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With Philippa Asher

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: Workshops for beginners to teachers

with Philippa Asher

Philippa Asher is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world (and the only British woman), to be Certified to teach the traditional Ashtanga yoga method by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

We are SO excited she will join us at Yoga Moves!

She has learned the Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and Advanced B Series directly from Guruji and Sharath (at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India) and shares the Ashtanga system, internationally.

Come join Philippa’s workshop, mysore or intro to adjustment training. She offers something for every level.

Sunday 23 July | Ashtanga Day 
10.00 – 12.30 Led Primary, pranayama, meditation, Q & A
14.00 – 16.30 Technique & concepts of the asana system

Monday 24 – Friday 28 July | Guided Self-Practice (mysore)
7.00-9.00 guided self-practice
9.00-11.00 guided self-practice

Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July 
9.30- 13.30 Art of Assisting Ashtanga Asana

The details

Asana Technique Workshop
Self Practice Intensive
Introduction to Adjusting

Ashtanga Asana Technique Workshop and Sanskrit Counted Led Primary Class

We’ll start the day with a traditional Sanskrit counted Led Primary class in the morning. We will close with a few simple pranayama techniques and meditation.

Saturday afternoon’s session will focus on concepts of the Ashtanga method, such as tristhana and vinyasa. Using these principles, we will explore how they can be used to refine asana technique and safe postural alignment.

Sunday 23 July | Ashtanga Day
10.00 – 12.30 Led Primary, pranayama, meditation, Q & A
14.00 – 16.30 Technique & concepts of the asana system

Prices
Workshops €39 per session
Both Workshops €75

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Ashtanga Guided Self-Practice Intensive

An opportunity to work closely and in a small group, with one of the few KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga yoga teachers and Advanced B practitioners.

Following the traditional ‘guided self-practice’ method of learning / practising Ashtanga yoga, you will have the opportunity to deepen and develop your asana technique and practice, whilst being guided through methods of approaching the more challenging postures.  You will be encouraged to transform your practice into a moving meditation and experience the joy of progressing serenely through the asanas, with humility and grace.

Working intensively with an experienced, qualified teacher (who can assist effectively and precisely convey what a student needs, in order to complete a posture correctly), allows the practitioner to enjoy breakthroughs in their asana practice, resulting in the impossible becoming achievable.

Being skilled at reading bodies, Philippa is adept at working out what each individual needs to master, in order to accomplish the essence of each asana, with good alignment, strength, elegance and peace.

Perfect for beginners and established practitioners of the Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A, or Advanced B Series, who are keen to devote two weeks, to honing in on the subtleties of the traditional Ashtanga practice, whilst receiving guidance on how to develop the asanas that they are currently working on.


Monday 24 – Friday 28 July | Guided Self-Practice (Mysore)
7.00-9.00 guided self-practice
9.00-11.00 guided self-practice
Mysore week  €125 (5 days)

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Introduction to the Art of Adjusting Ashtanga Asana

An exploration of asanas from the Ashtanga Standing Sequence, Finishing Sequence and Primary Series and how to mindfully read bodies and recognise when and how to use your own body, intuition and intelligence, to carefully assist other practitioners.

Different body types, personality, circumstance and ability, all determine how we practise asana and when working with others, we need to be tuned into each individual’s situation and emotional state.

We will explore a range of safe adjustments (according to different body types, circumstance and ability) and investigate how to move and breathe with asana (experiencing how precise verbal guidance and hands-on adjustments, allow us to work with other bodies), until refined muscle memory, openness, strength and ease manifest.

You will have the opportunity to examine the mechanics of these fundamental postures, as well as learning about concentration, tristhana, breath, bandha, drishti, vinyasa, technique, alignment, leverage and different methods of working with your and other bodies, in order to safely adjust and transform asana, when appropriate.

Suitable for established Ashtanga practitioners (who have a willingness to explore and learn), who have completed at least the Primary Series.


Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July 
9.30- 13.30 Art of Adjusting Ashtanga Asana
€125

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Registration

Sunday 23 July | Ashtanga Day 
10.00 – 12.30 Led Primary, pranayama, meditation, Q & A
14.00 – 16.30 Technique & concepts of the asana system


Monday 24 – Friday 28 July | Guided Self-Practice (Mysore)
7.00-9.00 guided self-practice | 9.00-11.00 guided self-practice

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Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July 

9.30- 13.30 Art of Assisting Ashtanga Asana | Adjustment €125

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About the teacher

Philippa Asher

From London, Philippa Asher is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world (and the only British woman), to be Certified to teach the traditional Ashtanga yoga method, by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She has learned the Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and Advanced B Series directly from Guruji and Sharath (at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India) and shares the Ashtanga system, internationally.

After a vocational ballet school training from age twelve and twenty five years of studying and teaching dance at universities and ballet companies all over the UK, Philippa randomly walked into an Ashtanga yoga class in London. It was a life-changing incident, that made complete sense. From the late Nineties she began learning the Ashtanga system, daily before work (in the media, film and music industries). For the last fifteen years she has studied for several months each year at KPJAYI in Mysore, practising under the guidance of revered guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois. In 2006, Philippa established and ran Triyoga Soho’s Ashtanga self-practice programme in London. She taught there for five years before moving to South India, to build her own shala (on a coffee estate in Sakleshpur, in the Western Ghats). ASHTANGA NIRVṚTA is a stunning homestay yoga retreat, which aims to bring Ashtanga yoga to all levels of practitioners, in nature. As well as being the resident yoga teacher at ASHTANGA NIRVṚTA, Philippa also leads guest workshops at studios in India, Europe, London and on retreats worldwide.

Her approach to sharing yoga asana (from beginners to more seasoned practitioners), is serious, yet light-hearted and joyful. Her emphasis is on good technique, safe alignment, the synchronisation of tristhana (breath, gaze points and movement) and passing on the exact method, as taught by Guruji. Philippa’s dedicated passion for Ashtanga yoga, background as a trained dancer and experience as a qualified teacher (Post Graduate Certificate in the Education of Adults), gives her an intuitive and sound understanding of bodies, yoga asanas, people and how they learn. www.ashtangaphilippa.com

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