New York City, NY

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - Sunday, March 29, 2020
New York City, NY

ASHTANGA WEEKEND WORKSHOP

PLUS SATURDAY NIGHT SEMI-PRIVATE (20 PERSON limit) MYSORE CLASS

ALL LEVELS WELCOME 

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. 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).


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  OVERVIEW

SATURDAY
10:30-12:30 -- EXTRACTING STRENGTH THROUGH STANDING POSTURES
BREAK
1:00-2:30pm -- YOGA SUTRAS TALK ON BOOK 1, SUTRA 20 

3:00-5pm -- Semi-Private Mysore Class (separate fee from full weekend workshop - limit 20 people)

SUNDAY
12:30-3:00pm -- INTRODUCTION TO SECOND SERIES
BREAK
3:30-5pm -- PRECISION, PURIFICATION, AND PRANAYAMA


FULL WEEKEND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

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).

 

YOGA SUTRAS TALK ON BOOK 1, SUTRA 20
Study of the Yoga Sutras offers key insights on how to better work with your mind in your daily asana practice. David will give a talk on book 1, sutra 20; 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 1 hour talk.

 

INTRODUCTION TO SECOND SERIES
This class is suitable for all levels and will help you to understand the fundamental postures that form the Second Series of Ashtanga Yoga. You will learn about universal back bending principles through working on such postures as Shalabhasana (Locust Pose), Bhekasana (Frog Pose), Dhanursasana (Bow Pose), and Ustrasana (Camel Pose). Using the basic positions to understand back bending principles will teach you how to safely and intelligently work on virtually any back bend posture. Another gift of focusing on back bends is that you can learn to use your spine more expressively and how paying attention to your spinal positioning becomes a central theme in the performance of each posture. The class will also focus on working with such foundational arm balance postures as Bakasana (Crane Pose) and Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose).

 

PRECISION, PURIFICATION AND PRANAYAMA
This class is devoted to pranayama, chanting, and discussion of 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.

 

SEMI PRIVATE 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.

 


Location and Registration

The Shala Union Square
816 broadway, #1
new york, ny 10003

To Register visit theshala.com



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