The Art of Vinyasa
Yoga is the unfolding of relationship; the joining together of complementary opposites and the ability to soften into the intelligence within any given context to allow the awakening of body and mind. This workshop will be an intricate exploration of this process through the lens of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of practice. Following on an empty thread of awareness through and between postures, we will focus on the intentional sequence of form, thought, movement, and breath that frees the mind, awakens the central channel and allows a meditative flowing practice to naturally arise.
The classes will be a step-by-step exploration of yoga postures experienced as a continuous joining and separating of masculine and feminine movements. Students will learn to pay close attention to the meditative quality of form and movement as a means of bringing refinement to their practice. Fine detailed attention to subtle technique will prove to be the way of avoiding injury and integrating obstacles.
Saturday, May 27 from 9:00a to 12:00p: Backbending from Head to Toe
Backbends can be both exhilarating and slightly intimidating as we build a consistent practice. How do we learn to find the maximum stretch without becoming distracted or overwhelmed by emotion? When is it safe to push a little further, and when would it be smart to take a step back? In this class we’ll work on the basics of backbending that allow us to stay strongly rooted in feet and the core of the body while walking the edge of sensation that allows us to feel the expansive and uplifting quality backbends have to offer without becoming ungrounded.
Saturday, May 27 from 2:00p to 5:00p: Twists and Finishing Poses
Within the practice, certain patterns of breath and movement keep us grounded and allow subtle layers of intelligence deep within the body to awaken so postures unfold spontaneously on the wave of the breath. When we connect to the apanic sense of rootedness and unification, an exuberant inhaling pattern naturally arises. This conjoining of breath with movement encourages an untangling of habitual patterns of mind and body so that free and smooth twists are easy and comfortable. This linking of breath also brings a deep awareness of the spine and core patterns of movement that is at the root of finishing postures that are calming and integrating.
Sunday, May 28 from 9:00a to 12:00p: Opening the Hips into Balance
Sunday, May 28 from 2:00p to 4:00p: Restorative Ashtanga
It may sound like a contradiction in terms to have restorative and Ashtanga in the same sentence, however when practiced in conjunction with the internal forms of breathing, bandhas and dristi we find that an Ashtanga based practice that includes stillness and time to soften into the present moment can be profoundly restorative. This class will also include simple pranayama practices that enhance the ability to go deeply into any asana practice.