Introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Tutor: Katharine Lawrence
Date: 5th January 2019
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Katharine has been teaching since 2004 and now teaches in Ipswich. Initially, she trained as a Sivananda teacher and then retrained under the guidance of John and Lucy Scott to teach Ashtanga, and it is their teachings that form the root of her teaching today. Katharine still sees John for ongoing input and assisted him at Purple Vally, Goa last year. Closer to home, Katharine's teacher is Debbie Blunden.
This 3-hour workshop (which includes a short break for light refreshment) will cover the following:
A 90-minute physical introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, which will include teaching on the Ujjayi breath (which is used throughout the practice) and the Bandhas (energy locks).
Explanations of the physical practice and how it fits into Patanjali's 8 limbs of yoga, and how the practice is traditionally taught.
A discussion of the Ashtanga practice in the current climate of the #metoo campaign and how, as teachers and practitioners, we move forward.
The workshop is suitable for those with no prior experience of yoga, as well as established yogis who want to learn more about, and experience, this particular style of yoga practice. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, although Katharine will give modifications to make the practice accessible.
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, like all of the physical yoga practices, falls under the umbrella of Hatha yoga. However, it is a particularly dynamic and potentially strong form of yoga, which follows a set sequence of postures.
Vinyasa (meaning breath syncronised movement) is integral to the practice as the entry in to and exit out of each posture has a set number of Vinyasa.
Ultimately the practice can become a 'moving meditation' - when the practitioner becomes accomplished in the postures, the mind becomes focused solely on the breath.
Tendring Village Hall
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