human body and its functions, specifically focusing
the musculoskeletal system, kinesiology, and its
application to yoga.
October 4, 2019; 5-7pm
Intro to Philosophy: from Vedic Roots to the Hatha Period
This brief survey of the sacred literature of Hinduism will outline the philosophical roots of the yoga tradition, from the Sanatana Dharma of the Vedas through the classical period of the six orthodox darshanas to the variegated hatha yoga tradition.
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to situate three authoritative texts—the Sankya Karika, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika—in their historical eras and preview how each understands the goal of yoga.
• The session will conclude with an overview of the framework of classical Sankhya and is recommended for those attending the Sankhya Karika lecture.
October 18, 2019; 5-8pm
The Sankyha Karika: the Dance of Prakriti for Purusha
Sankhya theory underpins the Yoga, Ayurveda, and some Buddhist traditions. An introduction to the function and ultimate purpose of the gunas and other metaphysical principles is essential to understanding yoga practice as Patanjali presents it.
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to dive into the seldom taught root text of the Sankhya darshana, the Sankhya Karika of Ishavarakrishna (ca. 350 C.E.).
We will read, chant and discuss verses and look at how they illuminate some of the more arcane yoga sutras.
• Suggested pre-reading: any edition of the Sankhya Karika
November 15, 2019; 5-8pm
The Bhagavad Gita: Yoga For a World in conflict
Spoken by Lord Krishna to the warrior Arjuna, who is undergoing a moment of existential crisis on a battlefield, the compelling dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita is all about taking our yoga off the mat. As Krishna helps Arjuna resolve his crisis, we receive guidance on how to act skillfully in meeting the challenges of day-to-day life: conflict, work, family, dharma.
Join yoga scholar, teacher and practitioner Bob Gilbo to delve into this essential yoga text. We will read and chant selected verses from the Gita that outline the many paths of yoga that can reveal the nature of the self, the world, ultimate reality, and the purpose of human existence.
• Please bring any edition of the Gita with numbered verses (Graham Schweig translation is recommended).
Bob Gilbo is a seasoned teacher of philosophy and a regular in the Yoga Union Teacher Training. He studied Hindu philosophy with Ravi Ravindra and under Satya Narayana Das of the Jiva Institute in Vrndavan, as well as with Edwin Bryant at Rutgers University. Bob edited Dr. Bryant's landmark translation and commentary on The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (North Point Press, 2009). He has been studying Sanskrit since 2005.
Intro to Philosophy, $35
Sankhya Karika, $50
Bhagavad Ghita, $50
All three, $125
*If you wish to book individual sessions, please call the studio. 212-510-7404
Yoga Union is excited to welcome for the first time Soto Zen priest Shokuchi for a methodical, accessible three-part introduction to meditation.
The benefits of meditation are undisputed, but finding a genuine, experienced teacher can be challenging. This is a perfect opportunity to begin--or refresh--your practice and develop it over time with a skillful, warm and compassionate teacher.
leave with tools to start your meditation practice the next
day! Each session includes:
• teachings on meditation
• instruction in meditation practice
• periods of guided meditation
Shokuchi (Deirdre Carrigan) was ordained a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of San Francisco Zen Center in 2010, and has been teaching yoga since 1988. She met her teachers, Zen Master Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi and Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Donald Moyer, in a Zen and Yoga retreat at Green Gulch Farm 35 years ago and has been practicing both Zen meditation and yoga since that time. She is currently Tanto (Head of Practice) at Brooklyn Zen Center and teaches yoga classes at 100 Smith in Brooklyn.
$55/session . $135 all three
Join innovative and experienced teacher, Alison West, director of Yoga Union and YU’s Posture, Backare & Scoliosis Center, for a unique experience of Yoga for Scoliosis. This is a rare opportunity to develop a sound practice for your back in an intimate and uplifting setting. Spend a refreshing week addressing your spinal asymmetry in a retreat center unique for the beauty of its fully equipped studio. Learn safe movements that can effectively reduce your pain, strengthen your back and help you with your curves, concavities and rotation of the spine. Explore how yoga can help re-pattern both your nervous system and your body’s mechanics to improve not only the health of your back but your overall quality of life. You will leave with new tools and feel empowered to practice safely on your own.
The enchanting Santillan resort is situated in the Andalusian Countryside embraced by quiet mountains with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Enjoy delicious and healthful farm-to-table meals from the Center’s garden and local farmers. Swim in a salt water pool. Walk through Santillan’s lovely gardens or hike the nearby hills with their views out to sea. Indulge in the various kind of spa treatments or visit historic Malaga, with its Roman Theatre and stunning Moorish architecture or the spectacular caves at Nerja. Seville and Granada (Alahambra) are only a couple of hours away. Unencumbered by daily obligations, benefit from a deep mental and physical release that allows you to experience your practice in a new way. Make this commitment to yourself and see your spine change!
Full information package available.
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Yoga Union, located in Manhattan and considered to be one of the most beautiful Yoga studios in NY, has the largest dedicated Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis Program in the world with the most far-reaching program. It holds an annual Certification Program for teachers with Alison West and Kaitlyn Hipple, as well as classes, workshops, programs and series that support those in pain.
From Healing to Health
we have both a Backcare and a General Yoga program, our students
can go from healing to health. Many students graduate from their
back pain, postural issues and other problems into our regular Yoga
program, taught by some of the same teachers teaching in the
Our motto is “Conscious Movement, Conscious Life.”
The same awareness developed by paying attention to how the body moves
and breathes can be applied to life and how we live it.
are based on double occupancy.
If you would like a private room, there is an additional charge of $350.
- Non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot: $500 (included in total price)
- Early bird by November 15, $2100 in full.
- After November 15, $2400
- Full payment due six weeks from time of first deposit.
Registration and full payment deadline: April 20.
• These prices include your deposit, your room, meals and Yoga classes.
• Not-included are flights, extra-curricular activities such as excursions, spa services, tips and transport to/from Malaga airport.
If you are travelling with someone and want to be in the same room, make sure to say so. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Email us with SPAIN BACKCARE RETREAT ROOM REQUEST in the subject line.
Refund Policy in the event of an emergency
- Deposit is non-refundable.
- Cancellation two months prior to departure, or April 20: full refund, excluding deposit and minus a 5% processing fee.
- No refunds after April 20, the registration and full payment deadline.
Please note: Centro Santillan does not offer Yoga Union refunds after April 20. Consequently, Yoga Union is not in a position to offer refunds. For this reason, Santillan makes it mandatory that you get travel insurance (flight + retreat). You will receive information about travel insurance in your information package, which will be sent on request.
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