12th January - 22nd February 2020

Gokarna - South India

 This unique immersion course is an ideal springboard to start and integrate into your daily life a methodical, comprehensive and beneficial Yoga practice. Yoga is now widely recognized for its healing effects on both the body and the mind, as well as an efficient way to bring about harmony and balance in one's life. However, a regular and diligent practice is of paramount importance to experience these benefits and as most people come to realize, inspite of their willingness, it is not so straightforward to integrate a daily practice.

During this 6-week course we will share with you our 20+ years of experience and guide you towards a clear and self-sufficient practice.

Yoga GOKARNA 108

About Vini Yoga:

In ancient times, a person wishing to learn Yoga would find a Guru or Teacher who would instruct them according to what they needed to learn.

Yoga practice only becomes fruitful when the asanas (postures) are modified/adapted to the individual’s needs (Vini Yoga). And that these modified asanas are learned and practiced in sequential order (Vinyasa Krama).

A personalised Yoga is determined by:

• Age
• Gender
• Constitution
• State of health
• Place
• Season
• Time
• Abilities
• Aspirations
• Occupation
• Needs of the moment
• Maturity in Yoga practice

For example in normal circumstances a young adult would not practice in the same fashion as somebody who is elderly. A woman menstruating would not practice in the same way as one who is not, the same goes for pregnancy and menopause.
Somebody who is naturally agile would not benefit from a practice given for somebody who suffers with lethargy. Summer practice is not the same as winter practice. Some people only have 1 hour to practice while others are not limited by the confines of time, but both need to have well rounded/balanced practice. A student who has been practicing for many years will get benefits from practicing a beginner’s sequence from time to time, but a beginner will be lost if they start learning advanced practices. You get my point!

For people who attend our classes you will notice that the practice is constantly evolving. The poses are learnt in different ways and unfolded in different sequences so as to acquire the intelligence, sensitivity, flexibility, strength and will power to progress.

During this course we will try tomake sure all participants take away with them notions and tools to adapt their Yoga practice so as to draw the maximum benefits and evolve on their path to physical wellbeing and inner peace.

*note* Vini Yoga is often linked to the practice as taught by Desicachar (Krishnamancharya's son and BKS Iyengar's cousin).

How the course will unfold:

Week 1 : Introductory & preparatory practice: Introduction to the basics of the technique as taught by Uma & Mahesh, 2 hours daily. This first week is essential to get used the place, the climate and the technique. 

Weeks 2 – 3 : Preliminary practice, 4 hours daily. The morning classes will be dedicated to learning the essential Yogasanas and sequences. The evening classes are geared towards preparation for pranayama i.e. learning to use supports to cultivate fullness and restfulness in poses. There will be 3 self-practice sessions during each week.

Weeks 4 – 5 : Deepening the practice, 5 hours daily. The morning classes will last for 3hrs and will bring an in-depth exploration of each asana using various props to refine one's understanding of the “how and why” of Yogic practice. The evening classes will focus on learning and practicing Pranayama. There will be 3 self-practice sessions during each week.

Week 6 : Consolidation. During this week you will learn to become clear and self-sufficient in your practice. We will finish the course with group meal and music (bring your instruments if you play!) On Saturday it is karma Yoga day where everybody will be involved in dismantling and packing the centre.

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*This course is open to students of all levels and methods of Yoga. If you have an open mind, the will and motivation to devote yourself to 6 weeks of study and practice, you are most welcome.*

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Our 1st year in Gokarna
We hadn't planned to start the course in Gokarna but a twist of fate led us there and we have been there every year since. In 2011 we did a 4 week nomadic Yoga course, we started in Goa at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre where we spent 2 weeks, then after the last class I took my motorbike and drove to Hampi to find a place to practice with the group. I found a temple with a spectacular view. The group arrived the next day and we stayed for 1 week, we did the same in Gokarna. The following year we planned 2 weeks in Goa and then 4 weeks in Gokarna. We arrived in Goa early but after a couple of weeks decided it was too hectic, so I took the bike again with Jiva and went to Gokarna. We went to the last shack on the beach looking for a house. The shack owner said he had one 200 metres back from the beach. The house was simple with lots of space around, and it is there (as you see in the video) where we made the first Gokarna Yoga Shala. We have since moved the shala further away from the house and constructed a semi-permanent structure which is fully equipped for Yoga practice.