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Minneapolis and Palm Springs MBF

Yoga, Your Brain and Health with Dr. Jay Kumar

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Are you interested to discover the powerful connection among Yoga, your brain and your health? We all want to lead a happy and healthy life, but the possible key to embodying both may actually begin in our brain. Integrating cutting-edge science with timeless spirituality, this inspiring and unique program explores how the latest research in neuroscience and mind-body medicine can cultivate more happiness and wellbeing in our life.

In the past decade greater interest in Eastern philosophy and its connection with 21st century science has gained popularity. Specifically, the influence of contemplative practices such as Yoga, meditation and breath-work to heal the body has prompted medical science to explore these benefits. Integrating medical research with spiritual philosophy, this unique training explores how current advances in contemplative neuroscience, cognitive psychology and integrative medicine align with ancient teachings from the Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads. Course content will examine the correlates of Yogic practices and neurobiology through the study of brain anatomy, neuroplasticity, and the interplay between emotions, thoughts and behavior for health and well-being.

Led by a recognized professor of contemplative neuroscience, Eastern religion and Yoga studies, this engaging and multimedia course advances a new framework of human consciousness, the powerful role our brain has in the healing process, and of the intimate connection between timeless Yoga teachings and 21stcentury science. This course is ideal for Yoga instructors, medical practitioners and mental health workers wishing to explore both the science and spirituality of healing facilitated by a recognized expert in the field.

Dr. Jay Kumar is one of the leading voices in the intimate connection among the brain, health and happiness He is the innovative creator of Brain Body & Being, a highly effective, easy to learn and scientifically proven set of tools that promote peace of mind, centeredness, vitality, health and wellbeing. A professor at Loyola Marymount University, his current research interests encompass mind-body medicine, contemplative neuroscience, and the neuropsychology of consciousness. He is also a certified Yoga and meditation instructor, motivational speaker, published author and media figure.

His e-book series BRAIN, BODY & BEING is now available online. www.DrJayKumar.com

**YogaFit Level 1 is recommended, but not required, prior to taking this course. 

Required Reading: Brain, Body and Being by Dr. Jay Kumar (available in eBook only); Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology by Daniel Siegel

New Orleans MBF

Join Beth Shaw and Dr. Susan Blank at our New Orleans MBF for a workshop on longevity and how to age gracefully. Topics will include:

  • Truth about Longevity
  • Supplements
  • Hormones
  • Fact vs Fiction about aging

This workshop will count as a One Day Training toward RYT 200 or 500.  

Cost: $199 (cannot be bundled with any other MBF trainings) Click here to register

Dr. Susan Blank is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Atlanta Healing Center. A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, she completed a residency in Psychiatry and Neurology at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  She received her training in Forensics at the University of Virginia, and her training in Addiction Medicine in Atlanta at the Talbott Recovery Campus.  She recently completed a Fellowship and Advance Fellowship training in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.     

Dr. Blank is President of the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine and serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Physician’s Health Program.  Dr. Blank and Dr. Lori Karan co-authored the chapter on Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction for the ASAM Patient Criteria.

She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Certified Medical Review Officer. 

Finally, she can be heard nationwide every Tuesday on her weekly radio show “Detailing Addiction” on America’s Web Radio.

Columbus MBF

Breath Centric Yoga Practice for Health and Healing: The Breath Centric Yoga Tradition of T.Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar with Sri Ravi Shankar (Two Day Training)

In this two day training we will cultivate an understanding of the Yogic tradition of  T.Krishnamacharya, and TKV Desikarchar.   We will study :

  • An Overview of the Origins of Yoga:  Understanding the 6 systems that originated from the Vedas and how Yoga fits in with them
  • The Foundations of a Breath-Centered Practice for Health and Healing: Introducing the Yogic Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V.  Desikachar
  • In-depth exploration of the Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali (Chapter 2):  How it applies to our Asana practice, with a focus on breath
  • Common poses of the Krisnamacharya tradition from a breath perspective:  How to integrate breathing and posture to form a breath-centric union

Required text:  The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar


Vedic and Sutra Chanting- Entering an Enchanted Space: theory and practice of Vedic and Sutra Chanting.  We will use selected passages from  the Vedas and the Sutras. (One Day Training)

We will learn:

  • To chant the Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali (chapter 1)
  • Explore how chanting applies to the practice of Yoga  
  • Various non-religious Vedic Chants  
  • Discuss Chanting’s relevance in today’s health and wellness settings

Required text:  The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar

The Vedas are taught and chanted in their original form.  From generation to generation, these passages were passed down without any change in pronunciation or manner of chanting.

Many of the goals of Yoga can be met through the practice of Vedic chanting such as focusing the mind (improving mental clarity), improving physical health, and improving mental state.  

Did you know that T. Krishnamacharya would not teach his son Desikachar the meaning of the Yoga Sutra until he could chant it perfectly?

Chanting is used in many religions.  However, at YogaFit Vedic and Sutra chanting is taught in the same context as Yoga, which has no religious connotations.  Yoga’s goal is to address both body and mind of every person regardless of gender, race, age or belief.  Vedic chanting has this same aim.

 

The Yoga Tradition of T.Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar and Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali (chapter 1) (One Day Training)

Sri T. Krishnamacharya believed Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutra was the most important text to study to help us understand Yoga.  

Join Sri Ravi Shankar in this one day training where we will investigate first Chapter of the Yoga Sutra.  We will discover how this ancient text can give us insight on our modern day Yoga Practice.  

Required text:  The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar

Sri Ravi Shankar and Sheelia Shankar   

Ravi Shankar and Sheela Shankar, are both students of T.K.V. Desikachar, who is one of the most influential yoga teachers of our time. Sri Desikachar’s father and teacher was Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who is considered the grandfather of modern yoga. Both Ravi and Sheela completed the intense two-year Diploma of Yoga conducted by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Manidram in Chennai and taught there for many years.

Ravi specializes in pranayama, asana and philosophy while Sheela specializes in Chanting. They currently run their own Yoga school, Yoga Nidhi – a center for Yoga and Vedic Chanting, in Chennai, India (www.yoganidhi.net).

Ravi was the Scholar-in-Residence at Denison University, Granville, Ohio in 2008-09 and has conducted Wellness, Stress Management and Learning programs for many leading corporate houses in India.

Sheela is a musician trained in both the classical music traditions of India – Carnatic and Hindustani. She uses her meditative music at the end of a practice session to transport the students to a place of quiet and stillness.