Ashtanga Yoga - Practice & Study Course


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144 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, NSW, 2060, Australia
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Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 to Sunday, 3 May 2015

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New course starting February 1, 2015

Deepen the Experience is a one year course that will immerse you in the wisdom of yoga, clarify its relevance to our daily lives, and heighten your experience of the practice. 

The course will take you beyond the yoga class and provide an experiential journey to expand your understanding of the method, the history and the philosophy behind this ancient art and science. 

Deepen the Experience is for any student of yoga who wishes to broaden their understanding and develop another dimension to their practice. 

Each of the three modules of this study and practice course can be taken independently of the others in your own time, or you can complete all three modules successively. Successful completion of the one year course makes up the first year of North Sydney Yoga’s personalised three year teacher training program.

New Course starting February 2015

Module 1

Sunday 1 February – 26 April 2015 (no classes on Easter Sunday 5 April)

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What to expect


  • You will be encouraged to look deeply into your asana practice (postures) and beyond
  • You will gain an overall understanding of the science of yoga, and how to apply it to your day-to-day life
  • Your ability to concentrate and your observational skills and sensitivity will be greatly heightened
  • If you can demonstrate continuous effort, openness, and enthusiasm this will be a life changing experience
  • You will have the opportunity to profoundly understand and experience how yoga can bring the sense of not only continuous physical and emotional wellbeing into your life; but also provide internal stability, clarity and steadfastness in an ever-changing, and challenging external environment




  • Weekly Theory Class, two hours each week
  • Weekly practice together with the other apprentices and teacher
  • Chanting of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and some discussion
  • Asana (postures) discussion in great detail
  • their execution, alignment, benefits
  • amendments for special needs
  • adjustments
  • What are Vinyasa, Ujjayi breath, bandhas, dristis?
  • Why and how does this system work so powerfully?
  • Practice of Pranayama (breath control) and meditation
  • Discussion of the eight limbs of yoga (Astanga) with the focus on the first four limbs. This will include deep inquiry into your own behavioural patterns, self-reflection and processing.
  • Yoga physiology
  • History and philosophy of yoga


Participation Requirements


  • A genuine interest and deep inquiry into yoga in general and your own practice and understanding of it
  • A willingness to undertake considerable self enquiry
  • Minimum of three months of consistent/regular yoga practice (12 months if you wish to continue with the Teacher Training year 2 and 3)
  • Although not compulsory for the One-Year Study & Practice Course only, it is recommended to aim at practicing asanas four times each week, to be able to fully process the content of your study. Ideally practice should be done in Angelika’s classes as well as an occasional self-practice.
  • Openness to communicate and work in a group and with Angelika, your teacher
  • Weekly practice together with the teacher and other apprentices, to practice what has been learned
  • You need to have the time and mental space not only to do your weekly homework and some assignments, but also for self reflection and processing. This aspect should not be underestimated.?Homework is compulsory for everyone; assignments and exams recommended for everyone, but compulsory if you are considering continuing with the three year training.


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What our past students say:

"The study and practice components of the “Deepening the Experience” course have allowed me to experience a depth of knowledge about the practice and philosophy of yoga that I could not have imagined when embarking on the course. The guidance, experience and expertise of Angelika, the North Sydney Yoga teachers and the more advanced students have supported me in beginning to put knowledge into practice and to explore the wonderful world of Asthanga Yoga. It has become my touchstone …. Thank you. - Ashley

"Angelika successfully balances deepening the physical practice with some study of the philosophy behind Yoga. She created a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to study in, and her nurturing, patient and generous teaching style inspired me to practice in a more dedicated and mindful way. This really is the beginning of a journey of self discovery and I would advise anyone interested in deepening their own practice to sign up for the course. It’s challenging but so rewarding. My practice has never been the same. - Alex

"The year I have spent in the Study & Practice course has been one of the most fulfilling and interesting experiences of study and self exploration I have had. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the chance to dive into different aspects of the large body of yoga philosophy, as well as take my personal practice of yoga to a deeper and more consistent level. The mind is a curious place and it’s connection with the body is an amazing mystery. This course is a great place to find out more about this connection. While practicing Ashtanga yoga is an amazing experience in itself, the opportunity to study it more thoroughly with the guidance of a great teacher is a gift. Angelika is a master of her craft, and her passion and knowledge for her art is evident. I’m very grateful to have stepped into this journey with her guidance. - Sandra

"I had just finished NSY’s Beginner 1 and 2 courses when I contemplated doing this 1 Year Study Course. Very new to yoga (of any form) all I understood was that it was exercise. A year later, yoga to me is a beautiful and complete form of exercise, and also much, much more. It has revealed to me a practice which encourages self-reflection, healing and spirituality based on ancient traditions. It has also started to cultivate a personal discipline in my physical yoga practice and peaked an interest for me to continually explore, which is having a positive flow-on effect to other parts of my life. Angelika is a gentle and passionate teacher, whose commitment to the complete practice of yoga is inspiring and encouraging. - Yuen-Yuen


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