Sadhana, Mad river yoga

Sādhanā, at Mad River Yoga

Sadhana, literally means "a way of accomplishing something", spiritual exertion towards a goal.

In order to go deeper we must both practice and study the practice. Our day will include, Asana, Pranayama, Sanskrit, Japa, and Shastra. My goal is to increase the ingredients of your practice. The intent of this class is to expand your personal practice. Through direct experience and some analysis you may take the next step.

Sunday, November 13, 2016
830a - 230p

Early registration fee $75
After November 1, fee is $90.

Edwin Bryant - March 3, 4, 5 2017

Edwin Bryant will be returning to Mad River Yoga in March 2017 to teach Yogic Tales from Srimat Bhagavatam.

Edwin is a professor at Rutgers University, NJ, where he teaches Hindu Philosophy and religion.

After the Upanisads and the Bhagavad Gita, the Srimad Bhagavatam is considered the most authoritative of Indian scriptures.  Srimad Bhagavatam was the last work of Vyaas, the great compiler.

There will be time for meditation, asana practice and / or outdoor time. You are welcome to attend all or any part of the weekend.

Schedule for lectures:

  • Friday Night arrival
  • Saturday    9:00 am-- 5pm
  • Sunday     9:00 am-1pm

Early Registration Fee  $150   if paid by 2/1/17, after $200

Edwin Bryant strives to combine scholarship with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. Read more

Kevin Gardiner - April 18-23, 2017

Kevin received his Senior Intermediate certification directly from B.K.S. Iyengar in 2009. He exemplifies the Iyengar method giving clear and precise instruction. There will be 25 hours of instruction distributed over 6 days. This intensive will start Tuesday, April 18 at 5p and finish Sunday, April 23 by 1230p.


$750. $625 if paid by January 15
Cancellation before 1/15/17 full - $25 after 1/15, only if your space can be filled



Jarvis Chen

The Unstruck Sound -- Tracing the Inner Nada in Asana

To compliment this year's Svadhyaya on sound I have asked Jarvis to give us his take on "sound" as it relates to asana.

Jarvis Chen is a Certified Iyengar Teacher / Intermediate Junior III who lives, practices and teaches in Boston. I am delighted to be hosting him again this year at Mad River Yoga.
In 2008, Jarvis was recognized by Yoga Journal as one of 21 teachers under the age of 40 who are “shaping the future of yoga.” 

Jarvis is a social epidemiologist and a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.


  • Saturday, August 29, 4pm-6pm, Standing Poses
  • Sunday, August 30, 9am-12pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm, Bending Forward, Bending Back
  • Fee for all classes $150.00 if registered by August 20, $175 thereafter
  • All classes may be taken individually prorated @ $25/hr

Hilary Garivaltis

Ayurveda, Constitution, Condition and Cooking with Hilary Garivaltis & Mary Flemming

Hilary will lecture on the Elemental theory, wrapping the Gunas and Tridoshic theory into her cooking instruction. She will help us see our fundamental constitution and conditions and cook accordingly.

Mary will accompany her teaching Asana & Pranayama in accordance with these insights.

In this workshop we will gain insight into riding the edge of optimal wellness.

Sunday, July 19th, 9am to 5pm

Fee: $125.00  if registered by July 13th, $150 thereafter.

Joel Kushnick


Joel Kushnick returns to Mad River Yoga next Friday evening.

Joel will lead us in another Raga & Sanskrit lesson. There is still space if you'd like to attend. I expect this to eventually be very significant in your asana, pranayama, and japa practice. Joel uses the tool of sound to produce profound effects on one's inner state. Then, we hear the sound of the soul.

Please let me know if you'd like to join us. The fee for this class is $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.

All are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

Leslie Freyberg

Knowledge of Sanskrit makes it possible to grasp the subtleties of yoga, whose body of teachings are written in Sanskrit. Since ancient times the the study of Sanskrit has been an integral part of the system of yoga. This Sanskrit training will teach you how to approach the language of yoga as a yoga that’s enjoyable and inspiring.

The first step in learning Sanskrit is to develop an intimacy with its sounds; become familiar with their exact location, feeling their force and power, and the unique way they vibrate the palate, body and chakras. By the end of the fourteen hour weekend Sanskrit Immersion, students will be reading Sanskrit in its original alphabet, known as Devanagari.

Leslie Freyberg is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and serves on the faculties of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in NYC.