The Flavor of Freedom
April 13 - April 15
The Enrichment Practice:
The Flavor of Freedom
April 13-15, 2018
Meditation interrupts the narrative of the mind. The quality of each experience of interruption is imprinted in one’s memory. These qualities become the beacon of discernment.
Mark McLaughlin, PhD.
The Enrichment Practice is a continuing education program developed by Nikki Costello for students committed to the study and practice of yoga. These courses create a retreat environment where students have an opportunity to explore themselves in depth through the practice of asana, pranayama and meditation.
Simultaneously, Nikki skillfully threads a philosophical theme throughout the course and facilitates a dialogue amongst participants to challenge, inspire, and provoke their understanding of yoga as a path of self-development, enrichment and transformation.
Joining Nikki for The Flavor of Freedom is Mark McLaughlin PhD, South Asian Religion and Sanskrit scholar. Mark will lead us through a study of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as it relates to practice and meditation.
In this course you will:
- Practice the shape and basic actions in the foundational asanas; including standing poses, seated poses, forward extensions, backward extensions and inversions
- Experience deep relaxation and meditation 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
The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, Edwin Bryant’s translation and commentary
Specific Reading: Pada 2.1-55 and Pada 3.1-15
Who are you?
A dedicated yoga student and/or teacher who seeks out opportunities to learn, appreciates the guidance of an experienced teacher and enjoys the atmosphere created between like minded people who gather together to in truth and purpose.
Upon completion, you will have 25 hours of Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance under The Practice by Nikki Costello.
About the Teachers
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 University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to his extensive field research and language study in India, Mark lived for 6 years in a monastic community studying 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 samādhi based meditation techniques that strongly influence and inform his approach to teaching and research.
Meditation has profoundly changed my day-to-day experience in both subtle and practical ways. Just by the simple practice of sitting for some time each day, this experience continues to deepen and anchor my awareness.”
Nikki Costello is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT.) For 24 years, her teaching has been inspired by annual trips to India including RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute) the study of scriptural and philosophical texts and a daily practice of meditation. In 2013-2014, she was a contributing editor at Yoga Journal, writing the magazine’s “Basics Column.” and in 2016, Nikki was named one of the 100 Most Influential 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.
Mark on The Enrichment Practice
There are two things that I enjoy most about teaching in the Enrichment Practice. One is Nikki’s cultivated ability to seamlessly, and quite often spontaneously, integrate the abstract philosophical concepts of our daily study into an āsana sequence that leads to tangible and embodied recognition of these concepts. The other is that each student in the Enrichment Practice brings an open and committed engagement with yoga that is backed by a collection of distinctively unique life experiences, which destroy any notion of hierarchy ~ everybody brings valued perspective to the table. This process is sweetly humbling and empowering at the same time.”
Dates: Friday, April 13- Sunday, April 15
Daily Schedule: 10am-6pm
10:00 am- 1pm Study and Practice
1:00- 2:30 pm Lunch Pause
2:30- 6:00 pm Study and Practice
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