Into the Depths
an immersion like no other
begins spring 2023
Spiritual expats, philosophical refugees, somatic explorers, and prospectors of the subtle body, you are formally invited to a rough but inspired mishandling of crucial philosophical themes, sure to be of enduring interest to the irrepressible part of you that seeks.
Expect to be roused, incited, provoked to rediscover Hatha Yoga, by listening more deeply to the wild intelligence of your own breath.
As a prelude for Into the Depths, this series is designed to give you a taste of that magical program.
"The curriculum was a well-rounded and effective methodology to yoga asanas, yoga philosophy, Buddhist psychology and meditation practice. The reading materials were a great collection of sacred texts and contemporary literature. The weekly live discussion was lively and inclusive. Ty taught through his experience and knowledge of high caliber. It was like running into a stream of wisdom that deepened the way I practice yoga."
"This course has been supportive in so many ways, my practice, spiritual growth, and reflection on ordinary day-to-day experiences. It has opened interest and curiosity on many ideas and themes we discussed and read; I have had great reflections internally and also conversations at home and with friends around many of the topics we explored. I really had no expectations coming in; it has been a beautiful exploration of the mind and spirit."
"I have been a student of Ty Landrum for several years now. From the beginning of the pandemic I took his online primary and secondary series lead classes and other courses like The Breath of Ashtanga and Into the Heart. Loved them all and found them beneficial and inspiring.
As an educational program, Into the Depths is in a class by itself. My experience has been transformative, life changing and deeply nourishing. The lectures, the readings and the asana videos are illuminating and thought provoking. I will be participating in the next offering by Ty and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in serious, insightful inquiry."
"I embarked on this course thinking that I would learn a bit more about asana and pick up some yoga philosophy. What has actually occurred is a soul-searing experience of radical self-reflection and compassionate introspection. What’s occurred is a connection with people around the globe who ask questions similar to mine and have a similar passion for self-knowledge. What’s occurred is an exposure to dozens upon dozens of authors, philosophers, yogis, Buddhist monks and kindred spirits. What’s occurred is a connection and deep respect for this teacher, Ty Landrum, who has been candidly open, wildly intelligent, and simply masterful in his ability to listen, engage and teach."
"The Into the Depths course is an incredible journey. Be prepared to at some point find yourself knee deep in your emotional or spiritual mud. And trust that you have the best possible guide by your side, one who deeply cares. Your fellow course participants turn into your friends, really good ones. You won't mind spending evenings on Zoom to discuss the new material and you will look forward to every Saturday's talk. The downside: philosophical and mystical concepts from all arenas - not only Classical or Hatha Yoga - will keep you awake some nights or follow you into your dreams. But that's okay. Then gradually the mud will disappear. And you will realize that what you have been standing on all along is ... well, come and see for yourself!”
"Into the Depths with Ty Landrum is the ‘né of the né’. I can’t remember where I first learned the term “né” during my yoga studies, but its loose translation is “central point”. I have been on a quest for yoga’s pith and most poignant instructions ever since. This course is just that. In every Into the Depths live class, recorded talk, asana instruction, reading, pranayama offering, Ty shares quintessential life hacks to help each of us connect to the né of the né in our own hearts, which, as we experience through practice, is the né of the né shared with every heart. Through this course, I have found a sense of peace and spaciousness that I wish upon every being from all of time."
"This course is fantastic, one of the best decisions I have made. I was able to learn so much about myself, about my environment and how my practice can support my life. It is exhausting, tearful but above all liberating. Thank you very much, Ty, for this opportunity to learn from you and for your dedication. It changed my life and deepened my practice so much."
"Ty's 'Into the Depths' is a profound experience diving deep into yoga in all its complexity. The course brings countless aspects together: philosophical reflections; understanding the human psyche and how it influences our perception of ourselves and the world. As students we are beautifully guided into analysing our practice, not just through the lens of traditional yoga philosophy, but also Buddhism and other schools of thought. The result is an amazing experience into our very souls."
"I have been practicing Ashtanga for 20 years, and I feel very privileged and lucky to have had the opportunity of attending Into The Depths. The course was really beyond all the usual parameters of how yoga philosophy is usually taught. I especially loved that the course created many bridges between Eastern and Western philosophy, and the breadth and variety of readings offered. I could not help but to buy a few of the books! I loved that we were asked us to use our lived experiences and to apply the questions about the nature of reality to our own lives. It was not just about abstract ideas.
Our Saturday sessions were incredible in bringing together people from all walks of lives and every corner of the world who are very sincere and committed in trying to understand what we are really doing when we are practicing yoga. The sessions have felt very welcoming and open: everyone could say and ask anything. I have learnt a lot not just from the course content and structure, but from everyone's contributions.
I also found the asana video instructions really valuable, and they have supported in deepening the experience of the embodied practice.
The course made me fall in love with the art of yoga even more... We still have a few weeks to go and I am really curious and excited about what will happen…"
"I’m grateful for this opportunity to spend an entire year learning from Ty and all the yogis in our online sangha. The course has changed the way I experience my practice, and dare I say life more broadly. I gained more perspective into the interconnectedness of the world and, through the balanced breathing technique (taught in the very beginning of the class!), experienced insight into the movement of energy in asana practice. I also learned to approach life with more lightness (still practicing that one :) ).
On a more practical side, the clear highlight for me was the weekly discussions with Ty and the group, which were really engaging; I appreciated how we all took the time to break down new and sometimes difficult concepts from the readings. I was touched by the way everyone in the group was open and honest, even though most of us never met in-person.
Overall, I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in going deeper into their yoga practice and create meaningful connections with like-minded yogis from all over the world!"
"This course and Ty’s teachings have drastically changed the way I relate to practice, and more importantly highlights deep truths of how I relate with myself and others. He initiates conversations and inquires on how to apply many philosophical and psychological concepts into ones direct experience, and he has an eloquent way of describing these concepts that cuts away any false perceptions that we may get stuck in for many years throughout the path of growth. I feel this course has cut off years of striving within this process, and I now see what an actual embodied asana practice feels like… which contains openness, grace, and reverence. It’s incredibly inspiring to see and feel the change that has occurred within myself over the past year, and the incredibly open and vulnerable dialogue that has occurred between the participants."
"I signed up for this course because I accidentally came across a video of Ty about the breath on youtube. Something deep resonated with his approach. I thought this Ty person might lead me to a deeper understanding to the questions about life. Questions I did not even realize I could have! And I’m so happy I joined. It’s a journey to open, to receive, to investigate, to let go and to give. Even if it might take the rest of my life to sink the richness and depth of Ty’s teaching into my being. It is truly beautiful."
"This course is absolutely brilliant. Ty guides us deeper and deeper into ourselves with such care, such beauty and reverence. The journey is perfectly curated. The weekly readings that Ty has so thoughtfully selected, weave together texts and thinkers that have profoundly opened my mind and heart. Our weekly classes are filled with conversation that is vibrant, intimate and allows for a deep exploration that continues far beyond the hour and a half. Group pod meetings bring even more intimacy and depth. This course is changing my life. I have such gratitude."
"Although at times overwhelmed by its richness of content, I love the structure, abundance and depth of the Into Depth program. I am grateful for Ty’s effort to make the content available online - both on philosophy and asana practice - providing a holistic perspective on yoga. It’s definitely changing the way I practice and teach yoga to the better."
"Go for it if you’re looking for far more than a yoga course. Ty can teach you proper alignment and how to find space and stability in any asana, but most importantly, he can teach you how to find space into your mind. Through asana practice you’ll experience the possibility to create different shapes with your body and through the theoretical lessons and meditations you’ll be able to see many different perspectives of the reality, and at the same time you’ll learn how to maintain a lucid and peaceful approach to life.
Going into philosophy talks and readings can be difficult and intense, but any time I found myself doubtful and dense, I’ve discovered in the peer pods a very effective and helpful tool, since it’s possible to share experience, questions and insights with other people that are on the same path with you, and that creates also a beautiful and fulfilling sense of community.
I would definitely recommend this course, from the depths of my heart!"
"The Into the Depths Program is fundamental for people who wants to practice yoga or teach yoga from a place of clarity and in-depth. This is a multidimensional (re-)discovery of yoga. Not only will you learn with precision where to put the foot or the hand; or how to marry prana and apana. You will also be guided by Ty Landrum with gentleness and yes, cleverness, and creativity, to become an explorer on your own, navigating far beyond slogans, thinking out of the box. This is deep, this is beautiful. And totally reliable. A quite unique source of infinite knowledge. One door opening after the other. Isn't that yoga after all?
Thank you Ty."
a note from your guide...
This program has exceeded all of my expectations. The level of engagement, the devotion of the community, the scope of transformation among the participants, all of this has been astonishing. A sure sign of the success of the program is that most current students want to continue, want to take another pass through the wilderness of the soul with the support of our community. And like the experience of yoga, the second pass will be unprecedented, different, refreshing and new.
So I am thrilled to announce the second iteration of Into the Depths, my experimental yearlong immersion into the reflective and contemplative side of yogic practice and philosophy. There are no requisites here, no exams, no accreditations, but something finer and more profound—an invitation to dive deep into the inner tradition of yoga with an amazing community of sincere seekers from around the world, who are ready to embrace the confusion, the heartache, and also the sublime wonder of being alive. If this pulls on the strings of your heart, you are absolutely welcome to join.
Over the next couple of months, I will be giving a series of philosophical talks designed to prime you for the course, and answer any questions that you might have about its content and purpose. The talks are all free, and you can enroll for them here.
Meet Your Guide
Ty Landrum learned yoga from pain and heartache, loss and confusion, old books, lost tapes, full moons, long bouts of silence, cold winds, simplicity, forgiveness, surrender, and the caring words of a few good friends.
He draws inspiration from children, saffron, sage, carob, almonds, chocolate, wise women, gnarled old men, olive trees, deep rivers, steep mountains, quaking aspen, honeybees, love songs, sunrises, laughter and deep breath.
Ty has an unwavering love for this unique somatic discipline, which he began practicing back in 2005. Drawing on his formal background in philosophy (PhD University of Virginia), Ty has an unusual power for illuminating the internal dynamics of yoga. He sees yoga as conscious participation in archetypal patterns of human development, which he is ever drawn to explore.
Many inspiring people taught Ty about yoga, but the deepest and most lasting imprints have been made by Jennifer Eliot (his first teacher), David Garrigues (his second), Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman (his most recent), to all of whom he is forever grateful. These teachers all did something remarkable, which is to disappear, and allow the spirit of yoga to stand forth from within.
Ty now shares his love of yoga in studios and retreat centers around the world. His passion is to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.
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