Find your own true internal teacher
Dylan Bernstein is delighted to reach out to yoga communities worldwide. He has helped to build bustling, supportive and ongoing Mysore communities in Hong Kong, Istanbul and Bali. In addition to running stable Ashtanga programs, he has taught workshops and high-level immersions in dozens of locations worldwide. It is his honour to come to Utrecht and work with the local yogis – this will be his first teachings in Holland!
Mysore Week Monday 14 May to Friday 18 May | 6:30 – 8:45
Price €125 | €99 Infinity Members
The Middle Way: Ashtanga Practice from a Buddhist Perspective
Friday 18 May | 15.30 – 18.00| €39
Applied Anatomy of the Spine in Back bending
Saturday 19 May | 09.30-12.00 | €39
Surfing the Breath: Bandha, Balance and Inversions
Sunday 20 May | 12.30 – 15.00 |€39
Fri 18 May | 15.30 – 18.00 | Jan van Scorelstraat | €39
Daily Ashtanga Sadhana presents an amazing openness. Although the sequence is structured, the internal experience depends upon the individual. Dylan began practicing both asana and Buddhist meditation 29 years ago. For him, they are intrinsically tied together and inform one another.
This workshop will detail some fundamental ways that we can approach our daily practice. We’ll microscope breath, bandha and vinyasa. Then apply those techniques through interesting transitions and alignments, both physical and otherwise. Some brief differing styles of meditation will be lightly touched upon. This workshop is open to all.
Sat 19 May | 09.30-12.00 | St Janshovenstraat | €39
Let’s look deeply into how backbending happens. By studying our physiology, we can begin to see that backbending techniques must vary from individual to individual. This workshop informs which techniques of spinal extension might be most effective and safe for your personal practice.
You’ll experience different muscles and approaches as they assist you to safely open the length of the spine. Participants will be free to experiment as we explore Urdhva Dhanurasana, various backends from Intermediate… and get a closer look at dropbacks! No one will be forced to do more back bending than they enjoy and this workshop is open to all.
Sun 20 May | St Janshovenstraat | 12.30- 15.00 | €39
Learn to harness the true power of your breathing system. Deeply establish the fundamentals of meditation and pranayama to embed within your daily asana. Open the door to the most profound approaches in each and every pose, each vinyasa, each movement, each moment. Clever and intentional use of bandha and breath can unlock new postures and transitions to you, with daily practice.
We’ll look deeply into energetic locks, upside-down postures, balance, challenging vinyasa transitions and yes, some sitting and breathing! Open to all.
Mon 14 May – Fri 18 May | 6:30 – 8:45 | €125 | €99 Infinity members
Ashtanga yoga was traditionally only taught as a self-practice. You start simple, breath-by-breath and posture-by-posture. This makes it a perfect practice for a beginner as well as for a more experienced yogi. In a led class you follow the pace of your teacher – but in a Mysore style class you to breathe and move at your own rhythm and pace. This is a very personal and powerful way of practicing yoga, it allows you to develop an individual practice that is fitted to your specific needs.
The mysore is suitable for all levels. Beginners are welcome. However if you dont’ have a regular mysore practice yet and want to establish your self practice, expect to start with a short practice (no drop in).
Location St Janshovenstraat 1
Dylan Bernstein is delighted to reach out to yoga communities worldwide. He has helped to build bustling, supportive and ongoing Mysore communities in Hong Kong, Istanbul and Bali. In addition to running stable Ashtanga programs, he has taught workshops and high-level immersions in dozens of locations worldwide. It is his honor to come to Utrecht and work with the local yogis – this will be his first teachings in Holland!
Dylan had the good fortune to be introduced to yoga and zazen meditation in 1988, at the ripe age of 14 and a half. Since then, he has called upon the practices to engage the body, still the mind and seek more subtle expressions of self. Though the soil and conditions around him are often shifting, the practices keep him grounded internally, allowing for stability even when in the midst of change.
A lifelong interest in Asian philosophy, culture and poetics brought him to reside throughout Asia, where he has maintained his home base since 2001. He has learned immensely both by traveling widely and by living in Vietnam, India, Bali and Hong Kong. In addition to time spent in Mysore with Shri K Pattabhi, Saraswati and Sharath Jois, Dylan has been blessed to connect and learn with many other brilliant senior teachers. Time spent working and residing in the monasteries of Venerable Thích Huyền Diệu has also proven immensely insightful.
Dylan teaches on four continents and continues to be influenced by many teachers and diverse traditions. Perhaps his primary inspiration has become his dynamic and inquisitive students. He is forever indebted to all the teachers, students and fellow practitioners who have helped him along the way.
Dylan holds a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies, was granted authorization to teach Ashtanga by the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in 2012, and even has the highest certification available from Yoga Alliance stashed away in a drawer somewhere.
A student of teaching techniques, Dylan has a background in pedagogy and cognitive development. His classes are designed to put students into direct contact with their own true internal teachers. Yoga has never been limited to āsana for Dylan and yet, he values the critical role that the physical practice can play in bringing light to one’s whole being.
Essentially, Dylan remains a pluralist, believing in many kinds of truth and many manners of realization. Though entertainment is not his focus in teaching, there is always room for laughter in his classroom. Ashtanga coupled with other sitting practices continue to be the foundations of his understanding and teachings.See profile ›