INTO THE DEPTHS: ASANA, PRANAYAMA AND VISUALIZATION
Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the most potent practices to emerge from the modern Hatha tradition. Though known for its graceful movements and elegant lines, the purpose is to unravel us from the inside. There is an unusual depth to the practice, an astonishing power to illumine the inner spaces of our minds. And when that power awakens, it draws us to the ecstatic edge of embodied experience, where we taste the unspeakable sweetness of being alive.
In the Summer Intensive, we explore this power where it counts, on the medium of our living, breathing bodies. Using the traditional method of balancing the subtle breath, we invite this power to awaken inside us, and lead us into the profound and exhilarating process of Hatha Yoga—the process by which we open ourselves to the spontaneous unfoldment of deeper creative forces, and make room within ourselves for consciousness to breathe.
To comprehend the deeper meaning of this process, we study the philosophy of embodied liberation that stands behind the Hatha tradition, and we learn how our lineage practices of asana, pranayama and visualization support the process from within. More importantly, we learn how to use these practices more effectively to make gentle but pointed adjustments to our own psychical boundaries that eventuate gradually in an astounding reorganization of our experience.
Through these explorations, we rediscover Ashtanga Vinyasa as it was intended to be—an extraordinary ritual of waking up into the sublime wonder of embodied experience.
In the mornings, we steep ourselves in asana, pranayama and visualization. In the afternoons, we explore alignment, psychology, mythology, philosophy and technique. The afternoon sessions are designed to enhance the potency of the practice, by enriching our understanding of how the practice works, so we can use the practice more skillfully to open our experience of the body, unravel our psychical tangles, and activate the deeper potencies of our consciousness.
The Intensive will begin on Monday, July 8 and end on Friday, July 19. Saturday, July 13 will be a rest day. Sunday, July 14 will morning practice only. The weekdays will go from 7 AM to 3:30 PM, with a 90 minute break in the middle for lunch. We will have an informal gathering on the afternoon of Friday, July 19 to celebrate our time together.
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Asana (Mysore and Guided Practices)
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Pranayama, Visualization and Philosophy
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Alignment and Chanting
Since the Yoga Workshop is currently in the process of moving to another Boulder location, the Summer Intensive will be held at The Subtle Mind, a beautiful, light-filled meditation studio, just a few blocks from the old space right here in central Boulder. The city of Boulder sits on a high plateau, about 1,600 meters above sea level, nestled up against the Rocky Mountains. In the summertime, the daytime temperature can rise into the 80’s or 90’s but the air is always quite dry, and it cools down at night. Boulder is know for its gorgeous mountain scenery and ethereal atmosphere, and has long been an inspired center for contemplative practice. It is progressive and serene, and you can walk or bike almost anywhere. This is truly an ideal place for our Summer Intensive.
This intensive is designed for anyone who wants to follow the currents of Hatha Yoga where they naturally lead, into the sublime depths of embodied experience. Some previous exposure to the Ashtanga Vinyasa method is highly advised, even essential, but there are no requirements of postural or technical proficiency. Our purpose requires that we surrender our performative pressures anyway, and engage ourselves precisely as we are, with openness, clarity, compassion and an abiding sense of humor. People with injuries and special conditions who have a genuine interest in our subject are absolutely welcome to join.
The best way to access Boulder is to fly into the Denver International Airport (DIA), and then take a bus ($13) Uber ($70) or Lyft ($70). The distance is about 40 miles. The busses are comfortable and will take you all the way into the center of the city. They run from the airport every hour, except in the middle of the night. Check the schedule in advance.
Tuition for the Summer Intensive is $1200. Registration is secure upon deposit of $400. The balance is due by June 10. Refunds will be issued upon request, minus $50 for administrative costs, until June 10. No refunds will be issued after that time. If you have any questions, please email our administrator using the icon below.