🕉 Ashtanga & All is Coming Workshops 🕉 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga which focuses on building inner heat. The flowing movements lead to
– Cleaning Surya Namaskara A & B –
The Sun Salutations are the Foundation of our Asana practice. Understanding and practicing this sequence with full awareness will allow us to understand and to properly do the asanas that proceed.
One can dig really deep in to this sequence which is taken very lightly. Many practitioners rush through the sequence and are more focused with more amusing and complicated asanas that come after. As students advance quickly they will realise that they can only go so far and that at some point they will get stuck. Unfortunately injuries and some chronic irritation and pain starts to show up somewhere in the body, leading to frustration and in some cases abandoning the practice. If we don’t have a strong foundation we can’t build a house on top and eventually it will crumble.
In this workshop we will explore:
The feet: Properly engaging the feet allows us to have a core without squeezing and tensing the abdomen or the pelvic floor. Discovering our “Pada bandha” will keep our knee and pelvis safe not just during our asana practice but as we move through our daily life.
Shoulder Girdle : There will be a separate workshop organised for exploring the shoulder girdle, but there will definitely be time spent in keeping the shoulders and neck safe having the right alignment in these asanas. We will also go over modifications for students who find any of these asanas challenging or have had injuries.
Asanas covered in detail:
– Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
– Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
– Chaturanga Dandasana ( Four-limbed staff pose)
– Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward facing dog)
– Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog)
– Virbhadrasana ( Warrior pose )
Knowing the right mechanism behind these postures will allow us to get into more advanced arm balances and back bends such as Budhja Pidasana, Hand Stand, Pincha Mayurasana, Salamba Sirsasana, Urdvha Danurasana, Kapotasana…Jump backs and jump throughs in the Ashtanga Practice.
// SESSION II
// Saturday October 5th | 5:00 – 6:30pm
– Standing Sequence –
Standing postures give us strength and endurance in the body, which allow us the freedom to find flexibility from a place of stability. This is a great opportunity during our practice to explore our standing body in balance in relationship to gravity; to find our most efficient and healthy upright posture; to explore and embody the feeling of “being grounded”, “rooted” and “supported” from the feet. Our perception changes and we approach and experience life differently when we embody “support” and “rootedness”, so we don’t want to miss this opportunity during our daily asana practice.
By correctly doing the standing postures we can strengthen the arches of our feet, align our knee and hips which will bring us many benefits.
Students will learn the right alignment according to their own body, rather than copying the teacher, an image or form. By correctly understanding the standing postures students will avoid back pain, hip arthritis, bulging discs and torn or pulled hamstrings down the line.
// SESSION III
// Saturday November 2nd | 5:00 – 6:30pm
– Seated postures up to Navasana – Jump back and Jump through –
We will explore how to engage Mula Bandha and Uddiyana Bandha while seated without just the sensation of squeezing our pelvic floor and lower belly. How to practice towards Jump back and Jump through. Building strength and co-ordination required for Jump backs and jump throughs.
Dive deeper into “Palontonicity”: To understand and to protect our bodies we will learn about how brain coordinates movement and how we can work with palontonicity to get deeper into the seated postures, without tearing the hamstrings, getting a bulging disc and sacro-iliac pain in the lower back.
// SESSION IV
// Saturday November 23rd | 5:00 – 6:30pm
– “Gate keepers” of the Primary series –
Stuck in a posture? What do you do?
If we diligently work towards that asana we are stuck in, we will learn way more about our-selves and the practice of Yoga than the asanas that come easily for us. You can choose to throw it out and skim through the challenging ones but then you have wasted a huge opportunity to grow and to learn. That is why the Ashtanga Practice sequence is so beautiful, because it doesn’t allow you to just skip postures. Your job is to start where you are with it and then find the PROGRESSION.
This workshop will explore the PROGRESSION towards the gatekeepers of the Primary series.
Why are they called gate keepers? because traditionally in the Ashtanga practice you can not advance in the sequence until you fully have the previous posture.
We will explore how to progressively work towards the following asanas:
– Ardha Padmasana (Half-Lotus)
– Marichiyasna D
– Kurmasana/Supta Kurmasana
– Setu Bandhasana
// SESSION V
// Saturday December 7th | 5:00 – 6:30pm
– Back-Bends & Drop-Back –
Safely working towards Urdhva Dhanurasana and how to work on drop backs by yourself. Exploring the importance of strong legs, core, shoulder and thoracic flexibility to avoid abusing the lower back.
We will be looking at some of the of the postures from the Intermediate Ashtanga Series to understand the extension of the spine.
// SESSION VI
// Date TBC January
– Inversions –
We will work our way through to one of the most profound postures in any asana based yoga practice: Śīrṣāsana (headstand). This asana brings together qualities of meditation, subtle movement, alignment, strength, flow and focus.
With the acquired understanding we work our way towards arm-balancing, with the more advanced students Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance).
// SESSION I: Saturday September 21st | 5:00 – 7:00pm
// SESSION II: Saturday October 5th | 5:00 – 6:30pm
// SESSION III: Saturday November 2nd | 5:00 – 6:30pm
// SESSION IV: Saturday November 23rd | 5:00 – 6:30pm
// SESSION V: Saturday December 7th | 5:00 – 6:30pm
// SESSION VI : Date TBC January
Yoga Flame Lausanne
Boulevard de Grancy 1
Price: CHF 39.- for a single session / CHF 175.- for 5 sessions
10% discount for active members (pack, sub or welcome offer)