7 Sept

Matthew Sweeney in Wien

2 Week Course

7.- 19. Sept 2013

Booking options: One Class, Full Weekend, 4 Mysore Classes (plus 1 weekend class), One Week or Two Weeks

This comprehensive 2 week course will be an informative and practical exploration of Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga. It will include traditional Ashtanga Yoga, therapeutic Vinyasa sequences and Yoga philosophy. It is a unique opportunity for both novice and advanced Yoga enthusiasts to practice under the tutelage of an international and advanced Yoga teacher.

Matthew delivers these workshops with enthusiasm and a fun-filled atmosphere to allow you to explore the joy of Yoga. The latest aspects of Matthew’s workshop series include flowing led practices and insightful guidance on various hints, tricks and techniques for some of the more intricate aspects of Asana practice. These sessions are useful for Yoga practitioners from any tradition and are not just aimed at traditional Ashtanga Yoga students. The 2 weekend workshops also include the sequences Matthew has published in his book Vinyasa Krama, with the possibility of each student committing these sequences to memory in the self practice sessions following the weekend workshop.

1st Week

Sat 7. Sept, 9:00-12:00 Gentle Alternative Vinyasa Sequence (I) Chandra Krama: The Moon Sequence
Beginning with a short introduction about the workshop and Vinyasa Yoga this class will commence with Moon Sequence. Feeling tired? Depleted? Injured? Or otherwise a bit low? This sequence is a gentle flowing Vinyasa form accessible for all levels. Although this sequence was originally intended for practice on the full moon, the new moon and during the menstrual cycle, it is appropriate at any time for women or men. This sequence emphasises the hips, groin, lower spine and abdominals, which will feel awake and alive after moving through the postures. It takes pressure off the neck, shoulders and wrists (common from the standard jumps in the Ashtanga series) and is useful as a regular alternative to the intense heat of the traditional Ashtanga. Whether old or young this sequence is great for any age. Some Yoga experience is recommended.

Sat 7. Sept, 14:00-17:00 Core Strength and the Jumps
This class will explore the methods and techniques necessary to implement greater ease and ability with jumping through and jumping back. It will begin with a warm up for the wrists and then explore the jumps in Suryanamaskara in a step by step manner. Using these techniques as a platform, the progressive application of the jumps in and out of the sitting postures will be developed.

Sun 8. Sept, 9:00-12:00 Yoga Chikitsa: Half Primary Sequence
This session will begin with step by step instruction for Uddiyana Bandha and Nauli Kriya. Following this, Matthew will guide the students through the first half of the Primary Series. Students will be encouraged to attempt the postures to their own particular level of ability to avoid pain and injury and to maximize the sense of joy and ease that is possible in the traditional sequence. An examination of some of the anatomical and physiological outlines of the Primary seated postures will conclude the session. Some Ashtanga Yoga experience is necessary for this class, though students will be encouraged to omit any postures that are

Sun 8. Sept, 14:00-17:00 Pranayama and Meditation (I)
The first pranayama class will cover essential details on applying ujjayi pranayama (breathing with sound) and will explore viloma pranayama and anuloma pranayama, or breathing with pauses. The latter techniques are particularly helpful for improvement of ujjayi paranayama and kumbhaka, or breath retention. An examination of the therapeutic aspects of pranayama and meditation will be covered. Metta bhavana, or the practice of loving kindness, a simple and beautiful Buddhist meditation and a simple observer consciousness meditation will conclude the session. Students are expected to implement each of the pranayama and meditation techniques into their daily practice for the week following.

Mon 9.Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
Afternoon Free

Tue 10. Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
14:00-17:00 Meditation and Asana Technique

Wed 11.Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
Afternoon Free

Thu 12. Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
14:00-17:00 Meditation and Subtle Body

Self Practice Classes
Monday to Thursday Morning – limited to 20 students per session.

If you are new to the traditional Ashtanga system give yourself the opportunity to begin a personal practice under the guidance of one on the world’s most renowned international Ashtanga teacher. Existing Ashtanga practitioners will also flourish under his encouraging and informed eye. Individual attention, adjustments and verbal guidance will be given to support each student and encourage them towards their full potential.

If you are new to these courses with Matthew, most students will be asked to Practice a combination of the Moon sequence (the first week) and Primary/Intermediate in the standard Ashtanga format in the second week. Students who have practiced with Matthew previously (and have already learned the Moon Sequence) will be encouraged to begin exploring aspects of the Lion Sequence in self practice and possibly beyond into the advanced practices of Vinyasa Krama. This course is a great way to begin the process of learning Vinyasa Krama in conjunction with what you may already know from your regular Ashtanga Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga practice. Some Ashtanga Yoga experience (self practice) is necessary to attend this course.

2nd Week

Sat 14. Sept, 9:00-12:00 Simha Krama: The Lion Sequence (II)
This sequence is the second series that Matthew has designed. The Lion Sequence flows from the Moon Sequence, introducing postures that expand upon concepts begun in the latter series. It involves exploration of different standing postures, therapeutic back bends, a shoulder opening sequence and a playful approach to various inversion postures. This sequence can be a useful alternative to the traditional Intermediate Series where you may find certain postures (or the whole sequence) becoming either too painful, impossible or simply inappropriate for you.

Sat 14. Sept, 14:00-17:00 Back Bending and Drop Backs
This class will begin with a short vinyasa warm up. This will be followed by exploring variations of back bending and drop backs. Simple hands on exercises will be provided to increase awareness of the articulation of the lower spine, pelvic floor and psoas muscles. Some experience is useful for this class – though each of the steps is thoroughly explained, with great success in previous workshops. Students with any back conditions should advise the teacher beforehand.

Sun 15. Sept, 9:00-12:00 Half Intermediate
This class will flow through the first half of the Intermediate sequence (approximately up to the fore-arm balance Pincha Mayurasana). Some options will be given so students who are unfamiliar with some of the postures can do so safely and effectively. This session will then look at breaking down some of the more difficult postures and some of the opening routines that can be explored to help with both back bending and the leg-behind-the-head aspects of the sequence.

Sun 15. Sept, 14:00-17:00 Pranayama and Meditation (II)
The second pranayama class will cover nadi shodana, or alternate nostril breathing, considered to be the king of all pranayama. We will also revisit some of the techniques from the previous week, plus any questions. The meditation practice will go a little deeper into “bhakti” or devotional aspects of meditation and metta bhavana. We will also explore deeper aspects of observer or advaita (non-dualism) meditation – kevala kumbhaka and raja kevala kumbhaka – or observation of breath and mind

Mon 16.Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
Afternoon Free

Tue 17. Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
14:00-17:00 Meditation and Asana Technique

Wed 18.Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
14:00-17:00 Meditation and Subtle Body

Thu 19. Sept
9:00-12:00 Self Practice
Afternoon Free

Matthew Sweeney

Matthew began Yoga as a teenager 25 years ago, and has been learning about Asana, the body, meditation, self development and spiritual practice ever since. He began Ashtanga Yoga in 1992, and has been teaching the traditional method since 1996. In recent years he has also incorporated alternative sequences into his teaching as a support to the standard Ashtanga sequences. All students are encouraged to work to their own particular level and inclination, so that the Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Krama methods can support practitioners of any level. His workshops encompass a broadminded and holistic approach, to keep working towards true connection and spirituality.

This yoga intensive will enable students to learn and develop Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Krama sequencing and progress with meditation practice and awareness of the Subtle Body. No particular asana ability is necessary.
More Info: http://www.yogatemple.com


Registration Options & Workshop Costs
Per class EUR 50
Weekend EUR 180
One week EUR 360
Two weeks EUR 650
4 Mysore Classes + 1 weekend class (1st week: Core Strength and the Jumps / 2nd week: Back Bending and Drop Backs) EUR 160
Only your full payment will ensure your spot!

Workshop Cancellation Fees
Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to workshop will be refunded 75%.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to workshop will be refunded 50%.
Unfortunately refunds cannot be issued for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the workshop.
The Workshop Cancellation Fees do not take effekt if you find another participant.

Workshop Place
Yogamelange, Thaliastrasse 2 im Hof, Top 11-12, 1160 Wien

Registration & Info
Marija +43 (0)699 171 098 83
E-Mail: info@yogamelange.at Web: http://www.yogamelange.at

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