Stillness in Action
Monday, April 3, 2016 – Friday, April 7, 2016
Yoga Shanti, NYC
The Enrichment Practice (TEP) is a continuing education program developed by Nikki for students committed to the study and practice of yoga.
Each 5-day course creates a retreat environment for students to explore themselves in depth through asana, pranayama, and meditation. A philosophical theme is skillfully woven throughout the five days to facilitate dialogue among participants to challenge, inspire, and provoke an understanding of yoga as a path for self-development & transformation.
In the upcoming TEP, Stillness in Action, participants will explore asanas & pranayama to better understand patterns held in the body. With an understanding of these patterns, students will learn tools to compassionately transform them.
Mark McLaughlin, assistant professor of South Asian Religions at the College of William and Mary, will join Nikki to teach Stillness in Action. Mark will guide participants in the exploration of meditation through study of the text The Vijnana Bhairava: Practice Centering Awareness.
Cultivating discernment through contemplation and stillness through meditation gives rise to a calm mind and reveals self-wisdom. – Mark McLaughlin
In this course you will:
- Practice the shape and basic actions in foundational asanas to move with greater freedom and ease
- Restore your own body in sessions dedicated to inversions and supported poses
- Learn how to set-up restorative poses for healing and self-care in your home practice
- Experience deep relaxation with simple and effective pranayama instruction
- Refine your sitting posture for meditation
- Engage in a contemplative dialogue exploring the teachings of meditation
- Identify and articulate the benefits of meditation from your personal experience, scriptural wisdom and scientific research and discovery
- Debrief each practice session with the group to expand your knowledge by listening to the diverse and unique voice of each participant
- Gain clarity through your own experience for sharing and teaching these practices to your students
Monday – Friday, April 3 – 7, 2017.
8:30 AM- 5:00 PM Daily
- Lunch pause from 11:45 AM- 1:15 PM
46 West 24th Street, NYC
Stillness in Action Teachers:
Nikki Costello is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). For 23 years, her teaching has been influenced by annual trips to India including six visits to RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune), the study of philosophical and scriptural texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013, Nikki was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column” and in 2016 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America. Nikki is recognized as a thought leader in the global yoga community and shares her wisdom and expertise in yoga and meditation retreats around the world. When at home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she teaches public classes at Kula Yoga and Yoga Shanti and maintains a well-established private practice in New York City, guiding individuals on all levels of their health and well-being.
Mark McLaughlin is a visiting assistant professor of South Asian religions at the College of William and Mary. He holds a PhD in South Asian religions and Sanskrit from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to his extensive field research and language study in India, Mark lived for six years in a monastic community both in India and in the United States where he studied meditation, yoga, and the nondual Kashmiri Śaiva and Vedāntic philosophical perspectives underpinning this tradition. He has over 20 years of meditation experience anchored in a deep and sustained engagement with nondual samādhibased meditation techniques that strongly influence and inform his approach to teaching and research. He is an American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellow, and a recipient of the Professor Raimundo Panikkar Memorial Award for academic achievement in the study of Comparative Religions in South Asia. He is a Steering Committee Member of the Institute of Pilgrimage Studies and a member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute whose mission is to digitally preserve endangered Sanskrit texts from the religious and philosophical traditions of classical India and make them accessible for study and scholarship worldwide. He has published a number of academic articles related to Hindu sacred space and is writing a book on the development of Hindu tomb-shrines for revered gurus, known as samādhi maṅdirs.
Who are you?
A dedicated yoga student and/or yoga teacher who seeks out opportunities to learn, appreciates the guidance of experienced teachers and enjoys the energy that is created when like minded people gather together to achieve a purpose. Upon completion, you will feel a sense of accomplishment! Additionally you will have 50 hours of Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance under The Practice by Nikki Costello.
The Early Bird rate for the course is $960 if paid in full by February 15, 2017. Thereafter the cost is $1200.
How to Apply
Contact Yoga Shanti for the application details.