8 October 2017

Traditionally Untraditional | Ashtanga Yoga in the Modern World

With Elise Greenspoon

The wisdom of yoga has helped individuals find a life rich with meaning and purpose.

Our world is evolving and expanding at an exponential rate. It is no wonder why the ancient practices of yoga and mind control are now becoming mainstream. As technology increases our lives become busier and now, we need a system to help us stay grounded and centered. The teachings of yoga that have been passed down for thousands of years still hold so much value, but we need to see them with fresh eyes. All of the practices can easily become a part of our every day life- every single one of us has the possibility of achieving this NOW.

9:00-10:30 | Mysore
Students will practice the ashtanga vinyasa system in a mysore style which means on their own, supervised by the instructor. ALL levels are welcome. If students are not familiar with the sequence a “cheat sheet” will be provided along with the guidance and instruction of the teacher.
11:00-12:30 | The Noble Truth / The Noble Eightfold Path
Students will gain a basic understanding of the basic principles of the spiritual quest, according to Buddhist Philosophy, and how to apply these principles into daily life.
13:00-14:30 |  Asana as a Mandala
Exploring the physical, pranic, mental, emotional and spiritual anatomy of the being and how to maintain its wellness through skillful movements of ashtanga vinyasa yoga.
15:00-17:00 | Take rest
Exploring the necessary balance of yin/yang energy or “parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system function” Here we will investigate how to balance the nervous system through techniques of mindfulness and relaxation. We will finish the afternoon with a guided yoga nidra.
Date & Time: Sunday 8 October | 09.00-17.00
Price: €75
Location: St Janshovenstraat 1, Utrecht


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About the teacher

Elise Greenspoon

Elise Greenspoon is a KPJAYI authorized level 2 ashtanga instructor with over a decade of experience in practice, ayurveda and eastern philosophies. In university while studying world religions, Elise was first introduced to new cultures and ways of thinking which opened her to an alternative way of living and a different course of thinking. She began to explore eastern philosophies and tried a variety of styles and practices including hatha yoga, kundalini yoga, yin yoga and vipassana meditation.

Finally, she came across ashtanga vinyasa yoga and immediately fell in love. Shortly after, she made her first of many journeys to Mysore, India where she immersed herself in the lineage of the practice. There, she also learned past life regression therapy and many other healing techniques that she is still practicing and mastering today.

Elise believes that yoga is so much more than bending the body. It is the most precious tool offered to us to move through this journey on earth. It allows us to be healthy and strong in both body and mind, it helps us to function at the peak of our possibility and most importantly, it allows us to establish a continuous connection to something higher than ourselves.

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