October 6 – November 6, 2014
January 5 – February 5, 2015
June 8 – July 9, 2015
Sedona, a magical landscape of natural beauty and powerful energies, is a high desert country of junipers, manzanita, yucca and cactus, surrounded by ancient red rock sculpture. This immersion is unique for its inclusion of the aspect of Ayurveda, where food becomes medicine and one learns about nutrition through the Ayurvedic breakfast and lunch served five days a week. This program is an all-encompassing foundational training for the body, mind and spirit in a holistic approach to Yoga and Ayurveda as a lifestyle.
In the United States, asana practice is regarded as yoga; however in the classical tradition, we teach all aspects of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Modeled after the ashram life in India, a student is introduced to Sanskrit through chanting of planetary mantras along with names of asana and important philosophical concepts. This immersion also includes some of the practical shatkarmas (yogic cleanses), part of the Hatha Yoga tradition so beneficial for learning how to stay healthy and vital through yoga.
The first two weeks focus on the student’s personal process of cleansing and moving through multi-layers of blocks and tension in their bodies. The intent is to develop yoga practitioners that know how to learn and practice in any environment, who develop skills in self-diagnosis and interpretation of symptoms, and who can teach from personal experience and knowledge. The daily schedule helps develop new patterns through dedicated practice so that the student learns how to role model yogic principles. The second two weeks emphasize teaching skills and progressive teaching assignments in the Asana Lab. The core classes focus on language for different classes, teaching methodology, alignment and energetic principles of asana, sequencing a class, how and when to adjust and identifying an individual’s teaching strengths.
The morning Asana I/II work is an in-depth study of beginning/intermediate poses in Hatha Yoga, the basis for all yoga currently taught in the United States. Inspired by the style of Rama Jyoti Vernon, our Hatha Yoga is a slow and detailed study of asana with emphasis on integration through relaxation and equanimity. In the evening classes you will take a variety of yoga classes, including Kundalini, Chakra Yoga and 5 Elements Yoga.
The first day will begin on Monday at 9:00 am. Two days will be spent on orientation, ayurvedic assessments, learning about karma yoga, and general orientation to the program, which will begin Wednesday at 4:50am. The last day of the course there will be a ceremony where each individual will receive a Certificate of Completion upon meeting all requirements. As part of 7 Centers’ “from the garden to the table” commitment, we grow vegetables and medicinal herbs on site. Students are given the opportunity during the immersion to participate in preparing the soil, planting and harvesting, as well as cooking the food in the kitchen. Each season presents opportunities for students to experience the feeling of producing live, fresh produce from the garden.
TYPICAL DAY MONDAY-FRIDAY:
4:50am: Hatha Yoga Cleansings & Trataka
Surya Namaskara and/or Asana,Mantra & Pranayama
7:00am: Ayurvedic Breakfast
7:45am: Karma Yoga
8:30am: Yogic Philosophy/Vedic Astrology/Mantra
9:30am: Asana I /II & Teaching Methodology
12:00am: Ayurvedic Lunch
1:00pm: Nature Walk/Yoga Nidra
2:00-3:30: Yoga Sutras, Ayurveda, Anatomy (Lecture class)
3:30-5:30pm: Kundalini, Chakra Yoga and 5 Elements Yoga – introducing diversity of styles of yoga.
*Saturday schedule varies 8-2pm
LEARNING LIFE SKILLS
- A study in the building blocks of yoga: asana, pranayama, pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration) and dhyana (meditation) along with the study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
- A personal Sadhana (spiritual practice) that includes asana, sun salutations, pranayama, mudra and bandha.
- Developing the ability to concentrate and still the mind through meditative practices.
- Communication and the power of language – how to relate to students and their framework for learning yoga is addressed: when to speak, when to listen, what to watch for, the methodology of teaching.
- A study of the Yoga Sutras and introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
- Learning about one’s physical constitution (doshas) and the nutrition that supports balance and health
- Walks in Nature exploring awareness, meditation and the beautiful trails and vortexes of Sedona
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
An extensive and in-depth yoga manual based upon the curriculum along with additional handouts will be included in the program tuition. The lessons will come from the book A Systematic Course in the Ancient Techniques of Yoga and Kriya by Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, India. You will be required to purchase two textbook before arrival. The first entitled Asana, Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati will be used daily for reference during your immersion. The second entitled Practical Ayurveda by Dr. Vasant Lad we will expect you to have read BEFORE arriving on the first day of orientation. Additionally, we suggest you bring a translation of the Bhagavad Gita, if you do not already own one we recommend the translation by Jack Hawley.
The cost for the course is $3,295.00. This includes the tuition for the course, an Ayurvedic breakfast and lunch five days a week, the Teachers Manual and other supplies. With 100% attendance, you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. An enrollment fee of $200 reserves your place. You may pay by cash, check or by credit card. The course has a limited number of participants, so please reserve early.
We have a directory of local rooms available near 7 Centers. A student can expect to pay an average of 650$ for the month, including utilities for a room and bathroom with access to kitchen facilities for evening meals. Other housing options may be available such more economical, shared spaces or high end accommodations. Upon receiving your registration form we will send you the names and contact numbers for potential housing situations. All financial agreements will be made directly with them. While it is convenient to have a car, it is not necessary as carpooling is supported and encouraged.
WHAT TO BRING
Sedona is high desert and has wonderful weather although there can be a 30-40 degree difference between the morning and afternoon. To get a sense of the season averages you can expect go to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. Bring towels, bed linens, a bathing suit, running/hiking shoes and sandals, shorts, long pants, a light jacket and sweater for evenings, clothes for yoga, meditation pillow and/or shawl, timer, alarm clock, hat, sunglasses, fanny pack and/or day pack, yoga mat and a journal.
This advanced opportunity is available for graduates of a 7 Centers Yoga Arts 30 Day Yoga Immersion. To enhance and increase your teaching skills, we will be accepting two (2) students per immersion to assist and mentor under Shraddha during the morning asana class and the weekly Yoga Sutra class. Attendance is required the first two (2) weeks of the immersion. Click here for the Asana Apprentice Application form.
All who complete the course with 100% attendance will be given a certificate of completion from 7 Centers Yoga Arts.
TRACK II – Personal Development
For those individuals who but would like to participate in the healing aspect of learning yogic practices, we offer a one or two week healing retreat experience. Each immersion, we accept a 1-2 students to participate in the first/second week(s) while cleansings and yogic practices are established. The commitment is to participate fully in the group experience during the agreed-upon time. Please contact us if you would like further information. We also offer short courses for those wishing to experience aspects of yoga practice and lifestyle such as the Chakra Journey, Conflict Resolution According to the Yoga Sutras, Transitions and Yoga LifeSkills, 5 Elements Workshop, A week of Kundalini Tantra, and Wellness for Professionals.