Ashtanga Workshops with Ty Landrum / 26-28. April 2019

Ashtanga Vinyasa is a brilliant exploration of the wonder of embodied experience. The practice revolves around an organic sequence of breath and movement that opens the inner space of the body, and encourages the creative currents of consciousness to flow. When consciousness moves through the body without obstruction, it releases thoughts, emotions and memories from the distant past, the remnants of which burn brightly in our awareness, before disappearing back into the emptiness from which they arose. Through this process, we lighten ourselves of the sediment of past experience, so we can engage ourselves with more openness, compassion and clarity. And we do so while continuing to breathe sweetly through the forms, and reveling in the quiet exhilaration of coming undone. In this workshop, we explore the simple but profound techniques that bring the Ashtanga practice alive—tracing internal currents of breath, balancing subtle patterns of sensation, moving the body from the inside, and opening ourselves for spontaneous psychical release. Appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this workshop will interlace traditional asana practice, somatic exploration, subtle alignment, pranayama and philosophy. You will sweat, soften, revel, release, and fall in love all over again with the beauty and brilliance of this unique contemplative form.

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Program


SURYA NAMASKAR

Fr 26/04/2019 18:30  - 20:30 

The backbone of the Ashtanga system is Surya Namaskar, the Salutation to the Sun. In the context of yoga, the Sun is not only the celestial body that gives us warmth and daylight, but the solar center of the subtle body, where our vital forces converge. In Surya Namaskar, we are propitiating to these forces, inviting them to rise up through the central axis of the body, burn away our delusions and give us insight. In this session, we explore the internal mechanics of Surya Namaskar, learning to practice with greater presence, precision and fluidity. Open to practitioners of all levels. 

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BACKBENDING

Sa 27/04/2019 08:00  - 10:30 

The practice of backbending is about making ourselves vulnerable, while finding the internal support to handle that vulnerability with elegance and grace. When we connect to the sources of our internal support, backbending becomes an exhilarating and sensual practice, with tremendous opportunity for deep psychical release. In this session, we learn to work intelligently with the diaphragm, the psoas, the pelvic girdle and the obliques to create a long and supple spine that can reach gracefully into these difficult forms. This session is open to practitioners of all levels, but will involve a full practice, using postures and adaptations from the first and second series.

LIFTING, TWISTING & FOLDING

Sa 27/04/2019 13:00  - 15:30 

The natural counterpoint to backbending is what we might call “the coiling pattern.” This pattern emerges all over the Ashtanga practice, and provides an extraordinary ground of psychophysical support, by awakening the dissolving forces of the descending breath that remove excess from the body and mind. In this session, we explore the coiling pattern as an integral component of lifting, twisting, folding, and potentially putting the legs behind the head. This session is open to practitioners of all levels, but will involve a full and deep practice, using postures and adaptations from the first and second series.

LED PRIMARY SERIES

Su 28/04/2019 08:00  - 10:30 

Experience the exhilaration of practising the Primary Series in concert with other practitioners to the traditional Sanskrit count. This way of practising allows us to move together, breath together, and focus together, as one living organism. Some familiarity with the Primary Series is recommended.

MULA BANDHA

Su 28/04/2019 13:00  - 14:30 

Some say that mula bandha is the toning of the pelvic floor. Others say that mula bandha is the experience of non-duality. Still others say that mula bandha is the awakening of the feminine sublime. What do these apparently disparate things have in common? This workshop aims to clarify. Observing the subtle breath within our bodies, we discover a thread of sensation that reaches from the pelvic floor to the soft palette, a thread that connects us to the primitive source of our vitality. By awakening our adoration for where that thread leads, we invite some of the finer experiences of mula bandha to arise. This session involve light asana, pranayama and subtle visualization practices. All practitioners are welcome.

PHILOSOPHY: THE FEMININE SUBLIME

Su 28/04/2019 15:00  - 16:00

 In Tantric philosophy, the feminine is the natural principle of creation. She is abundant, excessive, unpredictable, and threatens to overwhelm us when she overflows. The secret of yoga practice is to make space within consciousness for the spontaneous movement of the feminine principle, and to adore its immediate unfolding, even as it overwhelms the ego. In this philosophy talk, we explore the nature of the feminine, and the possibility of relating to the feminine intimately, through a colourful retelling of the Myth of Sati, “she who is.”


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About Ty

Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the adaptive and contemplative style of his mentors, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman. With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity. His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.



PRICES

(reserved in advanced)

1 Session - 65.- / B.Yogis - 60.-

2 Sessions - 120.-/ B.Yogis - 110.-

3 Sessions - 165.-/ B.Yogis - 150.-

Full Wknd - 275.-/ B.Yogis - 250.- 

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