Ty Landrum: 5 days in Moscow 2018 April 7-11
Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the open and exploratory style of his mentors, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman. With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity. His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of yoga with anyone who wants to learn.
THE FLOW OF BREATH - AN ASHTANGA INTENSIVE
In Ashtanga Vinyasa, we work with opposing forces of breath to open ourselves to the wonder of embodied experience. Using precise sequences of movement and posture, we gather the breath into the base of the pelvis and draw it upward through the hollow center of the spine. As the breath ascends, it breaks through the psychical boundaries that limit our experiences, opening up our experience of the body, and exposing us to an effusion of sensation both excessive and sublime. In holding space for sensation, we cultivate compassion, as perfect openness to reality.
In this special five day intensive, we explore some simple but potent techniques that bring the Ashtanga practice alive—tracing internal currents of breath, balancing subtle patterns of sensation, moving our bodies from the inside, and allowing the streams of our minds to flow. These techniques help us bring consciousness deep into the body, where we engage ourselves, shadows and all, with true intimacy.
Mysore 6.30 - 9.30 am
Surya Namaskar means “Salutations to the Sun". In the context of yoga, the Sun is not only the celestial body that gives us warmth and daylight, but the radiant center of the human body, where our vital forces converge. In Surya Namaskar, we are propitiating to this center, inviting our vital forces to rise up from the altar of the pelvis and burn away the sediment of our conditioning, giving us insight. This session introduces the basic movement vocabulary that we will work with throughout the intensive, while giving you potent new insights into this familiar form.
Some say that mula bandha is the toning of the pelvic floor. Other say that mula bandha is the experience of non-duality. Still others say that mula bandha is the awakening of the feminine divine. What do these disparate things have in common? This workshop aims to clarify. Observing the subtle breath within our bodies, we discover a thread of sensation that reaches from the pelvic floor to the soft palette, a thread that connects us to the source of our vitality. By awakening our love and admiration for where that thread leads, we can invite some of the finer experiences of mula bandha to arise.
Ashtanga Vinyasa tones our internal currents of breath. With assiduous practice, we can learn to ride these currents, gliding on them with elegance and grace. In this workshop, we explore the internal techniques of coiling and uncoiling with the breath that underlie this ability, and we apply them to some of the more dynamic movement patterns of the Ashtanga system, including lifting, piking, and floating in sun salutations, jump throughs, jump backs, press ups, and more.
Backbends are among the most potent of postures. When done with internal support, they can lift our moods, inspire our creativity and awaken compassion for ourselves and for other beings. When done without support, they can make us anxious and ungrounded, and cause us injury and pain. In this workshop, we learn to work with breath and the steady flow of awareness to support our backbends from the inside. With the techniques introduced in this workshop, we learn to backbend with depth and grace.
Yoga practice is said to be the antidote for samsara, the poison of conditioned existence. When the practice starts to work, the poison comes to the surface, darkening the waters of our minds. This experience can be disconcerting, but our practice is to embrace it, as an essential moment in the process of yoga. In this session, which is an exploration of philosophy, and contains no formal practice as such, we talk about meeting these experiences with compassion, and turning poison into insight.
Till Feb 1 - $260
After Feb 1 - $320
Drop-in classes booking will start after Feb 1.