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Enlightened Asana

Series II

Enlightened Asana workshops - series II

A new series of workshops to delve deeper into our practice.

Yoga karmasu kausalam (Yoga is skill in action) 'Bhagavad Gita'

It is not what we do that becomes yoga, but rather the way we do it. One might perform an asana that is wholly devoid of skill or beauty. Conversely, a simple sidewalk stroll may be infused with sublime beauty and masterful skill. What makes the difference is our state of mind - it alone determines whether an action is ‘yoga’ or mere movement.
— Dona Holleman

The human body is a living organism logically designed and evolved for locomotion. The yoga asana (postures)  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.

> 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).

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Inversions - part I

Sunday, January 20, 2019 / 9am - 12.30pm

We revisit head balance and shoulder balance technique as well as additional variations. We will also look at preparatory practices and application of handstand and full arm balance...

Head balance (Sirsasana) in the classical texts is often refereed to as the king of asanas. It was recommended as a daily practice to help keep the body healthy, full of vitality and youthful. On a biochemical level, some benefits of an inverted body include bringing more fresh blood to the brain, relief to the heart muscles as a natural gravitational force draws the blood out of the legs, and relief for the veins. It's a practice that brings great benefit to the whole body system.

If our asana time is limited head balance, together with shoulder balance (Savangasana), should take priority over other postures.

Full inversions workshop details here.

Inversions - part 2 (variations)

Sunday, February 24, 2019 / 9am - 12pm

Continuing where we left off in the previous inversions workshops, we look towards variations in the asanas. 

The postures in their primary format are at their lightest as (through correct technique and application) the body is efficiently aligned with gravitational forces. When practicing variations, we need to know where the moving center of gravity is in order to retain lightness and stability in the asana.

We revisit the foundations for Sirsasana (head balance), Sarvangasana (shoulder balance), Pincha Mayurasana (arm balance) and Adhomukha Vrksasana (full hand balance), and explore variations in these inversions. We will use a number of techniques, tools and apparatus to correctly align the body when moving away from its center, and learn where movement needs to be initiated from to bring precision, efficiency, beauty, intelligence and grace into our practice.

This workshop is open to anyone who already has a head balance and shoulder balance practice and can comfortably hold them for a few minutes.

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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".

Information

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)

Location:
Clifton Library, 13 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS83BX

Time:
9am - 12.30pm

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."