Goa, India

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - Saturday, March 25, 2023
Goa, India

Goa, India

March 11-25, 2023

Purple Valley Retreat Center

To register or get more information visit: https://yogagoa.com/



This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in Ashtanga with a motivation to learn. There will be both asana theory (practice) and philosophy (lecture) classes.

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 the universal 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 and 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.

In this Asana Principles workshop you will also study how doing asanas is yoga philosophy in action. The workshop will focus on how to apply the 5 core asana principles to your poses and how yoga philosophy corresponds to each of the 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



Each morning includes Mysore classes. Afternoon classes

March 12th –  (Asana Theory) - Principle #1, Part 1
March 13th –  (Asana Theory and Philosophy) - Principle #1, Part 2
March 15th –  (Asana Theory) - Principle #2, Part 1
March 16th –  (Asana and Philosophy) - Principle #2, Part 2
March 19th –  (Asana Theory) - Principle #3, Part 1
March 20th –  (Asana Theory and Philosophy) - Principle #3, Part 2
March 22nd –  (Asana Theory) - Principle #4, Part 1
March 23rd –  (Asana Theory and Philosophy) - Principle #4, Part 2




On the surface each posture in the Primary Series can appear to be significantly different from another but in actuality the different postures are variations on one single asana, the Single Position. No matter what posture you are working, from the most exotic and advanced, to the most basic and elementary, they are all the same basic position. In this class, David will teach:

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



Every transition is a pranic pump that features the two opposing actions of expressing an animal like crouch and then a decisive spring into purposeful movement. The galvanization of energy that takes place when you exhale and coil your body into a crouch and then spring into skillful action causes the dormant energy within your center to awaken and circulate freely within your body. In this class, David will teach the crouch and spring principle:

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




On the wheel of hatha yoga, meditation is the hub around which all techniques as spokes revolve which means every aspect of hatha yoga must inevitably lead you back to the center, to meditation. Remaining closely connected to the foundation of your posture is one means of centering yourself, and staying in the hub of meditation.

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 



It can be helpful to think of your asana as a stance of equilibrium, or more specifically as a dynamic expression of a momentary equilibrium. Equilibrium can be defined as “a state of adjustment between opposing or divergent influences or elements”-and this could also serve well as definition of asana. In coming to a state of equilibrium you are working to create an internal order, a unique, physical bodily harmony, a focused mental, inward absorption, and you achieve this order by learning to muscularly, skeletally, and energetically activate parts of the body such as your feet, legs, torso, shoulders and arms. The process of applying these specific asana actions to your body happens by putting into play conflicting and contrary forces. In this workshop, David will teach what these forces are:

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 



To register or get more information visit: https://yogagoa.com/

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