Yoga Studies Immersion Course

Yoga Studies Immersion Course

Summer 2017

Designed for dedicated practitioners, teachers, and studio owners alike, this course takes a scholarly and practice-based approach to strengthen understanding and communication about the principles underlying the practice and teaching of Bikram Yoga.  Over the course of 10 days, we will combine daily practice, lecture and discussion, team teaching opportunities, class observation, digital writing, reading and writing assignments, and more. 

This course is designed for highly motivated practitioners and teachers who are inspired to carry the lineage forward in a positive, educated, open-minded manner.  The 100 hours completed in 10 days requires focus, good self-care, several hours per day of reading and/or lecture, and daily writing assignments.  Developed writing skills are NOT required, but do be prepared to write and express yourself.

Each course is limited to 8 participants, so be sure to apply as soon as you know you would like to attend.

Course fees include all required books.

Part I – Science and Physiology

Monday, July 3 – Wednesday, July 12

In this 100-hour immersive course, you will become closely acquainted with the scientific research on Bikram Yoga, as well an introduction to yoga research in general.  We will cover the exercise physiology of yoga in adults and pregnant women and facts about the heat and body temperature.

You will learn how to separate questionable studies from the solid ones.  You will gain tools to communicate with medical professionals about the yoga practice, and to assist those with contraindications or special concerns.  You will also learn about early research performed in the mid-20th century, within the Ghosh lineage.

The foundation built and improved upon in this course will give you several tools to strengthen your teaching, your understanding of the yoga practice, and your ability to communicate accurately about Bikram Yoga and the Ghosh lineage.

Admission Prerequisites (complete these BEFORE paying):

  • 18 months consistent practice OR permission of director
  • Application form (Contact Ann to request)

Part I Course Fee (includes all books/reading materials): $1600

Part II – History, Media, Culture, and Ethnography

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 27

In this 100-hour immersive course, you will become better acquainted with the historical and cultural background of postural (asana-based) yoga, including – but not limited to – the Ghosh lineage and Bikram Yoga.

This course is intended to be relevant in a time when a) Bikram Yoga is misunderstood in a multitude of ways, and b) cultural pressures have transformed most other North American yoga into fitness classes.

This course will give practitioners, teachers, and studio owners an opportunity to deepen their understanding of hatha yoga in general, highlighting the ways in which the Ghosh lineage and Bikram Yoga have preserved many of its principles.

This course is not intended as a blind defense of Bikram Yoga, however.  We will take a scholarly approach to minimize reactivity and fear, as well as discuss how to improve our skills as educators and ambassadors.

Admission Prerequisites (complete these BEFORE paying):

  • 18 months consistent practice OR permission of director
  • Application form (Contact Ann to request)

Part II Course Fee (includes all books/reading materials): $1600

Sample Daily Schedule

6:00-8:00 am

Yoga Practice – Progression and Variations in the Ghosh Lineage – Intermediate, Silent, Warm, and Team-Taught

8:00-9:00 am

Breakfast Break

9:00-10:30 am

Class Observation, Notetaking, Analysis


Lunch Break

Noon-3:00 pm

Alternating Days: Lecture and Discussion on “A” days; Group or Independent Project Work and/or reading assignments on “B” days

3:00-5:00 pm

Reading, Homework, Snack

5:00-7:30 pm

Yoga Practice: 26&2, or Yoga Fitness Ethnography

8:00-10:00 pm

Independent Dinner, Daily Reflection/Ethnography, Homework, reading assignments

2 afternoons per session are “mobile” – optional trip to Lake Michigan (90-minute drive from East Lansing)

Housing, Transportation, and Meals

Yoga Studies Director

Ann Renee Chrapkiewicz

Ann Renee completed Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in August 2004.  She has also completed immersive initiation weeks with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (2006) and Shibendu Lahiri (2010).  She placed 3rd in the 2017 USA Yoga MidWest SuperRegional Asana Championships and will be the 2017 Michigan representative to the USA Yoga National Asana Championships.

Her degrees include a B.A. in Literature and Media Studies from Duke University, an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.A. in Medical Anthropology from Michigan State University.  She has studied the exercise physiology of yoga at the graduate level and is an independent scholar of the historical and contemporary North American yoga scene.

Ann is nationally known for her precision and discipline in teaching, but also for her non-reactive, educational writing and communications on Bikram Yoga and the Ghosh lineage, as well as on therapeutic hatha yoga in general.  Her areas of interest include authoritative knowledge, the interaction among biomedicine and yoga therapies, and cultural and psychological trends in various yoga communities.

She also has a background in cooperative governance, interpersonal mediation, and recovery from relationship abuse.

Her writings can be found on the BYCA blog as well as at Healthy & Fit Magazine.

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