Ashtanga's Tristhana: Focus on mind, body, and breath
starts Saturday 04 march 2023 at 15:00
This workshop 15:00-17:30 is taught in English.
This program goes deeply into three places of focus (tri-sthana) fundamental to the method of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga: breath (ujjayi), gazing points (dristi) and energy locks (bandhas). Within the vinyasa format of Ashtanga, a practitioner sustains focus on these elements, regardless of the posture or series being practiced.
Refining the knowledge and practice of the elements of Tristhana is one of the essential tools in developing and maturing one’s regular practice, and this is exactly what this workshop targets. We will review and enhance the understanding and the practice of each of the elements of Tristhana separately. When putting them together in the context of an asana practice, we will experience how these points of focus lay the ground for an integrated experience of body-breath-mind within our practice. The subtleties of this experience can be attended to by slowing down the rhythm of the practice and opening up to its meditative nature hidden behind an obvious physicality.
The normal price is 55 Euros. Early-bird registration before February 26th is 45 Euros, but payment must be made at time of registration.
Ashtanga vinyasa is a hatha yoga practice transmitted to Pattabhi Jois from the yoga master Krishnamacharya. It is for students seeking an invigorating approach that purifies, stimulates and energizes. It consists of postures practiced in a fluid rhythm with a concentrated breath, steady gaze, and internal contractions to direct vital energy. Due to the dynamic nature of this practice, one feels completely energized and purified in each cell of the body and also in the mind. Go to the Ashtanga-led page.
Teacher: Marija Bjekovic
Marija's teaching path started after the completion of 200 hours Ashtanga yoga teacher training with John Scott and Lucy Crawford Scott in 2015. Over the years, she found the grounding for both her studies and teaching in the legacy of Sri T. Krishnamcharya, the father of modern yoga and a pioneer in yoga therapy. She has been studying his legacy through the lens of his two long-term students, Srivatsa Ramaswami and A.G. Mohan. She is currently completing a 300 hours Svastha Yoga Therapy Foundations program with A.G. Mohan and his family. The practice has shown her that strength, stability and flexibility are qualities to be found at other levels than purely physical. The physical form is paradoxically merely the background for contemplation of constant interplay and alignment of energies within. When she teaches in Ashtanga vinyasa context, she does so from an understanding that such a layered practice is primarily meant as a framework to start cultivating subtle breath and calm mind. The physical aspect of practice can and should be individualized, without compromising the more profound nature of the practice. She loves to encourage students to explore the practice from such a perspective, and to support them in growing a sustainable and nourishing yoga practice through different fluctuations of life. Go to Marija's page.
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