Matrix of Ashtanga Yoga Workshop


Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is perhaps one of the most misunderstood styles in the yoga world even though so many other styles are influenced by it. The practice is more than just a sequence of postures. It is doing those postures while maintaining breath, bandha, and Dristhi.

Topics covered:


  • Understand the context of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Dive deep into bandhas
  • Understand what vinyasa means
  • Discover techniques of integration

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is perhaps one of the most misunderstood styles in the yoga world even though so many other styles are influenced by it. In this workshop, we first understand the context within which the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method came to be. Then we look at the essential elements that make it distinct and an extremely internal practice.

These elements are vinyasa/breath, bandha, dristhi, and asana. It’s one thing to know what these words mean, and another to have an experience of them. We will be doing small pieces of practice to illustrate the concepts and practices that lead to an actual experience of these elements. We will also take a look at why this method is so often misunderstood. Bring your skepticism and judgments if you wish.

Our intention during this workshop is to create a perspective and understanding of the practice that allows us to appreciate it. The practice is mostly misunderstood by people who have not practiced it. When I use the term practice, I don’t mean going to a led primary series class and thinking that one has practiced it. What I mean is a minimum of 5 days of practice in a row, with a teacher who can transmit the essential points of the practice that leads one to an EXPERIENCE of the practice.

Ashtanga is much more than doing the postures in a particular sequence.

This is a lecture-based workshop and aimed at those who have an open mind and a desire to understand the system in a way that enhances whatever method of practice they choose to participate in.