Primary Series Weekend Workshop with Stacy Ingham

Primary Series Weekend Workshop with Stacy Ingham

Join Stacy Ingham, Owner/Director of Ashtanga Yoga School Raleigh for a weekend of exploration of some essential aspects of the Primary Series.

Friday July 27th; 6-8pm Introduction to Sanskrit and Vinyasa Counting: The Vinyasa count of the Ashtanga practice is like the offical road map. Each breath and movement is accounted for from the first "ekam" to savasana. Learning this count in sanskrit and the names of of the postures helps students develop a deeper understanding of the practice and how it flows. This in turn allows for a more meditative practice. We'll begin by chanting the Sanskrit names of Primary Series postures and numbers through Thirty.

Saturday July 28th; 8-10:15am Led Primary Series Followed by Pranayama: Class will be led through the entire Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, followed by a 45 minute guided Pranayama practice.

Saturday July 28th; 12:30-2:30pm Primary Series Asana Study: We'll take a closer look at key postures and vinyasa from the Sun Salutes, Standing and Primary Series Seated postures.

Sunday July 29th; 8-10:45am Mysore Followed by Pranayama: The regular Sunday Morning Mysore session will be followed by a 45 minute guided Pranayama practice.

$100 for Entire Workshop PAY HERE

Members and Passcard Holders -- Contact Stacy directly to register

Contact Stacy directly for questions, or to register for individual sessions: or 919-880-9409 (call or text)


Sanskrit Revolution with Marcy Goldstein, Ph.D.

Sanskrit Revolution with Marcy Goldstein, Ph.D.

AYS Raleigh is proud to announce Marcy Goldstein's return this Fall for a FULL DAY workshop on Sanskrit, the Language of Yoga. Details and registration below. Direct questions to Stacy: or 919-880-9409


9:30am-1pm : Introduction to Sanskrit -- Ever wondered what your teacher is saying in Sanskrit? Would you like to pronounce Sanskrit words confidently? Do you know the correct pronunciation and deeper meanings of the Ashtanga opening & closing chants and the Primary Series postures? This workshop will demystify pronunciations, spellings, definitions, and deeper meanings of words that you hear, say, read, and sing. You will learn fascinating things and walk away with a true appreciation for this sacred sound system. Understanding the language of yoga will enhance your practice and professionalize your teaching. For new students thru lead instructors. *Includes handouts and recording of the class chanting Sanskrit

2:15-4:45pm : History of Yoga -- What are the oldest poses and which ones were made up yesterday?  Was the Buddha a yogi? When did asana practice reach the US?  To what extent are our received stories about yoga history romanticized “alternative fact”?  This workshop will explore these questions and more in a whirlwind tour of texts, teachers, and traditions from 2500 B.C.E. to the ever-changing modern moment.  You will gain new ways to think through the (mis/dis)information about yoga and other unfolding personal and community histories. *Includes 4500-year timeline and a list of recommended books, articles, videos, and films on the topic.

5-6pm : Devanagari Script Writing -- The most common script in which Sanskrit is written, Devanagari means "city of the gods" or "divine writing."  You've seen the beautiful letters that hang beneath a horizontal line, but the sounds they make remain a mystery!  Come learn how to read and write mantras, sutras, your name, and more (especially before you get that tattoo!) for an artistic hour at the end of our day spent studying the language and history of yoga. *Includes handouts and recommended workbooks for additional practice. 


Full Workshop: $120 if Paid in Advance; $125 Walk-In Registration

Introduction to Sanskrit: $60 if Paid in Advance; $65 Walk-In Registration

History of Yoga: $45 if Paid in Advance; $50 Walk-In Registration

Devanagari Script Writing: $20 if Paid in Advance; $25 Walk-In Registration

***CEUs for RYTs

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D., received doctoral training in Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and in New Delhi, and has taught Indian traditions and world religions at UC Riverside, Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, and The Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte.  As founder & director of Sanskrit Revolution, she teaches Sanskrit, yogic speech, history, and philosophy at studios and festivals nationally.  Drawing from her academic background and yoga practice, Marcy creates classes that illuminate the language and culture of yoga, deepen people’s knowledge, and inspire personal growth.