Workshops, Mentoring & Special Classes

Workshops

Exploring the Ashtanga Method: The Patterns of Our Practice

Three New Workshops

• The Vinyasa System
• The Rotation Pattern through the Primary Series
• Combining Opposites, Creating Harmony


Whether we consider its traditional form or a derivative vinyasa or flow form, the Ashtanga vinyasa method is unmistakeably unique, and exerts a particular pull on those who practice it. But what precisely is it about the Ashtanga system that compels us to continue? Is it the cleansing, purifying effect on mind and body? The resulting deepened sense of ease and wellbeing? Or it is something else altogether?

Our approach to the Ashtanga system blends traditional Eastern wisdom with a modern Western movement approach, and this three-workshop series will explore the patterns of practice at its heart.

Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of the method of practice (Vinyasa, Rotation and Balance). Each will include a one-hour led practice expanded and enriched by stillness, breath work, deep rest and with plenty of time for questions and exploration. You may choose to attend just one, two or all three workshops, depending on your preference and availability.

Please note that these workshops will be informed by but not limited to an Ashtanga lens.

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Cost: £30 (or £80 for all three workshops) payable on booking


WORKSHOP 1

The Vinyasa System

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Cost: £30 (or £80 for all three workshops) payable on booking

In this first workshop of the series, we will take time to explore the meanings and the importance of the vinyasa system in our practice, in particular its vital role in establishing both strength and lightness. We will investigate the ways that linking breath to movement through a precise counted system creates a unique rhythm, including the impact this has on the body, and we will delve deeper to further understand the effectiveness of this style of movement in both quietening the mind and restoring balance to the body.


WORKSHOP 2

The Rotation Pattern through the Primary Series

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Cost: £30 (or £80 for all three workshops) payable on booking

This workshop identifies and explores the rotation pattern - designed to release dormant energy from the base of the spine - that appears throughout the Primary Series. Bringing particular benefits for both knees and hips, this rotation holds intrinsic long-term potential to open the hip joints and increase the ability to ease further into more challenging postures over time. Of particular interest in this workshop will be the key 'marker' poses in which this pattern appears in the practice.


WORKSHOP 3

Combining Opposites, Creating Harmony

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Cost: £30 (or £80 for all three workshops) payable on booking

Combining opposites will be our focus for this final session in the workshop series, as we look at how the Ashtanga practice balances mind and body to achieve harmony. Following several paths, our exploration of this topic includes: using strength to move into lightness; deepening release (and our understanding of release) through engagement; and entering into stillness through movement. We will also explore our ability to more easily achieve deeper states of absorption by learning how to identify and maintain a healthy dynamic tension in the body throughout our practice, leading intuitively towards other of the eight limbs of Ashtanga (more on this in future workshops).

I look forward to continuing our focus and expanding our understanding and practice together through this Winter Workshop series. I hope you can join me.

 

Mentoring: Keeping the fire alive

Monthly guidance and support from January to end May 2022 FULL

As teachers and students interested in yoga teaching, or long-time consistent home practitioners, we are often faced with challenges. Life throws many things our way, questions often arise and guidance may be required as we strive to maintain a healthy and dynamic balance and to keep the yogic fire alive.

Mentoring offers a chance to share experiences and to seek guidance with practice and teaching in a way that best suits you. It provides support as you continue exploring your own path and investigating further the magical aspects of yoga that inspire you, from asana, philosophy, and meditation through to the healing aspects of the practice.

This group will be formed with the intention of offering clarity, direction and support, through open discussion around yoga topics of particular interest. Deepen and extend your own practice and understanding with insightful advice, practical assistance and a touch of inspiration…

How it works:

This mentoring group is limited to just five members, who commit to (and pay for) five sessions in advance.

A two-hour meeting will be held once a month, with dates arranged to suit all members. Two time slots are possible: Thursday 6-8pm and Friday late morning.

An interactive WhatsApp group will also be established, to both continue the conversation between sessions and to provide a home for anything of interest.

Cost is £150, payable on booking, for the five sessions. FULL

 

Special Classes

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