Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

8-22/08/2022 

VINYASA – how increasing strength and lightness make gracefulness and ease of movement.

This year I offer you working on Vinyasa elements not only during workshops.

Your practice changes a lot when you add some specific elements to every-day practice.

Two-week practice is enough to get visible results.

 

Bandhas, Breath & Drishti – these are three fundaments of both Vinyasa (dynamics of movement) and Asana (static position). It is not a coincidence that you take a posture (Asana) first, before Vinyasa because posture is inseparable element in Vinyasa movement, not the opposite. These three elements called – Tristana – should be kept in mind and maintained equally both in Asana and during Vinyasa.

A proper, full Asana is not possible if you do not maintain attributes of proper Vinyasa. Asana cannot fullfil its real function and a deep transformation does not happen. Unfortunately, you are able to notice it only when you cross the border line of your past practice. For example, only when you start to push harder than you have done so far you can realise that what you previously regarded work was just an intro to practice (e.g. what you thought is a push turned to be ersatz). When you extend upward or forward a bit more or if you lift higher, you will learn what actually was your previous action. Then, this past border line becomes a point of reference. Thus, you can only put your trust on your teacher and let him/her lead you. Later on, you will verify whether it is possible to do ‘a bit more’ than you have done currently. You will be able to change the range of your effort when you hear instructions such as: push a bit more, move forward/upward.

 

SCHEDULE:

MYSORE:

Mon-Fri (8-12/08 &15-19/08) 7:00 – 9:00

LED:

Sun (14/08 & 21/08) 10:00 – 11:30

WORKSHOP:

Sat (13/08 & 20/08) 15:00 – 18:00

Feel free to join us any time (and to any classes) you wish.

MYSORE:

During two weeks each of you will be able to work on paritcular apects of Vinyasa during every-day Mysore classes. A short, extra set of excercises aimed at stregthening back and Bandhas as well as learning to keep your shoulders properly will bring noticeable results after several days. This work develops and deepens Asanas. Strengthened and set body takes postures lighter and firmer. Back muscles activated to a further range bring a firm backrest and support to pectoral girdle, which, in turn, enables shoulders to rotate. Awakening and intensifying lower abdominal muscles, especially those deeper ones and pelvic floor muscles enables to open hips more. This, in return, gives firm backrest. Then, back is able to extend and there is more space between vertebrae.

As you focus more on your Vinyasa and polish it, you can experience a new quality of Asanas. A longtime saying: „there’s no Asana without Vinyasa” gets new meaning.

Mon – Fri (8-12/08 & 15-19/08) 7:00 – 9:00

 

WORKSHOP:

During workshop there will be instructions and introductory excercises so that you can learn (and remind yourself) the basics of proper Vinyasa. You will get familiar with different kinds of Vinyasas and you will have a chance to go through all the stages of Vinyasa. These stages you can use in order to polish your Vinyasa or when you are injuired. You will also work on mindfulness, using your centre of gravity and building your inner strength.

6 elements of Vinyasa we will focus on:

– activating Bandhas

– strong back muscles

– proper location and rotation of shoulders

– strong push

– keeping keens close to chest

– coordinating centre of gravity

Sat (13/08 & 20/08) 15:00 – 18:00

 

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8th – 22nd August COLOGNE – GERMANY