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Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Paula Tortolano Self & Jack Self


  • Yoga School of Therapeutics 10400 W. 103rd Street, Suite #14 Overland Park, KS 66214 United States (map)

Paula Tortolano is a regular to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in India, where years ago, BKS Iyengar assigned her teaching certification level to Intermediate Level III. She has assisted in medical classes under the personal guidance of BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta as well as studying with recognized senior teachers such as John Schumacher, Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel and Patricia Walden. Paula teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Center in Boulder, Colorado, as well as regularly traveling to her native South America to conduct teacher training courses. Her high energy and magnetic personality have made Paula a beloved teacher. Jack Self, MA in Religious Studies, began his yoga path in 1998 while flipping pages of an Iyengar Yoga book with friends in a field camp equipment repair garage in Antartica. His deepening interest in yoga led him to travel and explore India, where his practice and study became deeply rooted. After living 6 months in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, Jack returned to the U.S. where his graduate school focus was on Eastern Religions. For the last several years, Jack has lived with Paula and two beautiful children creating a permaculture homestead in South Chile. 

July 8, Friday, 3:30-5:00 pm - Yoga Darsana, Part 1 - This philosophy portion of the weekend will briefly explore some of the reasons that westerners are fundamentally challenged by the ancient eastern traditions of yoga. We will examine the historical development and influences of the various schools of yogic thought. Some focus will be placed upon the philosophical variations between Buddhism, Vedanta, and Samkhya. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali will receive the most discussion. 

July 8, Friday, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm - Inverted Poses and Deep Savasana - Paula works her mastery of inversions, the essence of Iyengar yoga practice. This will be a delightful 90 minutes as we explore headstand and shoulderstand, as well as arm and elbow balance. Give yourself the opportunity to experience full recovery and profound absorption during Savasana like no other. 

July 9, Saturday, 9:00 am-Noon - Exploring connections between Standing Poses and Seated Forward Bends - Asanas are all interrelated and sometimes certain parts of our bodies adjust smoothly, while others do not. We will explore how the standing poses are linked to the seated poses including the forward-bending poses. We will look at how to grasp the non-deliberate adjustments so we learn to make the intelligence and energy flow to those parts where it is missing. 

July 9, Saturday, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm - Eastern Philosophy & Patanjali, Yoga Darsana, Part 2 - Jack will take us deeper into the complex understanding of Darsana. The goal of this philosophical discussion will be to bring some of the most important aspects of yoga into the practitioner's daily life both on and off the mat. 

Early bird discount for the entire workshop is $250 if paid before June 23. 

Individual sessions are available through the website. Be sure and read carefully as it is a bit confusing. 

To register online visit : The Yoga School of Therapeutics