It’s great to our Mysore classes so busy – I’ve been teaching traditional Ashtanga Yoga in modern day Dublin for over a decade and I’m more passionate than ever about incorporating this authentic practice into our everyday lives!
There is a lot of conflicting advice out there about how one should practice Ashtanga Yoga. A lot of this hyperbole creates an unnecessarily strict and dogmatic approach which takes one further away from developing a sustainable long term practice.
Ideally, the best time to practice Ashtanga in its ancient and traditional style is just before dawn, six days a week. This is an easy option when one is in Mysore, India with no other responsibilities for the rest of the day but it’s not a realistic option for most people due to the many demands of modern, Western life, be it due to conflicting work schedules, parenting, and/or other factors. And so I feel it is hugely important to note that your practice does not have to be ‘all or nothing’. Personally, I choose to practice six days a week, however that does not mean that you have to be on your mat six days a week. It is an unrealistic option for most people and that’s OK! I always recommend that you try to come to practice at least two to three times per week, so that you can best reap the rewards of this ancient and beautiful practice. I urge you ignore the ‘all or nothing’ approach and remember that some Ashtanga is better than no Ashtanga!
Applications are now open on our next Immersion Course commencing in January 2020. This comprehensive course is designed to help yoga students deepen their personal practice and for those already teaching to get a deeper foundation and refine their skills through understanding the Ashtanga practice from the inside out. Our lecturers are leaders in their field of yoga, including esteemed Yoga Philosophy lecturer, Marianne Jacuzzi and Anatomy and Physiology lecturer, Daniela Gonzales Arez – see https://ashtangayogaireland.ie/teachers/. You can find lots more details and the application process via https://ashtangayogaireland.ie/immersion-course/.
I’ll be teaching the next Introductory Mysore Workshop on Saturday, June 8th from 10.30am-1pm. It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in learning the traditional way to practice Ashtanga yoga or anyone interested in transitioning in to the Mysore classes. The primary focus of the workshop will be on learning the correct breathing technique and the basic fundamental postures, enabling you to transition into the Mysore classes with confidence. Complete beginners are most welcome..
See you at the Mysore classes!
Introductory Mysore Workshop
Saturday, June 8th
10.30am – 1.00pm
This Introductory Workshop is suitable for all levels (including complete beginners) that would like to learn the traditional way to practice Ashtanga Yoga. You will be guided through the correct breathing technique and a series of the basic fundamental postures. You will develop a strong foundation and the confidence to transition into the Mysore classes.
Introductory Workshop plus one month of unlimited classes – €100 or Introductory Workshop only – €35.
Spaces are limited and advance booking via is requested here ashtangayogaireland.ie/yoga-workshops/.
Immersion Course 2020
This Immersion Course is designed for yoga practitioners and teachers looking for a deeper understanding and approach to the Ashtanga Yoga system. These authentic teachings will be offered from Gillian’s personal experience of fourteen years working with the ancient lineage system ‘Parampara’ at the source in Mysore, India.
The course will consist of a detailed analysis of the Asanas of the Primary Series including adjustment and alignment techniques. There will also be comprehensive studies of Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy and Physiology and Yogic Breathwork.
This one year course is held over ten weekend modules for people that are ready to go beyond the Asanas and to make Ashtanga Yoga an integral part of their life journey.
Guided Led Primary and Mysore Style Classes
The Guided Led Primary classes will be an in-depth study of the Ashtanga Yoga method with careful emphasis on learning the traditional Vinyasa system. The Mysore Style Classes will have a strong focus on working with the Tristana method to train the mind transforming your practice into a moving meditation.
Yoga Asana and Adjustment Techniques
A detailed analysis of the key deconstruction and alignment techniques of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. There will be a strong focus on developing a solid foundation in the core alignment points of each asana. Practical hands- on adjustments will provide students with the concrete knowledge to learn safe and effective adjustments.
History and Philosophy of Yoga
An overview of the origins and the fundamental ideas on which classical yoga practice is based. This provides a basis for a study of teachings found in the ancient yogic scriptures including the Upanishads, Bhagavad-gita, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Lecturer: Marianne Jacuzzi
Anatomy and Physiology
A practical exploration into the key anatomical and physiological principles relevant to the Ashtanga yoga practice. Students will develop a solid understanding about the functional anatomy and physiology of the body to better understand safe and stable physical alignment in each asana of the Primary series. Lecturer: Daniela Gonzalez Aries
Yogic Breathwork, Bandhas and Yoga Nidra Meditation
The study of yogic breathing techniques and working with the yogic locks (bandhas) of the body: mula, uddiyana and jalandhara bandhas will be an integral element of the course. The practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation is a guided meditation which helps the body assimilate the teachings leaving you relaxed and restored.
2020 Course Dates
- January 25th & 26th
- February 22nd & 23rd
- March 28th & 29th
- April 25th & 26th
- May 23rd & 24th
- June 20th & 21st
- September 5th & 6th
- October 3rd & 4th
- November 7th & 8th
- December 5th & 6th
For full details and the application process click here https://ashtangayogaireland.ie/immersion-course/