Immerse yourself in 12 Sessions of Study and Practice of:
“The Shiva Sutras, the Foundational Text of Shaiva-Shakta Tantra”
Open to all yoga students as well as all teachers of Anusara Yoga (fulfills required hours in the Anusara Advanced Teacher Training Curriculum).
Co-Teachers: Karen Sprute-Francovich and Jayendra Hanley
Host: Julia Schlenkert
Beginning Sunday May 15, Karen Sprute-Francovich and Jayendra Hanley, who were co-coordinators of Anusara Yoga’s Curriculum Committee for many years, will co-teach an immersion into the beauty and depth of the non-dual Tantra philosophy that underpins Anusara Yoga. We will primarily be exploring the Shiva Sutras, the foundational text of all of Shaiva-Shakta Tantra. 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 sessions 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.
Most of us have heard of the Shiva Sutras and perhaps wondered, I wonder what they are all about? Perhaps you are like Karen and Jayendra – each of us was introduced to the text many years ago, came back to it again and again, and still felt that it was so esoteric and a challenge to understand. Then for the past ten years or so, we each have been studying the Sutras with a master teacher of Shaiva Tantra, Paul Muller-Ortega, who loves the Shiva Sutras and brings them to life for his students.
Every time that we approach the sutras of Shiva, whether it is the first time or however many times, we do it with curiosity and wonder. What will they teach us this time? The sutras are ever new and worth returning to again and again. To explore them, over 12 sessions, with 2 experienced Anusara Yoga teachers, with asana classes based on themes found in the sutras, will be a great opportunity to go deep into sadhana practice and its application to daily life.
We will be primarily using Paul Muller-Ortega’s rendering, titled Śiva Sūtra Praveśana. If you don’t have it, we will provide a copy at an extra cost of 25 U.S. dollars plus shipping. In addition, we will be referring to the vital commentary by Kshemaraja, and we provide you with our teaching notes after each session.
Other Recommended Texts:
Siva Sutra: The Yoga of Supreme Identity by Jaideva Singh
Siva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening by Swami Lakshman Joo
The Aphorisms of Shiva: The Shiva Sutra with Baskara’s Commentary by Mark Dyczkowski
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.
A note about the online learning experience:
It amazes all of us how powerful it can be to meditate or do the other yoga practices in a group online. It works!
We are experiencing a wonderful kula/community experience through these online modules, and we’re enjoying getting to know people around the world in this way.
The asana classes, when we can practice what we are learning in the weekend sessions, are a great way to go deeper in our experience of the philosophy.
12 consecutive Sundays from May 15 – August 7, skipping June 12, 2022
10 AM – 12:15 PM P.S.T.
1 – 3:15 PM E.S.T.
19:00 – 21:15 CET (Europe)
(15 min extra time to allow for practice and discussion)
$360 USD (320 EUR) paid in full in advance by January 15th, 2022
– Or –
$415 USD (360 EUR) paid in full after Jan 15th, 2022
– Or –
$210 on April 15 and $210 on May 15, 2022
Discounts available; simply ask.
ADD $25 USD (22 EUR) for the book by Paul Muller-Ortega plus shipping
Payment methods for Karen, Jayendra or Julia (EUR):
To pay Karen:
The Venmo app. is simple, free and easy to use (address: Karen Sprute-Francovich)
To pay by Check – ask for a mailing address
To pay Jayendra:
People in Europe can pay with a bank transfer to Jayendra’s bank account in the Netherlands. Ask for info.
To pay by Check – ask for mailing address
With Paypal – find Jayendra at email@example.com
To pay Julia with PayPal – find Happy Yoga at firstname.lastname@example.org (pay as friend/family with no fee!) or use her German bank account. Ask for info.
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 optional elective hours for online asana classes that are described below).
For those teachers who have already fulfilled their ATT required philosophy hours – it will count as elective hours.
Additional Elective hours may be earned if you attend a live-stream asana class with Jayendra and / or Karen up to a maximum of 12 classes (14 Elective Hours)
You may enroll in this training and receive credit for the hours towards your ATT even if you have not officially begun your ATT training.
To receive credit hours for this training you must either:
Attend via live-stream Zoom
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. In their co-teaching they weave together their different and unique experiences and ways of presenting. Students have been generously reporting that this synergy works very well.
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 and began teaching that method 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 2001, the same year I was certified as an Anusara Yoga Teacher, I retired from doing bodywork therapy to focus all my energy on Yoga and I opened Garden Street School of Yoga.
In 2004 I taught my first Anusara Yoga Immersion and have since taught 18 Immersions and Teacher Trainings as well as 3 Advanced Teacher Trainings, now heading into my 4th. I also and always continue to teach weekly Yoga & meditation classes, workshops and retreats.
I am an avid student of the physical, philosophical, and mystical aspects of Yoga. For years I have studied broadly and deeply in anatomy & biomechanics. 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 Paul Muller Ortega, Douglas Brooks, Carlos Pomeda and Bill Mahoney. I am especially and deeply grateful for the Influence of all these teachers and especially my root spiritual teacher, Lee Lozowick.
I am a great lover of poetry and imagery as ways to bring physically teh philosophy and bring it alive in the body and mind. 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.
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I began practicing hatha yoga and meditation in 1977, and shortly after that, met the great meditation master Swami Muktananda, who was very influential in bringing Kashmir Shaivism to the West. I had so many transformational experiences on the Siddha Yoga path, and for that I will always be grateful. I met John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, at the Siddha Yoga ashram, and became very inspired by his teaching and the Anusara method, so I studied and practiced and changed careers and in 2001, became a certified Anusara Yoga teacher.
I lived and taught in Europe from 2005-2019, including over 20 Anusara Teacher Trainings in various countries and a very successful 300-Hour Teacher Training in the Netherlands. I owe so much to the support of my friends in Europe. In late 2019, I returned to the U.S. and live in Allentown PA.
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 devotion to the path and for sharing so much with my students and myself. For the last ten years, I’ve been practicing Neelakantha Meditation as taught in Blue Throat Yoga by Paul Muller-Ortega. Paul opens the door to understanding the esoteric texts of this tradition, and now I am also a teacher of Neelakantha Meditation, a practice that I highly recommend for everyone.
I recently co-taught the Philosophy, Meditation, and Pranayama modules online with my friend Karen Sprute-Francovich, who has been co-coordinator with me of the Anusara Curriculum Team. Students have loved our online modules, even saying they are “life transforming”. It has been amazing how the power of group practice and the feeling/experience of kula or community continue to arise even when we are not physically together! Other modules that I have taught online recently are “Teaching with the UPAs” and “Teaching with a Theme”, both of which worked quite well online, and I’m sure “Advanced Sequencing” will too.