The 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
Understand what concentration really means
Dive deep into bandhas
Understand what vinyasa means
Discover techniques of integration

This is not a workshop that simply reviews the basics that everyone is familiar with. It is about seeing the practice from a new perspective.

In this workshop, we first discuss 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. The context that the practice lives in is one of recognizing our true nature. Are the elements in the practice being used to this aim?

The elements that provide the framework for the experience of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 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 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 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system in a way that enhances whatever method of practice they choose to participate in.