6-Part Intensive Series: An Ashtanga Exploration
Join Marsha and Kathy for six Sundays over the course of nine months to dive deeper into your personal practice. Pulling from nearly 20 years each of ashtanga experience, these two are putting their heads together to formulate 40 hours of practice that will take you further into asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting and yogic philosophy. Each Sunday will focus on a different main topic. Students are encouraged to attend all six installments; however, one can gain insight and benefit from picking and choosing the sessions that resonate.
7:30-9:00am- seated practices which include meditation, chanting, and pranayama
9:00am-11:00am- Mysore practice
12:00-3:00pm- Conference and asana in depth exploration
Week 1:Building a solid foundation. Topics include but are not limited to breaking down sun salutations to optimize foundational movement patterns, fine tune the breath and the tristana method.
Week 2: Building strength- getting in tune with the bandhas, legs, and serratus anterior. Deepening mental focus to build strength.
Week 3: Learning to soften- working on letting go of those typically tight areas like the upper abdomen, shoulder, upper back, and hamstrings.
Week 4: Move like water- finding more grace and ease in the practice. Using the vinyasa method and specific breathing techniques to find a more efficient flow. Here we will work on lifting up and jumping back and how to connect deeper to the psoas and spine.
Week 5: Facing your fears- we will be going over backbends, inversions, and letting go. This session will be focused on areas that spark fear and how to start working with and not against fear.
Week 6: Creating sustainability- this is a lifelong practice. Learning to make the practice smarter and not harder.
All 6 sessions: $495
Individual sessions: $108
Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Practice & Workshop
29 April – 3 May 2020
Learn, expand, grow, for an insightful four days of Ashtanga yoga under the guidance of Laruga Glaser. A practitioner’s teacher, Laruga focuses on assisting students in becoming more skillful and mindful in the practice, building a foundation that propels one into their untapped potential. It will be four days of growing self-awareness through the context of daily practice, grounded in the principles of yoga.
Mysore Practice Wednesday – Friday 6-9am $45 per session
Finding Equilibrium: The Art of Inversions 6-8:30pm $55
Inversions can be both restorative, exhilarating as well as challenging. In this workshop you will be progressively lead through techniques and good practices starting from the most basic inversions working up toward more demanding inverted poses. This will be a valuable workshop in understanding how to establish good technique from the start to help guide you though greater areas of challenge as one builds more strength and awareness upside down.
Mysore 8-10am $45
Backbending Awareness 12-2pm $55
The paradox of backbending is that we must be firm and soft at the same time, uniting the energy of strength and surrender. Learn the basic components of backbending with integrity to the natural flow of the body. In addition, learn to understand the concept of active release. When actively releasing, we experience the use of grounding mechanisms to establish the downward flow of energy while fully utilizing the breath to then be able to expand and deepen. In this workshop learn the foundational techniques that allow the body to find its depth and strength while at the same time letting go. For all levels.
In to the Heart of Practice: Cultivating One’s Sādhāna 2:30-4:30pm $55
In this philosophical discussion we will talk about the deeper more intimate parts of the practice that in turn carry the most weight in our quest for self-realization and/or more sustaining peace and well-being. Looking more closely at the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga we will bring more clarity and understanding in how they are interwoven into the asana practice as well as what it means to bring all internal elements to the forefront when doing so. Going beyond the asana we will take time to reflect on the meaning of sādhāna, understanding the more devotional and internal aspects of practice which bring more clarity and meaning to our lives. Please feel free to offer your own insights and reflections as well as questions.
Led Primary Series 9-11am $45
Led Primary series is traditionally counted (in Sanskrit) in a rhythmic fashion to invoke a sense of flow and concentration as we breathe and move in a unified manner. This will be a Full Led Primary Series class from start to finish in celebration and honor of the immeasurable lineage of Ashtanga yoga. Time will also be taken afterward for discussion and Q&A.