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EVENTS & Guest Teachers

Connect & Protect with Marque Garaux

​Weekend Workshops, classes & 4 days of 6am Mysore to Follow 

During this weekend we will look at some interesting ways to better understand the self and the communities around us. With the help of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, some simple and effective guidelines for living with a smaller footprint, and understanding how asana fits in, we can begin taking practical and real world steps at living in a way that truly connects us and protect. These ideas will then take us into the 4 days of Mysore classes that follow.

This is a great workshop for teachers, aspiring teachers, mysore assistants, and yoga students.   

Friday evening: July 26, 2024



Connect and Protect: The Body 

This session will be an anatomical discussion that will highlight some key puzzle pieces that will help the students to understand how to protect themselves as they progress more deeply in the practice. 



Saturday: July 27, 2024 


CLASS, 9:00-11:00am

Led Primary Class, All Levels

WORKSHOP, 1:00-3:00pm​ & 4:00-6:00pm


Connect and Protect:  Nature

Sleep, Eat, Drink, Move, Comfort, and Discomfort are the 6 pillars that this discussion will revolve around. Connect and Protect is all about how we can better connect to nature and how we can better protect ourselves from the modern day toxins that surround nearly every activity that we do. After this workshop, each of us will be able implement small, simple, and affordable steps to making our lives healthier and happier. The longer you live and think this way, the easier and more fun it becomes to come up with new creative solutions when needed. 

Connect and Protect: The Breath

This workshop will cover the most important fundamentals of the vinyasa (breath and movement) and bring awareness to the importance it plays on the further development of our asana practices. We will go further beyond to learn about the vinyasa count and how this in itself can be a powerful tool to sharpen our one pointed focus and bring us to a state of meditation. 


Sunday: July 28, 2024

CLASS, 9:00-11:00am

Morning Mysore 

WORKSHOP, 1:00-4:00pm​

Connect and Protect: Others

To connect the mind to the physical body will work together on the art of hands on adjustments and clear, 2 way communication. Learning to assist others helps us learn how to be better assisted and also how to assist ourselves in those challenging times of self practice.

Marque Garaux, SYC Level 2 Authorized


Marque Garaux, a US Marine Veteran, long time rock climber and overall outdoor enthusiast, discovered Ashtanga Yoga while seeking different ways to alleviate his lower back pain. After noticing an almost immediate physical change, Marque then slowly began to see other positive changes happening in his life as well. With no Ashtanga teachers in the area, he found himself with no choice but to get up early and go through it at home each day. During this time Marque also attended a 200 hour teacher training and several Ashtanga workshops and intensives to deepen his understanding of this beautiful system. 

In the fall of 2014 Marque decided to follow in the footsteps of the teachers that he most respected and applied for study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). Marque was accepted and spent the first 2 months of 2015 in Mysore, India learning under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois. Since that first trip, Marque has practiced with Sharath multiple times and is committed to keeping this teacher/student relationship alive and strong. Marque received the blessing as an Authorized Level 2 teacher from Sharath on December 12th, 2017 during his morning practice.

Marque is the owner of Great Lakes Ashtanga Yoga which is located on eight wooded acres in Geneva, Ohio. He spends about 6 months there per year offering a full Mysore program, private lessons and workshops. The other half of the year is dedicated to his travels where he reconnects with his students around Europe and with his teacher in India. 


(includes Saturday Led Primary Class & Sundays Mysore)

JULY 27 T0 AUGUST 1, 2024


July 27 Full Primary Class & July 28 Mysore Class


July 29 to August 1, Mysore Classes




Single Class: $40.00

All 6 Classes: $190.00

FULL WEEKEND: $250.00 

4 Workshops & 2 practice sessions 

(Including Friday evening's Workshop)


FULL SUNDAY: $125.00



FULL EVENT: $380.00

4 Workshops, 1 Led Primary Class & 5 Mysore Classes


ENDS: MAY 31, 2023 

Tuition is non-refundable after June 1, 2024







SYC/ KPJAYI, lvl 1 Authorized

MAY 13 -17, 2024 


EARLY BIRD, 5 classes: $60.00

end April 1, 2024

Regular Price, 5 classes: $75.00


Single Class: $25.00


May 13-16, 2024, 7:30-10:00am Mysore Style 

(Contact if you would like to attend and

 need an earlier start time)

May 17, 2024, 7:30-9:15am Led Primary Series, all levels



Sandeep Shivashankar, Level 1 Authorized

Sandeep Shivashankar is a very well know yoga and wellness teacher who is based in Mysuru, the Ashtanga Yoga capital of India. He is one of the very few authorized yoga instructors from the world- renowned yoga shala, K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), Mysuru. Having over 15 years of experience in asana practice, he has mastered the skills in clear explanation, instructor guided classes, proper adjustments, and breathing techniques.

Sandeep was born in Mysore, he grew up in a typical orthodox Brahmin family with passion towards artistic field he started his career in theater, dance, fitness at a very young age. Though he spent a few years focused on his scholastic education. He achieved tremendous success in dance and established his school and later entered the fitness genre with Zumba. But he personally stared to feel something lacking and the days became more chaotic with stress and anxiety.

Sandeep started practicing yoga with an intention to balance his lifestyle and after a few years of practice with various instructors, he took it as a way of life when he started to practice in 2012 under the guidance of Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois of KPJAYI, and underwent rigorous training to obtain authorization to teach traditional Mysore style Ashtanga yoga in 2017, and has been assisting his guru ever since.

With this foundation he established his own shala - Yoga Purusha Ashtanga yoga shala in Mysuru. His sincere devotion and discipline to the study and practice of yoga compels him to rise six days a week at 3:00 a.m. to complete his practice before he starts teaching his regular classes. His students comprise of many corporates, officials, and house-wives.

He has been invited to conduct yoga workshops in several other states in India, US, and South Korea since 2018. In his trips to Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Seoul, he has received good reviews about his clear teaching techniques and adjustments. In addition, he hopes to teach Ashtanga yoga all over the world to share the essence of the authentic, dedicated, and comprehensive lessons he has acquired from the yoga masters and to highlight the advantages of Ashtanga yoga for both physical and spiritual wellbeing.

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