FRIDAY June 16
Workshop: Moving Breathing System
The vinyasa system provides the defining structure for the Ashtanga practice. David and Jelena will provide an overview of the goal of Ashtanga and the vinyasa meditation, and also show you 5 transformational techniques to help you work on deepening the vinyasa in your practice.
SATURDAY June 17
Class: Led Primary Series
9:00 – 10:30
Using the traditional Sanskrit count and focusing on the rhythm of the breath, David and Jelena will lead us through the entire Primary Series, with lots of helpful cues along the way.
Class: Pranayama & Meditation
10:30 – 11:15
David will begin the session by leading you through some gentle pranayama, seated breathing exercises. Jelena will then guide you through a seated Mindfulness Meditation practice.
Workshop: Surya Namaskar
14:00 – 15:30
The Sun Salutations contain Ashtanga’s prototypical vinyasa sequence and foundational postures. Working correctly in each of the postures is essential to the healthy longevity of your practice. David and Jelena will provide an in-depth look at healthy alignment and tradition coordinates for these key pose.
Workshop: Jump backs and Jump Throughs
15:45 – 17:15
Jump Backs and Jump Throughs are the transitional movements that link Ashtanga’s sitting poses together. These vinyasas provide a bridge to carry our focus between asanas, and also build a purifying heat in the body that is said to “boil the blood.” This workshop will go over the actions and movements of the jump-back and jump-through in close detail, and provide invaluable instructions useful for all levels of practitioners.
SUNDAY June 18
Class: Mysore (2 time slots)
7:00 – 9:00 & 9:00 – 11:00
Mysore style self-practice is the traditional format for practicing Ashtanga Yoga. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills. This is a unique opportunity to practice in a room full of devoted Ashtanga students, and experience adjustments and guidance from teachers who lead one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India..
Pranayama & Meditation
11:15 – 12:00
Workshop: Pain Free Backbends
Backbends don’t have to hurt. This workshop will explore the alignment of Ashtanga’s Primary & Intermediate Series backbends. We will learn about 4 techniques that can take the pain out of backbends and help you to find your way deeper into these transformative postures.
Workshop: Q & A
A chance to ask Jelena and David questions about topics covered over the weekend, or anything else you want to know about Ashtanga.