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Wisdom Play – An Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Matt Champoux

In this weekend workshop we will explore how to use Astanga Yoga as an adaptive method suitable for yoga practitioners of all levels and with all ranges of physical conditions (from those working with injury, chronic conditions and unsteadiness all the way to students in peak physical states). 

Ashtanga Yoga gets a bad reputation as being rigid and something simply "not suitable" for everyone, but within the context of an open mind, Mysore-style, self-paced practice or a properly moderated led class setting, the Ashtanga Yoga system can be something profound and accessible to everyone. Furthermore, through an emphasis on the internal forms, the felt senses associated with a "skillful and safe" pose and the root (or core action dynamics), we can proceed with a Series-based practice in an organic, sustainable and enjoyable way. The physiological energetics of compassion and faith as gateway practices to wisdom will be contemplated, taught and felt throughout the practice. 

As we thread peripheral forms of asana, mudra, and pranayama onto and through the central axis of the body, like the branches of a tree emerging from the trunk, we will cultivate a practice fully engaged in the techniques of wakefulness promoted by the Wisdom Traditions. Furthermore, in the spirit of the Zen practice we will examine how practicing asana can itself be a form of koan meditation - a dive into "not knowing" and a tool for breaking the limitations of the mind. A well-done pose can liberate the mind from what it thinks the posture "should be" and brings us into the open sky of the present moment. Join us for a fun and deeply invigorating weekend!

Matt Champoux has been a student of yoga since 2000 and is an internationally recognized teacher with 500+ hours of training. Based in San Francisco, CA he directs The SF Ashtanga Yoga School, located at The Mindful Body and teaches Vinyasa with Yoga Tree and YogaWorks. He is a lifelong student of yoga philosophy (Hindu and Buddhist) and the shamanic traditions of Amazonia. These traditions inform and color his teachings on Vinyasa and Ashtanga (as taught by his root teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor), which are offered in a safe, dynamic, and inspiring way. He often uses props to ensure the practice meets a student where they are at (physically and mentally) and to ensure their sustainable growth into the best practitioners possible.
In addition to studies with Richard and Mary and in Mysore, Matt has conducted extensive studies in Iyengar and other therapeutic yoga methods. Of the numerous teachers and mentors he's had over the years, Matt has been deeply inspired by Prem & Radha Carlisi (AYRI Bali), Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, and Dr. Robert Thurman. 
Matt is also a lifelong student of environmental science, ornithology, and religion, and he has a master’s degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.  
For more information please also visit his website www.mattchampouxashtanga.com

Matt Champoux will offer this workshop on the weekend of January 11, and 12, 2020 at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich.

Saturday, Januar 11, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Root to Crown (Session 1)
Skillful posture requires the whole body to participate intelligently. Particularly, we need a dynamic relationship between periphery and core, the earth and sky qualities in the body, and the entire central nervous system. 
In this workshop we will articulate philosophies of practice and the principles of vinyasa, a step by step approach, needed to make the practice authentically our own. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Linking the Winds (Session 2)
Root patterns and internal forms are techniques for transcending the linear game of the series "advancement" through amplification of the "basics". A continuation of the themes developed on Saturday will support a vision of the path becoming synonymous with its fruition. 

Lecture, Q + A, and practice will form the structure of our time together. 

The workshop is appropriate for all levels.

Matt teaches in English.

The costs are Fr. 160.- for both sessions, or Fr. 90.- per session.

Participation is limited.

Please note the reservation and cancelation policy for workshops at AIRYOGA.

For further information, please contact zuerich@airyoga.com

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Entire Workshop / All sessions
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 14:00 to Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 17:00
Price160.00 CHF
Session 1
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:00
Price90.00 CHF
Session 2
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:00
Price90.00 CHF