Nicolai Bachman instructs the following:
Sanskrit for Yogis
The science of yoga is filled with Sanskrit vocabulary. Teachers and practitioners of yoga, Ayurveda, or meditation can benefit from learning how to pronounce Sanskrit with correct breath, resonance, rhythm and tongue position. The class will read transliterated text (English letters with diacritical markings) alongside the original script.
Cakras: Energizing the Subtle Body
What is a nadi, a cakra, the kundalini shakti? Using verses from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika we discuss the theory of awakening the dormant kundalini and how it flows upwards through the sushumna nadi. Each cakra has a primary seed sound and several secondary sound petals which energize it. We then apply the theory by chanting and resonating the seed and petal sounds from the root chakra through the crown, focusing our attention and breath at the location of each cakra.
Part 1 Yoga Sutras: Outer Behavior: Yama-s, Shaucha and Santosha
How we interact with others affects our heart-mind and those around us. Cultivating ethical behavior is essential for a civil society to flourish. Part and parcel with healthy social relationships is taking care of oneself.
Part 2 Yoga Sutras: Personal Practices: Kriya-Yoga, Asana and Pranayama
Kriya-yoga contains the most powerful techniques for growth and change, weakening negative behavior and strengthening positive patterns. These can be applied to all other limbs of yoga. Asana and Pranayama will be touched on as well. We will translate sutras directly from the Sanskrit and participate in group exercises.
Part 3 Yoga Sutras: Inner Development: Pratyahara and Samyama
All previous limbs prepare us for turning inward in order to connect to our inner light of awareness. These progressive stages of focusing support our chosen direction, bring our attention away from external stimuli toward the goal of clear and aware consciousness. We will translate sutras directly from the Sanskrit and participate in group exercises.