Enlightened Asana Workshop: Padmasana & Sitting Posture cycles.
Sunday 17th June / 9.30am - 12.30pm
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS84BX
Enlightened Asana Series - three hour workshops to delve deeper into our practice...
"a 1000 secrets are hidden in simply sitting still" Karlfried Graf Durckheim
From the perspective of classical Astanga yoga (the 8 step path prescribed by Patanjali), we prepare the body and mind through moral codes, yoga asana and mental conditions in order to be steady and comfortable (sthira sukham asanam). This physical, mental and emotional balance promoted through the preparatory levels of practise, prepares us for the higher rungs of practice such as pranayama, pratyahara and meditation - for which we need a firm seated base.
Different cultures approach sitting differently and so the human body has evolved accordingly. Western, African, Asian and Oriental cultures all have (traditionally) different natural positions for being seated. Lifestyle also dictates how we sit.
The art of sitting well takes practice. We need to teach and correct the body in order to sit well, as much as we do with any asana. The spine, back, pelvis, legs, shoulders, indeed the whole body benefits immensely from being able to sit correctly and comfortably.
Using different techniques, practices and apparatus, we'll bring a fresh focus into several seated postures and their correct alignment and application (both internal and external): padmasana, virasana, vajrasana & baddha konasana.
Working through several asana cycles of these seated postures (which include both forward and backward bending), we can bring maximum freedom and elongation to the spine.
The whole body is used in seated postures. They can feel very intense, particularly when the position is not comfortable. These sitting posture cycles can be used as an alternative to both head balance (Sirsasana) and shoulder balance (Savangasana) due to their whole body benefits.
We will continue to explore principles including rooting, hara, elongation, bandhas and breathing techniques to enrich the asana and evolve our practise.
There is no pre-requirement to be able to sit in any of the classical seated asanas or their subsequent cycles. For those that find it challenging, we will look at techniques, use of props, and anatomical precision to help make the postures more achievable and effortless. And for those who can comfortably move into them, will will enhance and refine the postures and look at further variations within the cycles.
To be able to sit still and comfortable is a wondrous feeling and deeply nourishing for body, mind and soul.
Teacher: Rory Viggers
"My primary study of hatha yoga and movement revolves around the Centered Yoga system developed by the pioneering and world renowned teacher Dona Holleman. Having studied with Dona for the past three years, her philosophy, teaching methods, asana technique and application, and knowledge of the physical and subtle bodies form the inspiration of these workshops".
Suitable for all levels (except for complete beginners).
Yoga mats and equipment will be provided (feel free to bring your own mat).
Cost: (£25 - early bird) £30
Yogakutir members can use two class card credits (90 mins) towards a workshop - please enquire here.
10% discount available for students and concessions - please enquire here.
"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."