Ayurveda Lifestyle

25Hr Training | May 27-29

What is Samadhi?

In our yoga studies we know it’s the 8th limb of the eight limb path and the culmination of meditation. I have heard it described as an ecstatic union, a merging into oneness. A state where our individual awareness dissolves into the great whole. I have also heard it described as bliss or enlightenment. B.K.S. Iyengar goes on to say Samadhi cannot be described and if we think we have experienced it and can describe it, it is not Samadhi, as this state can not be explained by words (Light on Life).


How mysterious, no? Yet as yogis we are on this path with the resolution to stay in practice to achieve these higher states of consciousness, which we often don’t understand very well at all. 

In this 25hr module we will go deep into the understanding of the Yoga Sutras definition of Samadhi and the different levels of Samadhi that may be available to the yogi with consistent practice, over a long period of time, and in all earnest (Yoga Sutra 1.14.)


We will have time for extended practice of Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana, alongside learning the theory and philosophy behind these upper limbs of the eight limb path. We will look much closer at Books 3 & 4 of the Yoga Sutras, these more esoteric chapters will be broken down and explained by Shanna Small, who has been studying the Sutras for over 20 years.

We will ask the question and explore the answers to:

  • Is Samadhi available in this life, as opposed to death, Jiva Mukta, liberation in this life?

  • Can Samadhi be experienced in our everyday lives through the practice of Vipassana Meditation?

  • Can this mindful moment to moment experience of the senses that brings us to the “NOW” present moment also bring us into Bliss?


We will have extended time to practice this type of concentration and meditation with Brian Strahine, who has more than 10 years experience living Vipassana as a lifestyle. We will also explore a more classical approach to concentration and meditation as described by the Yoga Sutras. 

Finally intermixed into our time together, the theory and experience of sound, delivered by the one and only Austin Shook, a mystical musician who has made sound his modality of healing. We will be deepening our relationship with sound and learning how it influences our lives on a daily basis.

Some of the facets of sound that we will be integrating into this teacher training are:

  • What is sound?

  • What is silence?

  • The power of the sound of Om

  • Sound and Music

  • How can sound be healing?

  • How can sound be harmful?

  • Different types of sound/instruments

  • Measurements of sound and Vibration - frequency and hz

  • The art of listening/receiving

  • The honesty of sound

There will be many opportunities to experience sound healing so you can explore everything we learn directly.

Additionally we have a special guest demonstrating water cymatics (Geometries that exist within sound) live for you all!


Victoria Martinez

Austin Shook

Shanna Small

Brian Strahine


$375 Drive in for class time only

$450 Stay at Casa Chakra Flow for the weekend,

modest & comfortable accommodations provided


FRI May 27 1-8pm

SAT May 28 8am - 6pm

SUN May 29 8am -6pm


Casa Chakra Flow

4304 Bowline Drive

Charlotte, NC 28269

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