Namastday Workshops


Workshops at Namastday Yoga are different from regular classes in that they have a specific theme. The poses are sequenced for you to become aware of a particular part of the body, of yogic philosophy, of emotions and mind/body connections.  It is your chance to deepen you understanding of the poses and the actions within them. The pace is slower and more informative. You will get more individual attention.

<< May 29 2017 - Nov 13 2017 >>


June 9th-11th with Kofi Busia

Single Class $65, Early Bird $55 ends 5/28/17
Full weekend Package $260-Early Bird $220 end 5/28/17

Friday 6-8:30p
Saturday 12p-2:30pm, 3:30-6p
Sunday 1-3:30pm

"The Sun in the heart is propitious. It is verily the vanquisher of all impediments".

Sometimes we just forget what we should be remembering. Sometimes it is a resolution we had made. Sometimes we know perfectly well what we should do, but some "inner demon" is persuading us to not "do the right thing". Sometimes it is just something like someone's name we are struggling to recall! All these ask us to look inside. The great Sanskrit poet Valmiki, who wrote the "Ramayana" or "Tales of Rama", tells us that even the gods can feel this kind of depondency and despair. But he also tells us how to overcome it. When Lord Rama is at his darkest point, the celestial minstrel Agastya reminds him of the Light of the Sun. It can warm us and fill us so powerfully with its warmth, and with the knowledge of who we really are, and what we should be doing that -- as also happened with Rama -- we are illuminated from within. We find the wisdom and the courage we were lacking. Doubt and the misdirected mind are our worst enemies. The sun, so Agastya sings to us, is the Light of the Universe. We find it by seeking the Sun within. This Great Song called Aditya Hrdayam, "The Sun in the Heart" is the core idea for asana practice over the four classes of this weekend workshop as we explore how to help ourselves through our standing poses to ground us; inversions to gain a new perspective; forward bends to help us compose ourselves; backbends to strengthen and enliven us; and twists to help the wisdom within percolate through all of ourselves.

Kofi Busia is a long time student of Sri BKS Iyengar and has forty years of experience teaching yoga according to his guru's precepts. He studied Sanskrit and Philosophy in Oxford and Pune and has translated the Yoga Sutras from the original Sanskrit ( . An inveterate story teller, he is known for weaving science, philosophy, ancient texts, oral tradition and stories of all kinds into his classes. He currently lives and teaches in Santa Cruz Ca.

REMEMBERING WHO YOU ARE. with Kofi Busia Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
REMEMBERING WHO YOU ARE. with Kofi Busia Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
REMEMBERING WHO YOU ARE. with Kofi Busia Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
REMEMBERING WHO YOU ARE. with Kofi Busia Sun, Jun 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Teacher Development- Junior Syllabi
Teacher Development focusing on Junior Syllabi with CIYT, Garth McLean

Sunday, April 30th 1-4pm
Sunday, May 28th 1-4p
Saturday,June 17th 1-4pm

$45 Single Class, 3 Class series $135

This course is for CIYT's interested in exploring the Junior Intermediate syllabi. To do so, we must take into consideration Guruji's progression and interconnection of the Intermediate Junior syllabi and beyond. The course will focus on developing and polishing teaching skills based on the participating teachers' personal practice at the Junior 1 level.

Garth McLean is a Senior Iyengar yoga teacher certified at the Int. Senior 3 level. Garth brings his experience of the IYNAUS assessment process as both a teacher and an assessor to this workshop.

Teacher Development Workshop- Junior Syllabi with Garth McLean Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
International Day of Yoga Event *Free with Namastday Staff Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Save the date, Wednesday, June 21st.  Registration Required. 
4-Day Workshop with Firooza Ali Razvi
4 -Day workshop with Firooza Ali Razvi, Senior Iyengar Teacher from London!
August 12-15th, 2017
Saturday, 10-1pm, 4-6:30
Sunday, 10-1pm, 4-6:30
Monday 12-3p (for advanced students & Teachers)
Tuesday 12-3p (for advanced students & Teachers)
$75 single class
4-Day package (6 classes) = $400 ($50 savings)
Firooza studied intensively with B K S Iyengar from 1977, & Geeta & Prashant Iyengar from 1979, & has been teaching at the Light on Yoga Research Trust in Mumbai since it was founded in 1980. With a Masters in Philosophy her clear understanding of the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali and other ancient texts that form the basis of yoga informs and illuminates her teaching.

Must have 1+ yoga experience required.

She has been practicing and teaching under BKS's guidance since 1977. Firooza was one of the founders of the light on Yoga Research Trusts in Mumbai and is now teaching conventions all over the world for the Iyengar's. The reason she is not as well known as some of her contemporaries is because she did not wish to travel whilst her children were young. The first place Firooza went to when she began to travel and teach was Scotland and now she is being asked to go all over the world.

4-Day Workshop with Firooza Ali with Firooza Ali Razvi Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
4-Day Workshop with Firooza Ali with Firooza Ali Razvi Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
4-Day Workshop with Firooza Ali with Firooza Ali Razvi Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
4-Day Workshop with Firooza Ali with Firooza Ali Razvi Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
4-Day Workshop with Firooza Ali with Firooza Ali Razvi Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4-Day Workshop with Firooza Ali with Firooza Ali Razvi Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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with CIYT, Garth McLean
 Saturday's 12:30-2:30pm
This class specifically focuses on students with MS or other neurological conditions.
Introduction to incorporating Iyengar Yoga to address and help manage symptoms and challenges associated with Multiple Sclerosis and similar neurological conditions. While yoga is not a cure for MS and other neurological conditions in the words of BKS Iyengar "yoga helps us to endure what cannot be cured."
This class meets every Saturday, please visit website due to schedule changes.
Led by Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Garth McLean, CIYT.

Regular class series and monthly passes accepted.
Drop-ins $22. Handicap Accessible. No yoga experience ok.

Go to SCHEDULE to sign up.

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