Upcoming Workshops

 Note:  All workshops listed here are specific to Ashtanga.

December 2014
David Garrigues: December 5-7 
Organizer: Ashtanga Arizona
Sponsored by: Moksha Yoga and Ignite Yoga
Location: TBD - Phoenix, Arizona
Registration OPEN: please email ashtangaarizona@gmail.com

STRENGTH OF AN ELEPHANT WORKSHOP
Friday, Dec 5: 6-8pm – Ashtanga Foundations I : The Five Allies
In this class we’ll look at the 5 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 foundational basis 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, Dec 6: 9am-1pm – Ashtanga Foundations II & III
Ashtanga Foundations II: Standing sequence
In this class we’ll explore how the cultivating a combination of dynamsim 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). 

Ashtanga Foundations III: Seated Postures & Dynamic Transitions of Primary Series
We will also explore the core asanas of primary series, learning how to better utilize the 5 allies to help you strategize your efforts. Structuring each seated asana in the primary around understanding the allies (vinyasa, breathing, bandha’s 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. 

2-4:30pm: Saturday afternoon special session “bonus pranayama” – not included in workshop payment. See below for details.

Sunday, Dec 7: 9-11am - Mysore Practice
  short break
11:30am-1:30pm – Sip the Nectar: Back Bends and Strength of an Elephant: 2nd Series Arm Balances
     The first part of this class will help you better understand how to make progress in all back bends through a study of the foundational back bends of second series. We’ll look into how to create a sound, well grounded foundation in each asana. Focusing on setting a foundation leads you to find an aligned, nectar yielding spinal position. We will also look at strategies for creating smooth transitions into and out of the asanas, and how to effectively and economically combine repetition, rhythm, breathing, and in order to learn how to stay longer and with more ease in the asanas. Lastly we’ll look into how to devise strategies for how to either increase or decrease the challenge of the positions depending on how you choose to approach your work. 
     The second part of this class will focus on how 2nd series offers many excellent opportunities for building strength in new and different ways, offering an excellent compliment to the primary. We’ll study new and unique ways to develop strength through cultivating intelligence and discipline in the transitions between asanas. We also study the strength building possibilities in such individual foundational postures as Bakasana, Pincha Mayurasana, Karandavasana, Mayurasana, Nakrasana, and the 7 Sirsasana positions that complete the series. We’ll also take a careful look at how the inversions in 2nd and in the finishing sequence can play an important role in strength building.

—-Special: Bonus Pranayama – additional tuition applies (must have min. of 20 students)
Saturday, December 6: 2-4:30pm – Precision, Purification, and Pranayama
This 2.5 hour class is devoted to pranayama, chanting, and discussion of the central role breathing plays in attaining success in practice. This special class will utilize breathing exercises, retention, chanting 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 asana’s 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. 

tuition:
full weekend, registration paid in full by 11/1 – $230
full weekend, registration paid after 11/1 (cash only after 11/1) – $250
full weekend plus bonus pranayama– $280
a la carte:
friday evening – $60
saturday morning – $85
sunday morning – $60
sunday 11:30 – $60
bonus session saturday afternoon – $75

About David:
David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renowned yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that 'Anyone can take practice,’ a core idea in the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

David's mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of an ever wider circle of people who are committed to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.

David teaches workshops around the world featuring Mysore intensives and in-depth studies, and he is well known around the world for his “Asana Kitchen” videos on YouTube. David is also the author of following instructional materials: 1) a two disc DVD entitled Ashtanga Yoga: A Primary Series Guide 2) a two disc DVD/book set on the subject of breathing entitled Vayu Siddhi: A Guide to Pranayama, Ashtanga Yoga's Fourth Limb. He has written and recorded two high energy Kirtan CD's entitled: Jaya Sat Guru and Bad Man Bhakti.

February 2015
David RobsonFebruary 20-22
Organizer: Ashtanga Arizona
Location:  Metropolitan Art Institute, Phoenix
1700 North 7th Avenue
Dance Studio A (parking under the building)

Registration OPEN: please email ashtangaarizona@gmail.com

LEARN TO FLOAT WORKSHOP
Friday, Feb 20: 6-8:30pm – Learn to Float
Saturday, Feb 21: 8-10am Led Primary Series
Saturday, Feb 21: 1-3:30pmKnees, Hips and Forward Bends
Sunday, Feb 22: 8-10amMysore 
Sunday, Feb 22: 1-3:30pmJump Back & Jump Through

tuition:
full weekend – $225
individual session $50 per session
About David:
David Robson lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Stan, his daughter Mercedes, and son Holden. He is the co-owner and director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, where he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs.In 1998, while completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David began a daily yoga practice. He made his first trip to India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then, David has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching. He is Level-2 Authorized by the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

June 2015
Tim FeldmanJune 5-7
Organizer: Walter Studios - Yoga Space
834 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix  
...details coming soon

November 2015
Eddie Stern: November
Organizer: Ignite Yoga - Buckeye   
...details coming soon



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