17 July

Matthew Sweeney in Wien

Weekend Workshop

17. July – 19. July 2015

The Vinyasa Krama sequences taught in this workshop are designed to complement the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method and provide alternatives for students who need a more flexible approach. The sequences will be taught thoroughly, carefully and with a playful attitude – be prepared to work, to focus and let go in different ways; please bring a towel and your sense of humour.

Friday 17. July, 18:00 -21:00 – Chandra Krama: The Moon Sequence
This session will commence with an introduction about Vinyasa Krama and the practice of Chandra Krama. The Moon 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.

Saturday 18. July, 9:00-11:30 – Homework for Core Strength, Uddiyana Bandha, Nauli Kriya and Mula Bandha
This class will focus on various aspects of the abdomen, beginning with step by step instruction through Uddiyana Bandha and Nauli Kriya. Students will then be taken through various abdominal strengthening exercises with the aim of stabilising the pelvic floor. An in depth discussion and simple practice of Mula Bandha will conclude the session. Students are encouraged to have an empty stomach for this class.

Saturday 18. July, 14:00–17:00 – Simha Krama I: The Lion Sequence
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 prone twist sequence to release pressure and tension off the hips, spine and lower abdomen. This sequence includes the second aspect of “homework” Matthew recommends for most students, focusing on opening the shoulders and upper back. The first version of this sequence (Saturday) will be lighter and with some explanation of the variations so all students can adjust the level of the postures accordingly.

Sunday 19. July, 9:00-11:00 – Homework for Hips, Psoas and Lower Spine
This class will focus on various aspects of opening the hips and stabilising the connection to the SI joint and Psoas muscle. Students will be taken through a flowing sequence that accesses four main quadrants of the hips (back, front, outer and inner). Advice on how to alleviate hip and lower back issues will be offered with a group discussion to end the session.

Sunday 19.July, 14:00-17:00 – Simha Krama II: The Lion Sequence
We will once again explore the Lion Sequence, this time with less explanation, more flow and more of the intermediate level variations. 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. We will allow more time on the hip aspects of this sequence, the inversion sequence and pranayama at the end of the practice. A final discussion will conclude the workshop.

Students must attend each class in order – the first class can be attended casually, but to attend each class after that, the previous session must be attended.

Matthew Sweeney


Matthew began Yoga as a teenager and has been learning about Asana, the body, meditation and self-inquiry practices 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 to support the standard Ashtanga Vinyasa approach.

More Info: http://www.yogatemple.com




Workshop Costs
Casual Class EUR 50,-
Three Classes EUR 135,-
Four Classes EUR 180,-
Full Weekend EUR 200,-

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

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

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