THE AXIS OF ALIGNMENT
Ashtanga Vinyasa works with two opposing patterns, the expansive pattern of prana and the contractive pattern of apana. These patterns are the elements of the practice, and postural alignment can be thought of as the continual rediscovery of balance between them. In this workshop, we explore the balance of prana and apana through some key postures from the Ashtanga system. Suspending our preconceptions about proper form, we experience the dialectical relationship between the inhale and exhale patterns as they present in our own bodies. And through a sustained attempt to balance them, we discover a new axis of alignment, one that brings new depth and vitality to the postures themselves.
TASTING THE POISON
Yoga practice is said to be the antidote for samsara, the poison of conditioned existence. When the practice starts to work, this poison comes to the surface, darkening the waters of our minds. If we meet these experiences with compassion, we can gradually turn poison into insight. In this workshop, which combines philosophy with asana and pranayama, we discuss how to work with our resistance to the practice. We explore the physiology of resistance in our own own bodies, and we learn to use breath and bandha, together with some key gestures of internal support, to release our resistance, kindle our compassion, and open the inner space of our minds.
Some say that mula bandha is the toning of the pelvic floor. Other say that mula bandha is the experience of non-duality. Still others say that mula bandha is the awakening of the feminine divine. What do these disparate things have in common? This workshop aims to clarify. Observing the subtle breath within our bodies, we discover a thread of sensation that reaches from the pelvic floor to the soft palette, a thread that connects us to the source of our vitality. By awakening our love and admiration for where that thread leads, we can invite some of the finer experiences of yoga.
Traditional Mysore-style class. Students lead themselves through the Ashtanga Vinysa sequencing while receiving individual guidance and support. This class is intended for people with an established Mysore practice. If you do not have an established Mysore practice, please ask permission to attend.
The Primary Series to the traditional Sanskrit count. Some previous experience with the Primary Series is strongly recommended.
Pranayama is the art of listening to the breath, of giving space to the subtle currents of breath that move throughout the body. As we give space to these currents, they break and swirl into intricate patterns that reflect the unobstructed play of our intelligence. These patterns blossom, change form and dissolve, revealing their ephemeral nature, and exposing us to the emptiness of our experience. This workshop provides essential instruction in pranayama. It covers the foundational elements of asana, bandha and mudra tha
Backbends are among the most exhilarating of postures. They can can elevate our moods, inspire our creativity and broaden our perspectives on the world. But they can also make us feel anxious, vulnerable and exposed. In this workshop, we look at how backbends impact the nervous system, and we learn to use breath, bandha and grounded awareness to support our backbends from the inside. With the techniques introduced in this workshop, we can learn to backbend with new depth and clarity.
THE ART OF ASSISTING
In the Ashtanga tradition, manual assistance is an important part of teaching. In this workshop, we explore a variety of manual assists for postures of the Primary and Intermediate series. We learn when to use these assists and when to use other, less invasive means of support. This workshop is designed for yoga teachers who want to refine their ability to assist in a way that is sensitive to the individual needs of each student. Serious practitioners who want to learn more about the art of assistance are also welcome to attend.
Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as he learned it from his teachers, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman.
Ty has been an Ashtanga practitioner since 2005. He was introduced to the method by Jennifer Eliot at Ashtanga Yoga Charlottesville, where he practiced for seven years. In 2012, after completing a doctoral degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia, Ty moved to Boulder to study with Mary and Richard. Since then, under their guidance, he has learned some unspeakably wonderful things about the art of yoga.
In 2015, Mary and Richard asked Ty to assume directorship of their studio and teach the Ashtanga method as he learned it from them. It is his honor to continue the thread of the Ashtanga tradition at the Yoga Workshop, and to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.
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