Certified Ashtanga Teacher
September 21-23, 2018
ASHTANGA WEEKEND WORKSHOP
All Levels WelcomeThis workshop is suitable for anyone interested in Ashtanga with a motivation to learn. David is skillful in providing explanations of elusive, often unspoken aspects of the practice. In weekend workshop’s, he offers clinic style led classes that investigate specific aspects of the practice that help students come to new perspectives on how to practice more intelligently, safely and joyfully.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE OVERVIEWFriday
6:00pm-7:30pm -- Ashtanga's Dynamic Vinyasa Dimensions Through Surya Namaskara
9am-10:15am -- Extracting Strength Through Standing Postures
10:15-11:30 -- Learning Hip Intelligence Through Seated Postures and Inversions
1 hour Break
12:30-2:00pm -- Precision, Purification, and Pranayama
9:30-11:00am -- Mysore Class
11:00-12:00pm -- Yoga Sutras Talk on Book 1, Sutra 20
FULL WEEKEND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
ASHTANGA’S DYNAMIC VINYASA DIMENSION THROUGH SURYA NAMASKARAThis asana class will focus on how proper vinyasa knowledge extends beyond memorizing the number of positions of the asana; you are also meant to know the vinyasa positions dynamically within your body. There is a great art to understanding the subtle progressions of movement that bring you into and out of each asana, exploring this refinement is what brings you into readiness, poise, beauty and alignment in your postures. We'll look at how such vinyasa knowledge helps you understand how to refine your awareness and to learn to see the practice as chiefly dhyana, meditation.
EXTRACTING STRENGTH THROUGH STANDING POSTURESIn this class we’ll explore how the cultivating a combination of dynamism 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).
LEARNING HIP INTELLIGENCE THROUGH SEATED POSTURESIn this class David will teach skillful ways to open up your hips safely. There is an integrated thinking process about the action in the hip joint and the transfer of energy through the leg from the hip to the foot that you want to draw from in your approach to opening your hips. You learn to call on the frog like circular action of external rotation, to explore animal like movements that show you the playful and practical possibilities of what your hips can do, and thus you begin to safely reclaim and to discover the natural range of motion of your hip joints without straining your knee or ankle joints.
PRECISION, PURIFICATION AND PRANAYAMAThis class is devoted to pranayama, chanting, and discussion of the central role breathing plays in attaining success in practice. This class will utilize breathing exercises, retention, 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 asanas 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.
MYSOREMysore class provides the student with a concentrated and heightened learning experience that will help he/she develop practical and technical yoga skills and be immersed in the inspirational magic and poetic soul of the practice. Each student will receive valuable one to one guidance from David on developing his/her personal practice. The student will develop skill in applying the practice techniques in ways that are logical, challenging, intelligent and fun. David focuses on learning how to follow the Ashtanga system and at the same time creating a practice that honors individuality, versatility and creativity.
YOGA SUTRAS TALK ON BOOK 1, SUTRA 20Study of the Yoga Sutras offers key insights on how to better work with your mind in your daily asana practice. David will give a talk on book 1, sutra 20; this is one of the most famous sutras in Patanjali’s, Yoga Sutras, and talks about the 5 qualities to cultivate for progress in practice.
Prajna—AWAKENING OF WISDOM OR INSIGHT
This unique combination of qualities are meant to be cultivated and are the gifts of your practice. They can be thought of as 5 jars that you want to fill and keep filling. David will discuss each one of these powerhouse words in this 1 hour talk.
SEMI PRIVATE MYSORE CLASS
Friday, September 21, 8-10:30am
Semi-Private Mysore Class plus Subtle Aspects of Uddiyana BandhaThis Semi-Private Mysore Class includes a 1 hour 45 minute Mysore class plus an additional 45 minutes on specific hatha yoga subjects that David chooses. In Missoula, David will be teaching about the Subtle Aspects of Ujjayi breathing. A Mysore class provides the student with a concentrated and heightened learning experience that will help he/she develop practical and technical yoga skills and be immersed in the inspirational magic and poetic soul of the practice. Each student will receive valuable one to one guidance from David on developing his/her personal practice. The student will develop skill in applying the practice techniques in ways that are logical, challenging, intelligent and fun. David focuses on learning how to follow the Ashtanga system and at the same time creating a practice that honors individuality, versatility and creativity.
*This class is limited to 25 students and is a separate fee from full workshop price.
FeesFull Weekend Workshop: $225 by July 1, 2018 / $250 after July 1, 2018.
Semi-private Mysore Class: $50 / class (separate from full workshop investment)
LocationThe Yoga Fittness Center
123 West Alder Street, Missoula, Montana 59802
RegistrationFor information about registering please call the Yoga Fitness Center at 406-728-6770
Full payment is required to reserve your spot. There will be a 20% administration fee on refunds for cancellations made one week in advance. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than one week prior to the workshop.
Yoga Fitness Center
123 West Alder St
Level I Beginner Program:
The Level I Beginner Program is a program for beginners that is offered “on demand” throughout the year. The program is limited to 6 students and students attend class Monday through Thursday mornings. The teacher offers in-depth, individualized instruction and tailors the class to the needs of the students. Over the course of multiple weeks, the students learn the postures in the Ashtanga Primary Series, as well as the traditional pace and breathing style for the practice. The goal is that students will learn the tools to incorporate a traditional mysore-style practice into their daily lives. Please contact the Yoga Fitness Center for more information on the dates for the next available Level I Beginner Program.
During mysore practice, students may enter and leave the Ashtanga studio at any time during the mysore practice window. This is not a led class. Instead, each student practices a memorized sequence at his or her own pace. The teacher’s role is to walk around the room and provide one-on-one guidance and adjustments to each student in a highly individualized manner. Because of highly individualized instruction, this class is appropriate for every level, including brand new beginners. If the student is not yet familiar with the Ashtanga sequence, the teacher will help the student learn and eventually memorize the sequence over time. This is the traditional way to practice Ashtanga. Mysore classes are held Monday through Thursday mornings.
The Led Full Primary class is led by a teacher. The class includes sun salutations, standing poses, all of the seated poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series, and closing poses that include backbends, shoulder stands, and head stands. The teacher counts the practice at a steady pace and provides verbal cues for the poses and correct breathing method. The full led primary class is offered Friday and Sunday mornings.
The Investigating Ashtanga class is our evening class that is intended to provide a space for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The teacher will tailor the class to the individual students that attend. If beginners attend the class, the class will be geared towards beginners. If more experienced students attend the class, the class will be geared toward those students. In addition, we provide a dedicated space so that students with a personal mysore practice may do their mysore practice during this evening class. Investigating Ashtanga is offered at different times throughout the year – see the schedule for more details.
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