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3 Yoga Workshops by Yogi Charu

Please join us at Spring Yoga and Fitness on April 24-26 for a weekend series of workshops with Yogi Charu.

Yogi Charu is an inducted disciple of the Saraswati lineage, one of the ten classical monk orders in India, and an inducted Brahmin in the Bhakti tradition in the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya lineage. He is visiting us from New York where he is co-head of instructor training at Pure Yoga, voted 'Best Yoga' by New York Magazine in 2009 and 2010.


3940 N. Lincoln, Chicago IL, US 60613
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Type of Event

  • Workshop



Apr 24 to
Apr 25
18:00 pmto15:00 pm

Workshop 1: Inversion Intensive. Friday, Apr. 24 6:00pm - 8:30pm;
Workshop 2: Classical 6 Sun Salutation Kriyas. Saturday, April 25 12:00pm - 2:30pm;
Workshop 3: Forward Bends and Balancing Poses. Sunday, April 26, 12:00pm - 2:30pm.



$35/ea with registration for all three workshops; $40/ea with registration for two workshops; $45/ea with registration for one workshop

Full Description

We are so happy to welcome guest teacher Yogi Charu for a wonderful series of workshops this April.

Yogi Charu is a yoga and meditation practitioner of over 20 years with a unique yoga background:

He discovered the Bhagavad Gita at the age of 15 and left his native Belize at the age 16 to pursue yoga, which by then had become a deep passion for him.

He would spend the next 7 years between the Vaishnava Ashram in Los Angeles and India, before becoming inducted into the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya (lineage), at which time he fully migrated to India.

There, he would deepen his studies by moving into the Himalayas to learn from adept yogis like Yogi Vijaya and embracing an austerely yogic lifestyle, before moving to Hong Kong, later to Sydney, and finally settling in New York.

Today, Yogi Charu teaches public classes at The Bhakti Center and at Pure Yoga, where he is the co-head of instructor training. Pure Yoga has been voted "Best Yoga" by New York Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and is one of New York City's leading studios.

Workshop 1.
Asana Class - Inversion Intensive Head Stand, Forearm Stand, Hand Stand
Uddiyan Bandha, Nauli, Yoga Nidra

In this workshop participants will learn nauli, yoga for removing lethargy from the internal organs, going upside down in headstand with uddiyan bandha and agnisar kriya for abdominal massage, as well as, forearm and headstand with ujjayi and mouna pranayama.

Yogi Charu will also introduce yoga nidra, the art of conscious relaxation, discussing its methodology and effects, guiding participants through ajapa meditation and visualization exercises to release all tensions from their bodies and minds.

This workshop offers powerful techniques for keeping the internal organs healthy as well as addressing, stress, anxiety and insomnia from the inside.

Workshop 2
The Classical 6 Sun Salutation Kriyas
Exploring Ujjai Pranayama for entrance to Meditation, Nadi Shodhana and Anuloma Viloma Pranayama
Healing Breath and the Classical Sun Salutation Kriyas

This workshop explores the use of breath for entrance into meditation, bringing balance to the brain by alternately energizing the left and right sides.

New and and advanced yogis alike will learn to combine Surya Namaskar with chakra visualization and the traditional 12 sun mantras used by ancient yogis in worship of the sun.

The benefits of these practices include purifying the blood and respiratory system and experiencing Surya Namaskar as a beautiful meditation!

It is recommended for those suffering from nervousness, headaches and insomnia and those wanting to deepen their experience and knowledge of yoga.

Workshop 3
Asana - Forward bends and Balancing poses with Chakra awareness
Prana Vidya- Meditation for exploring the 5 sub branches of Prana in the body

In this workshop, Yogi Charu teaches Prana Vidya meditation as a means of exploring the 5 sub branches of prana in the body. Participants will also learn to build chakra awareness through use of asanas including backbends and twists to open the Hridayakash heart space and increase will power through the Manipura Chakra!

The benefits of these practices include self realization and self healing.