Update on 2021 Virtual Workshop

Dear Friend

Today, we are pleased to share highlights for the first week of the 2021, 40-hour HYT-TTP Virtual Workshop. Please register soon so that we can secure a place for you! 

Virtual Workshop: 3/20 to 4/17/21, Sat & Sun,10 AM EDT; Wed & Friday at 7 PM EDT.
This 40-hour Virtual Workshop is designed for all HYT-TTP Students, Graduates and Mentors; as well as, any current Yoga Teachers or serious practitioners. We will provide Yoga Alliance CEUs for all sessions. Although, it will not be possible to have all the live sessions during your time zone; we will allow replays for 3 months so that you can schedule a time that works best for you. The HYT-TTP Faculty will provide approximately 2 1/2-hour sessions, including live Q&As. 
Week 1 Highlights: 
3/20,10 AM EDT: Swami Ritavan Bharati & Adhikari Bhoi – The Importance of Sankalpa 
Swami Ritavan, MS, E-RYT-500, Ashram Pramukha and Spiritual Guide: has lived a life dedicated to serving Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati since 1970. After having been initiated at the age of 20, he transited through all the three Ashrams of Vedic life (Brahmacharya, Grihastha, and Vanaprastha) under the direct guidance of Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati. He was then initiated into Sanyasa in 2007. He has guided numerous silence and meditation retreats throughout the world and has been instrumental in guiding the International HYT-TTP. He is also a Mantra Initiator within the Tradition of the Himalayan Masters.

Adhikari Bhoi: had a long-time yearning to know more about the Himalayan Masters. Being well versed in many scriptures like the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Srimad Bhagavad, he was always committed to sharing the ancient teachings and is one of the most dedicated teachers at SRSG. He is a mantra initiator in the Himalayan Tradition, and a member of the AHYMSIN Spiritual Committee and the AHYMSIN Executive Committee.

Swamiji and Adhikari will open our Virtual Workshop. Their message on “The Importance of Sankalpa” will come to you from the Guru's Seat at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.
In the Himalayan Tradition, a very common Sanskrit word is "sankalpa". All ceremonies and rituals, all pilgrimages and life journeys begin with a sankalpa. As the inaugural session of our TTP course, we will invite participants to “vrata”, translated as a ‘vow’. It is an observance, a resolve to participate and engage. So, your vrata for the next five weeks and for the rest of your life included, is the vrata of “Śhiva-saṅkalpa”, "Tan me manaḥ śhiva-saṅkalpam astu": to strengthen your resolve to be sattvic so that only sattvic thoughts, feelings and sentiments arise in you. These sattvic thoughts themselves become your sankalpa and resolve to be "adhikarin", to prepare yourself, become qualified to undertake the disciplines of knowledge through shravana, manana, and nididhyasana. To apply the yamas and niyamas to your life where the stability of emotions brings tolerance, and pleasant-mind becomes service-oriented and helpful, establishing an awareness of being (atma tattvavalokanam), to understand the meaning of Yoga is Samadhi.'
3/21,10 AM EDT: Chuck Linke - Being a dedicated student of the HYT Initiatory Lineage

Chuck Linke, M.S., RYT-500: A student in the Himalayan Yoga tradition since 1970, presenting topics to students across the spectrum found throughout the tradition. Also serving as the Director of the Himalayan Yoga Teachers - Training Program for over 10 years. 

The Himalayan Yoga Tradition, from time immemorial, has been passed on experientially in an unbroken chain from master to disciple. This has resulted in an unbroken lineage whose continuity is ensured through transmission in meditative and initiatory states. Chuck will explore a few of the preparations for developing Adhikara, a readiness to enter into that unbroken chain of transmission.
  •      Calming to become a stilled vessel to receive these transmissions.
  •      Expansion of one’s capacity and ability to receive the next layer.
  •      Recognizing one’s own readiness.
3/24,7 PM EDT: Carol Crenshaw – The Purpose and Importance of Sadhana in daily life  

Carol Crenshaw, M.S., Ed.M., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Certified Therapist, received her Master’s in Eastern Studies/Comparative Psychology/Holistic Health. She has served as a yoga therapist and biofeedback trainer at the Himalayan Institute and the Center for Holistic Medicine. Carol has taught yoga and meditation for over 30 years, has trained yoga teachers since the 1980’s and is an initiator in the Himalayan Tradition.

Carol will delve into the value of sadhana in daily life, what’s needed to make progress, what tools we can use, and how sadhana and selfless service connect to each other. She will explain: how to develop sattvic relationships thru compassion, observing the yamas and niyamas and tweaking our habit patterns, evaluating how we use our time and energy, ‘squeezing out’ more practice time by fitting small practices into our day, and practicing inner dialogue and journaling.
3/26, 7 PM EDT: Charles Crenshaw – Refining one’s Pranayama practice

Charles B Crenshaw Jr., M.S., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist: Charles is a graduate of the Eastern Studies Program created by Swami Rama presented in an ashram (gurukulam) setting. He was trained directly by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati among other notables in our Himalayan Tradition. He is the Author of “Pathless Path: God, Grace, Guru” and Co-author of “EFT for Meditation.”

Charles will interweave practicum with reflection, to assist you with refining your Pranayama practice. Together you will explore the subtleties of breathing and systematically approaching the Akasha Breath. Consider these questions in preparation for this session: 

What is the difference between breath retention and increasing the subtlety of the breath?  

  •    What breathing habits are conducive and not conducive to meditation?
  •     Does your breath support your ability to achieve Chitta Prasadanam (pleasant mindedness)?
  •     Is your breath “really” related to your physical and mental health? (YS I.30-31)
Cost of the Virtual Workshop
To help sustain the Ashram during this difficult time, all the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to SRSG. We are recommending a donation of US$250.00 for those that live in High-Income Countries, US$190.00 for those in Middle-Income Countries, and US$125.00 for those in Low-Income Countries. If you cannot attend, an option of sponsoring a low-income student is provided. Of course, any additional donations will be appreciated. The registration site is on Constant Contact and will allow you to pay using your credit card or your PayPal account.  
In Loving Service,
HYT-TTP Administration
If you have any questions, please email: info@hyt-ttp.com
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