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Welcome: Prepare for Camp

Welcome Everyone!

We are so excited to welcome you to the ‘Yoga & Ayurveda Camp for Vata Season’ portal!  
There is so much material here to help you navigate life in more balanced, skillful ways thru the lens of yoga, Ayurveda, and other spiritual teachings.

Please take time to familiarize yourself with the introductory teachings.
This will help you prepare and reap the most benefits from this course.

As you proceed:
Enjoy the learning process.  Take time to read and listen to the recordings.
Take notes. Digest the information.  Spend time on your mat each day.
Apply the teachings to your life.
Record in your journal areas of particular importance, insights, and reflections.
Approach all of this with relaxed effort.
Enjoy the process!

Fall picture with VATA Camp Headline

Suggestions for How to Take this Course

This course is a recording of last year’s Fall/Early Winter camp which ran for one week Monday through Friday with morning and afternoon sessions. It has been updated so that each day of that offering corresponds to a week of this program. Think of this training in terms of a 6-8 week course.
With this type of format in mind, here is a suggestion to help you organize your studies:

Week 1: Each day, listen to the wisdom talks in the am and pm of Week 1.
Practice the kriyas, breathing practices, and meditations.
Pick a yogic practice that speaks to you. Have that be your sadhana (practice) each day for the first week.
Week 2: For each day, listen and practice with the recordings of Week 2. Pick a practice that speaks to you and have that be your sadhana for 7 days.
And so on, like that.
Once you have completed all 5 weeks of the material, choose a kriya and/or breath practice and meditation that speaks to you and practice that for 40 days.

Remember you will have access to this material for 6 months.
We hope you take full advantage of this time to up-level yourself on every level.
Here’s to your growth and evolution!

 

“Sustained practice with deep concentration, acute awareness and unshakeable faith are the requisites of a yogi.” –Swami Niranjananda Saraswati

 

Prepare Yourself for Camp

Please download the Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Guide for Fall and familiarize yourself with the principles.  This way we can dive into the teachings and practices.

Do your best to carve out as much free time as you can during the week of camp.  This way you will have more time to integrate all that we will cover and practice.

Allow more time for simply sitting and reflection.

Prepare Your Space for Practice

  • Please be aware of your environment. Try to find a place that will be beneficial to your learning experience. Silence any alerts or messages that may come on your screen and distract you. Close all social media tabs. Keep your phone on airplane mode. 
  • Get your yoga mat and any other props in place (blankets, cushions, blocks, eye pillow, etc.)
  • Maybe set up an altar or a candle or a special object…something to help make a devotional space.
  • Wear comfy clothes and dress in layers so that you can adjust your body temperature as needed.
  • Have a shawl and something to cover your head if you wish during meditations.

Consider Your Intention

Why did you sign on?  What called you to this offering? What do you need?  What do you want?  What do you love?

Please be thinking of what is not working in your life right now. Make a list.  Just brainstorm.  Anytime you think of something, write it down.

What do you want to let go of?
What is getting in your way?
What is not serving you?
What is holding you back? 
Also, what is working?
I suggest you bring a journal so you can jot down things as they come during class, especially after meditations.

 

Hold Your Intention

Hold your intention to be fully present and alert throughout each session. Show up to the best of your ability. If a class is challenging for you, modify so that it meets you where you are at.

Dealing with Challenge

At some point–guaranteed–you will feel challenged, whether by an experience invoked through a class, the course content, feeling overwhelmed, another person, or technology. Reach out if you need support.

Community Guidelines

We are here to study, learn and grow. We are here to support, uplift and elevate one another. We remember that people in the group may differ in cultural background, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity or gender expression and will be careful about making insensitive or careless remarks.

  • I agree to show up for myself 100%, to give my best effort and to reach out for help when I need it.
  • I agree to take personal responsibility for getting what I want from the Camp for the Fall Season and if something is not working for me, I agree to communicate that directly to Deborah.
  • I understand that from time to time I may feel uncomfortable, when sharing my process or listening to another, when trying something for the first time, or if I am temporarily overwhelmed around studying something new.
  • If someone expresses a view that is different from mine, I agree to respect every perspective even if I do not agree with it.

Suggestions for How to Take This Course

This course is a recording of last year’s Fall/Early Winter camp which ran Monday through Friday with morning and afternoon sessions.One approach is to think of this training in terms of a 6-8 week course.
With this type of format in mind, here is a suggestion to help you organize your studies:

Week 1: listen to the wisdom talks in the am and pm of Week 1.
Practice the kriyas, breathing practices, and meditations.
Pick a yogic practice that speaks to you. Have that be your sadhana (practice) each day for the first week.
Week 2: listen and practice with the recordings of Week 2. Pick a practice that speaks to you and have that be your sadhana for 7 days.
And so on, like that.
Once you have completed all 5 weeks of the material, choose a kriya and/or breath practice and meditation that speaks to you and practice that for 40 days.

Remember you will have access to this material for 6 months.
We hope you take full advantage of this time to up-level yourself on every level.
Here’s to your growth and evolution!

 

“Sustained practice with deep concentration, acute awareness and unshakeable faith are the requisites of a yogi.” –Swami Niranjananda Saraswati

Prepare Yourself for Camp

Please download the Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Guide for Fall and familiarize yourself with the principles.  This way we can dive into the teachings and practices.

Do your best to carve out as much free time as you can during the week of camp.  This way you will have more time to integrate all that we will cover and practice.

Allow more time for simply sitting and reflection.

Prepare Your Space for Practice

  • Please be aware of your environment. Try to find a place that will be beneficial to your learning experience. Silence any alerts or messages that may come on your screen and distract you. Close all social media tabs. Keep your phone on airplane mode. 
  • Get your yoga mat and any other props in place (blankets, cushions, blocks, eye pillow, etc.)
  • Maybe set up an altar or a candle or a special object…something to help make a devotional space.
  • Wear comfy clothes and dress in layers so that you can adjust your body temperature as needed.
  • Have a shawl and something to cover your head if you wish during meditations.

Consider Your Intention

Why did you sign on?  What called you to this offering? What do you need?  What do you want?  What do you love?

Please be thinking of what is not working in your life right now. Make a list.  Just brainstorm.  Anytime you think of something, write it down.

What do you want to let go of?
What is getting in your way?
What is not serving you?
What is holding you back? 
Also, what is working?
I suggest you bring a journal so you can jot down things as they come during class, especially after meditations.

 

Hold Your Intention

Hold your intention to be fully present and alert throughout each session. Show up to the best of your ability. If a class is challenging for you, modify so that it meets you where you are at.

Dealing with Challenge

At some point–guaranteed–you will feel challenged, whether by an experience invoked through a class, the course content, feeling overwhelmed, another person, or technology. Reach out if you need support.

Community Guidelines

We are here to study, learn and grow. We are here to support, uplift and elevate one another. We remember that people in the group may differ in cultural background, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity or gender expression and will be careful about making insensitive or careless remarks.

  • I agree to show up for myself 100%, to give my best effort and to reach out for help when I need it.
  • I agree to take personal responsibility for getting what I want from the Camp for the Fall Season and if something is not working for me, I agree to communicate that directly to Deborah.
  • I understand that from time to time I may feel uncomfortable, when sharing my process or listening to another, when trying something for the first time, or if I am temporarily overwhelmed around studying something new.
  • If someone expresses a view that is different from mine, I agree to respect every perspective even if I do not agree with it.