This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in Ashtanga with a motivation to learn. David is skillful in providing explanations of elusive, often unspoken aspects of the practice. In a weekend workshop he offers clinic style led classes that investigate specific aspects of the practice that help students come to new perspectives on how to practice more intelligently, safely, and joyfully.
In his workshops David offers a combination both traditional counted vinyasa led classes and clinic style led classes that investigate specific aspects of the practice in varying levels of detail. These important classes feature more verbal instruction; they give students a chance to slow things down, see new ways to orient during practice, get explanations of elusive, often unspoken aspects of the practice, and understand the Ashtanga method in greater, more subtle detail. Mysore, chanting and kirtan classes are also frequently included in a workshop. During the weekend David weaves together studies of asana, pranayama, bandhas, vinyasa, chanting, bhakti yoga, yoga sutra’s and other elements to help develop Ashtanga Vidya (knowledge).
7:30-9:00pm — Mysore
11:30am-1:00pm — Precision, Purification and Pranayama
This class is devoted to the central role breathing plays in attaining success in practice. This class will utilize breathing exercises, retention, and discussion to help you better centralize your awareness on breath during practice.
We’ll study how to use breathing to build powerful strength in your asanas and to effect nadi shodana, purification of the pranic channels. Prana Vidya, knowledge of prana, helps you to progress towards subtlety as you concentrate your mind and better direct the power of the internalized prana. We’ll discuss how cleansing is not limited to the tapas that you create during practice, but rather how purification is a central theme that encompasses all aspects of your life. We’ll explore how to access awareness of your more subtle energy channels through breathing and how to better direct this energy both on and off the mat.
1:30-3:00pm —Yoga Philosophy; Talk on the connection between Ashtanga yoga and Yoga Sutra 1:17
Yoga Sutra 1:17 formally introduces you to the subject of the 8th limb, Samadhi, by teaching you how to connect with 4 main objects of meditation: 1) Vitarka (Gross) 2) Vicara (Subtle) 3) Ananda (Feelings of bliss) 4) Asmita (Individual sense of ‘I AM’). This class will include a discussion of how to use these four forms to develop your skill in hatha yoga techniques and gain knowledge of where you and your practice are situated within the greater context of yoga.
7:30-9:00am — Mysore
10:15-11:15am — Breath, Bandhas and Pranayama
12:30-2:00pm — Yoga Philosophy of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika Applied to Practice
All classes will be held at Yoga East. Please contact Yoga East for all the information and registration.