$250 – Early Bird Price
Ends October 6th
An Intelligent, Safe and Joyful Ashtanga Practice
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. In weekend workshops, 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 November, David will teach the five root techniques that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Friday, November 8, 2019
ASHTANGA FOUNDATIONS I: The Five Allies in Surya Namaskara
David will look at the five root techniques that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga by carefully studying their application to the nine positions of Surya Namaskara. The root techniques, or allies, include pranayama (conscious breathing), vinyasa (positioning), bandha’s (locks), dristi (gazing), and dhyana (meditation). The positions of Surya Namaskara provide the perfect foundation for exploring the important role that each of the allies plays in creating a mature, sustainable yoga practice. We’ll also explore how to internally connect the allies, and see how the creative interaction between them can help you to awaken the entire inner ‘field’ (ksetra) of consciousness. Awakening the inner field gives you a special kind of intuitive intelligence that pervades the body and helps you better use limbs 3 and 4 to move towards mastery of all eight limbs in the system.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
MYSORE Session #1 (Students with last names beginning with letters A-K)
MYSORE Session #2 (Students with last names beginning with letters L-Z)
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 FOUNDATIONS II-III: Standing sequence, Seated Postures, and Dynamic Transitions of the Primary Series
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). The second half of the class, we’ll explore the core asanas of the primary series. You will learn how to better utilize the 5 allies to help you strategize your efforts. tructuring each seated asana in the primary around understanding the allies (vinyasa, breathing, bandhas etc) will help you better extract the strengthening, restorative, and healing benefits of this important series. We’ll also study the dynamic transitions between the asanas, carefully looking at how to create a better a jump back and jump through. Developing these transitions breaks up the monotony of the repetition by giving you a thrill with each dynamic jump. And emphasizing the transitions also teaches you to cultivate rhythm, breath, dynamism and vitality within the stillness of each asana.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
ASHTANGA FOUNDATIONS V: Intro 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).
ASHTANGA FOUNDATIONS IV: 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.
Question and Answer Session
Individual sessions may be purchased after the Early Bird ends, October 6th, 2019.
Full payment is required to reserve a spot.
All sales are considered final. Refunds are not available for this workshop.
David Garrigues is one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David met Jois in 1993 and over the next 16 years he traveled to Mysore India to study with the great yoga master. In 1996 Jois granted David a teaching certificate. As an Ashtanga Ambassador, he bases his teachings on the idea that ‘ANYONE CAN TAKE PRACTICE’, a core idea in the teachings of Jois’. In other word’s, David’s mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga.
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. These important classes feature more verbal instruction and consequently they give students a chance to slow things down. As a result, the student sees new ways to orient herself during practice and get explanations of elusive, often unspoken aspects of the practice. Above all, David teachers the Ashtanga method in greater, more subtle detail.