Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Ty Landrum
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a brilliant exploration of the wonder of embodied experience. The practice revolves around an organic sequence of breath and movement that opens the inner space of the body, and encourages the creative currents of consciousness to flow. When consciousness moves through the body without obstruction, it releases thoughts, emotions and memories from the distant past, the remnants of which burn brightly in our awareness, before disappearing back into the emptiness from which they arose. Through this process, we lighten ourselves of the sediment of past experience, so we can engage ourselves with more openness, compassion and clarity. And we do so while continuing to breathe sweetly through the forms, and reveling in the quiet exhilaration of coming undone.
In this workshop, we explore the simple but profound techniques that bring the Ashtanga practice alive - tracing internal currents of breath, balancing subtle patterns of sensation, moving the body from the inside, and opening ourselves for spontaneous psychical release. Appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this workshop will interlace traditional asana practice, somatic exploration, subtle alignment, pranayama and philosophy. You will sweat, soften, revel, release, and fall in love all over again with the beauty and brilliance of this unique contemplative form.
Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, one of the oldest Ashtanga studios in the US. He teaches traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the adaptive and contemplative style of his mentors, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman. With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity. His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.
To find out more please visit his website www.tylandrum.com
Ty Landrum will offer this workshop on the weekend of May 25, and 26, 2019 2019 at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich.
Saturday, May 25, 2019:
from 8:00 am to 10:00 am: Session 1 - Surya Namaskar
The backbone of the Ashtanga system is Surya Namaskar, the Salutation to the Sun. In the context of yoga, the Sun is not only the celestial body that gives us warmth and daylight, but the solar center of the subtle body, where our vital forces converge. In Surya Namaskar, we are propitiating to this center, inviting its rays to rise up through the central axis of the body, burn away our delusions and give us insight.
In this session, we explore the internal mechanics of Surya Namaskar, learning to practice with greater presence, precision and fluidity.
Open to practitioners of all levels.
from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Session 2 - Lifting, Twisting & Folding
One of the most essential elements of postural yoga is what we might call “the coiling pattern.” This pattern emerges all over the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, and provides an extraordinary ground of psychophysical support, by awakening the dissolving forces of the descending breath that remove excess from the body and mind.
In this session, we explore the coiling pattern as an integral component of lifting, twisting, folding, and potentially putting the legs behind the head.
This session is open to practitioners of all levels, but will involve a full and deep practice, using postures and adaptations from the first and second series.
Sunday, May 26, 2019:
from 9:00 am to 11:00 am: Session 3 - Led Primary Series
Experience the exhilaration of practicing the Primary Series in concert with other practitioners to the traditional Sanskrit count. This way of practicing allows us to move together, breath together, and focus together, as one lving organism. Some familiarity with the Primary Series is recommended.
from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Session 4 - Backbending
The practice of backbending is about making ourselves vulnerable, while finding the internal support to handle that vulnerability with elegance and grace. When we connect to the sources of our internal support, backbending becomes an exhilarating and sensual practice, ripe with opportunity for deep psychical release.
In this session, we learn to work intelligently with the diaphragm, the psoas, the pelvic girdle and the obliques to support a long and supple spine that can reach gracefully into these difficult forms.
This session is open to practitioners of all levels, but will involve a full practice, using postures and adaptations from the first and second series.
from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Session 5 - Mula Bandha
Some say that mula bandha is the toning of the pelvic floor. Others say that mula bandha is the experience of non-duality. Still others say that mula bandha is the awakening of the feminine sublime. What do these apparently disparate things have in common? This workshop aims to clarify. Observing the subtle breath within our bodies, we discover a thread of sensation that reaches from the pelvic floor to the soft palette, a thread that connects us to the primitive source of our vitality. By awakening our adoration for where that thread leads, we invite some of the finer experiences of mula bandha to arise.
This session involve light asana, pranayama and subtle visualization practices. All practitioners are welcome.
from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Session 6 - Philosophy: The Feminine Sublime
In Tantric philosophy, the feminine is the natural principle of creation. She is abundant, excessive, unpredictable, and threatens to overwhelm us when she overflows. The secret of yoga practice is to make space within consciousness for the spontaneous movement of the feminine principle, and to adore its immediate unfolding, even as it overwhelms the ego.
In this philosophy talk, we explore the nature of the feminine, and the possibility of relating to the feminine intimately, through a colorful retelling of the Myth of Sati, “she who is.”
The workshop is appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Ty teaches in English.
The costs are:
Fr. 260.- for the entire workshop (6 sessions)
Fr. 40.- for sessions 1 (Saturday morning)
Fr. 60.- for session 2 (Saturday afternoon)
Fr. 40.- or with valid AIRYOGA series or pass: for session 3 (Sunday morning)
Fr. 60.- for session 4 (Sunday noon)
Fr. 50.- for session 5 (Sunday afternoon)
Fr. 35.- for session 6 (Sunday afternoon)
Participation is limited.
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