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Enlightened Asana Workshop series II : The architecture of backward bendings

  • Clifton Library 13 Princess Victoria Street Bristol, England, BS8 4BX United Kingdom (map)

Enlightened Asana Workshop series II : The architecture of backward bendings
Sunday 4th November / 9am - 12.30pm
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS84BX

Enlightened Asana II - a new series of workshops to delve deeper into our practice. Learn correct technique, alignment and application of the main asana sets. Explore new principles and practices to enrich the asana. Find your true posture. Suitable for all levels (except complete beginners).

Backbends are complex. Backbends are constructed dependent on where you start. They are built from 4 different positions: Supine, prone, vertical and inverted. Each has its own construction. 

Most spinal injury in yoga is either in the lumber or cervical regions. In backbends, people who have very mobile lumbers often over use the lumber area. To some it may look like an impressive bend but in reality it is crunching the spine. It is devoid of elegance. Simply moving into an area of least resistance is not yoga (or good for the body!). In fact those with a very mobile lumber need to work much harder in backbends to stabilise it and re-train the body to backbend correctly.

In this workshop we will work through simple backbends and a few more complex poses to understand exactly how they should be constructed. We will look at the technical application, anatomy and movement of the body as well as other practices to enhance such asanas.

The human body is a living organism logically designed and evolved for locomotion. The yoga asana must enhance the body's inherent movement, function and form. The asana needs to serve the body and not the other way around. What may look a visually 'impressive' posture is not a measure of the 'true' posture.

The asana (form) is similar in all yoga systems. What differentiates it is the approach. 

Learning how to initiate movement from the energy/subtle body can bring greater consciousness, grace, vitally and wholeness to a posture - our practice becomes much richer.

Working through a full range of classical postures, we will explore principles of rooting, anatomical precision and alignment, 'not doing', hara (energy centre), elongation, intension, gravity, awareness and breathing practices, to experience the asana from a fresh perspective and uncover the true asana that resides within each of us.

Teacher: Rory Viggers

"My current study of yoga asana and movement revolves around the Centered Yoga system developed by pioneering world leading facilitator, Dona Holleman. She is globally regarded as one of the best asana teachers. Her 50 years of practice (and up to 8 hours a day of asana practice) has helped her to perfect the asana. Having studied with Dona for the past four years, her philosophy, teaching methods and knowledge of the physical and subtle bodies form the inspiration of these workshops. I practice yoga asana daily (between 2.5 to 4 hours) to really learn the essence of the posture".

The workshops are suitable for all levels (except for complete beginners). Each workshop is structured as a stand alone format. 

The workshops run for 3.5 hours.

Yoga mats and equipment will be provided (feel free to bring your own mat).

Cost: 
£35 (£29 early bird booking) per workshop
2 x Workshops: £55 (save £15)
4 x Workshops: £99 (save £40)
(If booking 2 workshops, please list on the booking form which dates you would like to attend)

Yogakutir members can use class card credits towards workshops - please enquire here
10% discount available for students and concessions - please enquire here.


Enlightened Asana Workshop Series II - dates:
1. Standing Poses - the blueprint for all asana (7th October)
2. The architecture of backward bendings (4th November)
3. Forward bends and twistings (2nd December)
4. Inversions (20th January)

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Testimonials 

"Rory is one of the best teachers in Bristol, by regularly attending his classes I have been able to achieve a moving meditative experience that has inspired me to continue to grow and develop my own practise. Rory is committed to continually develop and share a depth of knowledge that continues to inspire. Thank you"

"Following a move to Clifton I joined classes following a recommendation from a friend who regularly attended Yogakutir, which speaks volumes in itself and it certainly did not disappoint. I was looking for more than just a regular yoga practice and this has been expertly delivered and further enhanced after attending focused workshops with Rory & a retreat with Dory over the last year. The years of experience & knowledge both share during each practice provided the therapy I needed - as of course yoga is far more than postures on a mat.  Yogakutir has actually changed my life and I very much look forward to continuing my journey in the coming years with their guidance & support - and they are both so lovely with it too"

"My Tuesday early morning yoga class with Rory is the highlight of my week. Its a fantastic way to start my day. I've learnt not just yoga practices but breathing techniques. Each week is different and I can't recommend the class enough."

"I love Rory's no-nonsense, gentle approach and I always leave feeling peaceful and energised at the same time."

"Rory's class on a Sunday evening is my anchor point for each week. The asanas are challenging and the relaxation is incredible. I look forward to the class immensely and feel the benefit all week - the best thing I do for me!"

"I enjoy Rory’s classes so much that if I had to move out of the area, I would find a way to get back to Clifton at least once a week."

"Rory's yoga classes are excellent. I really appreciate the variation in sequences from class to class, and Rory's attention to detail and ability to describe poses and movements. Rory, you are an inspiring yoga teacher!"

"I try to get to Rory's class every week. The practice is different each time, and I like the way he breaks things down to help with a physical understanding of the postures."

"Thank you for some wonderful classes, I feel I learn something new each time I'm at class. This is prob the most technical yoga I've done and I'm really enjoying it."