Ashtanga Vinyasa is often taught in silence. In place of words, Ashtanga teachers use their hands. They use their hands to adjust, support and guide the breathing body deeper into the experience of the forms, without breaking the silence and engaging the thinking mind. This method of teaching is continuous with the introspective and tactile nature of the Ashtanga practice itself. Ashtanga Vinyasa is not an endeavor of the intellect, but an exploration of embodied experience. It is through touch, above all, that this exploration comes alive.
In this 5-day intensive, we explore the art of teaching with our hands. We consider how and when to use our hands, and when to use other means. We discuss the issues of intimacy, privacy and vulnerability that come along with using our hands to assist. And we consider the crucial skill of making space for power dynamics to dissolve. On a more technical level, we work through a wide spectrum of adjustments from the Ashtanga syllabus. We practice them one by one, experimenting with them on the unique bodies of our fellow practitioners, and then sharing our insights about the experience.
photo credit: Ashley Futrell
August 19-23 | 2019
We start each morning at 7 AM with a Mysore-style class, taught by Mary and Ty. After a short break, we begin the morning instructional session, which will be roughly 2.5 hours long. Around noon, we break for lunch. Then we gather again for another 2.5 hour instructional session. In all, the Intensive will involve 10 hours of practice and 25 hours of workshop over 5 days.
Mysore Class: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Workshop: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch Break: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Workshop: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
This intensive is designed to help Ashtanga teachers hone their ability to teach with their hands in a way that is appropriate for the unique bodies and circumstances of their students. The workshop can also benefit practitioners who do not teach, but wish to explore the art of assisting from the other side. There are no requirements of technical proficiency. The only requirements are inquisitiveness, kindness, resilience and humor. All serious practitioners who meet these requirements are welcome to attend.
Tuition for the intensive is $600. Registration requires a deposit of $100, with the remaining balance of $500 due by July 22. Refunds will be issued upon request, minus $50 for cancellation costs, until July 22. No refunds will be issued after that time. If you have any questions, please email our administrator, Kelly Landrum, using the icon below.