This will be a full intensive day. We will be taking a deep look at how the ashtanga yoga practice formed into the practice we know today. We will also see how the historical vinyasa krama asana practice framed by the legendary guru and scholar TK Krishnamacharya led him to suggest particular asanas, pranayama/pratyahara practices and meditations as a daily practice.
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
10:00 – 13:00: Intro to Krishanamacharya and the original ashtanga yoga primary series.
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 17:00: Intro to vinyasa krama, backbending, inversions, pranayama, pratyahara and meditation
17:00 – 18:00: Q&A on Krishnamacharya and home practice.
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.
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.
from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.
"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.
"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta