Multidisciplinary Yoga Training Year © with Daniel Hickman

In some traditions one who practices sitting meditation is called a yogi. A basic practice is to synchronize the mind, body and breath. This is the yoga aka ‘integration.’ It is a reality based practice that is practical, accessible and really very ordinary. Sitting in a yoga asana, sitting still, using pranayama, pratyahara and dharana, the yogi enters dhyana. In dhyana, the yogi is not striving toward or avoiding anything that arises mentally, emotionally or physically. The yogi ‘bares witness’ to likes and dislikes, to worrying, wondering, wandering, wishing etc. in the mind. The yogi observes moods, feelings, emotions and variations of these things. The yogi senses body signals and sensations in the skin, muscle, bones, joints, viscera, the hara, body fluids etc. The yogi breathes and observes . . .

The MYTY (Online) January 1 – December 10, 2022

Meet & Greet ・Info Sessions (To be Announced)

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2022 Schedule

Wednesdays 7pm-9pm EST & *first Saturdays 9am-12pm EST.


January *1, 5, 12, 19, 26 ・February 2, *5, 9, 16, 23 ・March 2, *5, 9, 16, 23

April *2, 6, 13, 20, 27 ・May 4, *7, 11, 18, 25 ・June 1, *4, 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27 ・August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ・Sept 7, 14, 21, 28

October *1, 5, 12, 19, 26 ・November 2, *5, 9, 16, 30 ・December *3, 7, 10


Cost: $2500.00

☛ Artist Scholarships Available

☛ BIPOC Scholarships Available

☛ Military & Veteran Scholarships Available

Contact: danielofthesun@gmail.com


Have you been thinking about studying yoga, sitting meditation and spiritual life? Do you know that the knowledge and techniques of these ways are inherently yours? Learn how it can show up in your life, both on and off the mat, whether aiming to deepen and refine your own practice or to teach and share.



The Multidisciplinary Yoga Training Year is for you to learn and apply theories and techniques found in yoga practices & sitting meditation (sadhanas). This knowledge, and how it relates to modern life, both as a yogi and as a teacher, is yours to cultivate. Curiosity, creativity and critical thinking are some of the tools you will exercise to develop your mind, body & spirit. You will gain ‘know how’ through direct experience. This includes your relationship to your ‘self,’ others, community and the environment. Then you apply these arts & sciences with group support to develop your voice + personal style.


2014 trainees at the Center for Mindful Living in Washington, DC.

The foundation of the MYTY includes ancient traditions, customs and practices of yoga sadhana, buddhadhamma and tao te ching. Your personal sadhanas, study of psychology, humanism, multiculturalism, ethnicity, race, geography, communities etc, are part of it. These all assist in the work of self realization or self actualization aka liberation from the self.

Jenny and Sarah prepare for teaching their yoga with the group.

The backbone of the program relies on skillful communication. This includes sharing and deep listening to each other’s experience(s) without interruption, without fixing, without reactivity or response. Ecology is one of the mainstays. Nutrition is another. Meditation is the throughline. Specific use of pranayama and asana (to help condition the yogi’s nervous system for sitting meditation) ties it all together. This is the way. Learn to ride with the winds of change. Learn to swim the waves of hardship. Learn that nature is the strongest and that you are nature, too.

Nutrition = food affects mood! Super salad of sweet potato, arugula from the garden, red bell pepper, pickled artichokes, canned corn, red onion, kalamata olives, virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Curriculum

anatomy, physiology, movement/mobility, strength & flexibility (asana)・ respiration cultivation (pranayama)・sitting meditation (dhyana)・skilled speech (samma-vaca)・ literature study (dhamma)・human behavior & psychology・cross-culturalism, inter-generationality, ethnicity, race, justice, equity, diversity & inclusion・ecology & environmental awareness・three 60 day sadhanas = create & apply personal disciplines (self guided practices)


Anna Maria practicing in her apartment.

Movement is beneficial for your lymphatic system. When you move your body, it will increase lymphatic flow. Any simple, non strenuous moves will in turn support a boost in your immune function.

Daniel in Virgin Gorda, British West Indies.

Stillness is an access point for sitting meditation. Creating an asana (seat or position) that is comfortable will allow for a more sustained sit. Any asana where the yogi can sit in stillness, to practice compassionate observation for self-awakening, is the most important of all.

Trisha in sitting meditation on Old Rag Mountain, VA.

Breathing with intention is excellent for your entire being. Any long and relaxed breathing will affect your nervous system. This helps bring more calm to your mind, mood and flesh.


US Military Veteran in relaxation.

Savasana for nidra is an excellent way to regulate the nervous system.


What makes the MYTY unique?

The uniqueness comes from the community of trainees who naturally gravitate towards an experiential way of learning, processing and practicing. It comes from those who are already in the midst of the ‘search.’ We are community centric and not teacher focused. We encourage you to trust your instinct, work with all of your parts/layers, and realize that there is more resourcefulness inside of you.

The MYTY has a multitude of subject matter and different practices for each trainee to choose and express. We believe that there is no ‘set way’ to practice one’s yoga. There are many ways to practice, and many ways to teach from your own direct experience. Through the year long of training & practicing together, you will discover, refine and build your yoga, in a style that suits your uniqueness.

MYT4 (2014)

All Are Welcome


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