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“Lasting Intimate relationships usually need at least five positive interactions to balance every negative one.”


Rick Hansen

Beginning Saṇskrit Course for Loyola Marymount Yoga Philosophy Certificate Program (in Orange County)

March 7 - May 16, 2018

Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. (no class on March 14)

Classes held at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine

I really consider myself to be much more of a saṇskrit student, than a saṇskrit scholar.  But, I do love the challenge of the language.  Working with it is like putting together the pieces of a puzzle, with an artistic flair.  And recent studies have demonstrated the "saṇskrit effect," meaning it is good for your brain!  Check out the following article by Scientific American: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/a-neuroscientist-explores-the-sanskrit-effect/#


So, our next course for LMU will  be Beginning Saṇskrit.  My intent with this class is to make it useful to yogis.  We will be learning basic grammar, but I plan to put an emphasis on the meaning of the names of commonly used words in yoga, such as those in the āsanas and in some of the chants.

These are the books we will be using.  It might be a good idea to order them ahead of time, so that you have them, if you are planning to take the course.  They are all available on amazon. This is the link to register: https://registration.xenegrade.com/lmuextension/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=4819  As always, I record the sessions and send them out after class, so if you can't make all of the classes, you can still keep up.  These LMu classes can be taken just for fun, or you can take them to count towards the Yoga Philosophy Certificate.


The Organic Backbend

As those of you who take my classes know, I have, in recent years, come to believe that some of the "old school" alignment instructions are not always helping us with finding our yoga practice, and can actually often be harmful.  I am so grateful to teachers like Judith Hansen Lasater, Roger Cole, and Ray Long who have been bringing "Functional Anatomy" into the yoga world.  I think that some of the traditional alignment cues are to blame for some of the common yoga injuries, such as sacroiliac joint pain.  Yoga has always been an evolving practice, and I believe that the next step forward is to really start implementing some of the biomechanical knowledge that we now have at our fingertips to make our practices safer, healthier, and just more fun!


So, my next workshop will be The Organic Backbend.  We will be looking at individual differences in bodies and at how to make backbends more comfortable.  This workshop will be at Yoga Works, Costa Mesa.  The date is not set yet, but will most likely be in May.  To stay updated, you can always, check my calendar out on my website: https://www.erikaburkhalter.com


150-Hour Apprenticeship for Yoga Works Professional Program

I began teaching yoga in 1999, and have been so blessed to be able to have studied with such amazing teachers along the way. The voices of Tim Miller, David Swenson, Denise Thibault, Edward Clark, Andre Lapa, Judith Hansen Lasater, Dr. Christopher Chapple, Dr. Jason Birch, Dr. John Casey and so many more can all be heard in my teaching today. I feel strongly that those of us who have "been around the mat" for a while owe it to the next generation of teachers to offer back to the world what we have learned from our teachers and from our own experiences with yoga. So, I will be mentoring again for Yoga Works Professional Program next fall, offering a 150 hour, 6-month apprenticeship.  If you are interested, let me know, or contact teachertrainingoc@yogaworks.com or 310-664-6470 x 131. I am really looking forward to this journey.


Yoga Works 50-Hour Yoga Philosophy Module

September 30-December 3, 2018

In this four weekend course (spread out over three months so that you will have time to read and analyze the material), we will be delving into the origins of yoga in the Indus Valley, the Vedas, the Upaniṣads, the Mahābhārata and the Bhagavad Gīta, the Yoga Sūtras, the Haṭha Pradīpikā, the Goddess Tradition, modern yoga, as well as subtle body, Ayurveda (taught by Simon Ballard) and meditation.  This training is open to teachers, aspiring teachers and serious students of yoga. It can be done as a stand-alone program, or applied to the 300-hr Professional Program.

For more information, contact teachertrainingoc@yogaworks.com

or call 310-664-6470 x 131.


Sedona Yoga Festival Spring 2018