My given name is Alan Lowenschuss, though I am also known now to some as "Allowah," an inspired spiritual name. Let me first introduce myself and the idea behind Yoga University by telling you just a little about my journey...
I spent most of my first 30 years in school, ultimately delving deeply into the fields of Philosophy and Religion as an Undergrad and Graduate Student at an Ivy League University. I almost completed a PhD in Comparative Religion, but did not go through with it as it became clear to me that academia can only go so far as it does not consider the whole person, by which I mean the body-mind-spirit trinity. Yoga is the only thing that has done that for me in my life, and I consider my Yoga education over the past nearly 18 years to be more than the equivalent of a PhD.
My yoga education has run the gamut of very traditional to very contemporary, as I have immersed myself in the best from the ancient East and the postmodern West. My traditional learning has included traveling to India multiple times for meditation retreats at my guru's ashram (waking up at 3 in the morning!), to doing Kirtan and learning Sanskrit in-depth; and often simultaneously, I have studied with some of the top contemporary Hatha Yoga teachers in the West, in addition to teaching Hatha Yoga regularly for the past 12 years, and running a Yoga Teacher Training school in Florida for the past 6, which has had over 60 graduates.
The idea behind Yoga University is simply this: An online school that will offer a truly universal education that addresses the whole person, and which bridges the gap between the ancient and postmodern, East and West, translating Yoga into language that is fun, easy-to-grasp, and accessible to the layperson. Yoga University will not offer merely information, but online courses with practical guidelines and tests that will help to embed and embody the teachings most effectively. Yoga University may at some point in the future establish itself in an offline setting with a school that would be attended by students, but for now, most of its offerings will be online, with a few immersion retreats in various locales (Maui, Bali, Costa Rica, and Florida) throughout the year.
Funds donated will go to the following:
1) Creation of Online Books, Videos, and Courses that will provide the highest quality information about Yoga. The first course will be created through Udemy. Click HERE to see our first course, which is in draft mode right now.
2) An Interactive Website with an online store.
3) Marketing & Promotion.
4) Miscellaneous things like Trademarking, Logo, Apps, etc.
What we are suggesting is a $36 donation which will also give you free access to our first online course through Udemy. Again, you can view the course in draft mode HERE. The course cost will go up to three times that price, $108, when it finally gets published in early January, and will no doubt quadruple by next year at this time, once all of the kinks of the beta stage are worked out.
Thank You so much for Your Time & Generosity, Alan
Ps. If you donate $10,000, you will receive an all-expense paid trip to Bali that includes our Bali Yoga Spirit 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Immersion in Ubud this March, or a weeklong exclusive Bali retreat at the end of March, as well as a paid ticket to Bali Spirit Fest. If you cannot make it to either of these offerings, you or a friend or family member will have free access to a future retreat of the same quality. In addition, you will be granted lifetime access to all of our course offerings.