Ashtanga Primary Series Workshop:
Sunday 20th May, 2 – 4pm at Present Health Studios, Tunbridge Wells. £30
Join Helen for a full Ashtanga Primary Series Led Class, with extra time to thoroughly explore key postures and patterns throughout the workshop.
What is Ashtanga?
The Ashtanga Primary Series, known as Yoga Chikitsa in Sanskrit (literally translated as Yoga Therapy), is a set sequence of postures and transitions, which follow the flow of breath. Even if you have never practiced Ashtanga Yoga, you may find parts of the sequence familiar, as it forms the foundation for many Vinyasa Flow classes.
The Primary Series (the first of six traditional series) as taught by the late Sri K Patthabi Jois, and now his grandson, Sharath Jois, in Mysore, India, is intended to bring health and vitality to the body. Many people around the world only ever practice the Primary Series, which, despite its name, is possibly the most complex of the six series to learn. It is the one that all Ashtanga yogis begin with, and it teaches all of the key components of the practice, including breath awareness, use of bandhas (energetic locks linked to the deep core muscles) and drishti (meaning focus). Each Ashtanga practice, no matter which series, begins with sun salutations and ends with the traditional finishing sequence of backbends and inversions, followed by breathwork and relaxation.
This practical workshop is ideal for those with some previous experience of yoga, and ideally you will have been to some Vinyasa Flow classes, and/or have tried Ashtanga before. We will flow through the traditional Primary Series, at times pausing to explore certain asana in more detail, introducing modifications and using props where appropriate, however we will try to maintain the pace and flow of the sequence throughout most of the workshop. We will finish with a blissful relaxation in savasana.
There will be time for questions and feedback at the end of the session, however Helen will give individual verbal and physical adjustments throughout the workshop. Please note that this will not be a hot yoga workshop.