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The Path of Purification – An Advanced Training in the Yoga Traditions

The realization of emptiness as a space where the contradictions between oppositions dissolve has been a central aspect in the evolution of both Buddhist and Yogic practices. Integrating body practices from the yoga tradition, which prepares the nervous system for higher consciousness, into the wisdom tradition of Buddhism, which purifies view, forms the perfect base for overcoming grasping.

Drawing inspiration from Krishnamacharya’s lineage ideas of intelligent progression as found in the Ashtanga system, precise alignment instruction and support postures as developed by Iyengar, and the modification to the individual cultivated in yoga therapy, we will work towards the cultivation of internal form as a path towards finding the middle way, a free and open spaciousness.

Yoga originally meant undertaking the heroic journey from the known to the unknown. It also meant letting go of whatever one holds dear and to embrace uncertainty, to go beyond conditioning. This requires patience, persistence and courage. By focusing on all the limbs of yoga, from asana and personal conduct to meditation, this course endeavors to give an aspirant the skills to undertake that journey.

With all the advantages of a small group setting it offers a unique opportunity to have direct feedback and access to the experience of the teacher. Such intimacy allows the teacher to address the needs of students as they arise, and to be a resource that forms a bridge to collective knowledge, and to be a fellow traveler on the path.
Most of all this intensive allows Michael the opportunity to share his love of the practice and desire to simplify complex concepts, to weave together ideas, and to bring out the essence of the teachings as he has learnt it. To complete the journey we will look at the practice of integrating the dhamma in our daily lives.

The teacher
Michael Hamilton
 is a dedicated student of yoga and vipassana meditation. He delights in sharing his enthusiasm for these ancient practices by teaching yoga classes, workshops, retreats and intensives upon invitation.
He was born in Cape Town, South Africa where he started studying martial arts at the age of six, leading to an interest in body practice supported by eastern philosophy and meditation. After studying art, art history, philosophy and English literature at university, his interests turned to studies in the ancient wisdom traditions of India, in particular Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, which led to time spent in India and North America immersed in Yoga, Zen meditation and darshans with Advaita teachers.
He received permission to teach Ashtanga yoga from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois of Mysore India, and currently studies yoga with Richard Freeman and Doug Keller.
After the passing of his Zen teacher Daido Loori Roshi, vipassana meditation in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw became his focus. Currently meditation studies and deep contemplative practice forms the foundation of his teachings on yoga and its integration into our daily lives. With an eye for detail and alignment he conducts workshops internationally emphasizing the internal practice of yoga through mindfulness. Michael teaches in English.
For more information please see www.michaelhamiltonyoga.com

The course consists of weekend modules as well as a week long intensive at a retreat center in Switzerland. This retreat week from April 15, to 21, 2018 is an integral part of the course and will offer students the chance to intensify their practice with a teacher present, therefore functioning as a meditation retreat as well.

Course outline:
•    Anatomical language in yoga
•    Philosophical concepts and Sanskrit terms
•    Anatomy for yoga
•    Alignment principles
•    Adjusting as art form
•    Evaluation of students practice
•    The energy body
•    Philosophy of Yoga
•    Meditation techniques and practice
•    Yoga as therapy
•    Yoga practice in daily life

Retreat: April 15-21, 2018
May 18-21, 2018
June 8-10, 2018
June 29-July 1, 2018
July 6-8, 2018
August 3-5, 2018
August 24-26, 2018
September 14-16, 2018

Fridays from 9:00am to 11:45am, and from 1:30pm to 4:45pm
Saturdays from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Sundays from 8:30am to 11:30pm, and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Mondays from 9:00am to 11:45am and 1:00p.m. to 4:30pm

The retreat week will be offered at the Seminarhaus Lindenbühl in Trogen, Switzerland
All other sessions will be held at AIRYOGA, Oberdorfstrasse 2 (Studio 2) in 8001 Zurich.

The cost for the full 200-hour training amounts to 3'995.- CHF. A non-refundable deposit of 400.- CHF will be required upon registration.
The course fee includes course materials and a 10% discount on the AIRYOGA series and passes purchased during the course (from April 15, 2018 through September 16, 2018).

Not included are the costs for accommodation and food at the Seminarhaus Lindenbühl. They are calculated on single, double or triple occupancy and are payable directly to the retreat center before departure.
Single rooms: CHF 835.-
Double rooms: CHF 745.-
Triple rooms: CHF 675.-

Prerequisites / Application
This intensive course is intended for established practitioners and permission from the teacher will be required. 
Participants who have successfully completed the entire training will get a certificate of completion from Ashtanga Yoga Zurich (AIRYOGA).

To apply for the 200-hour Advanced Training a motivation letter is required. Participants can sign up once they have been approved by Michael Hamilton.
Please contact Michael for any additional information: michaelhamiltonyoga@gmail.com

The number of participants is limited to 18 students. Therefore, early registration is recommended. 

Application deadline is on April 1, 2018