The Heroic Heart with Noah Mazé – 9th – 12th August 2017

The Heroic Heart

A 4-Day Myth & Yoga Intensive with Noah Mazé

Noah Mazé’s fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined.

The first 2 days of this journey, Wednesday & Thursday, are aimed towards teachers & trainees. Friday & Saturday, are open to all levels.

The Heroic Heart: Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and Ramayana

The stories of heroes and heroines provide empowering and visionary allegories of our yogic journey.  In these sessions, asana will interweave asana practice with mythic narrative and yogic teachings to create a rich experience of alignment.  We will explore these teachings in both their historical context, as well as how we, as modern yogis, may derive meaning from these ancient wisdom traditions.  Each session will be asana based AND will explore tales from Mahabharata, Ramayana and other sources.  Each workshop begins with an exploration of philosophical teachings and/or a mythic narrative of yoga, and then we write ourselves into the stories through practices of asana, pranayama and meditation.  Bring an open mind, a courageous heart, and a readiness to play and work hard, with a desire to bring the great teachings of yoga directly into your life.

Wednesday   9:30am – 12:30pm

The Courageous Heart: Heroes and Heroines

We begin this workshop in conversations exploring archetypal symbolism of heroes and heroines within mythologies and legends of the yoga tradition, and constructing an interpretive framework for the stories we will explore in our subsequent sessions.  Embody these teachings into in a full spectrum intermediate level yoga class including pranayama and meditation.

Teachers & Trainees

Wednesday   2pm – 5pm

The Conscious Use of Myth and Metaphor: Theme-Based Sequencing Strategies for Yoga Teachers 

This in-depth, intermediate-level session is for yoga teachers looking to dive deeper noah-mazeand gain a more sophisticated understanding of theme-based sequencing. Each pose tells a somatic story rich with symbolic and interpretive possibilities. Each sequence invites us on a journey into the theatre of body, mind and heart. In this session, we will explore a variety sequencing strategies and teaching techniques designed to give you authentic and meaningful ways to infuse inspiration into your yoga classes and to facilitate your students’ processes of embodying the teachings of yoga. Through a combination of theory and experiential practicum you will gain many tools to expand your teaching into the realms of theme weaver, storyteller, poet, philosopher and experiential educator.

Thursday   9:30am – 12:30pm

Triadic Ramayana: Rama, Sita and Hanuman

We begin this workshop exploring stories of the principal characters of Ramayana and a triadic framework of interpretive. We then embody these teachings in an intermediate level class of standing poses and backbends.

Thursday   2pm – 5pm

Draupadi and Her Five Husbands: Karma Yoga & Sequencing Strategies

Draupadi, the primary heroine of Mahabharata and common wife of the five Pandava brothers inspires this class. Hear the story of how Draupadi comes to have five husbands AND expect plenty of core and shoulder strength building, vinyasa sequencing of hip opening into intermediate arm balances.

This deeper-dive teachers’ session assumes experience teaching yoga classes, a basic knowledge of sequencing and pose knowledge, as we dive more deeply into pose based sequencing for alignment and vinyasa classes.
We will concern ourselves with alignment specifics and details in yoga pose applications; pose shape, applied anatomy and kinesiology, key actions, difficulties and common misalignments, pose improvement strategies and the use of props as teaching tools. We will consider sequencing in multiple ways, not just a sequence of poses to effectively reach the desired outcome, but also accuracy and order of instructions within any given pose, as well as the sequence of lessons within the arc of a class. This session doesn’t so much focus on sequencing intermediate or advanced poses, but rather is aimed at giving you a more sophisticated understanding of sequencing and the tools to create intelligent and effective sequences.

All Levels

Friday   9:30am – 12:30pm

Shakuntala and the Curse of the Sage

The story of Shakuntala and the Ring of Recognition (and the curse of the sage) inspires this all levels class of standing poses into fundamental arm balances.

Friday   2pm – 5pm

On the Field of Dharma: Arjuna and Krishna

The opening setting of the Bhagavadgita and the ensuing conversation between Arjuna and Krishna inspires this all levels class of forward bends, hip openers, twists and meditation.

Saturday   9:30am – 12:30pm 

Savitri: Affirmation of Life

Hear how the heroine Savitri, told in Mahabharata, refuses to lose her beloved, and her power of her speech charms Lord Yama; the Lord of Death.  Her radical affirmation of life inspires this all-levels class focusing on fundamental backbending poses.

Saturday   2pm – 5pm

Nala & Damayanti: the Gift of Human Embodiment

The story of Nala and Damayanti is the affirmation of life itself. This culminating story of our hero and heroine exploration suggests that the imperfection of being human is superior to the perfection of the divine. Embody this story in this all levels class of restorative poses, inversions, pranayama and meditation.

We offer various options for attendance:

Full 4 Days

€600 / €565 if paid before July 1st 2017    (9:30am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm daily)

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2 Day Teacher Focus (Wed & Thurs)

€365 before July 1st or €400 after – Open to teachers, trainees & dedicated students

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2 Day Open for All (Fri & Sat)

€200 before July 1st and €225 after – Open to all

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Morning or afternoon sessions – 3 hours each and can be taken individually

€65 before July 1st and €70 after.

Payments due 6 weeks prior to start date. Preference will be given to those doing the full 300hr Programme. Fees can be paid by bank transfer or by cheque.


To accommodate numbers, this event will take place outside of Ard Nahoo at an alternative venue. Confirmed details of arrangements will be made available to those on the course.

Accommodation is available in our shared self-catering eco-cabins:

1 night €35 –  2 nights €30 per night – 3+ nights €25 per night

Cancellation Policy: 

  • Cancellation of a training course 4 weeks before start date 50% to total course fee will be due
  • Cancellation of a training course less than 4 weeks before start date 100% to total course fee will be due
  • We strongly advise that clients take out travel insurance to cover any costs associated with having to cancel a holiday.
  • To avail of our Early bird option, payments must be made in full at time of booking up to given date.

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