Online Anusara 300-hr module in Philosophy: Pratyabhijnahrdayam, “The Heart of Recognition” with Karen Sprute-Francovich and Jayendra Hanley
September 27, 2020 - December 20, 2020
An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 4, 2020
Immerse Yourself in a 13-weeks of study and practice based on the Pratyabhijnahrdayam, “The Heart of Recognition” with Karen & Jayendra
Incudes journaling, contemplation and meditation.
Open to all yoga students as well as all teachers of Anusara Yoga
(fulfills required hours in the Anusara Advanced Teacher Training Curriculum).
Beginning Sunday July 12, Karen Sprute-Francovich and Jayendra Hanley (co-coordinators of Anusara Yoga’s Curriculum Committee) will co-teach an immersion into the beauty and depth of the non-dual Tantra philosophy that underpins Anusara Yoga. The text we will primarily be exploring will be the Pratyabhijnahrdayam, “The Heart of Recognition”. We will also be referencing other texts and sources of inspiration that support the main text.
Journal work and meditation-based contemplation (bhavana) will be introduced and facilitated during each session and will be encouraged between session as a vital way to bring the text to life in your heart-mind. We will also practice the seated, deep Tantric-based meditation that helps us comprehend the high teachings of these texts.
All classes are offered live stream on Zoom
· Each session will include breakout sessions for small group discussion and contemplation.
· All classes will be recorded and available for you to download.
· The group will have access to a Slack channel which is a platform for discussion and shared resources. It is also where we will post updates, videos of the classes as well as additional “bonus” material from our files.
· Included in the tuition will be weekly online asana classes with Karen &/or Jayendra.
· 13 SUNDAYS beginning July 12 and continuing through October 4
· 10 AM PST, 1 PM eastern U.S. time, 7 PM western Europe time.
· Each session lasts about 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours in length
· $360 USD paid in full in advance – Or – $200 on July 1 and $200 on August 4
· Payment methods
o The following 2 apps are simple, free and easy to use.
§ Venmo (use Venmo address: karen Sprute-Francovich)
§ CashAp (use CashAp address: GardenStreetYoga)
o Check or bank transfer made out to either Jayendra or Karen (if using this method let us know if you need a mailing address)
§ For people in Europe who are used to bank transfers, payment to Jayendra’s bank account in the Netherlands is possible.
Please contact Karen or Jayendra to request a discount based on financial need. No questions asked.
You are not required to purchase a text as we will be providing the written sutras and translations. But it is a GREAT idea to have at least one if not all three of the following:
· The Splendor of Recognition – Swami Shantananda
· The Recognition of One’s Own Heart – Joan Ravinsky
· The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece – Christopher Wallis (also available as an Audible book)
Details for Teachers of Anusara Yoga Who are Interested in This Offering
· We believe this course will significantly deepen and strengthen you in the art and skill of Teaching with a Theme
· Teachers who are in the process of taking the 300-Hour Anusara Advanced Teacher Training (ATT) can earn all 24 required Philosophy hours (plus an addition maximum of 24 more if you attend 13 optional online classes with either Karen or Jayendra) .
· And for those teachers who have already fulfilled their ATT required philosophy hours – it will count as elective hours.
o Additional Elective hours may be earned if you attend a live-stream asana class with Jayendra and / or Karen up to a maximum of 13 classes (24 Elective Hours)
o You may enroll in this training and receive credit for the hours towards your ATT even if you have not begun officially into ATT training.
· To receive credit hours for this training you must either:
o Attend via live-stream Zoom
o Watch the video recording and submit a written exercise – a synopsis something like a book report – based on the session you viewed.
· All hours count for YA-RYT Continuing Ed.
About Karen and Jayendra
Since 2014 Karen and Jayendra have been working together on all aspects involved in writing, editing and refining the Anusara Yoga curriculum. They have co-taught advanced teacher training modules and have become good friends and co-work-partners. They are happy to be able to bring their synergy and experience together to offer this training.
Jayendra Hanley: I began practicing hatha yoga and meditation in 1977, and shortly after that, met the great meditation master Swami Muktananda, who was so influential in bringing Kashmir Shaivism to the West. I had so many transformational experiences on the Siddha Yoga path, and for that I will be always grateful. It was at the Siddha Yoga ashram that I met our Anusara Yoga scholars, and also John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga. I fell in love with Anusara Yoga and became a certified Anusara Yoga teacher in 2001.
For the last 15 years, I’ve been living in Europe, where I taught over 20 Anusara Teacher Trainings in various countries, including a very successful 300-Hour Teacher Training in the Netherlands where I lived. Recently, I returned to the U.S. and live in Allentown PA, where I’m offering online classes and hoping to connect with community once social distancing eases.
In my trainings, I often invite other teachers to share their experience and understanding, including two philosophy teachers, Carlos Pomeda and William K. Mahony. I really want to express my gratitude to them for their loving devotion to all and for opening so many doors to understanding the tradition. For the last nine years, I’ve been practicing Neelakantha Meditation as taught in Blue Throat Yoga by Paul Muller-Ortega. Paul opens the door to understanding such esoteric texts as the Tantraloka and the Shiva Sutras, and now I am also a teacher of Neelakantha Meditation.
I hope that all of these studies and practices have made me a somewhat informed teacher of Non-dual Tantra Philosophy. I feel like I am learning so much at this time, including about teaching Anusara Yoga. Students often say that they enjoy the clarity and precision of my instructions and light-hearted style. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level.
Yoga found me in 1972 when I was 16 and it captured my body mind and heart for life. At age 28 I began teaching, primarily Iyengar Yoga but also at this time I met teachers who opened for me the devotional (bhakti) practices of mantra and chanting. In 1996 I met John Friend and fell in love with Anusara Yoga which I began teaching in 1998.
In addition to teaching Yoga, I maintained a thriving practice as a Body Work Therapist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner (Licensed in WA & with the AOBTA and NCCAOM) for 18 years and was a co-owner of the Wellspring Center for East Asian Movement and Healing Arts in Boise. In 2001, the same year I was certified as an Anusara Yoga Teacher, I retired from doing Bodywork to focus all my energy on Yoga and founded the Garden Street School of Yoga.
In 2004 I taught my first Anusara Yoga Immersion, a 108-hour offering which I called Beauty School. This was about a year before Anusara Immersions existed. I have since taught 18 Immersions and Teacher Trainings as well as three Advanced Teacher Trainings. I also and always continue to teach weekly Yoga & meditation classes, workshops and retreats.
I am an avid student of both the physical and philosophical aspects of Yoga. For years now I have studied broadly and deeply in anatomy & biomechanics. And I continue to delve deeply into the ancient and modern Yoga texts of life-affirming Tantra philosophy that underpin Anusara Yoga. Among my Philosophy teachers I include Douglas Brooks, Carlos Pomeda, Bill Mahoney and Paul Muller Ortega. I am deeply grateful for the Influence of all these teachers and especially my root spiritual teacher, Lee Lozowick.
I love good humor and I thrive on stories, both of which I bring into my teaching. I am beyond grateful to be loved, supported, inspired and renewed by my husband, my 2 grown sons, my students, friends and fellow teachers.