Workshop «Mysore and Much More!»
Join and his partner Joy on a 5-day workshop in Ashtanga Yoga School Moscow!
December 4-8, 2013
December 4-7: 6.30-9.00 – Mysore, 10.00-12.00 – theory class.
December 8: 6.30-9.00 – Mysore, 10.00-12.00 – farewell tea party -_-
till September 30, 2013 – 12500rub (~$375),
till November 10, 2013 – 13500rub (~$400),
after November 10, 2013 – 14900rub (~$450).
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Theory Classes Themes:December 4:
Ashtanga Foundations I: The 5 allies
In this class we’ll look at the 5 root techniques that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga by carefully studying their application to the nine positions of Surya Namaskara. The root techniques, or allies include pranayama (conscious breathing), vinyasa (positioning), bandha’s (locks), dristi (gazing), and dhyana (meditation). The positions of Surya Namaskara provide the perfect foundational basis for exploring the important role that each of the allies plays in creating a mature, sustainable yoga practice. We’ll also explore how to internally connect the allies, and see how the creative interaction between them can help you to awaken the entire inner ‘field’ (ksetra) of consciousness. Awakening the inner field gives you a special kind of intuitive intelligence that pervades the body and helps you better use limbs 3 and 4 to move towards mastery of all eight limbs in the system.
Ashtanga Foundations II: Standing sequence
In this class we’ll explore how the cultivating a combination of dynamsim and stability in the standing postures provides you a perfect means of entrance into the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga. We’ll explore the importance of using the feet, legs, and hips to create strength, stamina and concentration. Better understand how the standing postures are an essential key to building a strong asana foundation. Learn to better access to mula and uddhyana bandha’s (locks), see how the grounded support of the lower body can awaken the breath and the spine and lead the way to steady gazing (dristi) and to dynamic meditation (dhyana).
Ashtanga Foundations III:Seated Postures and Dynamic Transitions of the Primary Series
In this class we’ll explore the core asana’s of primary series, learning how to better utilize the 5 allies to help you strategize your efforts. Structuring each seated asana in the primary around understanding the allies (vinyasa, breathing, bandha’s etc) will help you better extract the strengthening, restorative, and healing benefits of this important series. We’ll also study the dynamic transitions between the asana’s, carefully looking at how to create a better a jump back and jump through. Developing these transitions breaks up the monotony of the repetition by giving you a thrill with each dynamic jump. And emphasizing the transitions also teaches you to cultivate rhythm, breath, dynamism and vitality within the stillness of each asana.
Ashtanga Foundations IV: Back Bends and Inversions
Part one: Study of Back Bends including postures of second series
Part one: In this class we will study how to perform the introductory back bends of 2nd series with dynamism, skill and intelligence. The focus will be on utilizing back bending principles to free the breath and to better align the skeleton in the positions. This careful work is centered around becoming more absorbed in the five practice allies including breathing, internal locks, optimal positioning, and steady gazing. Learn to better extract the healing and meditative benefits of these important asana’s.
Part two: Inversions
We’ll explore how to better extract the nectar of prana from the basic inversions Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) and Sirsasana (Headstand). Learn to perform these postures with more confidence, ease, and breath. Gain a better understanding of the important role that the finishing asana’s play in creating a strong, lasting foundation for your practice.
Is there a specific asana that is nagging or troubling you? David Garrigues’s Asana Kitchen, based off his popular online video series, is coming to Moscow! Participants will write down their asana questions and David will make a selection based on the most popular questions, and then we’ll roll the camera and dive in to see what we can discover about the selected asana’s. We’ll look at each the asana in a progressive, step by step way so that a wide range of students, from beginner to advanced, will benefit from the study. This class is suitable for all levels. The edited version may eventually appear in a future asana kitchen installment.