Daylene Christensen Ashtanga Weekend in Windsor
June 3-5 2016
Day Christensen is a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Day began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine arts major, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Through the reading of sacred and historical texts proved to be interesting, it was lacking one major aspect: experience. With many signs pointing her in the direction of yoga, she took up the practice and began to gain the experience she was missing from study alone.
Asana required a different type of strength and mobility that she had not bargained for as a former athlete. Despite the frustration and challenges she often met on the beginning path of yoga, she continued and found a renewed sense of vitality and clarity.
Today Day is an enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga, practicing in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having completed the Intermediate series and learning the Third series under R. Sharath Jois’s guidance.
Day’s teachings are born from her own disciplined and dedicated practice. She encourages students to challenge themselves physically, while, at the same time, be easy mentally. She is thrilled to share what she has learned with students in Miami and around the world.
ASHTANGA 1% THEORY
Friday June 3rd
SRI. K. PATTABHI JOIS, THE GURU OF ASHTANGA YOGA AND A SCHOLAR OF SANSKRIT AND YOGA, SAID YOGA IS "99% PRACTICE... 1% THEORY." DESPITE HIS EDUCATION, HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE TRUE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF YOGA IS IN THE PRACTICE AND NOT IN THE PHILOSOPHY. AS A LONG TIME STUDENT, I KNOW THAT FOR WHATEVER ENERGY YOU PUT IN TO YOUR PRACTICE, THE PRACTICE WILL RETURN TO YOU EXPONENTIALLY.
SO, WE BEGIN WITH PRACTICE. THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THIS FOUR PART SERIES, WE WILL DISCUSS THE THEORY THAT SUPPORTS THIS PRACTICE. THIS WORKSHOP WILL FOCUS ON THE FUNDAMENTALS, THE WHAT, AND PERHAPS EQUALLY IMPORTANT THEN, THE HOW.
DESPITE THE DEBATES, CONFUSIONS, AND MISCONCEPTIONS THAT ASHTANGA IS "TOO HARD" OR ONLY FOR THE"YOUNG" AND "ATHLETIC", THE PRACTICE OF ASHTANGA YOGA IS LITERALLY FOR EVERY BODY. GURUJI SAID, “ASHTANGA YOGA IS FOR ALL PEOPLE: OLD PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE, FAT PEOPLE, SKINNY PEOPLE...THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PRACTICE ARE LAZY PEOPLE." WHAT MANY OF US MISS IS THAT THE PRACTICE IS MEANT TO BE LEARNED AND DIGESTED SLOWLY OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. SO RATHER THAN JUMPING INTO PRIMARY SERIES WITH TWO FEET, AS MANY OF US OFTEN DO, WE WILL EXPLORE THE PRACTICE, ONE TOE IN AT A TIME, IN FOUR PARTS, WITH PATIENCE AND PERSERVERANCE.
THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR EVERYONE AND ANYONE WHO HAS EVER HAD THE THOUGHT, THE INCLINATION, OR THE DESIIRE TO TRY ASHTANGA YOGA OR YOGA IN GENERAL. IT IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET BEGUN, AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PRACTICED MANY YEARS. ALL ARE WELCOME
GUIDED FULL PRIMARY SERIES
Saturday June 4th
A GUIDED PRIMARY CLASS IS CONDUCTED FOLLOWING SPECIFIC VINYASA COUNTS AND THE NAMES OF EACH POSTURE CALLED IN SANSKRIT. FOLLOWING THE RHYTHM OF THE VINYASA COUNTS IS MEANT TO DEVELOP PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND MOBILITY, MENTAL CLARITY, EMOTIONAL CALM, AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING.
JUMPING, LIFTING, FLOATING, FLYING
Saturday June 4th
THIS WORKSHOP IS MEANT TO EXPLORE WAYS TO REFINE A SEASONED PRACTITIONER’S SKILLS IN YOGA. DAYLENE WILL DESCRIBE THE MAIN OBSTACLES OR “HIDDEN LOCKS” THAT PREVENT STUDENTS FROM EXPERIENCING THE LIGHTNESS, GRACE AND STRENGTH OF A MASTER. WE WILL WORK ON VARIOUS TECHNIQUES FOR JUMP THROUGHS AND JUMP BACKS, HEADTSANDS, FOREARM STANDS, AND HANDSTANDS, AND MIORE. THIS WILL BE A FUN, LIGHT-HEARTED CLASS WITH LOTS OF ROOM FOR EXPLORATION, HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS, AND QUESTIONS.
Sunday June 5th
MYSORE STYLE IS THE TRADITIONALLY METHOD TAUGHT BY SRI K PATTABHI JOIS NAMED AFTER THE SMALL CITY WHERE GURUJI LIVED FOR MUCH OF HIS LIFE. IN THIS STYLE, THE METHOD OF ASHTANGA YOGA IS TRANSMITTED FROM THE TEACHER DIRECTLY TO THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT THROUGH PHYSICAL ADJUSTMENTS AND MINIMAL VERBAL CUEING. GRADUALLY THE STUDENT IS ABLE TO COMMIT TO MEMORY SERIES OF POSTURES AND BREATHS THAT COMPRISE THE SERIES. ONCE THE STUDENT MEMORIZES AND BECOMES PROFICIIENT AT A POSE SHE IS THEN TAUGHT THE NEXT POSE AND ON LIKE THAT UNTIL PRIMARY SERIES IS COMPLETE. ONCE PRIMARY SERIES IS COMPLETE AND THE STUDENT IS FIRMLY GROUNDED IN ITS TECHNIQUES, SHE WILL MOVE ON TO THE INTERMEDIATE SERIES AND ON. THERE ARE 6 SERIES IN ASHTANGA YOGA; AT THIS TIME THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON, R SHARTH JOIS, GURUJI’S GRANDSON, WHO PRACTICES THE 6THSERIES OF ASHTANGA YOGA. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS WORKSHOP SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THE PRIMARY SERIES IS SUGGESTED
ARM BALANCES AND TWISTS
Sunday June 5th
THIS WORKSHOP IS MEANT TO EXPLORE WAYS TO EXPLORE AND REFINE THE YOGA PRACTITIONER’S SKILLS IN THE ART OF ARM BALANCING. WE WILL WORK OUR WAY FROM SOME OF THE SIMPLE LIFTS AND TRANSITIONS OF ASHTANGA’S PRIMARY SERIES, PLAY WITH INCREASING LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY IN SOME SECOND SERIES ARM BALANCES AND FINALLY TOUCH ON THE DEMANDING AND POWERFUL BALANCES OF THE THIRD SERIES. TWISTING POSTURES ARE A NATURAL COMPLIMENT TO ACHEIVING SOME OF THE MORE ADVANCED ARM BALANCING POSTURES OF THE THIRD SERIES. THE OPEN SHOULDER POSITIONS FLEXIBLE SPIINE AND MOBIILE PELVIS THAT TWISTING REQUIRES WILL BE SERVE AS THE TOOLS FOR TAKE OFF. THIS WILL BE A FUN, LIGHT-HEARTED CLASS WITH LOTS OF ROOM FOR EXPLORATION, HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS, AND QUESTIONS.
Singe class $50 Sign up for Full Weekend $40/class = $200
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