Matthew Sweeney Sunshine Sequence


Saturday 26th February, 2022 | 10.00 am UK | 11.00 am Paris | 6.00 pm Bali

2 hours | recording available for 14 days (if you can’t attend live register to automatically receive the recording link)

Matthew has designed this sequence by liberally borrowing from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. However, it is still significantly different. Movements are balanced between stepping and jumping both right and left sides equally. Postures are balanced by doing both left or right side first (lotus for example.) And the Sunshine Sequence has greater emphasis on opening the front body, balancing the hips (front, back, inner, and outer), with a gradual approach to back bending (salabhasana before urdhva dhanurasana.)

He has also removed the majority of peak (intermediate / advanced) postures in the Primary Series such as Marichyasana D, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Setu Bandhasana etc. This makes the sequence much more accessible for more people, mostly eliminating the tendency for elitism and dogmatism. As a result he exclusively teaches this sequence in preference to the Primary Series. 

Whether you are a committed (but open minded) Ashtanga practitioner, a vinyasa practitioner, or someone who is simply interested in alternative Vinyasa sequencing, come along. Keep in mind the Sunshine Sequence is dynamic, with jumps, and a fairly long practice, so please come prepared to sweat. If you have any wrist or shoulder issues, it may be better to avoid this sequence; alternatively you can also just do all of the vinyasa by stepping vs jumping. 

Please bring 2 blocks each.  2 hour class with 15 min for questions at the end.

About Matthew

Matthew discovered yoga when he was a teenager. In 1990 he took a 3-year course in Zen Shiatsu, after which he took a yoga teacher training. In 1993 he discovered Ashtanga yoga and took his first trip to Mysore in 1994. For the following three years he stayed for 6 months each time, and returned regularly up until 2006. Since 1998 his personal practice has included “Advanced B”, or 4th Series.

He began teaching Ashtanga Yoga in 1996 and continued to do so for more than 15 years. However, his teaching style has shifted somewhat from a standard orthodox approach to something that he sees as more holistic. Rather than adhering to one single viewpoint he does his best to connect to every student as authentically as he can.

Matthew has spent the last 20 years practicing different forms of self inquiry, including Meditation, Tantra, Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy, Transforming Cellular Memory, Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. All of these have contributed greatly to my understanding of Yoga and the connection between the body, Self, and the Divine.

Students should have a yoga strap in addition to two blocks for this workshop.

Cost €30 approx £25 | $36