Upcoming Workshops

 Note:  All workshops listed here are specific to Ashtanga.
Please see enrollment information at the bottom.

April 2015
David Keil: April 11-12
Organizer: Ashtanga Arizona and Moksha Yoga
Location:  Moksha Yoga - N. Central Phoenix
                          3121 North Lincoln Drive, Phoenix, Arizona
Cost: $160 for full weekend ($50 for individual sessions)
Registration: Email ashtangaarizona@gmail.com

Saturday 8:30 - 11am: Matrix of Ashtanga
Context is everything. If we don’t frame what it is we’re doing in the right context we will easily get lost in the doing. But really, the practice is about development, development of our selves.

It’s common for us to lose sight of the bigger picture and this is a reminder of the larger pattern and reason for practice. Making sure that we use the asana practice and its elements, as a tool, is key to the development of the self.

Revisiting and re-investigating the aspects of practice is also important. What may have served you when you started may not serve you anymore. The essence of the practice has always been about vinyasa/breath, bandha, and dristhi.

Although these are basic concepts and principles, it’s easy to lose them in the practice. Sometimes a reminder or an inspiration is what’s needed.

This is primarily a lecture based workshop with small amounts of practice to illustrate perhaps a new perspective on an old story.


Saturday 12:30 - 4pm: Anatomy for Ashtangis (Part 1)
In the anatomy for ashtanga workshop, we will work with and talk about those pieces and patterns of anatomy that feed the doing of your practice in an effective and developmental way.

The nature of the practice is repetitive. Although many choose to see this as a problem, the anatomical patterns created by this lead to discoveries about our anatomy and us. There are certain key patterns that both need to be cultivated and used to develop the practice.

Whether it is the more subtle patterns of breathing or utilizing bandha, they have anatomical patterns and reasoning. If we look more grossly we find patterns of movement in our hips, knees, arms, and spine.

These patterns develop through the basics but manifest later in more advanced postures. When we reach postures that we cannot do, we should look backward in the sequence to see where we have missed opportunities to cultivate these patterns.

We will use a combination of anatomical information, philosophical reasoning, images, and experiential pieces of practice to drive home these patterns and see them more clearly.


Sunday 9:00 - 11am: Traditional Led Primary
Sunday 12:00 - 3pm: Anatomy for Ashtangis (Part 2)

David was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1999. But it was in 2001 that he met John Scott in Penzance, UK presenting his anatomy workshops for the first time oversees. Two weeks practicing with John was transformational and he realized that he had found his teacher. This began a relationship of both teacher/student as well as a collaborative colleague relationship that continues today. David still teaches anatomy for all of John’s Teacher Training courses.  It was also John who told David to go to Mysore, India the following year, which he did. David arrived in Mysore in 2002 where he had the honor of studying with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the “old” shala. In fact, it was the last year that the old shala was used for practice. David was authorized in 2004 and returned yearly for extended visits to Mysore with his wife Gretchen Suarez. They are both Authorized Level 2 and grateful for their time in Mysore and meeting Guruji and studying with R. Sharath, his grandson over the years.

June 2015
Tim Feldman: June 5-7
Organizer: Walter Studios - Yoga Space
834 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix

Friday Evening
6:00-8:30pm 

Integrating Breath and Bandhas in Your Asana Practice, Avoiding Injuries Q&A
In this first session with Tim you will locate your internal locks and drop into your breath to free your practice. Guruji says: “the Ashtanga practice is a breathing practice – the rest is just bending!”. You will establish yourself firmly in the foundations of breath with a clear physical understanding of the use of the bandhas/body locks. You will learn simple pranayama to help your body open, your mind to settle into one-pointed focus and to free your body. Experience how this ancient tradition holds many life lessons. This will be followed with a question and answer session on avoiding injuries while practicing Ashtanga.  All Levels Welcome.

Saturday Morning 
7:30-10:00am Mysore-style Class
Named after the city where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived, this is the classic way Ashtanga Yoga is taught. A melting pot of yoga practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, this class sets out to offer personalized guidance to every practitioner at exactly where you need it most. Build relationship with yourself, your practice and your teacher in this inspiring energy. Honor the Ashtanga Yoga's living lineage that dates back nearly five thousand years in a unbroken line of teachers, sages and gurus that culminates in the life of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his grandson R. Sharath Jois and every Ashtanga practitioner today.

Saturday Afternoon
Session I
12:30-2:30 pm 

How To Put Your Leg Behind Your Head Understanding the intricate nature of your pelvic cave unravels the potential to free your spine and let energy flow to and from its rightful destinations in your body. Through partner & individual work you will learn how to open your hip joints, free your legs and wrap them gently around your neck while keeping your knees healthy and your mind at ease. All levels welcome.

Saturday Afternoon
Session II
3:00-5:00 pm
Inversions, Headstands & Arm Balances
In this workshop you will learn practical tools to turn upside down with stability, tranquility and grace. You will gain a thorough understanding of the anatomical patterns at play in your body while inverted. Detailing the shoulder mechanics helps you integrate your arms, spine, ribcage and hip to create a solid platform for accessible and pleasurable inversions whether on your head, hands or elbows. All levels welcome.

Sunday Morning
7:30-10:00 am
Mysore-style Class
Same as Saturday morning above

Sunday Afternoon
1:00-3:00 pm
Sthira Sukham & Backbending

Develop your ‘sthirasukha’, your firmness and comfort, for success and health in your yoga. The practice starts with the right state of mind. Cultivating your approach to your practice determines your success. We will look at what it takes to bend over backwards with no fear. The secrets of deep backbends are available to you through the integration of sound anatomical principles, healthy alignment techniques and appropriate internal activation. The dynamic movement mechanics of bending your spine are the key to an enhanced flow of energy and in this class you will begin to explore you natural potential for deep backbends with safety, support and enthusiasm. The workshop aims at developing tools to a personal and balanced practice.

ABOUT TIM:
Tim Feldmann is the director of Miami Life Center, the yoga shala he founded with his wife Kino MacGregor and runs with Matt Tashjian. He was set on the yoga path by his first teacher Lino Miele and is Authorized to teach directly by the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Method, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson, R. Sharath Jois. A practitioner of the Advanced A series Tim is dedicated to Ashtanga Yoga's traditional method.
"The body is the way to our spirit, to our true Self. That's what asana is for." 
A near fatal falling accident in 1992 led Tim on the yogic path. His teaching integrates extensive studies of F.M. Alexander Technique and sitting meditation with 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and an internationally acclaimed choreographer. His in-depth knowledge of functional anatomy, alignment as well as the idiosyncratic body and mind in stillness and in motion creates the platform upon which his solid understanding of the Ashtanga method rests. Tim's humorous, straightforward yet profound teaching style makes him a cherished teacher, traveling extensively throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

For more info please visit:
www.timfeldmann.com and www.miamilifecenter.com

November 2015
Eddie Stern: November 6-9, 2015
Organizer: Ignite Yoga - Goodyear  
Registration: Click here

Friday, November 6:
   8:00-9:30am Mysore
   6:00-7:00pm Lecture
   7:00pm-8:30pm Pujas- state of mind to intention, devotion, pranayama, and mediation

Saturday, November 7:
   8:00-9:30am Led primary
   9:30-10:00am Short Break
   10:00-11:00am lecture & Q&A
   2:00-5:00pm Yoga therapy; pelvic floor and spine, with pranayama and chanting

Sunday:
   8:00-9:30am Led primary
   9:30-10:00am Short Break 10:00-11:00am Q&A
   2:00-5:00pm Yoga therapy; pelvic floor, hip, pranayama, chanting

Eddie Stern has been teaching yoga in New York City since 1989. He studied under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois for eighteen years and is the director of Ashtanga Yoga New York (AYNY). Over the past years, Eddie has published four books on Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga including the translation of Pattabhi Jois’ 1960 book Yoga Mala and is as well the co-publisher and editor of a monthly Indian philosophical journal entitled Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought. He has served for ten years on the board of directors of Bent On Learning, a 501c3 that teaches yoga and meditation to 2,800-disadvantaged public school children every week.

December 2015
David Garrigues: TBD
Organizer: Ashtanga Arizona
...details coming soon
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.

You can enroll in any of the above workshops by emailing ashtangaarizona@gmail.com.


** Please note: By enrolling in any workshop sponsored by Common Fate LLC dba Ashtanga Arizona ("AA"), hereby WAIVE AND RELEASE Common Fate LLC, Ashtanga Arizona, its owners, officers, employees, assigns, instructors and guest teachers, regardless of employment or volunteer status, from any claim, demand, cause of action of any kind resulting from or related to my participation in the programs offered by AA. In taking part in the yoga classes, workshops, or other activities offered by AA, you understand and acknowledge that you are fully responsible for any and all risks, injuries, or damages, known or unknown, which might occur as a result of your participation in the classes, workshops, or other activities.

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