Bristol Spring Yoga Day
Sunday 14th April / 9.30am - 5pm
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS84BX
Teacher: Rory Viggers
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Spring into spring: a full day of yoga to recharge, revitalise and go deeper into our asana practice.
Join us this April for a full day of asana practice, systematically working through a complete range of asana sets one set at a time (standing postures, leg stretches, backward bends, inversions, forward bends, simple hand/arm balances and twistings). Practicing in such a methodical way has many benefits to the whole body. It helps us to better understand and enhance the posture, and furthers our own practise and knowledge of our physical and subtle anatomy.
The programming for the day is designed so that each asana set compliments the other. Correct alignment, techniques to help enrich the postures, and new ways to approach the asana will be explored throughout the day. Adjustments and variations will be given accordingly.
We can understand the human body through two forms of intelligence; the intellectual and the primordial. Both learn and respond in different ways. The intellectual functions in a world of words and language. The primordial in a world of sensory awareness, instinct and less (intellectually) tangible environs. The intellectual brain responds quickly. The older primordial (reptilian) brain needs more time. In asana practice, to allow the body sufficient time to appreciate what's happening, we have to move slowly. The intellectual brain is a computer and can rapidly move from one thing to the next. When moving from one posture to another, it knows what's happening. The primordial body is different. It needs more time to comprehend and absorb what's happening. Flipping between one asana type to another can create confusion. To be able to evolve in our asana practice, to converge both the intellectual and primordial aspects of our being, we need to stay with one asana set, one type of energy at a time. If the body is constantly told one thing and then another, it's difficult for the body and practice to evolve a deeper understanding. It often remains in the dimension of the physical body only. If the focus, attention, intention is on one type of posture, we have a greater capacity and potential to make more inroads into the subtle body.
Since switching my personal practice to this methodology, my asana practice has moved up a level in terms of understanding the essence, application and intention of each posture. My body knows the feelings and experiences that await during each daily practice be it a day of back bending, forward bending, standing or seated postures. The practice has become a flowing river rather than turbulent rapids.
There is nothing wrong with practicing a collection of asana types. Many systems of Hatha Yoga from Ashtanga to Sivananda have set sequences that encompass a broad range of asanas. The combined effects of different asanas leaves a wonderful impression in the mind and body. However, to go deeper into the understanding of both form and essence of a specific posture, to enhance the subtle effects and comprehension of what's happening to the body, and to allow movements to unravel more easily and gracefully, experiencing a method practicing one asana set at a time can bring huge dividends.
For this Yoga Day we will work through the different asana sets using several modes of practice (eg. holding, vinyasa, mala). Pranayama and a mediative focus will be combined into the practice. Having the opportunity to work systematically and progressively through different asanas brings great benefit to the body, mind and soul.
Open to all with at least one years worth of practice. Alternate asanas will be given for those not practicing inversions or for any injury related restrictions.
Morning: 9.30am - 12.30pm/1pm
Afternoon: 2pm - 5pm
Arrival from 9.15am
Have a light snack in between sessions eg. rice, vegetables, soup, dried fruits, nuts, fruit. If you have breakfast, have at least 2 hours before starting and keep it light. Let the evening meal be your main meal for the day.
This day is open to all who have at least one year of yoga practice. (Those that attend our classes and have been practicing for less than a year, please get in touch and we can advise if this day is suitable).
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 and yoga days. I practice yoga asana daily (between 2.5 to 4 hours) to really learn the essence of the posture".
Yoga mats and equipment will be provided (feel free to bring your own mat).
"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."