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Modern day yoga can provide a sanctuary where we go to heal or get strong before venturing back out into the world.

A three-day workshop, “The Yoga of Refuge,” with Kofi Busia at YogaWorks, Santa Monica – Montana, will focus on how to use yoga practice to find that sanctuary.

The classes, to be held April 19-21, will help students explore different aspects of practice and self to make the journey to that “place and time to find solace and succor”.

Kofi’s presence as a teacher is unlike any other’s. He often wears baggy pants and a sweater, unusual for a teacher in the Iyengar tradition, in which he has been teaching for nearly 40 years and has held his certificate at the advanced level for 35 years.

He moves through the room, chanting, bringing an entrancing musicality to the Sutras, whether he chants them in Sanskrit or English. He brings humor and an opportunity for flashes of insight for his students.

The workshop flier notes that yoga provides that refuge as a place also to pay contemplative attention and “return renewed from something that is timeless and eternal.”

Kofi has been applying his experience as professor of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy to writing an original translation and commentary of the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. His written translation can be found on his Web site, as can his Sanskrit chanting.

Kofi Busia is based in Santa Cruz, but he teaches throughout the country.

“The Yoga of Refuge” classes will be Friday, April 19, 6:30-8:30, and Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 5-8 p.m. Cost is $110 for the full weekend. The Friday class alone is $35, each weekend class is $45 separately.

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