Developing a Personal Practice

Buddhi Vana Advanced Yoga Studies
at Zenbarn 2018-2019

Click HERE for 2018-2019 Program Information Package

Please join me for this advanced yoga and meditation studies  program hosted in the lovely and spacious Zenbarn Studio in Waterbury, Vermont. Buddhi Vana is an innovative approach to yoga studies with an emphasis on meditation, Buddhist philosophy, Tantric subtle body anatomy, embodied anatomy, and drawing upon classical Tibetan and Chinese yoga traditions.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for a FREE Information Session on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

While Buddhi Vana is a 200-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS™), many participants will be yoga students or meditation practitioners who do not intend to become yoga teachers.  Yoga classes provide an introduction to the practice, but there comes a time when we have to commit to developing a personal practice.  It doesn’t mean that we stop taking classes, learning, or being a part of our studio community—because all of these things are very important.  What it means is that we no longer think of yoga or meditation as a class we take, but rather a part of our everyday lives.  Making a commitment to an intensive weekend of study, or as many as you wish or fit into your schedule, is a way to set an intention of bringing your yoga into everything you do.  This is an investment that you make in yourself and in your personal and spiritual development.  Participating in a program like this is a radical expression of self-care.  Many previous participants have found that completing a program like this created the foundation for complete transformation.  This kind of change can be scary, but the community of support you will have in this group will help you maintain a sense of equanimity as you start to shine in all you can be and do.

You are welcome to come to one, all, or many of the study weekends!  Each weekend is $275 each or you can purchase a package of all 8-weekends for $2,000 (a $200 discount).

CLICK HERE for Registration and Payment Quick Links

Weekend schedules are the same for every study intensive:

Friday Evenings 6:00 to 8:30 pm

at Zenbarn

Saturday Morning 9:00 to 11:00 am

We will spend two-hours outdoors or at an alternative location that is to be announced.

Saturday Afternoon 11:00 to 5:30 pm

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(Please bring a light lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration or to be heated/cooked.)

Sunday Morning 9:00 to 11:00 am

We will spend two-hours outdoors or at an alternative location that is to be announced.

Sunday Afternoon 11:00 to 4:00 pm

at Zenbarn
(Please bring a light lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration or to be heated/cooked.)

Weekend Study Intensives 2018-2019

September 14-16: Introduction to Tibetan Subtle Body Anatomy
  • Introduction to “The Matrika” and working with the Matrika in practice
  • Introduction to Walking Meditation techniques
  • Metta Meditation instruction and guided practice
  • Reading, Discussion, and Practice of the Anapanasati Sutta (Sutra on the Mindfulness of Breathing)
October 12-14: Establishment of Mindfulness
  • Tibetan Sound Healing
  • Walking Meditation
  • Tonglen Meditation instruction and guided practice
  • Sutta Pitaka: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness
October 26-28: Working with the Elements and Nature in Practice
  • Mudras, mantras, and how to use mala beads
  • Jewel Tree Meditation
  • Embodied Anatomy
  • Working with the Elements and Nature in Practice
November 2-4: The Heart of Practice
  • Heart Sutra
  • Embodied Anatomy
  • Ethics of Yoga and Introduction to Patanjali Yoga Sutras
  • Visualization and the Three Energetic Diaphragms
November 16-18: Rainbow Body
  • Chinese yoga and working with meridians in asana
  • Rainbow Body: working with color and light in asana and meditation
  • Advanced Pranayama: practice and teaching methods
  • Asana and Anatomy: how to modify and adjust for level and comfort
April 5-7, 2019: Luminous Mind
  • Luminous Mind: techniques for teaching meditation and working with obstacles and challenges in practice
  • Safety in yoga and meditation practice and teaching
  • Class planning, working with themes, and adjusting to student level and ability
  • Tibetan yoga techniques, philosophy, and practices
April 26-28, 2019: Radiance and Bliss
  • Radiance Sutras as inspiration for asana practice
  • Chanting and sounding
  • Sense and perception: using sound and scent in yoga and meditation , what is happening in the brain during practice
  • Embodied anatomy of the fluids, endocrine system and anatomy of practice
  • Practicum for yoga instructors: hands on physical adjustments practice
    (For non-yoga instructors participating in the weekend, we hope you will volunteer for us to practice hands-on adjustments with you.  There is no obligation to receive adjustments.)
May 17-19, 2019: Sacred Body and Eco-Spirituality
  • Embodied Anatomy: Organs and Elements of Earth
  • Mudra, Mantra, and Asana
  • Discourse on Happiness
  • Sacred Body and Eco-Spirituality