We are honored to have one of the most senior Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teachers, Chuck Miller, back to Yoga Is Youthfulness for 9 straight days of teaching! This is a special opportunity for the experienced yogis, but also for beginners of all levels to learn about yoga, the basics, from the very deep knowledge stand point.
To learn more about Chuck Miller, please visit his website http://www.sama-ashtanga.org/
April 18 – April 26, 2014. Please register below.
Day 1- Friday, April 18, 7-9 am, Conducted (Led) Morning Practice. Introduction to Sama, Vinyasa, Breath, Roots, and Core: Intention, control, and Freedom.
Where is it we are trying to go, in and with our Practices? Yoga offers some suggestions, in the form of the Yama and Niyama, suggestions for practices to cultivate and how to “cultivate” the practices we are using. The main recommendation from these ancient sources is to relax the effort, to release the attachment, to understand who and what we really are and change our behavior!
Day 2- Saturday, April 19, 9:45 to 12:15pm. Conducted (Led) Morning Practice. Principals of Practice, techniques to guide us: Bandha, Gravity and Rebound, Ayama.
We build on what we have started. Observing differently. Softening the ego, learning to use the forces of Nature, to ride the waves of our breath, the Inner Current… Receiving the Gifts in a Spirit of Gratitude!
Day 3- Sunday, April 20, 7:00 to 9:45 am. Conducted (Led) Morning Practice. The “Sama” of “Back Stretches,” what we call forward bends.
There is a way to understand a healthy kind of effort, and to discern the conditioning that needs to be softened, cleared and retrained. Part of what we can use Sama to point to is a kind of smoothing out of the bumps and lumps, in our bodies, in our breath, in our minds… we can use this idea to understand how to practice forward bends, and all postures, in a healthier, safer, more fun and comfortable way.
Day 4- Monday, April 21, 8:15 to 10:45am. Conducted (Led) Morning Practice. Lengthening the practice into Twisting: The “Sama” of twisting: Balanced Stretches of the spine.
Continuing to develop and stabilize the initial core principals we explore how they help us to practice in healthier and more holistic ways. Using the ‘outer form’ of asana practice to see what is in the heart of the practice. Where does the intention come from? What inspires us? We will use the Marichyasana-s and more challenging postures in this way.
Day 5- Tuesday, April 22, 8:15 to 10:45am, Conducted (Led) Morning Practice. Maintaining Intention: Half Primary Series: Navigating the Challenging Postures (Attitude and Intention).
Day 6- Wednesday, April 23, 8:15 to 10:45am, Conducted (Led) Morning Practice. Further in to the Primary Series. Preparing for Inversions: Respecting the Limits, Gentling the Edges.
Day 7- Thursday, April 24, 8:15 to 10:45am, Conducted (Led) Morning Practice. With Finishing Postures, Inversions: Shoulder Girdle Intelligence!
Day 8- Friday, April 25, 7:00 to 9:30am, Mysore Style Practice. Backbends: Smoothness, Comfort, Strength, and Elongation.
Day 9- Saturday, April 26, 9:45 to 12:15 am. Conducted Full Primary Series. How to practice wisely for a life time! What is Truly Important!
Friday, April 18, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Samasthitihi and SuryaNamaskara Workshop: “As it sounds we will go deeper into Surya Namaskara and Samasthitihi. There is a set of Universal actions we need to learn in these practices that are the heart and soul of the whole practice. This is the primary ground work of the whole practice.”
Saturday, April 19, 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Shoulder Workshop.
“We use our shoulders a lot in Ashtanga. It is best if we learn how to take good care of them before we start demanding more from them in the more advanced postures. That is the intention in this class. We will use the ‘basic’ but not easy shoulder challenging postures of the Sun Salutations, Downward Facing Dog, Chaturanga Dandasana and Upward Facing Dog. The work we explore in those will inform many of our other postures as we move on.” Given how many times each day we practice these ‘basic’ postures it makes a lot of sense to explore them more in depth!
Sunday, April 20, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Standing Postures and Preparation for Padmasana.
“The postures of the Standing sequence are very important, safe and therapeutic if done correctly. Let’s look at how to truly benefit from them and to learn how to challenge ourselves appropriately in these postures we practice everyday. Getting the legs stronger and learning how to use that strength to elongate the spine will help us in backbends, forward bends, twists, and inversions. Standing postures are the best hip openers.”
Saturday, April 26, 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Back Bending Workshop.
“This is a workshop focused on Back Bending postures. Let’s learn to practice these poses as front stretching postures and not as back bends. We can do them in a fun and healthy way well into our old age if we do them correctly!”
Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 1:30 to 4:30 pm Teacher Intensive. “A 5-day Teacher Intensive for teachers and experienced students.
Monday April 21- The Unification of Practice and Philosophy in Ashtanga Yoga and The Meaning of the word Vinyasa.
Tuesday April 22- Common injuries and how to avoid them, Techniques to help us navigate in a Vinyasic Way: Working Therapeutically.
Wednesday April 23- Hands-on Adjustments to Help us Understand the Universal Actions of all Postures.
Thursday April 24 - Resolution between Opposing Forces: How to alternate between passive and active work to find our way.
Friday April 25 - Adding some Pranayama and Meditation to the mix.
All Classes (includes all Sessions): $650
Morning Practices (9 Sessions): $270
Workshops and Teacher Intensives: $450
4 Workshops: $180
5 Teacher Intensives (April 21- 25 1:30 to 4:30 PM): $300
Morning Practice Drop In Fee: $40
Workshop Drop In Fee: $55
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