FUNDAMENTALS OF THE BREATH AND ASHTANGA YOGA PRACTICE
TUESDAYS 1, 8, 15 May 2018
This structured three-week course is a wonderful way to be introduced to and develop the practice of breath control, which will help to get the most out of your asana practice and will enhance many aspects of your life.
During this course you will:
• Learn about the breath – to notice it, to follow it and to enhance it
• Be introduced to key breath control techniques – calming and reflective
• Deepen your breath – to become more aware and mindful, calm and focused
• Take a closer look at how the breath can be applied in life
• Explore the physical practice of Ashtanga Yoga – strength, stamina, flexibility
• Practice equality of breath and movement – deepening your asana practice
The course is aimed at complete beginners, practitioners with previous experience of Pranayama who want to develop a regular practice and those who have a yoga or meditation practice and want to delve deeper. The learning will be incremental over the three weeks to support the development of the tools and techniques to set, refine and sustain an individual pranayama practice alongside your physical yoga practice. You will be offered practice sheets at the end of the course!
EXPLORING THE POSTURES, ASHTANGA YOGA INTERMEDIATE SERIES
THURSDAYS 10, 17, 31 MAY
17.15 – 18.30
£40/£35 Arlington members/concessions
This course will explore in depth the postures of the Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series.
We will be experiencing the challenges and benefits of the energetic releases of opening the spine that are offered. The intermediate practice is best developed from an established primary series practice,.
The classes will cover:
- Breath and vinyasa
- Not just the what but also the HOW
- Build on the foundation of the primary series asanas
- Understanding the components of the back bending
- Developing appropriate strength and flexibility
THE YOGA SUTRAS
TUESDAYS 29 MAY, 5, 12 JUNE 2018
Yoga is a tradition with a lineage that goes back to ancient texts. We will explore Books 1 and 2 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. They outline what yoga really is about, on the mat, the cushion and life. They also provide a practical guide on how to do it!
This offers another way to approach and see yoga. Yoga philosophy is very inclusive: there is no right or wrong. We will create a space for exploration, going from the text to our thoughts and feelings, and the work we do on the mat.
An electronic version of the text with the Sanskrit and various published translations will be provided. You can work with this or bring your favourite translation. There is no need to read it (or understand it).
Come, deepen your knowledge and be inspired.