Anusara® Yoga Immersion with Bo Srey, Jun 24 - Jul 30
Led by Bo Srey (ECAT, Experienced Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher), assisted by Shirley Srey (Former Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher)
Saturday & Sunday, June 24 - July 30, 2023
From the Anusara website:
Anusara yoga classes are based on a nondual Tantric philosophy that an intrinsic energy of Oneness underlies everything and everyone. This energy is a ‘goodness’ without opposite, it is auspicious. Anusara yoga teachers are trained to look for this goodness first – in the poses, in our practices, ourselves and in all of life’s experience. This perspective is a shift from looking to ‘fix or correct’ the student, to a vision of service by enhancing and revealing more beauty and innate goodness that is the supreme nature already present in the student. Anusara yoga teachers are committed to creating an uplifting and empowering experience for every student in class. They inspire lightheartedness and playfulness with a joyful creativity that is the nature of the Anusara yoga practice.
THE ANUSARA IMMERSION
The Anusara Immersion is an introductory course in the fundamental principles of Anusara yoga’s broad, nondual Tantric philosophy and Universal Principles of Alignment. It is a fantastic way to deepen your understanding of not just Anusara, but yoga itself. While the scope of the Immersion is broad enough to fulfil Yoga Alliance requirements, we plumb the depths of the Anusara practice and study some of the most sublime philosophical teachings in the yoga tradition, namely nondual Shaiva Tantra.
The Immersion’s content and curriculum has been designed by a worldwide community of master teachers and scholars. In addition, only Anusara certified teachers can teach teacher trainings and Immersions.
In the practice of Anusara yoga, there are five main principles of alignment that can be applied in every pose. While they are principles and not rules, the Universal Principles of Alignment are a biomechanically sound template that can be applied to any pose to practice deeply and safely.
The method of Anusara yoga is elegant in its simple organization, yet the philosophy and practice are highly sophisticated. A basic Anusara yoga principle has tremendous depth and the Immersion is the first step for the dedicated yoga student on the journey to experience the full extent of its power, efficacy and connection to spirit.
The Immersion curriculum includes:
- Daily asana practice covering Anusara syllabi 1 and 2, and exploration of syllabus 3
- Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment
- Nondual tantric philosophy, mostly drawn from Kashmir Shaivism
- Classical yoga (Patanjali)
- Overview of the basic schools of yoga philosophy
- Overview of the history of yoga
- Introductory Ayurveda, 5 elements, doshas
- Bandhas, selected kriyas and mudras
- Journaling and contemplation
- Anatomy for hatha yoga and the Anusara principles
- Anatomy of breathing
- Subtle body energetics and anatomy
- Restorative yoga
- Adhikara, studentship and creating a self practice
- Bhakti yoga
We welcome dedicated yoga students who wish to deepen their understanding, teachers of other yoga methods and aspiring teachers to the Immersion. Individual Immersion modules can be applied toward Continuing Education for Teachers under Yoga Alliance.
Each module builds upon the previous one. Modules can be taken separately, but in sequential order.
IMMERSION 1: TAKING THE PLUNGE - STEP INTO ALIGNMENT FROM THE HEART
Sat & Sun – June 24 & 25
Sat & Sun – July 1 & 2
9am - 6pm
Tuition Fee: $778
IMMERSION 2: DIVING DEEP - IMBIBE AND EMBODY
Sat & Sun – July 8 & 9
Sat & Sun – July 15 & 16
9am - 6pm
Tuition Fee: $778
IMMERSION 3: PLUMBING THE DEPTHS - CLARIFY AND REFINE
Sat & Sun – July 22 & 23
Sat & Sun – July 29 & 30
9am - 6pm
Tuition Fee: $778
TUITION FOR THE 100-HOUR IMMERSION
Full tuition: $2,328
Early bird (ends March 24, 2023): $2,098
Anusara manuals are included with registration for the full 100-hour Immersion. We will provide the recommended reading list as an optional purchase upon registration.
This training is subject to a minimum enrolment of 10 students.
Any cancellation 30 days prior to the training incurs a fee of $250.
Any cancellation less than 30 days prior to the training will result in renunciation of the full tuition fee.
ABOUT BO SREY
Originally from New York, Bo began his spiritual journey as a student in Paris where he began to question his beliefs about reality. Upon returning home, he dove deeply into Eastern philosophy, studying with renowned scholar Douglas Brooks at the University of Rochester.
His search eventually led him to his spiritual teacher, in whose presence, he experienced the awakening described by mystics of many traditions. Auspiciously and quite by surprise, he bumped into Professor Brooks at the same event where he met his spiritual teacher. He spent nearly 15 years studying with his spiritual teacher, living and serving at her meditation centers in New York, San Francisco and India. Through his teacher, he found Anusara yoga, the main style of hatha yoga that he now teaches. Anusara yoga is a method of hatha yoga known for its clear alignment principles and expansive nondual philosophy.
Bo began teaching hatha yoga in 2002, moving to San Francisco for much of his training. Continuing the journey westward (from NYC), he moved to Singapore in 2005 where he became the first certified Anusara teacher in Asia. In addition to countless hours with Anusara founder John Friend, he has also apprenticed and trained in San Francisco with Iyengar Yoga teacher Tony Briggs. He is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education provider. Now an Experienced Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher (ECAT), he is one of the few teachers able teach 300-hr teacher trainings with the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga.
Bo views teaching as service. His classes, whether flowing or more static, include clear alignment instructions. In Anusara yoga classes, he weaves themes with alignment to focus the intention for the practice, always linking the themes back to the highest: Awareness.
In addition to hatha yoga classes, he also teaches pranayama and meditation, having shared his love for these practices with students in private sessions, outdoor meetups, corporate leadership events and prisons.
Since beginning the teaching journey in New York, Bo has taught at major studios in Berkeley, Singapore and Bangkok. In 2005, he moved to Singapore to join the first group of teachers at Pure Yoga. He joined Hom Yoga in 2016.
From 2008, he has had the great good fortune to be invited to travel and teach workshops, retreats, conferences and teacher trainings around the world with his wife, Shirley.
In his free time, he loves to immerse himself in nature: hiking, running, mountain biking and photographing wildlife. He also has a background in mixed martial arts, Qigong and Tai Chi.
ABOUT SHIRLEY SREY
Shirley Srey is the only Prajna yoga teacher in Asia and former licensed Anusara-Inspired® Yoga Teacher (2008-2012). In 2006, she studied with Tias Little at his comprehensive 200-hour Prajna Yoga Teacher Training at the Upaya Zen Center, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. In 2008, Shirley was honoured to be invited to assist Tias at his Yoga Anatomy Teacher Training and Prajna Immersion in Singapore. She also assisted Tias at a yoga conference in Hong Kong.
Since Shirley started studying yoga in June 2005, she has completed more than 2,500 hours of Anusara® yoga training. Her study includes more than 200 teacher training hours directly with the founder, John Friend, and more than 2000 teacher training and immersion study hours assisting Asia's first certified Anusara® yoga teacher and teacher trainer, Bo Srey.
She has explored many different schools of yoga and has over 500 training hours with teachers from various disciplines, including Edward Clark, Ana Forrest, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon, and David Life. As a student of meditation, chanting, service and contemplation, she has studied at Siddha yoga retreats and offered seva at the Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri, India. She has also offered seva at various Siddha yoga retreats in India and Hong Kong. Her primary teacher and one of her main influences is, Bo Srey, whom she continues to study with to date.
Shirley travels extensively with Bo, presenting deeper trainings at conferences, workshops, and retreats, sharing what their teachers have taught them to students around the world.
A lover of creative movement and expression of the Heart, Shirley enjoys teaching and exploring the elements of precise alignment, lightness, fluidity, and playfulness in her classes. Apprenticing and teaching alongside the best teachers from the beginning, was how she most effectively learnt to teach yoga and how she was able to help many people around the world. She sees the practice of moving meditation and the study of the Self as a practice of effortless effort and a way to expand one’s Awareness and the Heart, both on and off the mat.
She feels grateful, humbled, and honoured, to be able to share her love of life and yoga with you.
I have been practicing with Bo for a few years, attended several of his workshops and recently completed Bo & Shirley’s 200-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training.
Bo is a masterful teacher with a truly kind and generous heart. His classes are my favourite that I have come across in Singapore, a seamless mix of alignment instruction and joyful flow. His delivery and sequences are elegant, intuitive and playful. The mood is contemplative and open-hearted, joined by a great sense of humour! With Bo I always feel inspired, challenged and encouraged.
Together Bo & Shirley led an exceptional Immersion and Teacher Training, sharing their extensive knowledge and embodied experience of Yoga. They have a real gift at expressing the technical and subtle aspects of practice, while inviting us to remember our deepest spiritual intentions for practice and for life. They created a safe and loving space for us to learn and grow together as a community, always giving their full presence and support to each person throughout.
I highly recommend Bo & Shirley to anyone looking to uplift their Yoga practice and deepen their connection to the Divine within.
It started from a tiny sparkle from that one Anusara class with Bo. My body feels immensely better yet different from any of the practice I had before. I signed up for the Immersion I only out of the 3 immersion modules to find out why my body aligns better with the Anusara teaching. By the first class I knew this is the journey I would like to continue, as the Universal Principle of Alignment just resonates so well with my body and its non-dual tantric philosophy lies so much in my heart already. And Bo and Shirley unlocked the secrets of the universe to me only at a glimpse I am sure - the revelation and concealment of Shiva.
Anusara is accessible, scientific, yet rigorous. Bo and Shirley have helped me to find my optimal blueprint of my body and helped me to learn more about Universal Principles of Alignment that deeply helped me to find the kind of energy I have been lacking for the last 29 years of my life!
I would highly recommend their immersion and TT, if you are like me who are interested yet don't know if you have the time to commit, just sign up for the first module of immersion without the stress of committing 10 weekends of your time straight away. But I guarantee you that you will want to stay till the end of it (just like me) because not only the teachers are the best, the kula and the supporting community is the best part of Anusara.
I participated in Bo’s and Shirley’s Anusara Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training program in early 2021. In a nutshell, the program gave me exactly what I was looking for: My goal was to build a solid foundation of physical alignment and sequencing techniques, and to receive the philosophical background that is essential to teach yoga properly. But above and beyond, what impressed me most about the 10-weekend course was that Bo taught us with a kind, respectful and joyful heart that reflects the Anusara spirit perfectly; what better yoga teacher is there than one who whole-heartedly embodies the principles he teaches? Bo and Shirley created a focused, but joyful and at times celebratory environment in the studio that any aspiring yoga teacher can only hope to experience, let alone re-create during his or her own future classes. Thank you so much, Bo & Shirley!