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I am writing this newsletter to extend an invitation to study with our esteemed teacher Rama Jyoti Vernon, December 7 -10 (details below). When Lynne Moffitt and I opened Yoga Hanalei in 1997, the monks from the Kauai Hindu Monastery came to our shala to perform a blessing ceremony. At the end of the puja, one of the monks encouraged us by saying, "Perhaps this will become the site of a great Yoga University."

Soon thereafter, Rama Jyoti came and shared her deep knowledge and experiential wisdom of Yoga and the Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Her teachings forever left an imprint in our hearts and immensely elevated the teachings of our school. True to the spirit of a realized teacher, Rama inspires the possibilities of Yoga that reach far beyond the mat. Her work as a global peace activist has directly facilitated bringing global leaders together, as well as resolving conflicts and wars. She brings a profound depth of the ancient practices of Yoga with a quiet inner strength that is grounded in anatomy, psychology, physiology and the metaphysical sciences.

Many of the great masters within our lineage of Professor T. Krishnamacharya have passed on. Gone are the eminent teachers B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and T.K.V. Deiskachar. I cannot emphasize enough what a privilege it is to have Rama, who has had direct contact with many of these teachers, come to our island of Kauai to share her experiences, knowledge and insights with our Yoga community. If you love what you have experienced at our school, then please make your best effort to attend her classes and do not hesitate to let us know how we can support you!



Patanjali Yoga Sutra & Hatha Yoga Workshop

with Rama Jyoti Vernon

December 7 - 10, 2017

Thursday, December 7 Yoga Sutra Discourse 5:30 - 8 pm Transforming Our Lives and Our World Rama Jyoti will speak on spiritual principles grounded in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, for resolving conflict in our lives and in our world.

Friday, December 8 Yoga Sutra Discourse 5:30 - 8 pm Yoga Sutras in Day-to-Day Life Rama Jyoti and students will explore the philosophy of Yoga, with references to the experiential nature of the Sutra. Students will practice self-observation related to the sutras applied in Yoga practice, and daily life.

Saturday, December 9 Yogasana 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Bringing the Yoga Sutra into Your Practice Rama Jyoti’s approach to the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali integrates these ancient teachings into asana practice.The focus will be on finding the stillness within physical practice that can be carried into life's actions and interactions, along with discussion of Yoga philosophy.

Yoga Sutra Discourse 2:30 - 5 pm Sutra on Asana and Pranayama An In depth discussion of the ancient pranayama practices that were lost in modern times and the deeper Yoga Sutra transmission of the art of Asana and Pranayama.

Sunday, December 10 Yogasana 10 am - 12:30 pm Asana as the seat for Pranayma Pranayama opens a window into the inner most self. Rama Jyoti will share how one can integrate a fusion of pranayama practices directly into asana.

Yoga Sutra 2:30 - 5 pm Alignment of Meditative Seat & Chants for Attuning to the Universal Rama will speak about the difference of concentration, meditation, samyama and samadhi based on the 3rd chapter of the Yoga Sutra. Sitting practice and using the sounds of Sanskrit to awaken the bioenergetic energy in the physical and subtle bodies through practice and principles of relation.

Investment: $350 for full workshop / $65 drop in

Kauai local Seniors 65+ and students under 40 needing financial assistance:  $250 for full workshop / $50 drop in Reservations: Please email yogahanalei@hotmail.com or call(808) 826- YOGA

ABOUT RAMA: Rama began her interest in metaphysics and mysticism as a child and became one of America’s first Yoga teachers. She was instrumental in bringing many great Yoga masters from India to the US, co-founding Yoga Journal, Yoga Alliance, and Unity in Yoga, to unite all lineages of Yoga, In addition to her extensive background & knowledge of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Rama is extremely well versed in the philosophy, lineages and healing benefits of Yoga. Her unique approach emphasizes opening the body by extending the breath in each asana, as a deeply spiritual offering. She has dedicated her life in peace missions throughout the world, including the Soviet Union, the Middle East and Central America.

As it is said, although we understand our lives backwards, we must live life forwards. To have a mentor that has been initiated and grown from the challenges inherent to the spiritual journey, we can all learn so much from Rama. Not only are we spared unnecessary suffering, but we are offered a seasoned point of view that can propell us forward in our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual growth.

Many blessings to you and your loved ones!

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