):
A long weekend is over too fast and we get sad to have to return too quickly, especially considering the travel effort to arrive. For everyone who shares our opinion and is able to invest a bit more time, we rented the granary for 5 days so you can start this retreat softly on Thursday let it fade away into Monday afternoon. We would be thrilled if you are arriving early with us and/or leave later and offer the following options (including additional detox food and yoga program) for a deeper experience:

Arrive 1 day earlier – Thursday from 14:30 on: +99 EUR
This small surcharge includes 1 additional night (plus your chosen room upgrade option), 2 additional yoga classes, 3 additional meals and 24 hours more at the sea. This means a more intimate setting, since usually there are fewer participants, and gives the advantage of arriving during an off-peak time, avoiding the stress of rush hour. See also the preliminary schedule in the drop-down-menu higher above.

Arrive ½ day earlier – Friday from 08:00 on: +45 EUR
This small surcharge includes 1 additional yoga class, 1 additional brunch and a couple of hours more at the sea. Please know that you can move into your room only after 14:00 of your arrival day, even though we try our best to have your rooms ready before. There is a train ride at 4:48 from Berlin that arrives at 8:18 in Samtens. If people book this train, we will adapt the schedule for the morning class accordingly.

Stay ½ day longer – until Sunday evening: +45 EUR
This small surcharge includes 1 additional yoga class + Satsang, 2 additional meals (Tea-time + dinner) and a couple of hours more at the sea for everyone who wants to leave Sunday evening or night. Please be aware that you have to check out from your booked room at 12:00 on your departure day. Although we will try to arrange a late check-out for you, it cannot be guaranteed. The latest train departs at 19:41 from Samtens and will arrive in Berlin at 23:28 or in Hamburg at 23:50.

Stay 1 day longer – until Monday 12:00: +99 EUR
For everyone who wants to leave calmly on Monday, this small surcharge includes 2 additional nights (plus your chosen room upgrade option), 2 additional yoga classes + Satsang, 3 additional meals and 24 hours more at the sea. This means a more intimate setting, since usually there are fewer participants, and with the advantage of arriving during an off-peak time, avoiding the stress of rush hour. See also the preliminary schedule in the drop-down-menu higher above.

Stay 2 full days longer – from Thursday 14:30 until Monday 12:00: +180 EUR
For everyone who wants to arrive and leave calmly on Thursday/Monday, this surcharge includes 2 additional nights (plus your chosen room upgrade option), 4 additional yoga classes + Satsang, 6 additional meals and 48 hours more at the sea. This means a more intimate setting, since usually there are fewer participants, and with the advantage of arriving during an off-peak time, avoiding the stress of rush hour. See also the preliminary schedule in the drop-down-menu higher above.

LOYALITY DISCOUNTS: 18 EUR discount for these reasons (cumulative): (1) You have an ongoing Jivamukti Berlin Unlimited contract. (2)You have been part of one (or more) Jivamukti Yoga Retreats (sorry, only 1x 18 EUR discount, even though you have been part of numerous retreats) (3) You are a registered Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.

OPTIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE BASE PRICE:

  • Travel costs to and from the granary are NOT included in the price and has to be organized and paid for on your own. We recommend the train connection Berlin-Hbf. => Samtens, which leaves Thursday and Friday with a transit in Stralsund at 10:32 from Berlin-Hbf and arrives in time for Check-in at 14:18. This train departs every hour and whoever wants to arrive very early on Friday to participate at the morning yoga class (see Early Checkin), could take the train at 4:42 to arrive in Samtens at 8:18.For the departure day, there is a train connection at 12:37 that arrives in Berlin at 16:15. There are similar good connections from all Germany cities, as Hamburg 10:17 => 14:18 and so on. The regular price per ride with Deutsche Bahn is around 46EUR, but with a clever combination of sharing a ‘Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket’ (on Thursday) and a ‘Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket) back to Berlin on Sunday, 5 persons can travel for 120 EUR (24 EUR p.p. for the round trip).
  • It is 16km from Samtens to the granary. We can offer you a pick-up shuttle service for 18 EUR p.p., if there are minimum two persons arriving at the same time.
  • Alternatively it is definitely possible to arrive by car – approximately 3,5hrs drive from Berlin
  • We are happy to help with carpooling organization. We can help you with finding people to share a car and can offer a limited number of shuttle spots from Berlin (108 EUR p.p.)

CANCELLATION AND CURTAILMENT INSURANCE: As we do need to be able to depend on your booking, there is a cancellation fee charged if you cannot take part in the retreat/intensive booked due to reason out of our control (like sickness etc.). Please read the details in the registration form on this. This is why we strongly recommend that you book a cancellation and curtailment insurance (starts under 20 EUR and is one of the three best curtailment insurances, by Stiftung Warentest), which you can either do in the registration form or by clicking here.

Jivamukti Yoga Rügen Retreat