Great Barrington, MA

Friday, May 25, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018
Great Barrington, MA

Ashtanga Yoga Memorial Day Mysore Intensive

This Memorial Day holiday join Certified Ashtanga teacher David Garrigues for a Mysore intensive in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. The Berkshires, located in the far western region of Massachusetts, is one of the premier destination spots in all of New England.

A Mysore intensive provides the student with a concentrated and heightened learning experience. Over the 4 days the student will develop practical and technical yoga skills while being immersed in the inspirational magic and poetic soul of the practice. The student will develop skill in applying the practice techniques in ways that are logical, challenging, intelligent and fun. One focus will be on exploring and learning how to follow the system but at the same time create a practice that honors individuality, versatility and creativity. Each student will receive valuable one to one guidance from David on developing his/her personal practice. In addition to the Mysore sessions, there will be pranayama, chanting and discussion of Yoga Sutra’s as well as other classes that focus on asana theory, yoga philosophy, devotional poetry and teaching stories from sacred texts. Students also receive support from the amazing learning community that gathers at each Intensive.

OVERVIEW WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Friday, May 25
7:45-9:30am — Mysore    
9:30-10:00am — Pranayama    
4:30-6:30pm — The Allies of Practice Through Surya Namaskara

Saturday, May 26
7:45-9:30am — Mysore    
9:30-10:00am — Pranayama    
4:00-5:30pm — Yoga Sutras Talk on Book 1, Sutras 18-22

Sunday, May 27    
7:45-9:30am — Mysore    
9:30-10:00 — Pranayama    
3:00-4:30pm — Ashtanga’s Dynamic Vinyasa Dimension

Monday, May 28  
7:45-9:30am — Mysore

FULL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Mysore Class

Mysore class provides the student with a concentrated and heightened learning experience that will help he/she develop practical and technical yoga skills and be immersed in the inspirational magic and poetic soul of the practice. Each student will receive valuable one to one guidance from David on developing his/her personal practice. The student will develop skill in applying the practice techniques in ways that are logical, challenging, intelligent and fun. David focuses on learning how to follow the Ashtanga system and at the same time creating a practice that honors individuality, versatility and creativity.

Pranayama

The pranayama classes will include the basic elements for establishing a more breath centered practice including learning to refine ujjayi (victorious breath), and practicing such techniques as viloma (interrupting the breath), and khumbhaka (retaining the breath). You'll  introduced to the ashtanga yoga pranayama sequence.

The Allies of Practice Through Surya Namaskara

In this class we’ll look at the root techniques or allies that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga by carefully studying their application to the nine positions of Surya Namaskara. Some of the allies include conscious breathing, central axis, skeletal foundation, and opposing forces. 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’ 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.

Yoga Sutras Talk on Book 1, Sutras 18-22

This class will begin with a 15 minute chanting portion. This is an excellent introductory way to experience the sound vibration of the sanskrit language as a means to meditation.   After chanting David will give a talk on Book 1, Sutras 18-22; this is one of the most famous sutras in Patanjali’s, Yoga Sutras, and talks about the 5 qualities to cultivate for progress in practice.  

Sraddha—FAITH
Virya—ENERGY/STRENGTH
Smrti—MEMORY
Samadhi—MEDITATION
Prajna—AWAKENING OF WISDOM OR INSIGHT

This unique combination of qualities are meant to be cultivated and are the gifts of your practice. They can be thought of as 5 jars that you want to fill and keep filling.  David will discuss each one of these powerhouse words in this talk. Study of the Yoga Sutras offers key insights on how to better work with your mind in your daily asana practice. Ashtanga’s Dynamic Vinyasa Dimension This asana class will focus on how proper vinyasa knowledge extends beyond memorizing the number of positions of the asana; you are also meant to know the vinyasa positions dynamically within your body.  There is a great art to understanding the subtle progressions of movement that bring you into and out of each asana, exploring this refinement is what brings you into readiness, poise, beauty and alignment in your postures.  We'll look at how such vinyasa knowledge helps you understand how to refine your awareness and to learn to see the practice as chiefly dhyana, meditation.


Location

SRUTI, Berkshire Yoga Center
33 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230


Contact and Registration

To register and get full pricing information please contact info@srutiyogacenter.com or call
O: 413.591.8422
C: 413.717.5058



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