Sat Nov 9
Intro talk: Breathing Moving System (1 hour)
We will begin the week with a discussion on the tradition and practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Sun Nov 10
Mysore is the traditional format for practicing Ashtanga Yoga. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills. David and Jelena lead one of the world’s largest mysore programs at their home studio, www.ashtangatoronto.com
Workshop: Learn to Float: Graceful Vinyasas
Focusing on the vinyasas of the Sun Salutations, and the transitional jumping vinyasas, this session offers detailed techniques, alignment and energetic principles that take us towards graceful, weightless transitions between postures in the practice.
Mon Nov 11
Workshop: Ashtanga’s Fundamentals
Take a deep and detailed look at the alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s opening sequence. Study the exact vinyasas that connect each of the postures, and Learn ways to deepen the work and progression of your daily practice.
Tue, Nov 12
Full Moon – Pranayama/Meditation
Wed, Nov 13
Workshop: Jump Backs & Jump Throughs
Jump Backs and Jump Throughs are the transitional movements that link Ashtanga’s sitting poses together. These vinyasas provide a bridge to carry our focus between asanas, and also build a purifying heat in the body that is said to boil the blood. This workshop will go over the actions and movements of the jump-back and jump-through in close detail, and provide invaluable instruction useful for all levels of practitioners.
Thu, Nov 14
Workshop: Pain-free Backbends
Backbends don’t have to hurt! This workshop will explore the basic alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s Primary & Intermediate Series backbends. By learning correct technique for the poses allow your heart to open, and your body to safely go deeper into the postures.
Fri, Nov 15
AM: Led Primary
David & Jelena will lead you through Ashtanga’s Primary Series with the traditional Sanskrit count, and include some detailed instruction along the way.