David Keil Weekend

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March 18, 19 & 20, 2017

Saturday, March 18 — Monday, March 20
3 days of Ashtanga Yoga Mysore
3 Workshops


Mysore Practice

Saturday, Sunday & Monday Mornings

Session One: 6:00am–8:00am
Session Two: 8:00–10:00am

$120 (100 Early Bird)


Workshops

SATURDAY

Yoga Anatomy Observation Workshop   11:30am – 2:00pm  
$75 ($60 Early Bird)

In the anatomy for ashtanga workshop, we will work with and talk about those pieces of anatomy that feed the doing of your practice correctly. What is correctly can certainly be debated. What would Guruji mean by correctly? I think it would be the core of the practice, which is breath, bandha, and dristhi (tristana) all of which are performed while doing asana.

Without these elements, how can one truly develop in the practice? There are anatomical components that support breath, bandha and even dristi. Understanding the anatomical principles will help our mind to have an image, idea or principle to understand and then trust the practice even more.

In addition, we can use physical technique supported by anatomical understanding to help get us to a more comfortable place in the asana. This allows for better breath and bandha. We can pick apart some of the more difficult aspects and areas of the practice anatomically including but not limited to, backbending, lotus, jump backs etc…

 

Yoga Adjustments Workshop Outline   2:30pm – 5:00pm
$75 ($60 Early Bird)

The yoga adjustments workshop is specifically designed to take you through a process of understanding all of the factors that go into doing yoga adjustments.

You will learn principles and ways of thinking about adjustments that make you more confident and able to work with your students. These skills go a long way in building the relationship that you have with your students and instilling trust that you know what you’re doing.

The yoga adjustments workshop is all about you gaining the confidence to make the right decisions in the moment. After all, your students are unique. They present unique challenges and problems that need to have yoga adjustments that are tailored to that uniqueness.

  • learn to see the adjustment first, where do they need length or space in their body or breath
  • learn to use the variety of tools (body parts) that you have available
  • use your own weight, good body mechanics to both feel and keep you safe
  • build confidence through different exercises and practice
  • play with the balance between the student working and you working
  •  and much much more…

SUNDAY

Matrix of Ashtanga Yoga Workshop 1:00pm – 3:30pm
$75 ($60 Early Bird)

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. In this workshop, we first understand 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.

These elements 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 and practices 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 system in a way that enhances whatever method of practice they choose to participate in