This workshop will offer insights into how to keep the practice alive and well into one’s later years regardless of one’s present age. Taught by senior teacher from Australia David Roche. By exploring an expanded concept of “Vinyasa” as well as myofacial connections within the body, the class is intended for those new to Ashtanga yoga; for those who desire a more thorough and sequential approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, as well as for those who have been practicing a long time, have hit a plateau or a recurring yoga injury and may have lost their joy in moving. A slower paced class, this is for those who wish to rediscover sensation; movement, and stillness.
Sundays 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. (All levels welcome)
All 5 classes: $220 ($180 if you register for David’s month long mysore intensive).
Drop in: $50 as space allows.
David has studied and taught movement for forty years. His teaching incorporates the lessons gleaned from his career as a dancer, choreographer, artist and yogin. Classes focus on rhythm and flow, on correct body alignment and use of breath, on the importance of maintaining a daily discipline and accepting the blessing of change, and on the extended effects of hatha yoga toward finding balance throughout the seasons of one’s life. David uses materials gained from the study of human anatomy, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, Ideokinesis, Jikkyo Jutsu and modern dance in presenting workshops. Most recently he has taught in Australia, India, Bali, France, the U.S.A., Great Britain, Scotland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Denmark, Turkey, Ireland, Portugal and Canada.
Major influences in his life’s study include the tradition of Martha Graham in dance (as taught to him by 1st and 2nd generation disciples including Pearl Lang and Bertram Ross); the tradition of Masahiro Oki in yoga (as taught to him by Tatsumuro Sensei, Juzu Sensei, and Endoh Sensei); and the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya in yoga (as taught to him by Sri Pattabhi Jois and grandson Sri Sharathchandra Rangaswamy, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, and Eddie Stern, as well as 1st and 2nd generation disciples of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, including Shandor Remete, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, Ramanand Patel and Judith Lasater. It was Shandor, now known as Xander, who instilled in David the love and precision of asana as well as the need to remain open to the ineffable quality of Grace.
Now at age 68, David’s own daily practice focuses on deepening his understanding of the concepts and principles he teaches. He continues to refine ways to marry the sentient experience of his own practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga; Yoga Chikitsa, Nadi Shodhana, and Sthira Bhaga, with the capabilities and experiences of his students. Although his beloved guru, Sri K Pattabhi Jois passed away in 2009, David continues to return to Mysore yearly to maintain his connection to the source. Guruji gave David his blessings to teach in 1997, and Certified him by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of Mysore in 2002.