Ashtanga Yoga Immersion (Level 1) @ Unity Yoga Sheffield, Sheffield [13 January]

Ashtanga Yoga Immersion (Level 1)

13:00 - 17:30

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Unity Yoga Sheffield
150-153 Carver House, S1 4FS Sheffield
New Year — New Practice
Dive into Ashtanga Yoga in 2018

Through this series of three workshops, Matt Tregellas will take you on a journey through the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Each workshop will look at a group of postures, exploring alignment and how each posture can be modified to make the practice accessible to all, as well as looking at more advanced options. We will also look at the vinyasa or how the practice is linked together into one continuous flow.
Even for those who don’t practice Ashtanga, this will be a great opportunity to develop your understanding of key poses that occur in all yoga classes such as trikonasana (triangle pose), and move towards advanced postures such as headstand and handstand, and vinyasa such as the seated jump back.
Each session will finish with a talk-through of the sequence, allowing you to apply what you have learnt. Unlike open drop-in sessions, there will be no need to instruct variations as each student will know their appropriate option. Therefore, we will be able to move with the given breath count, allowing you to truly experience the practice as a moving meditation.
It is not necessary to sign up for all sessions, but each workshop will build on the previous one.

Session 1
Saturday 13th January 2018 1-5:30pm
Included topics:
Breath, bandha and drishthi
Vinyasa and the vinyasa count
Opening chant
The sun salutations
Key alignments
The standing poses: padangusthasana to virabhadrasana II
Bridge and its relationship to shoulder stand
Intro to hand balances: scapula stability
1 hour talk-through (standing and short finishing)

Session 2
Saturday 17th February 2018 1-5.30pm
Intro to hand balances: floating in sun salutations + bakasana
Primary series postures from paschimottanasana to navasana
Deep hip openers: Working towards lotus position: openers & modifications
Vinyasa development: seated jump back/forward
Headstand: building the foundation
Backbends: moving towards upward bow (urdhva dhanurasana)
Closing chant
1hr 15 min talk-through (half primary)

Session 3
Saturday 10th March 2018 1-5.30pm
Primary series postures: from bhujapidasana to setu bandhasana
Deep hip opener: working towards leg-behind the head — openers & modifications
Vinyasa development: advanced variations (titibhasana, tuck handstand)
Headstand: modifications and variations
Backbends: drop-back preparations
Handstand: play time
1hr 30min talk-through — full primary series

Individual sessions: £30
All three sessions: £75
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