The Bhakti Yoga Experience

A Master Class with Maria

Saturday

8 May

9:00am - Noon CT

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Combine equal parts of mantra, music, and meditation, then sprinkle it with poetry, dance, storytelling, and mandala drawing, and what do you get? A magical heart opening practice called Bhakti Yoga!  

Learn about and experience the various ways that Bhakti Yoga helps to melt away the armor and defenses that build up with living in the “normal” world. Kindle a sense of openness in your heart and unity with all that surrounds you. Then, take these practices into your daily life to help keep yourself alive, open, and connected! Bhakti practice, over time, scrapes away at the layers of “who we think we are” in order to reveal our true hearts, our innate love for ourselves, and our connection to everything around us.

There is no prior knowledge of *anything* required for this practice. What’s more? You CANNOT do this practice wrong! Just come prepared to have fun being your true self!

This Master Class is a part of the Mind Oasis Yoga Immersion. You can also enroll in this module independently. 

About Maria

Maria lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is a yoga and meditation instructor.

Maria believes that meditation can take on many different forms, and all these forms can lead us toward the most compassionate, most genuine version of ourselves. Meditation can train our bodies to be still, our minds to be present, and our emotions to be less reactive.

Maria’s classes focus on getting in touch with our bodies in order to ground, center, and accept our whole being. She believes in being as gentle as possible with all aspects of oneself.

She enjoys cooking (and eating!) plant-based meals, travelling to connect with friends everywhere, singing and playing harmonium, practicing yin yoga, Sufi love poetry, abundant sunshine, and anything that is rainbow-colored.

With over 22 years of meditation experience, Maria is a two-time graduate of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, completed her RYT-200 at Perennial Yoga and Meditation in 2016, and received her 300-hr meditation teaching certificate from Mind Oasis in 2020. In her former life, she has worked as a project manager, a massage therapist, a business owner, a programmer, a bank teller, and a shampoo girl!

Maria strives to get outside for a walk every day, but also tries not to judge herself on the days she doesn’t make it.

Pricing Options

Master Classes are included in the Immersion registration fee. Anyone wishing to join independently, can enjoy tiered-pricing options.Supporter pays for your registration plus scholarships. Sustainer pays for your registration. Community is the scholarship rate.

About Yoga Immersion

Watch a Q&A with Allison Joy, Joseph, and Karuna to learn more about the Immersion!  👈


Learn the full system of yoga during our first annual Mind Oasis Yoga Immersion and become a certified MO-Yogi! You will establish a powerful physical practice rooted in the wisdom of functional movement and learn how Buddhism and the science of yoga perfectly complement one another. Your teachers, Allison Joy, Joseph Schwartz, and MO Founder, Karuna, have crafted an odyssey to completely blow your mind!

 

This is for you if:

  • You are new to yoga and meditation but feel ready to really dive in!

  • You have been practicing but still feel timid or lost in a yoga class.

  • You meditate regularly and want to incorporate more movement into your practice.

  • You want to re-engage, reignite, or recommit to your practice.

  • Your physical practice is on point but you want to go deeper!

  • You are curious about chakras and the philosophy of yoga.

 

We combine classical yoga philosophy, lineage-based Buddhist teachings, and postural instruction informed by solid functional movement principles to build a strong, safe, sustainable yoga practice for life. Yoga offers a complete system to connect to and create your heart’s desire. 


The Mind Oasis Yoga Immersion presents age-old practices translated for the modern human.  It's designed to keep (or get) you healthy and whole as a being working out your purpose in this lifetime. 

 

In this immersion, you’ll learn:

  • Real self-care (rooted in Ayurvedic science) to invite radiant health and vitality;

  • Yoga postures from basic to advanced (child's pose to handstand);

  • Pranayama (breath) practices to engage the subtle body;

  • Anatomy of the physical and energetic bodies;

  • Buddhist philosophy handed down through master teachers;

  • Alignment and anatomy principles to better understand how you move (and how to keep you moving!), and

  • How to incorporate sacred practice to experience spirit in your life. 

 

You will learn about different paths of yoga and have the opportunity to practice various styles from numerous master teachers including those deeply-trained and well-practiced in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bhakti, Iyengar, iRest, Anusara and many other yoga traditions. The system of yoga is both deep and broad and this immersion will help you to discern the best path forward based on your constitutional nature. Learning and practice go hand-in-hand to create an immersive yoga experience with the Mind Oasis community to support you as you dive deep.  

 

The Yoga Immersion experience includes 8 hours of classes each week as part of the curriculum content. 

 

Additionally, you will receive an All Access pass to all Mind Oasis yoga classes, meditation series, and workshops to attend during the Immersion

 

This opportunity to enrich your practice and your entire life is priceless. 

 

The curriculum includes:

  • One evening per week (2 hours) dedicated to breaking down yoga postures and understanding your own physical body more deeply;

  • One evening per week (2 hours) dedicated to yoga philosophy, subtle body concepts (e.g., chakras and koshas), and Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga);

  • One evening per week  (1 hour) dedicated to Buddhist philosophy, and

  • Saturday mornings (3 hours) dedicated to weekly Master Classes and diving deep with our stellar line-up of rockstar teachers.

 

It is recommended that you commit to attend these sessions each week, as well as making space for daily practice with Mind Oasis yoga and meditation classes (or your own home practice). 

 

In this way, you become truly immersed in the yogic lifestyle over these four months.

 

Allison Joy will teach yoga asana step-by-step to ensure a strong foundation to develop your physical movement practice. She loves sharing the full system of yoga and has crafted several teacher training programs to pass along these powerful, ancient practices. 

 

Joseph Schwartz will teach functional movement principles based on human anatomy and body mechanics. His expertise is rooted in science and tested with hundreds of clients over his career as a physical therapist and movement educator. 


Karuna, Founder of Mind Oasis, will impart the wisdom she has received through studying ancient Buddhist lineage-based teachings and incorporating these practices deeply into her own life and work. 

 

Yoga is all about union. These three, together with the excellent contributing teachers of the Mind Oasis Yoga Immersion, exemplify the way of the yogi and will lead you to experience true integration of your practice within your life. 

 

CONTRIBUTING TEACHERS

Elizabete Gomes - Principles of Asana Alignment

Michael Hewett - Subtle Body and Master Yoga Flow

Karlie Lemos - Forward Bending Master Class

Turi Hetherington - Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Michael McSwain - AstroYoga (Yoga of the Stars)

Reda Charafeddine - Chakras for the 21st Century

Maria Novak - Bhakti Yoga and Mantra Practice 

Natalie Hain - Yoga + Ayurveda

  • more being announced soon!

 

SCHEDULE:

15 March - 15 July 2021

Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm CT

Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm CT

Saturday mornings, 9:00am-Noon CT

 

REQUIRED opening and closing ceremonies: 

Monday, 15 March (6:30-8:30pm CT)

Thursday, 15 July (6:30-7:30pm CT)

 

Live sessions will be supplemented with recordings. It is always preferred that you attend live classes whenever possible as community is a vital aspect of yoga.

 

TUITION INCLUDES

  • 120+ curriculum hours (Live Mind Oasis sessions supplemented with video and audio recordings);

  • All Access pass to every Mind Oasis yoga class, meditation series, workshop, and community gathering for the duration of the Yoga Immersion;

  • The Applied Anatomy for Yoga Therapeutics Manual written by Joseph Schwartz (spiral-bound book mailed to you);

  • The MO-Yogi Manual (digital e-book written by Allison Joy).

 

Required Reading:

How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach

The Essential Yoga Sutra by Geshe Michael Roach

 

Suggested Reading:

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Translation and Commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book by Kelly Solloway

 

TUITION DETAILS:

$2000 Yoga Immersion 

  • Previous MO Meditation Immersion grads (formerly called the Meditation Intensive) get 50% off. 
  • Payment Plan (4 payments of $550 - paid in full by 15 July)

 

*Note: Sign up by 28 February & engage your All Access pass immediately through the end of July 2021. 

After March 1, your All Access pass will run from 15 March - 15 July

 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to become a certified MO-Yogi you must demonstrate a commitment to practice and a desire to contribute to the Mind Oasis community and vision. The MO-Yogi certificate of graduation is dependent on attendance at all weekly sessions (70% must be live online, 30% may be from recorded audio/videos when you miss).

While all are encouraged to join the MO Yoga Immersion, certification is not guaranteed without a profound commitment.


Teacher Training Optional Add-On ($800)

Those who successfully devote themselves to the Mind Oasis Yoga Immersion may be invited to cross the threshold from student to teacher. A private mentorship program to become a certified Mind Oasis Yoga Teacher will be opened to those who qualify. Combined with the knowledge imparted through the Yoga Immersion, a special teaching track including class artistry, sequencing, helping bodies align online, business and marketing for yogis, using your voice to create positive change, and more will round out the requirements for the Mind Oasis Teacher Training aspect. More details will be made available as candidates emerge. 

 

In order to be considered as a candidate for the private mentorship program to become a certified Mind Oasis Yoga Teacher, 80+ class practice hours must be documented in addition to completing the MO-Yogi certificate requirement outlined above. Candidates will also be asked to prepare a personal statement imparting why you desire to teach and stating your commitment to passing on the teachings in a safe, responsible way. 

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