GOA, SOUTH INDIA | JANUARY 5-18, 2019 | WITH TY LANDRUM
Held at the lovely Purple Valley Retreat Centre, a favored destination for Ashtanga practitioners all over the globe, this two week retreat explores the splendors of asana and breath. The program involves morning Mysore practices followed by guided sessions of pranayama, chanting and subtle body visualization, together with a series of afternoon workshops designed to elevate your practice and deepen your experience of the breathing body. The Retreat Centre offers a range of well appointed accommodations in a natural and serene setting, and the kitchen is renowned for its scrumptious and sattvic food. Rediscover the bliss of Ashtanga while exploring the beauty and wonder of South India. More information available here.
MALLORCA, SPAIN | JUNE 15-28, 2019 | WITH TY LANDRUM
Ashtanga Vinyasa aligns our vital forces, so that breath can move openly through the center of our being. More than an element of postural form, alignment is the very essence of the yogic process. It is through alignment that the experience of yoga unfolds. In this intensive, we explore the secrets of alignment along four dimensions—the postural alignment of our bones and tissues, the dynamic alignment of the internal breath, the psychological alignment of our thoughts and feelings, and the subtle alignment of our attention to what is. These explorations give us an enlightened understanding of how to practice alignment to support and sustain the experience of yoga. As we integrate them more fully into our practice, we begin to rediscover the wild intelligence of Ashtanga Vinyasa. That is, we begin to rediscover the potency of the practice in opening our minds to the sublime depth of our experience. More information available here.
SALENTO, ITALY | JUNE 30 – JULY 7, 2018 |WITH TY LANDRUM
The Dance of Siva is one of the crowing jewels of Tantric iconography. More than an enchanting image, it contains the whole Tantric teaching about the nature of the mind. In this retreat, we study the dance as an allegory of gestures that symbolize the natural unfolding of conscious experience, from the early formation of thought to the moment of dissolution that graces us with the opportunity for insight. Using the symbology of the dance, we uncover the role of Ashtanga Vinyasa in cultivating the kind of consciousness that allows for the possibility of true insight. We learn to use breath, bandha and postural alignment to support the unfolding of revelatory experience, and we follow the thread with chanting, pranayama and meditation. Through these explorations, we reconnect to the contemplative essence of the practice, and we rediscover our own experience as part of Siva’s Dance.
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