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Bringing the Yoga Scriptures to Life with Graham Schweig, PhD and John Schumacher


  • Unity Woods Yoga Center 4853 Cordell Avenue PH 7, Bethesda, MD 20814 USA (map)

A weekend of exploration of classical yoga scriptures, including the Vedas, Upanishads, Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, and Puranas and their manifestation in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation with Graham Schweig, PhD and John Schumacher at Unity Woods Yoga Center, Bethseda, MD.

Friday, September 6th:
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Graham: Talk on Yoga Sutra III:1-15
Saturday, September 7th:
10:00 - 11:00 am - John: Pranayama (relating to nirodhah parinama)
11:00 - 12:30 pm - Graham: Talk / Meditation
12:30 - 2:00 pm - Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 pm - Graham: Talk / Chanting (reciting verse)
3:45 - 5:15 pm - John: Asana
Sunday, September 8th:
10:00 - 11:30 am - Graham: Talk / Meditation
11:45 - 1:30 pm - John: Asana

Graham M. Schweig, Ph.D. (ERYT500) has been a student of many traditional teachers of yoga. He has travelled to India seven times, and has been a practitioner of meditational and heart-centered yoga for over 45 years. Along side of his personal yoga practice, Graham earned his doctorate from Harvard University in comparative religion, with a specialization in sacred Sanskrit yoga literature. Graham has been conducting yoga workshops and offering seminars and lectures around the US and Europe for over 20 years, and has been an invited speaker several times at the Yoga Journal Conferences. Additionally, over the past eight years, Graham has been invited by the Smithsonian Institution to deliver over three dozen lectures on religion and yoga at its museum complex in Washington, DC. Among his over 100 publications of articles and chapters of books including several books, his translation of the Bhagavad Gita, published by Harper Collins, has been widely used in yoga teacher trainings around the country as well as schools and university courses. Additionally, in a couple of years, Yale University Press will be publishing Graham’s translation of and commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. He is presently professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University, Virginia, where he has received several recognitions and rewards for his teaching and mentoring. Graham, along with his life-partner Catherine, is co-founder of The Secret Yoga, for which he teaches workshops on the yoga of deep study of sacred yoga texts, philosophical foundations of yoga, exploring deeper dimensions of meditation, Sanskrit for yoga, the Upanishads, the Yoga Sūtra, the Bhagavad Gita, and workshops on many other important themes (www.secretyoga.com).

John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Washington’s premier yoga studio. He has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and has taught in the Washington area since 1973. John studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years, and is a certified advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher, one of only 13 teachers in the U.S. to hold that level of certification. John also spent many years studying with internationally acclaimed teacher Dona Holleman.

Workshop Level: All levels

For more details contact via phone: (301) 656-8992