Vinyasa Krama & The Yogā-Sūtras – A Weekend Intensive with Whit Hornsberger
Saturday, March 10th • 7:30-10:30am & 12-3pm
Sunday, March 11th • 7:30-10:30am & 1-4pm
The tradition of Classical Yoga is a contemplative, meditative path, guiding courageous and curious seekers towards the true nature of their enigmatic human existence, giving rise to transformative wisdom and leaving in its wake the fetters of physical and mental suffering.
Vinyasa Krama (movement and sequence methodology) as expounded by the legendary father of modern yoga, Sri T. Krishnamacharya is considered the most comprehensive representation of Krishnamacharya’s teachings of yogasana. Built upon the foundation and existential wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga-Sūtras, Vinyasa Krama is thus considered a classical form of yoga.
The Yoga-Sūtras are the systematization of thousands of years of liberation-seeking inquiry practiced upon the Indian subcontinent. A compendium of wisdom, the Yoga- Sūtras are a detailed psychosomatic methodology which promises to reveal and then extinguish the limitations of the conditioned mind, and not through blind faith, but through direct personal experience.
Over the course of the weekend we will explore the extensive sequencing of the Vinyasa Krama method of Krishnamacharya, dissect the psychological framework of the Classical Yoga tradition, and apply the most relevant and potent of Patañjali’s sūtras for mental well-being to an extensive, full-spectrum vinyasa practice (asana – pranayama – meditation).
The intention of this journey together is not to indoctrinate, for ultimate truth is beyond words and techniques. We gather instead to engage with ancient tools and practices capable of revealing the inherent wisdom within the gift of consciousness, providing a reference point from which our own innate intelligence can contemplate, discern and investigate the existential query which has driven the tradition of yoga for centuries:
Who am I?
This intensive is created for and accessible to all levels of practitioners and geared specifically towards those individuals with an insatiable curiosity for the enigmatic nature of human existence and a passion to evolve beyond the limitations of the conditioned mind.
*Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register for individual sessions, investments are as follows:
1 session $45
2 sessions $75
3 sessions $100
4 sessions $120
Whit Hornsberger (British Columbia, Canada) is a student and teacher of the wisdom traditions of Classical Yoga and Theravada Buddhism.
A former athlete, Whit found the path as a result of a career ending knee injury and the subsequent emotional and mental suffering inherent in losing one’s (supposed) self- identity and self-worth. That blessing of a torn ACL catapulted him onto the path of self-inquiry and existential contemplation. His insatiable drive to shed the fetters of physical and mental suffering have led him around the world from annual monastic experiences in the Buddhist monasteries of Burma (Myanmar) to teaching international workshops, retreats, conferences and trainings in Canada, Europe and the United States.
His daily practice and teaching methods are most heavily influenced by the traditional practices of Vinyasa Krama (Krishnamacharya) and Theravada Buddhism (Mahasi Sayadaw – Burma). A passionate advocate of traditional teachings, Whit expounds the ancient wisdom of these lineages in a relevant manner, making them readily accessible to students at every stage of the path.
Lovers of surf, travel and nature, Whit and his wife Nicole reside and teach on Galiano Island, a small island off the coast of Vancouver, operating Soul Arch Yoga, a studio and yoga project offering local and international classes, workshops, retreats, trainings and online practices of embodied well-being.