Asana Principles

Saturday, September 12, 2020 - Saturday, November 28, 2020
Via Zoom
Asana Principles
Sliding Scale: $20-$450

Saturdays from September 12-November 28th

Register for individual classes or the full course

ALL LEVELS, SLIDING SCALE

Individual Classes: $20-$60

Full Course: $225-$450

Stream it live or practice with the recording at your own convenience. All videos will be available until December 6th.

 

Imagine if you could see any pose from basic to advanced and know how to do that pose in a way that perfectly suits you and your body.  Knowing how to apply these 6 asana principles to your poses will give you this powerful knowledge.  

 Learn to cut through the superficial, external differences of a pose and pay attention to the deeper, more important, and empowering commonalities that are shared by all poses.

Answer such questions as “What is the point or goal of doing this pose?” or “What constitutes improvement and how can I take safe, logical, and manageable steps to ensure that I’m optimally directing my efforts?”

Go deep into the subject of asana for 90 days. Learn an organized thought process that you use to do or develop or troubleshoot any pose. Know how to modify a pose to suit your limits or other individual circumstances.

By taking my Asana Principles Course you will study how doing asanas is yoga philosophy in action. The course will focus on how to apply the set of core principles to your poses and also we will study the specific aspect of yoga philosophy that corresponds to each of the 6 principles.   Then you can use your physical practice to directly experience and learn to live by the wisdom that is the heart of yoga’s teachings.

“… the learned know that the practice of yoga and its philosophy are one and the same thing”. - Bhagavad Gita

 

LIVE CLASS TIMINGS

(Recorded versions will be available the following Monday.)

September 12th – 9:30-11:30am EST  (Asana Only) - Principle #1, Part 1
September 19th – 9:30-12:00am EST  (Asana and Philosophy) - Principle #1, Part 2
September 26th – 9:30-11:30am EST  (Asana Only) - Principle #2, Part 1
October 3rd – 9:30-12:00am EST  (Asana and Philosophy) - Principle #2, Part 2
October 10th – 9:30-11:30am EST  (Asana Only) - Principle #3, Part 1
October 17th – 9:30-12:00am EST  (Asana and Philosophy) - Principle #3, Part 2
October 24th – 9:30-11:30am EST  (Asana Only) - Principle #4, Part 1
October 31st – 9:30-12:00am EST  (Asana and Philosophy) - Principle #4, Part 2
November 7th – 9:30-11:30am EST  (Asana Only) - Principle #5, Part 1
November 14th – 9:30-12:00am EST  (Asana and Philosophy) - Principle #5, Part 2
November 21st – 9:30am-11:30am EST   (Asana Only) - Principle #6, Part 1
November 28th – 9:30am-12:00am EST  (Asana and Philosophy) - Principle #6, Part 2


CLASS DETAILS 

ASANA PRINCIPLE #1 - SINGLE POSITION (Part 1 and Part 2)

September 12th – 9:30am-11:30am EST  (Pt 1, Asana only)
September 19th – 9:30am-12:00am EST  (Pt 2, Asana and Philosophy)

Asana Section

1) Study of the Single Position Samasthiti---pelvis, spine, head as a Danda, role of the legs and arms, 3 body Planes (Median, Frontal, and Horizontal), Spotlights (9 images of horizontal surfaces along the central axis).  

2) Apply the actions of Samasthiti to the poses of Surya Namaskara including Plank, Chaturanga Dandasana, and Downward Dog Pose

3) Study of Dandasana and Sirsasana two close allies to Samasthiti:,

Philosophy Section

-Hatha vs Raja Yoga 

-Sacred Consciousness is the Samasthiti of Philosophy

-Yoga Sutras 1:2, 1:3, 3:35, 3:36 

-Meditation on the Infinite is the root of asana practice

 


ASANA PRINCIPLE #2 - THE CROUCH AND SPRING OF TRANSITIONS (Part 1 and Part 2)

September 26th - 9:30am-11:30am EST (Pt 1, Asana Only)
October 3rd - 9:30am-12:00pm EST (Pt 2, Asana and Philosophy)

Asana Section

1) Standing Poses, Navasana, Bhujapidasana

2) Learning progress of Sirsasana (Head Balance), Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance), Urdhva Mukha Vrkshasana (Handstand). 

Philosophy Class

-Hatha Yoga Pradipika hatha yoga foundation for Raja Yoga (from ch on Asana)

-Kundalini foundation for yoga practice (from ch on Mudras)

-YS 2, 46 study of the quality of Stira, earth element, garima siddhi

-Dharma as an aspect of stira and as overall foundation of one’s life

 


ASANA PRINCIPLE #3 - FOUNDATION FIRST: LIMBS AS LEVERS (Part 1 and Part 2)

October 10th – 9:30am-11:30am EST   (Pt 1, Asana Only)
October 17th – 9:30am-12:00am EST  (Pt 2, Asana and Philosophy)

Asana Section

1) Use Surya Namaskara to learn about the 3 phases of every transition:  Crouch, Spring and Destination.

2) Study of the learning progression for jumping back and jumping through between seated postures; a range of exercises to suit all levels.    

3) Dynamism as a practice ethic; study of lesser known places and creative ways to use the crouch and spring approach to your transitions.   

Philosophy Class

-Yoga is skill in action;    

-Bhagavad Gita ch 3 on action

-YS Ch 2-36 benefits of satya (2ndYama)  

-YS Ch 2-43,, benefits of tapas (3rdNiyama) 

-Yoga Vasistha on self effort 

 


ASANA PRINCIPLE #4 - TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR SPINE  (Part 1 and Part 2)

October 24th – 9:30am-11:30am EST  (Pt 1, Asana Only)
October 31st – 9:30am-12:00am EST  (Pt 2, Asana and Philosophy)

Asana Section

1-Exercises to explore and clarify the basic pelvic and spinal positions

2-Study of Spine versus Limbs: main pair of opposites to awaken Kundalini 

3-Gesturing with your spine; tapping a main part of you for creative expression.  

Philosophy Section

-YS 2-46 Stira Sukham Asanam and action--

-YS 2-38 benefits of Brahmacarya-tapping creativity, 

-Hatha Yoga Pradipika Prana, Nadi’s, and Kundalini

-Freeing your spine and the manifesting the element of space—sukha—su-with, kha-space and manifesting creativity 

 


ASANA PRINCIPLE #5 - MODIFY TO PRIORITIZE WHAT HAS THE MOST VALUE (Part 1 and Part 2)

November 7th – 9:30am-11:30am EST  (Pt 1, Asana Only)
November 14th – 9:30am-12:00am EST  (Pt 2, Asana and Philosophy)

Asana Section

1-The art of compromise: Find perfection through making wise concessions

2-Revolved side angle, Uttihta hasta Padangusthasana Marichyasanas, Navasana,

3-Props as adjustors, allies

4-Identify a learning progression for each posture

Philosophy Section

-YS 2-37 benefits of Asteya--non stealing 

-YS 2-39 benefits of Aparigraha   

-Bhagavad Gita end of ch 3 on action-finding your own fitting work, suitable step in the progression  

-Dharmaraj and Yama 

 


ASANA PRINCIPLE #6 - BREATH AND BANDHAS (Part 1 and Part 2)

November 21st – 9:30am-11:30am EST  (Pt 1, Asana Only)
November 28th – 9:30am-12:00am EST  (Pt 2, Asana and Philosophy)

Asana Section

1) Connecting breath with transitions, following breath the ends of the movements and to ends of your skeleton lines:  Uddhyana and Jalandhara Bandha gestures. 

2) Learn to highlight bandhas in the asana sequences Surya Namaskara, Prasarita Padottanasana, Janu Sirsasana B, Upa Vista Konasana, and inversions)

3) Pranayama: Ujjayi breath work, Vayu patterns, Viloma, Khumbhaka

Philosophy Section

-Study of the two sources of mind activity: Prana-Life Force and Vasana-deep seated desires and how to bring about a state of Nirodha—cessation of mind activity 

-YS 2-33, 34 Ahimsa related to Vasana (deep seated desires)

-YS 2-38 Brahmacarya related to Vasana (deep seated desires)

-YS 2-45 benefits of Isvara Pranidhana- honoring what is beyond your control

-YS 2-52,53 benefits of Pranayama-breath control 

 


REGISTRATION

Registration is for individual classes or all 12 classes. 20% discount for all yoga teachers who teach 5 or more hours per week. When you check out use code: teacher 

SLIDING SCALE

Individual Classes: $20-$60

                       Full Course: $225-$450                             

*Students will be emailed zoom link a couple hours before the class starts and a link to the recorded version 48 hours later.  All recorded classes will remain available until December 6th. Since students will receive access to the recorded classes there are no refunds.


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