INTO THE DEPTHS: ASANA, PRANAYAMA AND VISUALIZATION
Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the most brilliant practices to emerge from the modern Hatha tradition. There is a luminous depth to the practice, an astonishing power to illumine the inner spaces of our minds. When that power awakens, it quickens our creative currents. They draws us spontaneously into higher states of reflection, enticing us to plunge ourselves into the depths of our consciousness, and to seek lasting intimacy with the primitive sources of our being.
To hold this power with steady hands, we need to nourish ourselves with inquiry. We need an understanding not only of the dynamics of the practice but of the larger process of psychical unfoldment to which it belongs. Without these crucial things, we cannot calibrate ourselves to the natural expansion of our consciousness. And as we move into the depths of our experience, we can easily lose the thread, and stumble off into the darkness.
In the Summer Intensive, we study the philosophy of embodied liberation that stands behind our tradition, and we learn how our lineage practices of asana, pranayama and visualization support the process from the inside, by making fine and gentle adjustments to our psychical boundaries that slowly eventuate in an astounding reorganization of our experience. And instead of contemplating these mechanics in the abstract, we experiment with them where it counts—on the medium of our own living, breathing bodies.
Taking the insights of our lineage as our guide, we learn the somatic techniques that bring our practices alive—tracing internal currents of breath, balancing subtle patterns of sensation, and moving our bodies from the inside. These techniques allow us to settle into ourselves, and to experience the natural expansion of consciousness first hand. As we refine them, and we develop an authentic and grounded appreciation for where they can lead, we invite ourselves into the higher experiences of yoga.
In the mornings, we steep ourselves in the lineage practices of asana, pranayama and guided visualizations of the subtle body. In the afternoons, we explore various dimensions of anatomy, alignment, psychology, mythology, philosophy and technique. The afternoon sessions are lovingly designed to enhance our experience of the practice, by enriching our understanding of how the practice works. With this understanding, we can use the practice more skillfully to open our experience of the body, untangle our psychical knots, 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
The Summer Intensive will be held at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. This studio has been channeling the currents of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition for 30 years, and is a powerful place to absorb the teachings of our lineage. 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 people who want to follow the contemplative thread of Ashtanga Vinyasa wherever it leads. Some previous exposure to the method is highly advised, but there are no requirements of postural or technical proficiency. Such things are not essential to our purpose. To explore the contemplative dimension of the practice, we have to surrender our performative ambitions, and engage ourselves precisely as we are, with openness, compassion and humor. People with injuries and special conditions are absolutely welcome, and everyone with a genuine interest in the subject is encouraged 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.