Enlightened Asana Series: Bristol Summer Yoga Day
Sunday 5th August / 9.30am - 5pm (90 min break in between morning/afternoon sessions)
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Bristol, BS84BX
A full day of yoga to recharge, revitalise and to go deeper into our asana practice...
Join us this August for a 6 hour asana immersion systematically working through a full range of asana sets: standing postures, leg stretches, backward bends, inversions, forward bends, simple hand/arm balances and twistings.
Working this way in our practice (explained in more detail below) has many benefits to the whole body system, helps us to better understand the posture, and enables us to enhance and go further with our practice.
The programming for the day is designed so that each asana set compliments the other. A summer holiday for both the physical and energy body!
Correct alignment, techniques to help move deeper in postures, and new ways to approach the asana will be explored during the day...
The benefit of systematically working through asana sets:
To allow the body to evolve in asana practice we cannot confuse it.
Take away the intellectual capacity of the human body and we are left with the primordial animal body. The primordial body learns in a very different way to the intellect. It doesn't understand words or language, its wisdom comes from a time before such evolutional development. To tame an animal we get them to repeat things many times, in the same way repetition is gold for the body and eventually the body obeys. Humans can mindlessly learn in this way too. But we have an evolved intellect and therefore the potential and capacity to bring more consciousness into any action.
As well as flesh, bones and consciousness, the body has a lifeforce within it and surrounding it - we can call this the energy body or subtle body. To make movement and postures richer we need to learn how to allow the energy body to initiate movement - this is the connector between the brain and the physical body. The brain makes the plan, the energy body initiates it and the physical body moves.
There is a lot to learn and practice is the only way. To give the body the best chance to find its true posture we need to cut out any confusion. Each asana type (eg. Forward Bending, Backward Bending, Inversions, Standing Postures etc) have a different effect on the body on all levels (mental / physical / energetic / emotional).
Flipping between each asana type can be fun and is particularly pleasing to our ego/intellect as it craves constant change and movement, it gets bored very easily. But the body reacts in a different way; It gets confused. To be able to move deeper in asana practice we need to stay with one set, one type of energy at a time. If the body is being constantly told one thing and then another its very difficult for the body and practice to evolve. If the focus, attention, intention is on one type of posture then we have greater potential to make more progress.
Yoga asana can be practiced in three modes as those that attend our regular classes will experience:
1) Performing each posture separately and holding it for a period of time
2) Vinyasa: Connecting two or more postures together by flowing from one to the other using the breath
3) Mala: Connecting all postures through the framework of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
Each mode has its own benefit and effect and each can be as demanding as the next. A one minute Virabhadrasana III can make a 10 posture Vinyasa sequence feel like a walk in the park! When the physical body is stilled, there is still subtle movement and internal flow maintaining the frame of the asana: breath and prana are flowing. This mode of practice involves a deeper exploration into each posture and is challenging as the mind doesn't always want to sit still, it often wants to move ("when is the next posture coming!"). There is also a certain amount of strength required to maintain the integrity and essence of the posture for prolonged periods. When we allow willpower, sheer grit and determination to take over and to hold a posture at 'all costs', we have lost the true posture. The weaker body parts diminish and the stronger parts take over and we perpetuate further imbalance.
Through vinyasa or mala modes we can move through postures more quickly in a given timeframe. Maintaining each one for a little longer obviously requires more time.
For this Yoga Day intensive we will work through different asana sets (Standing postures, backward bends, forward bends and inversions) using some of these modes of practice. Pranayama and meditation will be combined into the asana practice.
Having the opportunity to work systematically through different asanas brings great benefit to the body, mind and soul. Even though the programme is long in duration, the programming will leave you recharged rather than wiped out!
9.30am - 12.30pm (standing postures, leg stretches & backward bends)
2pm - 5pm (inversions, forward bends, simple arm balances and twistings)
Have a light snack in between sessions eg. rice, vegetables, soup, dried fruits, nuts, fruit.
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 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".
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."