Restorative Yoga Practice
From time to time we might need a slower-paced yoga practice to deeply rest and rejuvenate due to physical and mental fatigue, injuries, menstruation, poor sleep, stress and perhaps flue.
In this workshop, we will specifically focus on restorative practice suitable for menstruation (men will also benefit this). In Ashtanga Yoga, traditionally women takes rest from practice during the time of menstruation. On the other hand, a restorative yoga practice can be invaluable especially if you have menstrual cramps or irregular/absent menstruations or if you feel fatigued during this time of the month.
Furthermore, restorative practices are very suitable for the times when one feels physically or emotionally challenged as mentioned above; therefore, the sequence we will do can be practice any time of the month by both women and men 🙂
There will be use of props to make it possible to hold the yoga poses longer without too much effort and to be able to relax while in the poses.
Ahu Karan Jespersen is an authorised Astanga and Iyengar Yoga teacher, and she does Bodywork.
Ahu was born in Turkey and started the regular yoga practice in 2004 in Istanbul. Before settling to Copenhagen she earned Masters degrees in Economics from New York University and in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics.
While studying in London, she had a glimpse of teaching yoga for the first time while assisting her teacher Cary Perkins in Mysore classes. Soon after she traveled to India to study with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, and after regular visits she was authorized to teach by KPJAYI in 2010.
Other major influences on Ahu’s yoga path have been Rolf and Marci Naujakot, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty who inspired Ahu also to study Iyengar yoga. Additionally, she has been practicing Osho meditation, and since 2012 Buddhist meditation with Stephan Wormland. The goal of Ahu’s teaching is to help creating a mindful practice, that allows students to live in a healthy relationship with themselves, the world and other people.
”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
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita
“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita
“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
“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita