This weekend workshop will focus on Ashtanga Yoga’s Second Series or Nadi Shodhana. The 2 day intensive (2x 3 hours) will provide 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 Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate Series.
David will be making this intensive accessible for many levels and yogic backgrounds, so regardless of whether you have “finished” primary or newer in your practice journey, know that there will be lots of options and instruction so that you can take away nuggets of knowledge to support your practice long term.
This event will be live and recorded for those to watch back in their own time.
During this class David will be diving into research mode, exploring and dissecting the key elements that make up the Second Series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method as a link to the next days' instructed led intermediate.
In this class you will expect:
Learning how to backbend intelligently- creating sound, well-grounded foundations to lead you towards aligned, nectar yielding spinal positions. Harnessing repetition, rhythm, breath and varying levels of challenge appropriate for you.
Learning hip intelligence with Eka Pada Sirsasana- exploring hip mobility and the transfer of energy through the leg from the hip to the foot. You learn to call on the circular action of external rotation, to explore animal-like movements that show you the playful and practical possibilities of what your hips can do, without straining your knee or ankle joints
Dive in playfully to other key postures that awaken the energetic's of the nervous system and invite you to dive into a new level of strength.
Inversions are among the most valuable yet untapped postures in Ashtanga. In this class you’ll explore strategies to help you to do your inversions with more skill and enjoyment and look at how to overcome common obstacles like fear of falling or not knowing how to practice safely. This class will also help you to think of Head Balance and Shoulder stand as ‘bridge’ postures that can teach you the art of meditation in surprising, unusual, dynamic, and fun ways. For example performing Uddiyana Bandha the 'Flying Up Gesture' when you are upside down can agreeably ground you and help you discover the 'immovable spot'.
Hail to the instructed led 2nd Series! In this challenging and thrilling class you’ll do the entire 2nd Series in an uninterrupted flow while receiving concise verbal cues to help you make your efforts skilful as you flow. By combining precision in action with heat generating, trance inducing dynamism you’ll enjoy a true experience of meditation in motion.
Yoga Sutra 1:17 teaches you to apply 4 themes to your asana work as a means of entering into a state of Samadhi (Absorption) the prize state of consciousness.
The four themes are:
1) Vitarka (conjecture, analysis, comparison, discussion)
2) Vicara (subtle analysis, receptivity, listening, inward reflection)
3) Ananda (liking, enjoyment, bliss, fullness)
4) Asmita I am—ess, pure ego state). The discussion will get into the specifics of how to use these four themes to develop your skill in using the 2nd series and win through to subtle sacred knowledge of yoga.
Visit Meadowlark Yoga online to register
Full weekend: £55
A small number of scholarships are available to those in financial hardship, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Individual days: £30
Booking closes 2 hours before the event. Recordings will be sent out after the event to all those that have signed up.