Chattanooga, Tennessee

Friday, August 23, 2024 - Sunday, August 25, 2024
Chatanooga, Tennessee  
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Yoga Landing

August 23 - 25

All Levels

Chatanooga, Tennessee  

Register here - https://www.yogalanding.net/

Schedule

FRIDAY -  8/23

CONNECTION BETWEEN ASANA AND PHILOSOPHY

I practice and teach by a set of 7 asana principles (see list below).  I formulated these principles over many decades from a study of yoga philosophy along with countless hours of practice and deep contemplation of the relationship between the two.

In the classes, I will share with you practical information on both the asana principles and the relevant yoga texts.  This knowledge represents the heart of what I have to share about the study of asana and yoga philosophy. 

In terms of the asana practice, the principles are specifically designed to help you cut through the plethora of competing information and unearth what’s most important and essential about each asana and transition. 

These principles apply to all asanas-- entire spectrum from the most basic to the most difficult—and that is why applying the principles helps you to learn to pay closer attention to the essential core similarities shared by all poses rather than placing too much value on their superficial differences (which leads to faulty practice habits and harm-causing misuse of the yoga technology). 

Also, besides focusing on learning to apply the principles towards gaining technical asana skills, I will cite and interpret the specific yoga texts that are the source of each principle. When you are able to a make clear connection between how you approach your asanas and the teachings of the sacred texts, then the lessons that you learn in your practice become wisdom that applies to and transforms your entire life.   

There will be active, targeted asana-based classes that provide you with experiential examples of each principle and also talks that discuss the theory behind absorbing yoga philosophy through engaging in tapas (discipline) and sadhana (practice).  

The 7 principles:

  1. The single position
  2. The single transition
  3. Ground legs and arms
  4. Awaken spine
  5. Tap breath
  6. Stamp and seal energy
  7. Play with opposites

The yoga philosophy texts for the talks include:  Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Vashista, Upanishads, and others. 

 

SATURDAY - 8/24 

EXTRACTING STRENGTH THROUGH STANDING POSTURES

In this class we’ll explore how the cultivating a combination of dynamism 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 bandhas (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).

 

SATURDAY – 8/24 

HOW TO SEAMLESSLY WEAVE ANATOMY INTO YOUR TEACHING  

In this class, David will explore these themes:

  1. Being openly curious about how your body instrument works structurally and anatomically in movement and posture 
  2. The role of imagery and visualization in gaining anatomy knowledge
  3. How asana actions are often simply applied anatomy instructions
  4. Understanding arm positioning and arm movements from the fascinating perspective of the scapula, the root or base plate of the arm. 
  5. Utilizing dynamic opposing forces within the arms, ribcage, and spine to align all poses as well as increase shoulder flexibility and upper body strength. 
  6. Discovering the intelligence of your legs to strike a grounded stance and revolutionize your pose
  7. Express the circularity of the hip joint as a great way to increase the range of motion of the hip joint and safely approach classic hip opening poses that feature half or full lotus.  
  8. A set of steps for safely taking half or full lotus pose and how to use the same steps whether doing standing, seated, or inverted half or full lotus poses. 
  1. How to absorb and transmit anatomy information dynamically and experientially as opposed to theoretically.  
  2. How to utilize dynamic alignment to protect the knees, hips, shoulders, and spine.  

 

SUNDAY – 8/25

ART OF SAFE AND JOYOUS BACKBENDS

This class will help you better understand how to make progress in all back bends through a study of the foundational back bends in Hatha Yoga.  We'll look into how to create a sound, well-grounded foundation in each asana.  Focusing on setting a foundation leads you to find an aligned, nectar yielding spinal position.  We will also look at strategies for creating smooth transitions into and out of the asanas, and how to effectively and economically combine repetition, rhythm, and breathing in order to stay longer and have more ease.   Lastly, we'll look into how to devise strategies for how to either increase or decrease the challenge of the positions depending on how you choose to approach your work.  



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