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Dates June 22-24
Friday night - 5:30-7:30pm Guided Full Primary Series 
Saturday morning 8-10am Mysore
Saturday 1-3pm Functional Movement for Life and Athletes 
Saturday 4-6pm Arm Balances 
Sunday 8-10am Mysore 
Sunday 11-1pm Integrated Backbends 

 

 

🔴🔵🔶ASHTANGA CONFERENCE/ Q&A🔴🔵🔶 1 HOUR

 

The tradition of holding

Conference in the ashtanga lineage began with its founder, shri k. Pattabhi jois, and is continued by his grandson paramaguru sharath jois. We as authorized and certified teachers in this lineage, on occasion, will also hold such conferences for our local students.

Holding conference provides an important channel for exchange of information between students and teacher. This exchange opens the door to conversation, questions and answers that there may not be time for, or may not be appropriate in the context of a Mysore room. So too, it provides a time for reflection for both the student and the teacher to discuss ideas and concepts within the practice that may fall outside the arena of solely asana practice. With this time and space, we are free to discuss a bit of theory, yoga philosophy, modalities for healing, methodology in the asana practice, and anything thay may fall under the umbrella of living the life of a daily yoga practitioner.

 

 

 

🔶🔷TEACHING SKILLS🔷 2 HOUR

 

This lecture and practicum will go over some of the main points of being an effective teacher including but not limited to verbal cueing and adjustments, plus developing "an eye" and compassion for your student: when they are able to advance and when they would better benefit from easing back. Learn signs to quickly recognize exactly what is needed in the precise moment in the middle of a classroom situation. And develop an overall sense of both calm and leadership while teaching a class.

 

 

🔴🔵🔷ELEMENTS OF MOBILITY🔷 2 HOUR

 

This will be a continuous but slow moving active workshop that allows for a concentrated and focused effort at unlocking some of the commonly tightest areas of the body.

 

🔴🔵🔷ELEMENTS OF STRENGTH🔷 2 HOUR

 

This will be a continuous moving active workshop that utilizes simple and attainable exercises and drills that will make even the most timid practitioner gain a sense of stability, control, and confidence in the vinyasa element of the practice.

 

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷ASANA CLINIC AND FUNCTIONAL

MOVEMENT🔷 2 HOUR

 

This is a workshop designed to cover the bases of the main movement patterns in yoga and how we can best develop strength, flexibility, and overall control in our practice, all while avoiding injury. There will be plenty of room for discussion, questions, trial, and demonstration.

 

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT FOR LIFE AND FOR ATHLETES🔷 2 HOUR

 

This is a workshop designed to cover the bases of the main movement patterns in life and how we can best develop strength, flexibility, and overall control in our daily lifes while countering the affects of aging and and stiffness in our chosen activities all while avoiding injury. There will be plenty of room for discussion, questions, trial, and demonstration.

 

 

🔴🔷ASHTANGA 1% THEORY 🔷 ONE TO FOUR 2 HR SESSIONS

 

Sri. K. Pattabhi jois, the guru of ashtanga yoga and a scholar of Sanskrit and yoga, said yoga is "99% practice... 1% theory." despite his education, he understood that the true transformative power of yoga is in the practice and not in the philosophy. As a long time student, I know that for whatever energy you put in to your practice, the practice will return to you exponentially.

So, we begin with practice. Throughout the course of this four part series, we will discuss the theory that supports this practice. This workshop will focus on the fundamentals, the what, and perhaps equally important then, the how. Despite the debates, confusions, and misconceptions that ashtanga is "too hard" or only for the “young" and "athletic", the practice of ashtanga yoga is literally for everybody. Guruji said, “ashtanga yoga is for all people: old people, young people, fat people, skinny people...the only people who cannot practice are lazy people." what many of us miss is that the practice is meant to be learned and digested slowly over a long period of time. So rather than jumping into primary series with two feet, as many of us often do, we will explore the practice, one toe in at a time, in four parts, with patience and perseverance.

This workshop is for everyone and anyone who has ever had the thought, the inclination, or the desiire to try ashtanga yoga or yoga in general. It is for those who have not yet begun, and for those who have practiced many years. All are welcome.

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷VINYASA COUNTS🔷 2 HOUR

 

This workshop will focus mainly on the science of vinyasa: the breaths and how they are connected to specific movements in and out of the postures of the primary series. The vinyasas or movements are traditionally counted in Sanskrit while the asanas or postures are held and counted in English. The workshop will clarify these vinyasas and shed some light on some of the more difficult transitions in primary series. This workshop is ideal for practitioners who feel it useful to gain clarity and begin to memorize vinyasa counts in an effort to streamline their existing practice.

 

🔴🔷INTRO TO MYSORE🔷 2 HOUR

Can be up to 4x 90 min sessions

 

The Mysore method is the traditional way to learn and teach the Ashtanga Yoga practice. In many ways, learning Mysore can appear intimidating, as it required that the student memorize and learn a sequence of postures. However, it is one of the most effective ways to learn and improve in yoga, especially as a beginner, because this practice can be tailor-made to fit any and every student in the room. Essentially it is like getting a private lesson in a room full of people. Therefore, with individual instruction, custom-built for the needs and abilities of each student. This 3-week intro program, is a friendly way to get the new students feet wet in a room full

of beginners.

This package also includes a week of free Mysore.

Memory matters in the ashtanga vinyasa sequence. One of the things that distinguishes the ashtanga practice from many other forms is that it is a set sequence of postures. Rather than changing what postures are practiced, what changes instead is the relationship a student has with the postures. Over time and with consistency the practice grows stronger. However, before a true connection with the practice can be made, the sequence, pose by pose, should be committed to memory. As a student advances not just the sequence of postures, but then the vinyasas for each posture can be learned.

For the students who had practiced ashtanga only in guided classes rather than a traditional Mysore style, the practice is taken all at once, rather than bit by bit. This can be challenging for memorization purposes. In this workshop we will discuss simple ways to commit the series and the vinyasas to memory so that you can stop thinking and start practicing.

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷SURYA NAMASKARA🔷 2 HOUR

(Can be independently taught)

 

Surya namaskara contains the foundation for the entire practice that follows it. It is a complete practice in and of itself. And it is the place where the mind and body connect in a rhythmic correlation to the breath. If I could only choose one part of the practice to work on for the rest of my life, it would be surya namaskar. It is infinitely complex and profoundly simple. Complete with backbends forward bends, lateral extensions, strength postures, inversions and standing postures. Here we will look at alignment techniques for each posture, fluid transitions, and deep ujjayi breathing.

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷THE STANDING POSTURES🔷 2 HOUR

(Can be independently taught, but is best paired as part 2 with sutra namaskar workshop)

 

See how the standing postures build the foundation on which to build the rest of your practice. Starting from the ground up, we will look at the best ways to find balance from grounding your feet to flexion in the knees and hips and strength in the quadriceps.

 

🔴🔶🔷THE SEATED POSTURES🔷 2 HOUR

(Part 3 of surya namaskar and standing postures)

 

The seated postures are the most effective place to work on the deep mobility of the hamstrings, hips and hip flexors. As those begin to open and release, see how that mobility transfers up the spine. We will look at effective ways to work for those who are challenged by the these poses, use tools to remember and/or make sense of the order, and see how the progressive sequence of postures in primary series unfolds one into the next.

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷INTEGRATED BACKBENDING🔷 2 HOUR

(Can be taught independently or part 4)

 

Backbends are perhaps the most important postures to counter the stresses and activities of modern life. They are the most important and often the most daunting. When learning and practicing primary series, a practice of mainly forward bends and twists, it can seem like a cruel joke to then on top off an already challenging practice end with a round of backward bending. Backbends can feel exhausting and impossible when we first learn them. We will explore the postures in primary series that will lead to the most pleasant back bending experience possible.

In this workshop, we will explore ways to work with backbends that will focus on how to build openness in the front side of the body, open your hips and shoulders and inspire overall strength, making the common sore back a thing of the past. We will look at some alignment principles and practices that can forever take the painful and uncomfortable associations with the lower back and transform them into the exhilarating experience they can be. Though strength is not often associated with deep backbends, and more flexibility is emphasized, you will walk away with a new understanding of the important role strength plays in your backbends and over-all health of your spine. Compound that with good form and you will gain some new insights into the power of deep backbends. Practices and a demonstration will be included to guide you to eventually stand and drop back from urdhva dhanurasana on your own.

 

🔴🔶🔷THE CLOSING POSTURES: BACKBENDS AND INVERSIONS🔷 2 HOUR

(Part 4 or 5 of the sutra namaskar to seating postures or backbends)

 

Practicing backbends and inversions are perhaps the most important postures to counter the stresses and activities of modern life. They are the most important and often the most daunting. We will explore ways to work with backbends that will focus on how to build openness in the front side of the body, open your hips and shoulders and inspire overall strength, making the common sore back a thing of the past. To turn upside down takes an immense amount of strength and fearlessness. We will work with simple techniques to build confidence and stability in inversions. Come experience the freedom these postures inspire.

 

🔵🔶🔷GUIDED FULL PRIMARY SERIES🔷 2 HOUR

 

A guided primary class is conducted following specific vinyasa counts and the names of each posture called in sanskrit. Following the rhythm of the vinyasa counts is meant to develop physical strength and mobility, mental clarity, emotional calm, and spiritual awakening. (this class is the perfect end to ashtanga 1% theory).

 

🔵🔴🔶🔷MYSORE🔷 2 HOUR

Mysore style is the traditionally method taught by sri k pattabhi jois named after the small city where guruji lived for much of his life. In this style, the method of ashtanga yoga is transmitted from the teacher directly to the individual student through physical adjustments and minimal verbal cueing. Gradually the student is able to commit to memory series of postures and breaths that comprise the series. Once the student memorizes and becomes proficient at a pose she is then taught the next pose and on like that until primary series is complete. Once primary series is complete, and the student is firmly grounded in its techniques, she will move on to the intermediate series and on. There are 6 series in ashtanga yoga; at this time there is only one person, r sharth jois, guruji’s grandson, who practices the 6thseries of ashtanga yoga. For the purposes of this workshop some familiarity with the primary series is suggested

 

 

🔶🔷ADJUSTMENTS🔷 2 HOUR

 

This workshop is meant to explore ways to approach physical adjustments for some key postures in the primary series. While there are some universal adjusting methods, there will be emphasis on how to adjust according to individual student’s bodies, given that each of us has a unique set of strengths and limitations.

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷JUMPING, LIFTING, FLOATING FLYING🔷 2 HOUR

 

this workshop is meant to explore ways to refine a seasoned practitioner’s skills in yoga. we will work through the main obstacles or “hidden locks” that prevent students from experiencing the lightness, grace and strength of a master. we will work on various techniques for jump throughs and jump backs, headstands, forearm stands, and handstands, and more. this will be a fun, light-hearted class with lots of room for exploration, hands-on adjustments, and questions.

 

🔵🔷ARM BALANCES: A LOOK INTO THE STRENGTH POSTURES OF THIRD SERIES🔷 2 HOUR

 

This workshop is meant to explore ways to explore and refine the yoga practitioner’s skills in the art of arm balancing. We will work our way from some of the simple lifts and transitions of ashtanga’s primary series, play with increasing levels of difficulty in some second series arm balances and finally touch on the demanding and powerful balances of the third series. Understanding shoulder position and stability is a natural complement to achieving some of the more advanced arm balancing postures of the third series. Shoulder positions, a mobile spine and pelvis that forward bending and side bending require will be serve as the tools for takeoff. This will be a fun, light-hearted class with lots of room for exploration, hands-on adjustments, and questions.

 

 

🔵🔷INVESTIGATION OF THE INTERMEDIATE SERIES🔷 2 HOURS

 

The intermediate series of ashtanga yoga, or nadi shodana, requires a deeper level of mobility and versatility than its predecessor. The series opens with spinal extensions and contains one of the deepest backbends in ashtanga. It then moves into the world of deep external hip rotation and spinal flexion with a series of postures, which involve putting your leg behind you head. Finally the practices culminates with a section of postures that require dynamic movements between spinal extension and flexion and involve great feats of strength. In this workshop we will discuss and explore how these movements are possible without pain, stress, or injury, though the series is very demanding physically, it is ultimately meant to work on the level of the nervous system, where once achieved, the practitioner can hope to find a deeper and overall calm.

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷VINYASA COUNTS🔷 2 HOUR

 

this workshop will focus mainly on the science of vinyasa: the breaths and how they are connected to specific movements in and out of the postures of the primary series. the vinyasas or movements are traditionally counted in sanskrit while the asanas or postures are held and counted in English. the workshop will clarify these vinyasas and shed some light on some of the more difficult transitions and postures in primary series. this workshop is ideal for practitioners who feel that ashtanga yoga is too hard, too confusing, too complicated and have felt defeated by the practice before they have ever begun. also, it can also be useful to long-time students who want to gain clarity and begin to memorize vinyasa counts. either way, you will walk away with a new understanding.

 

🔴🔶🔷INTRO TO MYSORE🔷 2 HOUR

 

Memory matters in the ashtanga vinyasa sequence. One of the things that distinguishes the ashtanga practice from many other forms is that it is a set sequence of postures. Rather than changing what postures are practiced, what changes instead is the relationship a student has with the postures. Over time and with consistency the practice grows stronger. However, before a true connection with the practice can be made, the sequence, pose by pose, should be committed to memory. As a student advances not just the sequence of postures, but then the vinyasas for each posture can be learned.

For the students who had practiced ashtanga only in guided classes rather than a traditional Mysore style, the practice is taken all at once, rather than bit by bit. This can be challenging for memorization purposes. In this workshop we will discuss simple ways to commit the series and the vinyasas to memory so that you can stop thinking and start practicing.

 

🔴🔵🔶🔷FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT AND HEALING FROM INJURY🔷 2 HOURS

 

Injury is an unavoidable part of practice and life. It is one of the obstacles on the path of yoga. We all experience it, and we all have felt a sense of loss because of it. As a teacher, i have objectively guided many students in their work with and through injuries. But as a practitioner i recognize and have personally felt the fear, sadness, frustration, hopelessness, confusion, and defeat that an injury will cause. for many students, it is the crossroads that either makes or breaks their yoga practice. Because of that, if you are to come out on the other side, it can also be one of the most empowering and important stages of growth on the yogic path join day for the special discussion, and she will demystify some of the most common injuries in ashtanga: hamstring strain, knee and shoulder injury, and back pain.

 

🔵🔷INVESTIGATION OF THE INTERMEDIATE SERIES🔷 2 HOURS

 

The intermediate series of ashtanga yoga, or nadi shodana, requires a deeper level of mobility and versatility than its predecessor. The series opens with spinal extensions and contains one of the deepest backbends in ashtanga. It then moves into the world of deep external hip rotation and spinal flexion with a series of postures, which involve putting your leg behind you head. Finally, the practices culminate with a section of postures that require dynamic movements between spinal extension and flexion and involve great feats of strength. In this workshop we will discuss and explore how these movements are possible without pain, stress, or injury, though the series is very demanding physically, it is ultimately meant to work on the level of the nervous system, where once achieved, the practitioner can hope to find a deeper and overall calm.

 

🔴🔵🔷 DRILLS 🔷 1.5 HOUR

 

Less talk more action. Want to do a workshop that will challenge every part of your physical being without getting too heady about it. This is a pure workout including exercises that i have used to develop strength, skills, and control for some of the more challenging vinyasas in the ashtanga system. People always ask, "is there anything i can do to get stronger at jump backs?" the answer is "yes! You can take this class"

What to bring: make sure you have socks, a hand towel or bandana, and water.

 

🔴🔵🔷YOGA BOOTCAMP🔷 1.5 HOUR

Interested in developing a little more muscle and getting a little more bang for your buck? Do you love yoga but also want to amp up a little of your practice in a fun and accessible way? This is the class for you. You will find a strategic sprinkling of power moves you can emphasize within your preexisting yoga practice and begin to

Feel the power that yoga can provide in a very real and immediate way.

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