Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga (2 hr)
starts Saturday 22 april 2023 at 15:00
This 2-hour workshop is taught in English.
During this introductory session, Nathalie will instruct you on the main elements that constitute Ashtanga vinyasa yoga: ujjayi (the breath), bandhas (the energy locks), drishti (the gaze) and vinyasa (the coordinated movement with breath) used during this wonderful practice.
Then, Nathalie will guide you through the fundamental postures: Suryanamaskar A & B and the standing postures of the primary series in a smooth way, giving options and variations to make the practice suitable for everyone and to breathe without constraint, ending with Urdhva Dhanurasana (the bridge pose) and its variations, Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and Savasana ("corpse"/relaxation pose).
Yoga is a vast world and once you have decided to embark on that path, it can become very hard to know in which direction to go. During this class, Nathalie wishes to give you an overview of what makes the Ashtanga sequence special. If you wonder whether this method is the type of yoga that suits you, this intro will help you to find out.
"I have been practicing yoga for 17 years. Ten years ago, I started to practice the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga before attending La Source's Teacher Training in 2015. Above all, I am still a yoga student, and I am regularly attending workshops with Petri Raisanen and Susanna Finocchi to broaden my knowledge. This practice has slowly become a real passion, touching every single aspect of my life, and I am always glad to share that passion with others."
Style: Ashtanga Basics
Ashtanga vinyasa is an invigorating approach of yoga postures. The basics course takes you through: ujjayi breath, bandhas (internal energy locks), and drishti (focal placement). You will learn the standard asana sequence with attention to alignment and individualised adaptations when needed. You will gain solid understanding, respect your own body and breath capacity and build sufficient skill to practice confidently. Go to the Ashtanga Basics page.
Teacher: Nathalie Colavitti Blay
Nathalie became interested in yoga through a documentary of a young girl who explained with lucidity and breathtaking calm how yoga helped her recover from a severe childhood trauma. That spark brought Nathalie to Iyengar yoga classes in 2006 before moving on to vinyasa and thereafter Ashtanga vinyasa whose energizing and soothing practices fascinated her. She also included into her personal practice the shat kriyas - purification techniques that are highly effective for digestive problems, stress and insomnia. In 2016, she graduated La Source’s 300-hour teacher training program. At the request of her colleagues, she gives yoga classes at work. At the same time, she continues her own practice and has attended workshops by senior Ashtanga teachers like Mark Darby, Danny Paradise, Gregor Maehle, Laruga Glaser, Kathy Cooper and Doug Keller. She wishes to share the knowledge acquired and to continue to explore that vast world called yoga. Go to Nathalie's page.
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