Shanghai, China 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020 - Sunday, November 8, 2020
Shanghai, China 2020

ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES IN-DEPTH STUDY

No Prior Experience with Primary Series required  

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.

During in-depth studies, there are four central themes:

1: Mysore Class
2: Asana study (both practical and theoretical)
3: Ujjayi Breathing and Pranayama (both practical and theoretical)
4: Study of sacred texts (including Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita and Bhagavad Gita)

This in-depth study will have a focus on Ashtanga Yoga’s Primary Series or Yoga Chikitsa. The 9 day intensive 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 Primary Series.

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).


schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 31

7-9am -- Mysore Class
9-10am -- Opening Talk, "Why Primary Series?"
10am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Light on Ashtanga Through Surya Namaskara
1:45-3pm -- Precision, Purification and Pranayama

Sunday, Nov. 1

7-9am -- Mysore Class
9-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas 
9:30am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Extracting Strength Through Standing Postures
1:45-3:00pm -- Yoga Philosophy

Monday, Nov. 2

7-9am -- Mysore Class
9-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas
9:30am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Forward Bends, Opposing Forces, and the Immoveable Spot
1:45-3pm -- Yoga Philosophy

Tuesday, Nov. 3

7-9am -- Mysore class
9-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas
9:30am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Spinal Twists in Ashtanga Yoga
1:45-3pm -- Q&A

Wednesday, Nov. 4

7-9am -- Mysore class
9-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas
9:30am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Arm Balances and Inversions
1:45-3pm -- Yoga Philosophy

Thursday, Nov. 5

7-9am -- Mysore class
9-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas
9:30am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Backbends and Drop Backs
1:45-3pm -- Yoga Philosophy

Friday, Nov. 6

7-9am -- Mysore class
9-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas
9:30am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Mastering the Vinyasa Count
1:45-3pm -- Yoga Philosophy

Saturday, Nov. 7

7-9am -- Mysore class
9-9:30am -- Breath and Bandhas
9:30am-12pm -- break
12-1:30pm -- Bhutas and Gunas
1:45-3pm -- Q&A

Sunday, Nov. 8

7-9am -- Mysore class


Full Weekend Workshop Descriptions

MYSORE

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.

LIGHT ON ASHTANGA THROUGH SURYA NAMASKARA

This is perhaps the single most important class because in it we work on understanding the core asanas that make the repetitive vinyasa transitions that serve to thread together the sequences of asana's in tandem with carefully following the breathing patterns. In many ways having knowledge and skill in these few positions determines your ability to create a long term, invigorating, intelligent, safe and effective practice. Knowledge of these postures gives you the proper tools for opening your self up to the more subtle and sublime gifts of yoga.

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).

PRECISION, PURIFICATION AND PRANAYAMA

This class is devoted to the central role breathing plays in attaining success in 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.

BREATH AND BANDHAS

Participants will lay a foundation for establishing a personal breathing practice. The classes will include the basic elements for developing ujjayi (victorious breath), and practicing such techniques as viloma (interrupting the breath), and khumbhaka (retaining the breath). These sessions also aim to help you breathe with more skill and awareness in your asana practice.

FORWARD BENDS, OPPOSING FORCES, AND THE IMMOVEABLE SPOT

By stabilizing your pelvis and grounding the long thigh-bones in the upper legs you can effectively tether yourself to the earth and create the “immoveable spot” just like Shiva. This class will teach the great skill of playing opposing forces off of each other to create the immoveable spot.

ARM BALANCES AND INVERSIONS

We’ll explore how to best extract the strength building possibilities from Chaturanga Dandasana, Jump Back, Jump Through, Budja Pidasana, Kukkutasana, Shoulderstand, and Headstand. Strength comes to you through learning and adopting a discerning, calm and patient frame of mind while you remain in each position, unmoving and breathing, during moments of ease and of challenge.

SPINAL TWISTS IN ASHTANGA YOGA

In this class we will look at the great foundational twisting postures of Ashtanga Yoga: Parivrtta Trikonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, Marichyasana C, and D. Twisting postures are high-action cleansing postures that involve lifting and turning your spinal column. In general twists are designed to help you awaken the energy known as Kundalini that lies dormant at the base of the spinal column. Kundalini is another name for Prana (life force) and twisting helps you to stir up and generate this energy and at the same time to gently but persuasively churn, squeeze and wring your internal organs, tissues, and body systems. David will also address the challenges, modifications, and benefits of binding.

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 in-depth study 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.

BACKBENDS AND DROP BACKS IN PRIMARY SERIES

In this class, David will teach the backbends of Primary Series, including dropping back and how to make them accessible to all levels of students. This class will teach you A practical method for understanding how to use opposing forces in your backbends and teach you how to face fear with position action. Through backbends you will learn how to encounter your fears consciously and without avoidance.

MASTERING THE VINYASA COUNT

This class will improve your understanding of the word Vinyasa in the Ashtanga Yoga system. The concept refers to the dynamic transitions that link the poses together in an ordered sequence. You will learn to bring more rhythm, vitality, and confidence to your transitions and also see how developing skillful movements in your transitions readies you to strike an immovable spot and enter a state of clear meditation when you arrive and stay in a pose. You will also learn how focusing on your transitions helps you know your breath as a great, powerful guide for the self inquiry of yoga.

BHUTAS AND GUNAS

This class will focus on how to achieve more dynamism and enjoyment in your asana's through working with the five bhuta's, elements of fire, air, earth, water and space in combination with the three guna's, qualities of sattva, rajas, and tamas. We'll explore how Asana practice involves finding a sacred, subtle 'middle' spot known as Shunya, void, that exists in relationship to the play of different opposing forces.


Location - registration - fees

Contact Amy Zhang  at zhy@maxonc.com for more information, and to register.



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