Introduction to the Ashtanga Yoga Method — Cultivating a Personal Practice
This 2-part workshop (March 17 and 24) serves as an in-depth tour of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. The overall goal of the course is to provide participants with the basic building blocks for a sustainable and enlivening yoga practice.
Suitable for all levels of practitioners from any yoga background — or no background at all.
John Campbell, Ph.D., has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for the past 25 years. He studied directly with Pattabhi Jois from 1992 until his passing in 2009. He was Certified by his late teacher in 2001. He is a scholar of Sanskrit and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism living in Charlottesville, VA.
The Primary Series, aka “yoga therapy” (yoga chikitsa) —
We embark on the Primary Series proper, the linked sequence of poses for which Ashtanga Yoga is best known. Continuous return to fundamentals of breathing through transitions while learning how to best align a variety of poses, including twists, arm balances, and hip openings.
*Emphasis on engaging the Ashtanga method as a therapeutic practice for allowing our entire physiology to restore itself to balance.
Practice and Surrender (abhyasa-vairagya)
Yoga tradition tells us that the experience of yoga, or feeling of wholeness, comes from combined “practice and surrender”. Practically, this entails a continuous effort to experience a natural state of wholeness by getting out of our own way. In Part IV we continue to build a regular and sustainable yoga practice (for the “long-haul”) through application of the tools of posture and breathing, concluding with back-bending, inversions, and meditation.
*Emphasis on cultivation of an individual daily practice