Avalon's 21st Yoga Teachers
Program Is Underway!
Classes run from 6 April - 8 Sept. 2013
future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we
think humans should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us,
is ... a marvelous victory. - American historian and social activist Howard
Avalon News (Tuesday 21 May 2013)
are the marks of a Yoga Hut as described by the Masters of Hatha
[Yoga]: a small door, no windows, no rat holes; not too high, too low,
or too long; well plastered with cow dung, clean, and bug
free.... The Hathapradipika, ca. 1450 C.E.
The religion appropriate to yoga is modern science. Anonymous.
Join Avalon's Teachers Training Faculty!
At Avalon All 'Community Classes'
Are 100% Free - No Strings Attached!
(And We're Introducing an Even Wider Range of
Free Classes Later this Spring and Summer!)
Community, from the Latin communis,
"Common, public, general, shared by all"
Sharing with the community is central to our goals at Avalon - which every week offers
a wide range of Free Classes to the general public, to teenagers, to
kids age 7 and up, and to cancer patients both while in treatment and
in recovery and
their families (the latter is part of a therapeutic yoga program we
co-sponsor with Stanford University Clinics).
Our weekly free classes often draw 20+
students, and they keep growing in size and getting better month after month.
Click here or on the thumbnail on the right for full information.
We are the only
Studio in northern California that offers a
regular assortment of weekly free classes - aimed especially at those who need them
the most, and can afford them least.
this and home as well of one of the world's only University Level
Teacher Training Programs - half or more of whose Faculty
typically have Ph.D.s or M.D.s or other advanced degrees!
Even more free classes are coming at Avalon later this spring
and summer, when we open our second on-site Studio and Post-Graduate
Training and Research Laboratory (along with 500 and 1000 hour
Post-Graduate Teacher Training Programs). Stay tuned!
We don't view Avalon as a conventional for-profit business, but as a community resource. If
you can't afford yoga and need it, talk to us! We'll find a way.
Timothy McCall, M.D., & Brian Aganad
Avalon's Teachers Training Program is the strongest of its type in the world - and our Faculty gets stronger each session.
Each term in recent years typically half of our Faculty of
18 or so teachers have had PhDs, MDs, or other advanced degrees.
Between them our Faculty have published many dozens of books and
articles that are redefining yoga in strictly scientific terms - in yoga's most exciting period ever.
We are now pleased to announce the addition to our
Faculty of the world's best-known expert on medical yoga - Timothy McCall, M.D. Timothy is shown at work in the photo above.
Timothy is author of the most influential book in the field - Yoga as Medicine - and is medical editor of Yoga Journal. Timothy's articles have appeared in a wide range of medical journals, including the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
joins other top specialists on our Faculty, including
Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. - the Program's
lead teacher, a best-selling author, a leading expert on yoga and
the brain, and past Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
Other medical specialists include Sue Kim, M.D.; Peter Kasson, M.D., Ph.D., currently in the Departments of Molecular Physiology
and Biological Physics at the University of Virginia; and Shawn Bek,
D.C., both an accomplished yogi and one of the Bay Area's leading chiropractors. Sue, Peter, and Shawn all pay key roles in teaching different areas of Anatomy & Physiology in the Program.
aside our medical expertise, our Faculty also includes exceptionally strong practitioners drawn from a wide range of yogic
subtraditions - including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Yin, Sukshma Vyayama, and Restorative Yoga.
most recent addition of this type is Brian Aganad (AH-ga-nad), shown on
the left - one of the West Coast's strongest practitioners.
Brian, who just joined Avalon, already teaches popular classes for
advanced and intermediate students on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights - with more classes to come in the future.
Click here or on the image on the left to see Brian practicing.
more surprises in store for our 21st consecutive Teachers Training
Program, which again sold out again long before it started.
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addresses are kept private: we never
share them with anyone else, for
any reason, and use them ourselves sparingly.
After the last class
7:45 pm, we're always happy to keep Avalon's doors open on Saturday
for free yoga practice, informal socializing, or anything else creative
that anyone wants to
until the last person leaves.
have a long series of FREE community events planned in that slot in 2013. When we don't have an event scheduled, we are always
ready to donate our space for any event in that slot that reflects the
humanistic, and artistic values of the Studio.
Do you have a creative idea
about how to use Avalon on Saturday nights?
If you do, stop by and talk to us at the desk, or write us here.