General Course Information

ALL LEVELS

It is best for all students to have some experience

of self practice - the Moon Sequence and Atapa

Krama (a version of the Primary Series) - prior to

attending a course with me. Ideally, this means a

minimum of 6 months practice, at least 3 times per

week, in order to understand about 50% of those

sequences. If you are not used to vinyasa, and self-

practice vs led classes in particular, many concepts

and practical learning will be beyond you. Do

your best to learn these sequences, and thus the

refinement and changes I will make to your practice

during the course will be easy to manage. Having

said that, you do not need to have any kind of

advanced practice at all; any body, injury, or level of

ability is welcome. I will do my best to assist you. 

There are three Foundation Sequences for VKM:

  • Chandra Krama

  • Atapa Krama 

  • Simha Krama

  • The new Six Week Courses (beginning in 2022) can be attended for 2, 4, or 6 weeks.

  • In six weeks you can easily learn all three of the foundation practices.

  • In 2 or 4 weeks you will learn the first two sequences, and possibly the beginning of the third, depending on your capacity.

 

To begin learning the three sequences above, prior to a course, I recommend getting the following book: Vinyasa Krama Mandiram https://www.yogatemple.com/books--posters

If any of the foundation sequences are even a little bit difficult, either remove the difficult postures, or practice the shorter remedial forms of each sequence, also detailed in the book above. 

You can also try the Moon Sequence DVD: https://www.yogatemple.com/dvds

When learning: start with Chandra Krama for the first couple of months (along with whatever your regular practice is), then add Atapa Krama at least twice per week (for the next few months) and finally start adding Simha Krama (begin with just the salutes and standing postures). I do not recommend trying to learn all three sequences at once. Take your time, be patient, one-by-one. It is also fine if you practice half of each sequence, it is not necessary to learn or accomplish the whole sequence, whether in a few days or a few months or years. If you find you have a preference for one sequence over the others, that is also fine, trust your body. Try to balance between active, relaxing, trying and letting go. 

As it takes time, energy, and commitment to thoroughly learn these three sequences, I think it is best for most students to forgo their regular practice (Ashtanga Yoga or otherwise) during most courses with me. I believe the version of Primary that I teach is better than the original (Atapa Krama) and all the sequences that I teach are more varied and more practical.

 

I think you will be served well by learning these sequencers from the beginning, and focusing on them exclusively on your first time course. As VKM has more than 10 different sequences there are huge possibilities for you to grow into some wonderful new practices. That is, with 3 foundation sequences, 4 intermediate sequences, and 4 advanced sequences, you have a lot to chose from - but only if you commit to this method!

Having said that I have nothing against students doing their regular Ashtanga sequence at home, or with another teacher. Do whatever seems to suit you best. Just remember the time you spend exclusively in one area, invariably means less time and development in another. This is the only reason I am asking students to focus on VK during a course, not because of dogma, simply for practicality. In some cases students who want to practice Intermediate or Advanced Ashtanga Yoga can do so during the last 2 weeks of a course. Choosing this option will preclude you from learning any of the Intermediate or Advanced VK sequences during that time. 

During all courses, all students will begin learning Pranayama Krama Level I and II, and Advaita

Vedanta Self-Enquiry. I would also suggest reading about Advaita Vedanta and learning some of the basics prior to attendance. Please follow the link: www.sriramanamaharshi.org

OPENING and CLOSING CLASSES

 

Please note, all courses start at 3pm on Saturday afternoon, an introductory meet and greet, orientation and course information. It is critical that all students attend this class, even though it does not involve any asana... Most month long courses will finish on Thursday morning at 1030am, the final morning for self practice. This is to allow students a bit more time to depart and fit in a 30 day visa. However ALL students are expected to attend all classes, and cannot miss the opening and closing sessions, for any reason. Please adjust your flights accordingly. 

2 week courses and TTC will tend to finish on the final Friday morning, please check those courses individually.

COURSE TIMES

Most courses have the following Timetable:

Sunday to Friday: 7-10am Pranayama and Asana (self practice)

Sunday to Wednesday: 230-530pm Workshops, Philosophy, and Meditation

2 week courses have an extra class on Thursday afternoon

 

COURSE FEES 

All Courses are limited to 25 students.

Most courses fill up one year in advance,

so please be prepared to commit in advance.

$900 USD for 2 weeks (50+ hours)

$1200 USD for 4 weeks (100+ hours)

$1400 USD for 6 weeks (140+ hours)

Contact: bendsalot@gmail.com

REFUND POLICY

 

From January 2020 there will no longer be any refunds available for courses. 

Although I understand booking and committing one year (or more) in advance is a big deal for some people, it is the nature of my courses. As I limit all courses to 20 students, I am guaranteeing everyone individual attention. My courses are all high in content and quality! So I expect students to be willing and able to make this commitment, both financial and personal, to the teachings I am offering. I do so with ongoing commitment myself - to help, serve and be as beneficial as possible.

There will be some exceptions to the ‘no refund policy’ in the case of hospitalisation, or other significant trauma. Lack of finances, personal trouble, work changes, or other reasons will not be considered.

TRANSFERS

Once payment is made, you have made a significant commitment. Thank you! However, between 12 months and 3 months prior to course commencement, you can make a transfer to another course. Anywhere within the 3 month commencement period, and you cannot get a refund or transfer.

 

For example, the May 2021 course next year in Bali - starting May 15th - will have a cut off date for transfers on January 15, 2020. After that date, you cannot get a transfer. For the June 2021 course - starting June 26 - the cut off date for transfers will be Feb 26, 2021. You will need to be aware of these dates, as I will not be reminding everyone...

 

Om Shanti
Matthew Sweeney

 

Vinyasa Krama Mandiram

 

Yoga and Meditation

Any Body, All Minds, One Self 

I have recently begun the process of building a new Yoga Shala in Ubud, Bali, just north of the Arjuna statue in Petulu. The land is beautiful, and we have just finished phase one:

 

Phase 1: The VKM Shala is complete, with all your yoga needs provided! 

Phase 2: Private House and Pool will be completed by August 2020

Phase 3: Student accommodation, kitchen, and student pool will be hopefully completed by 2022. 

At the moment there is no onsite accommodation, but it is relatively easy to find your own. Please check the link and list below. We do provide herbal vegan chai every afternoon during the afternoon classes ! :) 

Here are a few photos to look at, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION and ACCOMMODATION

VKM address on google maps.

https://goo.gl/maps/rCnbSZtPMp22

Here are some nearby hotels, most are along the nearest main road, Jalan Raya Andong

  1. Ubud Luwih Nature Retreat - $40 per night for 30 nights, 5 min walk - best location

  2. Arya Guest House ~$20 per night, decent rooms + pool, 10-15 min walk - BEST CHOICE!

  3. Villa Cilinaya ~$45 per night, small pool, own kitchen, 15-20 min walk

  4. Viceroy / Kamandalu / Elements / Udhiana, Four of the more expensive nearby hotels - only 5-10 min walk away, but if it’s in your budget... :)

 

Plus try UBUD FB page where you can find many nice and affordable villa, once you join the page.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/UbudCommunity/

VISA

Remember to check if you need an Indonesian visa in advance. For general entry you can get the standard TOURIST VISA - 30 days. If you are staying longer your need to go to the little booth in the middle of the arrival hall, PAID VISA - approx $50 USD. This one you can extend for 30 days, a small trip to Denpasar, giving you 60 days total.

 

Please make your own inquiries about the visa requirements applicable to your nationality, it is your responsibility to sort out any extra documentation you may need.

 

Please check your passport expiry date. You must have six months validity remaining on your passport from the date of your return from Bali.

 

Om Shanti
Matthew Sweeney

 

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