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“Taming the Mind, Enlightening the Body, and Unveiling the Spirit” - A weekend with Tim Miller


  • Ekam Yoga and Wellness 1115 Jordan Lane Napa, CA, 94559 United States (map)

It is our supreme honor to welcome Ashtanga Yoga Legend and Kory's teacher, Tim Miller to our shala for a weekend of workshops.

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Tim Miller has been studying and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over thirty years and was the first American certified to teach by Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Tim has a thorough knowledge of this ancient system, which he imparts in a dynamic, yet compassionate and playful manner.

“My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for practice. The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher.” Tim teaches workshops and retreats throughout the United States and abroad.


“Taming the Mind, Enlightening the Body, and Unveiling the Spirit”

Friday Morning June 9th Mysore practice from 5:30 - 8:30am

Friday Evening June 9th 5:30 - 8:00pm:  Taming the Mind—The Marriage of Philosophy and Methodology.

Pattabhi Jois often said, “Ashtanga Yoga is Patanjali Yoga.”  His teacher, T. Krshnamacharya, considered the Yoga Sutras to be the single most important yogic text, and the most instrumental in the development of his teaching methodology.  In this workshop Tim will provide an introduction to Chapter 1 of the Yoga Sutras—Samadhi Pada—and explore the connection between the philosophy of Patanjali and the methodology of Ashtanga Yoga.  (Light practice—2.5 hours)


Saturday Morning June 10 7:30 - 10:00am:  Enlightening the Body—The Primary Series

A brief synopsis Sadhana Pada (chapter 2 of the Yoga Sutras) followed by Yoga Chikitsa (Primary Series), a systematic and profound method for reducing Tamas by detoxifying the body, removing excess Apana, and, quite literally, bringing us to our senses.  The class will conclude with the Hanuman Chalisa—40 verses in praise of the embodiment of perfect Sadhana, Hanuman.  (Strong practice—2.5 hours)

Saturday Afternoon June 10th from 1:00 - 3:30:  Roots and Wings—The Mysterious and Elusive Bandhas

Foundational to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga is the application of Mula Bandha and Uddhiyana Bandha to bring steadiness and lightness to the body, length and smoothness to the breath, and concentration to the mind.  Through the exploration of different asanas and pranayamas we will discover how the proper application of the bandhas can take our practice to the next level of mindfulness.  (Light practice—2.5 hours)


Sunday Morning June 11th from 7:30 - 10:00am:  Nadi Shodana—An Introduction to the Intermediate Series

An explanation of the purpose of the Second Series and its relationship to the Pranamaya Kosha (energy body), the Chakras, and the Kundalini Shakti, plus an introduction to Nadi Shodana that includes extra preparation for some of the more challenging poses, like bhekasana, kapotasana, and eka pada sirsasana.  (Strong practice—2.5 hours)

Sunday Afternoon June 11th from 1:00 - 3:30pm:  Polishing the Mirror—Pranayama, Mantra, and Kirtan

We will explore the practice of Pranayama and Mantra to cultivate the Sattvic quality and awaken the Buddhi (natural intelligence), and conclude with grand finale of Kirtan to take us Nirguna (beyond the gunas) and into the Anandamaya Kosha (the blissful body).  (No asana—2.5 hours)