Full Weekend Workshop Descriptions
Semi-Private Mysore Class
Semi Private Mysore classes include an hour and fourty-five minute Mysore class plus an additional half-hour on specific hatha yoga subjects that David chooses. Subjects include pranayama, bandhas or asana theory. These special classes are an excellent opportunity for students to receive one on one instruction from David about their practice in a small group setting.
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.
Ashtanga’s Dynamic Dimension
This class is a combination of philosophy and asana theory. There is a great art to understanding the subtle progressions of movement that bring you into and out of each asana, exploring this refinement is what brings you into readiness, poise, beauty and alignment in your postures. Vinyasa knowledge is meant to refine your awareness and to see the practice as chiefly dhyana, meditation. In this class we’ll look at how such fundamental postures as Chaturanga Dandasana, Upward Dog, and Down Dog reveal the root techniques that inform the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga. We’ll explore the intimate connection between the two patterns (Prana and Apana vayus) of the breath and the vinyasa movement system, and also how the role of the bandhas (locks) plays into these core elements of the practice. This class is for everyone from the beginning to advanced student; it will reinforce how the most basic ashtanga practices are both readily accessible and can lead you into the precise refined awareness at the heart of yoga.
Strong Legs, Awake Axis, and Stable Mind Through Standing Postures
In this class we’ll explore how 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. You will better understand how the standing postures are an essential key to building a strong asana foundation. You will learn to see how the ground and the lower body support your posture, awaken the breath and spine, lead the way to steady gazing (dristi), and to dynamic meditation (dhyana).
Introduction to Second Series
This class will help you to understand the postures that form the first part of the sequence, You will learn how about universal back bending principles through working on such postures as Shalabasana (Locust Pose), Bhekasana (Frog Pose), Dhanursasana (Bow) Pose), Ustrasana (Camel Pose) and the formidable Kapotasana (Pigeon 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 then 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).