Petri Räisänen is an internationally known and respected Astanga yoga teacher. He is author of two Astanga books and director of Astanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s largest Astanga yoga shalas, blessed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois to teach the traditional yoga method.
Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting student’s individual needs and guiding their progress. His Mysore teaching gives you an opportunity to experience the wholeness of the practice, and his teachings aims to lead to an experience of deep concentration (pratyahara) and meditation (dhyana).
The focus of this session will center around how to approach the practice of Ashtanga yoga during pregnancy. We will go over modifications for the primary series of Ashtanga yoga, as well as discuss how to practice while trying to conceive and how to get back to the practice postpartum.
Mothers, mothers-to-be, those wishing to become mothers, fathers and significant others are all welcome to attend! In 2012, while five months pregnant with baby Sesam, Wambui taught at MYC, and experienced firsthand, how to combine pregnancy with the practice and teaching of yoga.
This workshop introduces to the theory and practice to understand the purpose of the yoga asanas. All the asanas are therapeutic, but if the teacher knows the right adjusting method, the benefits of the asana can increase.
We will select asanas from the primary and intermediate series, explore the alignment, vinyasa count, anatomy, techniques and therapeutic aspects of the adjustments. All the adjustments are done with focusing on the safety and comfort of the student. This way the teacher can give a great support for the yoga student’s physical and mental process during the asana practice.
David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that ‘Anyone can take practice’, a core idea in the teachings of Pattabhi Jois.
In this weekend workshop we’ll investigate specific aspects of the Ashtanga Yoga practice in detail. The workshop topics are: ‘Ashtanga Foundations 1: The Five Allies in Surya Namaskara’, ‘Ashtanga Foundations II and III – Standing Sequence, Seated Postures & Dynamic Transitions of Primary Series’, ‘Precision, Purification & Pranayama’, ‘Asana Kitchen’ and ‘Intro to Second Series and Pranayama’.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you're right.” ― Henry Ford
"There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." ― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
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