A Yoga and Self Knowledge workshop with Rachel Zinman and special guest speaker John Weddepohl
“Rachel and John offer a unique combination of yoga taught from the very highest levels of practice and understanding, along with nothing less than an insight into the absolute nature of Self.
Rachel brings alive a precise and penetrating knowledge of the spirit, science and subtleties of yoga, while John offers a transformative illumination of Advaita Vedanta, or non-dualistic self knowledge, as available only from one who has spent many years in an ancient teaching lineage. In a world awash with trendy yogas and pseudo-spirituality, Rachel and John offer a priceless immersion into the real deal.”
As much as yoga offers enormous physical benefits, in India where it originates, yoga’s secret goes way beyond the modern cocktail offered in the world today. Just like tasting mango for the first time bursts your brain, leaving you spellbound, once you find out yogas’ true meaning you can’t get enough. Commit to beginning the timeless journey into the very depth and meaning of yourself.
1:45-2:20pm – Rachel will introducing the Ishta Mala sequence- a signature flow sequence that heals and balances the two main nadhis ida and pingala.
2:20-3:45pm – Self knowledge with John – What is Oneness? Self Awakening? What is the difference between Self Knowledge and Self Realisation? Understanding the true nature of Yoga. Just as diving into the ocean is exhilarating, to know yourself is to free yourself.
Bio: Rachel Zinman is absolutely passionate about Yoga and it’s true meaning and message. She first came across Yoga at 17 and has never looked back.
She’s been practising since 1983, teaching since 1992 and teaching teachers since 2000. And has studied with some of the most influential teachers in the west as well as immersing herself in the study and assimilation of the classical system of Knowledge called Vedanta, in the lineage of Adi Shankara.
While living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met and mentored with ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger which led to teaching in his studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated their Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor. Since her return to Australia in 2005, she has gone on to create and facilitate her own teacher trainings and workshops in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe.
Rachel also co-created and produced a popular Australian Yoga Video series with Louisa Sear and a Childrens Yoga Video. She is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and has since produced two more CDs with her band the Subway Bhaktis. She is about to release her first book Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage Your health with Yoga and Ayurveda with Monkfishpublishing for worldwide distribution in October 2017.
Rachel has been a featured presenter on many international festivals including the Bali Spirit Festival, Bhakti Yoga Summer, The Berlin Yoga Festival, The Barcelona Yoga Festival, the Uplift Festival and the Byron Spirit Festival in Byron Bay, Australia.
Her classes are often described as a fluid mix of creative playful sequencing, meaningful insights and lighthearted fun. http://www.rachelzinmanyoga.com/about
Bio: John Weddepohl (Siddharthan) has always been blessed with teachers. One of few English speakers teaching Self Knowledge, John joins two of India’s time honored traditions dating back to India’s great revivalist Adi Shankara and great Guru Boghanathar Siddha one of the 18 Tamil Siddhas.
Persuaded by his first teachers Yogiraj Alan Finger and his father Kavi Yogi Mani Finger John opened up their first ISHTA Yoga Studio in downtown Johannesburg South Africa in 1969. Under the apartheid regime ruling South Africa it wasn’t long before the school was shut down by the authorities and he needed a job. A talented musician from the age of seven, John soon found success as a singer songwriter and later composing music for film and television. With the release of Nelson Mandela from prison sanctions barring South Africans from visiting India were finally lifted and arriving there in 2004, John journeyed across India as a western साधु sadhu.
It is through the grace and blessing of his Master H.H. Sri Pujya Suddhananda Swamiji and the blessings of the Boghanathar Siddha tradition of Palani that John has been able to assimilate the wisdom of the Upanishads and share the secrets of Asta Yoga, the Yoga of Agastya.
A Self Knowledge teacher uses a unique teaching methodology (अध्यारोप अपवाद adhyaropa apavada) to break open the timeless secret of the Self Atman hidden in the upanishads (शास्त्र sastra). Known as अनधिगत anadhigata, knowledge that is not available from another source, the teachings of आत्मा ज्ञानम् Atma Gnanam Self Knowledge have stood the test of time uplifting humanity and resolving the problem of human suffering in India for countless generations.
John teaches the philosophy component on the Ishta System Mentorship Teacher Training, the Yoga Synergy teacher training with Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss and for Air Yoga in Munich. He has been featured on the Bali Spirit Festival, The Byron Spirit Retreat, The Berlin Yoga Festival, Bhakti Yoga Summer and taught workshops and retreats in India, Bali, Japan, Europe, South Africa and Australia since 2010. You can find out more about John at www.theyogaco.com/teacher
$30 in advance / $35 day of
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