A.Y.S. Fall Mysore Intensive Philadelphia

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Sunday, November 24, 2019
A.Y.S. Fall Mysore Intensive Philadelphia

Join David for a Mysore Intensive this Fall in Philadelphia at the Ashtanga Yoga School.  

A Mysore intensive provides a concentrated and heightened learning experience that will help the student 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.

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 (one day per week), chanting and discussion of Yoga Sutras (one day per week) as well as other classes that focus on asana and pranayama 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.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Wednesday
7:00-9:00am — Mysore
9:00-9:30am — Ujjayi Breathing, Bandhas, and Pranayama
3:30-4:45pm — Hatha Yoga Skill Building Techniques

Thursday
7:00-9:00am — Mysore
9:00-9:30am — Ujjayi Breathing, Bandhas, and Pranayama
3:30-5:00pm — Yoga Philosophy

Friday
7:00-9:00am — Mysore
9:00-9:30am — Ujjayi Breathing, Bandhas, and Pranayama
3:30-5:00pm — Hatha Yoga Skill Building Techniques

Saturday
7:00-9:00am — Mysore
9:00-9:30am — Ujjayi Breathing, Bandhas, and Pranayama
3:30-5:00pm — Hatha Yoga Meditation and Sacred Texts

Sunday
7:00-8:30am — Led Primary Series
8:30-9:30am — Q and A

 


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

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.

 

UJJAYI BREATHING, BANDHAS, AND PRANAYAMA

Participants will gain knowledge of pranayama, the fourth yogic limb, and lay a foundation for establishing a personal breathing practice.  The classes will include the basic elements for developing ujjayi (victorious breath),  practicing such techniques as viloma (interrupting the breath), khumbhaka (retaining the breath), and bandhas.  These sessions also aim to help you breathe with more skill and awareness in your asana practice. There will also be a concentrated study of the traditional Ashtanga pranayama sequence as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.   

 

YOGA PHILOSOPHY

The intellectual study of yoga is an essential means of ensuring progress and maturity through practice.  To be exposed to yoga theory is an important part of using the mind to enter into inward directed states of concentration and meditative awareness.  This is the part of the intensive where you begin to learn how to apply the philosophical/theoretical basis of yoga to your practice.  You begin to see how the theory and the practice are not separate, but rather are two aspects of the same applied, practical study.   Meditating on the theoretical teachings helps bring you into more intelligent, accurate and subtle alignment.   David will draw from the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika for the discussions.

 

VEDIC CHANTING

Chanting - chanting is an experiential, breath centered practice that combines the following aspects of yoga study:  asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), dhyana (meditation), japa mantra (repetition of sacred sounds) jnana (intellectual study).  Using vedic chants this class will emphasize the use of the above combination of techniques in order to expand your awareness of the potential breadth of knowledge that is available to you through your daily practice.   Working with your breath, voice, and the internal vibratory sound qualities of chanting can teach you how to apply the foundational principles of practice with more subtlety and accuracy. 

 

HATHA YOGA MEDITATION AND SACRED TEXTS

Our daily practice consists of performing a great variety of postures and linking them together with active, rhythmic transitions. We synchronize our movements with our breathing and use bandhas to direct energy along the middle axis of our bodies. By applying this dynamic combination of techniques we seek to create internal absorption through a steady flow of movement and posture that doesn’t let up from start to finish. But we might get so caught up in the movement and dynamism of the hatha techniques that we fail to seek out or properly value the stillness that is the goal of every single yoga technique. In this class we’ll use concepts from sacred texts, and creative thinking about hatha yoga techniques, to explore different ways to achieve stillness amidst the dynamism and action of our daily practice.

 

HATHA YOGA SKILL BUILDING TECHNIQUES


Location

Ashtanga Yoga School

Mascher Space Cooperative
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. 2B
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Registration 

Student Fee — $475
Philadelphia Fee — $375

Payment and cancellation policy: Full payment is required to reserve your spot. There will be a 20% administration fee on refunds for cancellations made two weeks in advance. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the workshop.



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