Philadelphia - Asana Principles In-Depth Study

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Sunday, June 5, 2022
Philadelphia
Philadelphia - Asana Principles In-Depth Study
$500 (In person), $350 (online)

Description

ASANA PRINCIPLES - IN PERSON and ONLINE - PHILADELPHIA

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 5 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. Learn an organized thought process that you use to do or develop or troubleshoot any pose. 

In this 5 day Asana Principles workshop you will 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


Schedule

(Mysore classes are only for in person registration. Afternoon classes are for both in person and online registration.)

June 1st

8:00 - 9:30am — Mysore
9:30 - 10:30am — Break
10:30am - 2:00pm — Asana Principle #1, Single Position (includes asana and philosophy)

June 2nd

8:00 - 9:30am — Led Primary
9:30 - 10:30am — Break
10:30am - 2:00pm — Asana Principle #2, Crouch and Spring (includes asana and philosophy)

June 3rd

8:00 - 9:30am — Mysore
9:30 - 10:30am — Break
10:30am - 2:00pm — Asana Principle #3, Foundation First (includes asana and philosophy)

June 4th

8:00 - 9:30am — Led Primary
9:30 - 10:30am — Break
10:30am - 2:00pm — Asana Principle #4, Spinal Gesture (includes asana and philosophy)

June 5th

8:00 - 9:30am — Mysore
9:30 - 10:30am — Break
10:30am - 2:00pm — Asana Principle #5, Breath and Bandhas (includes asana and philosophy)


Class Descriptions

ASANA PRINCIPLE #1 - SINGLE POSITION

Asana Section
1) Study of the Single Position or 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

 

ASANA PRINCIPLE #2 - THE CROUCH AND SPRING OF TRANSITIONS 

Asana Section
1) Standing Poses, Navasana, Bhujapidasana
2) Learning progress of Sirsasana (Head Balance), Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance), Urdhva Mukha Vrkshasana (Handstand)

Philosophy Section
— 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

 

ASANA PRINCIPLE #3 - FOUNDATION FIRST

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 Section
— Yoga is skill in action
— Bhagavad Gita ch 3 on action
— YS Ch 2:36 benefits of satya (2nd Yama)  
— YS Ch 2:43 benefits of tapas (3rd Niyama) 
— Yoga Vasistha on self effort 

 

ASANA PRINCIPLE #4 - SPINAL GESTURE

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 

 

ASANA PRINCIPLE #5 - BREATH AND BANDHAS 

Asana Section
1) Connecting breath with transitions, following breath the ends of the movements and to ends of your skeleton lines:  Uddhyana and Jalandhara Bandha gestures
2) Learn to highlight bandhas in the asana sequences Surya Namaskara, Prasarita Padottanasana, Janu Sirsasana B, Upa Vista Konasana, and inversions
3) Pranayama: Ujjayi breath work, Vayu patterns, Viloma, Khumbhaka

Philosophy Section
— Study of the two sources of mind activity: Prana-Life Force and Vasana-deep seated desires and how to bring about a state of Nirodha—cessation of mind activity 
— YS 2:33, 34 Ahimsa related to Vasana (deep seated desires)
— YS 2:38 Brahmacarya related to Vasana (deep seated desires)
— YS 2:45 benefits of Isvara Pranidhana: honoring what is beyond your control
— YS 2:52, 53 benefits of Pranayama-breath control 


Location

Classes will be held in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia at:

Summerfield Siloam United Methodist Church
2223 East Dauphin Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19125

https://goo.gl/maps/Rh2nf9VkczYXKkBz7

ABOUT FISHTOWN

Located in the northeast part of Philadelphia and named for the occupation of many of the neighborhood’s earliest residents – shad fishermen in the nearby Delaware River – Fishtown has become one of Philadelphia’s liveliest neighborhoods. Music venues, hip bars and restaurants, trendy shops, and vibrant street art make Fishtown one of the most sought-after destinations in the city for travelers.

The neighborhood is just a short walk or bike ride away from Northern Liberties and the Delaware River waterfront, and SEPTA’s Market/Frankford Line (“The El”) soars over the neighborhood along Front Street, providing quick and convenient transportation to and from downtown Philadelphia.

THINGS TO DO - FISHTOWN

PLACES TO EAT - FISHTOWN

SUBWAY SCHEDULE (From downtown use the Market/Frankford subway line, get off at Berk St station, ten minute walk to Summerfield United Methodist Church.)


REGISTRATION

IN PERSON Course Fee: $500

ONLINE Course Fee: $350 (Mysore not included)

*Please note, there are no refunds or cancellations for this workshop.


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