Yoga Studies: 2023 Weekend Program Begins in February!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Retreats, Uncategorized | 2 comments

                                        Yoga Studies Program

                                              Deepen your Yoga ~ Empower your Life!

  Are you wanting more from life?  Do want to study and practice yoga more deeply?

Are you a committed teacher or student wanting a deeper experience of yoga?

Are you looking for personal guidance and community on the yogic path?

This unique 9-month program is intended for all sincere students and teachers, looking to deepen their experience and understanding of Yoga.  Through personal and group study and practice,  students will be guided on a transformative journey of healing, self-discovery and empowerment.  We will delve into the teachings and practices of Yoga, Tantra & Ayurveda – as a means to awaken our potential for meaning, happiness and freedom in life. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact [email protected]

The structure of the program:

 1) Master Classes:  Consist of teachings, discussion, practice and more. The next program offered in person will be 1 weekend/ month, beginning in February of 2023, with the possibility of virtual option. Weekennd classes will be Friday 6-8:45pm, Saturday 10-5 (with a lunch break), and Sundays 1-4.  You will receive recordings of all the master classes to support integration of the teachings through your on going study and practice.

Weekend Program Dates

  • February 10-12
  • March 10-12
  • April 21-23
  • May 19-21
  • June  9-11
  • July  14-16
  • August 18-20
  • September 22-24
  • October  27-29

2) Three Private sessions to receive:

  • A personalized Hatha yoga + meditation practice
  • Ayurvedic dietary + lifestyle Consultation
  • Yogic spiritual guidance to uncover + empower you life’s purpose (dharma)

3) Guide Home Study and Practice: Readings, journaling, audio recordings and home practice to support your growth. 

4) Group community building events

5) Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse

Our in-depth study will include:

   Essential Teachings of Yoga:

  • What are Yoga, Tantra & Ayurveda?  Why are they relevant?
  • History of Yoga: Its Periods, Types, traditions and evolution
  • The main branches of yoga:
    • Hatha Yoga: Asana, Ayurveda, Pranayama + Meditation
    • Raja Yoga:  The Classical Yoga of Meditation
    • Tantra Yoga: The Yoga of Awakening shakti ~ sacred power
    • Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion
    • Karma Yoga: The Yoga of Dharmic Action
    • Jnana Yoga:  The Yoga of Self Knowledge + Spiritual Wisdom
  • Ayurveda- The Science of Self-Healing
  • The Three Refuges of practice:  Teacher, teachings + community
  • Karma, Reincarnation and Samsara: Understanding + Overcoming Limiting Patterns
  • Life’s four aims: Dharma (meaning), Artha (the means), Kama (joy),  Moksha (freedom)
  • Dharma: Living your life’s purpose and essential nature
  • Dukkha:  Why do we suffer and how do we overcome suffering?
  • Nava Rasa: The Yoga of Emotions
  • Meditation- The essential yogic practice for awakening the Heart and Mind
  • Samkhya System- The foundation of Indian philosophy & spirituality
  • Essential Texts:  The Yoga Sutra + The Bhagavad Gita
  • Essential Sanskrit Terms, Chants and Mantras
  • Panca Koshas:  The five layers of Being Human: Physical Body, Energetic Body, Mind, Intellect, Heart/Soul

Training in Essential Practices:

  • Asana: yogic postures
  • Pranayama: energetic breathwork
  • Ayurvedic diet + lifestyle
  • shatkarma: yogic cleansing practices
  • Yogic Meditation for awakening energy, heart and mind
  • Mantra + Chanting: sacred sound)
  • Yoga Nidra + Guided Relaxation
  • Bandha/Mudra: energetic locks + gesture
  • Kriya: physical and subtle practices for channeling + transforming energy:
  • Svadyaya:Self Study, contemplation, reflection

FAQ’s

Q: Is Yoga Studies a teacher training program?  If not, how are they different?

A: No. Many students wanting to go deeper into yoga believe teacher training is the only option.   Yoga Studies and teacher trainings are very different programs and I highly recommend for prospective students to get clear on why they want to go more deeply into yoga, what their options are and what programs are most aligned with what they are looking for.

Yoga studies is a one of a kind program exploring the spiritual science of yoga.  It is designed to support each student’s life and yoga journey, through in-depth study, practice and guidance, individually and collectively.  Focusing on the study, practice and personal integration of yoga rather than learning to teach, allows Yoga Studies to dive more deeply into a holistic exploration of yoga. I’ve had many students participate in Yoga studies after completing 200 Hour teaching trainings, only to realize they had no idea how much of the larger science of yoga they weren’t exposed to in previous study – especially Ayurveda, Tantra, Meditation, Yoga history and philosophy, traditional texts, personal practice and how to integrate them in our modern lives.   By including collective and personalized study and practice, Yoga Studies also upholds the sanctity of the student teacher relationship, and supports each student’s life journey.  I launched Yoga Studies in 2013, and it has been a great joy and honor to continue to support many of the students from the first program to this day.

Teacher training programs are designed to teacher people how to teach yoga.   Yoga Alliance is the main certifying organization for teacher training programs, with specific requirements as to what must be taught in a 200 Hr program.  In a teacher training, in addition to study and practice, students will spend a significant amount of time on professional essentials of teaching yoga (sequencing, cueing, hands on adjustments, the business of yoga, etc.).  For those seeking teacher trainings there are many options – Take your time to find out which is best for you and invest yourself fully.  I highly recommend two programs available locally through Devanadi Yoga and Yoga Sanctuary.

Q: What is the time commitment in terms of home-study and practice?

A:  For each master class there will be about 30-60 minutes of reading and/or listening – or about 4 hours/ month.  Home practice times will vary depending upon specific practices.  One advantage of the private sessions is to tailor practices to meet the students needs, specifically inclusive of their goals and challenges, how to best meet them within the time they have to practice.

Q: What if I can’t make every session?  How will I make up what I miss?

A:  The progression of yoga studies is sequential, building on previous study and practice to go deeper throughout the program.  You will achieve a manual  and syllabus for each portion of the program that clearly lays out the topics covered, and their corresponding home study materials and practices.  All sessions are recorded, and if you have to miss some, you’ll able to revisit the session through the recordings.

Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions

Testimonials from past participants

“Over the last 8 years I have had the gift of Ben’s Teaching.  The Yoga Studies program has been his greatest gift.  It profoundly shaped my life in ways I never believed possible.  I’ve been a yoga teacher for nearly a decade, and no other program has had the impact of yoga studies.  No other teacher has supported and challenged me so significantly.  I now have faith in myself and the teachings.  I am purposeful, powerful and peaceful amidst the changes of the world and life.”   –  Anna K   

“The Yoga Studies program came at a pivotal time in my life.  Through it, I reconnected with my authentic self,  enabling me to find purpose in my life again. It gave me clarity and the strength to move forward. I now understand yoga with more depth and insight, and would highly recommend this program to others who are wanting “more” from their life.”    ~ Julie Ann C.

The Yoga Studies program with Ben Vincent literally changed my life.  I went into it with mixed feelings, not sure what to expect and a bit intimidated.  It turned out to be one of the most rewarding and impactful events I have ever participated in. I still practice, almost daily, many of the tools for a richer life that I learned in the program.”    ~ Audrey C.

“For me, the YS program was a profound and life-changing experience led by a profound and life-changing teacher.  I got a whole new set of tools to help me live my life joyfully and in harmony with my best self.  One of the unexpected benefits was developing a wonderfully supportive community of fellow yogis.  I highly recommend this class to anyone serious about cultivating both a deeper understanding of themselves and of yoga.”     ~ Beth G.

“I studied yoga for over fifteen years prior to taking part in the yoga studies program, and the program gave me a foundation and depth of understanding that I did not have from all of my previous study.  Ben is an intensely serious student of yoga and a gifted teacher. He is able to break down postures and anatomy, and has a unique ability to teach yoga as a philosophical system that can help us to shape a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”      ~ Katrin C.

I would like to thank you Ben for the time, effort, love and devotion that you have put into developing this extraordinary yoga studies program. The quality and depth of the program  was beyond my expectations and has provided me with a deep insight and inspiration for myown transformational process. I really appreciated your wisdom – the practices and teaching of yoga philosophy reflected the authenticity of your own practice. -Birgit K.

  “After completing a teacher training program, I felt like something was missing… I needed more support.  I wanted to continue my studies and make sure that I was deepening my own relationship to yoga. I can’t express how life changing and powerful Yoga Studies has been.  It is a unique gem in the Yoga world – a powerfully transformative program, both in personal growth, and in deepening one’s connection to Yoga. I was given real tools to work through the limiting beliefs and negative patterns that had kept me stuck for years. Over the past nine months, I have solidified my commitment to daily yoga practice, I have deepened my knowledge and immediate connection to the teachings, and I have begun to unveil the potential that has always lived inside of me.  Yoga Studies transforms your life and helps you to live the teachings. If you decide to teach others after completing the YS program, you will know yourself and will be more capable of leading others through the vast and powerful journey of yoga with compassion and sensitivity. Yoga Teacher Training taught me how to teach a class, Yoga Studies taught me how to live and how to embody Yoga.”  I am deeply grateful for this life changing experience and for Ben’s guidance. I believe without a doubt that YS has made me a better human, and a more authentic student of Yoga.   – Stefanie M  

Your Investment:  Program Tuition + Payment Option

 This program is intended to give you teachings, tools, practices and community for a lifetime of yoga.

Full Program Tuition: $3395 – due in full before the program begins

Early Registration Discount: $3145 – if paid in full by Dec 31, 2022

Payment plans maybe available on an individual basis though PayPal credit or other credit cards, for those unable to pay in full.

Registration, Payment + Contact Info:

To register, please submit your  Yoga Studies Application. and $300 deposit (non-refundable).  The application is to make sure the program is a good fit for you.  Upon receiving your registration, if we decide mutually its not the best program for you, your deposit will be refunded.

Payments is preferred via Venmo (@vincent-yoga), cash or check.   For You PayPal ([email protected]) or credit card – 3.5% will be added to cover the fees.

If you are interested in the program or have any questions, please contact [email protected]

2 Comments

  1. Comment
    Please let me know of the upcoming info session for your March Yoga Studies program.

  2. Hi Ben! Would love to know when the 2022 yoga studies dates are posted. Thanks!

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