Seems we now have a bigger room so places some places should still be available if you'd like to come along.
Krishnamachary's slower pace (long slow breathing, like the pouring of oil) should make this a good introduction to Ashtanga, the use of kumbhaka and the historical element perhaps of interest to those with an Ashtanga background. The afternoon's Vinyasa Krama can be seen as a tool chest of preparatory postures, variations and extensions for making back bending more approachable or for modifying practice. The afternoon session is an integrated practice progressing from asana to pranayama, pratyahara and meditation.
|I didn't choose the pictures, not sure I can still do either of those, maybe|
My friend Digby up at Stone Monkey in the beautiful town of Royal Leamington Spa (an hour and a half from London on the train) has invited me up for a one day Sunday workshop 22 June 2014.
How great are one day workshops, I get to squeeze in as much as possible with minimal disruption to our regular practice, it's perfect I'd give this workshop every week if I could.
I've made it a longer day than usual, 10-6 this allows for a half hour Intro to Krishnamacharya talk, a Led practice of Krishnamacharya's Original Ashtanga Primary looking at Vinyasa Count, the longer, slower breathing that we are often used to, kumbhaka (as well as a discussion of possible health benefits), bandhas, a look at jumping through, etc.
I Loved presenting this on the Yoga Rainbow Festival the other week, looking forward to offering it again.
After lunch there will be another short intro then a Vinyasa Krama class employing the key asana Krishnamacharya suggested we practice everyday giving a framework for practice. We'll practice the the Bow and Mediative sequences which allows us to explore back bending ( most of the first part of Ashtanga 2nd series comes into these sequences but with a more gentle approach and build up). Vinyasa Krama is an integrated practice so there will also be some pranayama, pratyahara and 'meditation'.
The last hour ( longer if there are still questions) will be Q and A, on Krishnamacharya and developing and maintaining a home practice.
If anyone is thinking about coming up from London (timetable below), it may be a bit of an ask to get to Leamington Spa, let alone the studio for dead on 10am, that's OK and to be expected, no bad karma accrued by anyone coming late, we'll know how many are coming so will have mat space all ready for you. Also the first half an hour will be talk, an introduction. If your a reader of this blog then it won't be anything that new. The led practice will start with Krishnamacharya's approach to the postures of the surynamaskara ( Krsihnamacharya practiced them as individual asana), again familiar and the important points will come up again and again through the practice so not a disaster if you end up missing the first hour or so and it's a long day anyway. If you have to leave early to catch your train back, again not a problem as the last hour will be Q and A, roll up your mat and leave quietly whenever you need to I won't take it personally. Plus I'll be doing a follow of post here and the blog and you'll be free to ask me any questions about the day either here on the blog or via email.
Here are some details about stone monkey