Our online Ashtanga courses give you an opportunity to delve deeper into a subject. Therefore they are ideal for all levels, from beginners to advanced and for teachers to further their development.
If you are looking for something shorter, try one of our workshops
GRISCHA STEFFIN: Yoga Sūtra – The Map of Yoga, 6 Week Course
Thursdays, 6.00pm to 7.30pm UK Time | From 8th April
What is the meaning of Yoga, and what is the purpose of practicing it? What are the main tools and what is their role? These ancient questions have been answered about two thousand years ago in Patañjali’s ultimate manual of Yoga.
The legendary “Yoga Sūtra” is the lighthouse and map of our Yoga practice, the jungle healer leading us out of the darkness of frustration to the light.
Many of us have been practicing Aṣṭāṅga or other types of Yoga for years. Initially, everything is just great, different from everything we have done before. Yet after some time healthy doubt naturally arises. We may have restlessly completed of pose after pose.
We kept hoping that the next series or the confirmation by a famous person would satisfy our hunger. Many have experienced competition, pride, and injuries. We may have seen attachment to “the” practice and its mate, the fear of losing it.
Things cannot change by approaching different things in the same way that has failed before. Our ego will never be satisfied, no matter how much and with what we feed it! Future suffering can (only) be avoided (heyam duhkam anāgatam) by a fundamental transformation of the driving force behind all our intentions and actions. We must overcome avidya, the confusion of our ego with what we really are, true self.
Welcome to the Yoga Sūtra, – atha yogānuśāsanam. This 6-week workshop is a starting point for seeing the world from an entirely different perspective. We will translate the original Sanskrit text into our individual context and language without losing its precision. A growing base of key Sanskrit terms and grammar will allow you to understand the linking between all verses and the composition of all four chapters. Bit by bit confusion dissolves and you begin to feel the text, rather than knowing about it. Diving into the text and forming your mind along the structure and teachings of Yoga Sūtra is Yoga practice.
Grischa founded Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Berlin in 2004 and has been teaching Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa Mysore Style Yoga for 20 years. He analyzed various translations of Yoga Sūtra, the Bhagavad Gita and other text and studied with Richard Freeman and other teachers of Yoga philosophy. His teaching of Yoga Sūtra is straight forward, logical and based on the original Sanskrit text. Unprovable esoteric opinion and other wishful thinking make the text useless. Look forward for letting go of frustration with inconsistent translations that you may have encountered. Yoga Sūtra is a brilliantly constructed masterpiece and a trip at the same time.
PHILIP XERRI – Pranayama, 4-Week Course
Sundays, 10.00am – 11.30am UK Time | From 11th April
This 4 week Course will focus on the Classical practices: Sitkari and Sheetali Pranayama, Surya Bhedana, Murchha and Plavini Pranayama. We will also visit Bhastrika Pranayama with added variations and a more advanced practice of Kapalbhati will be introduced.
Chakra Pranayama will be visited and extended to its full expression with the practice of Chakra Meditation. The course will also include: Dynamics – ‘we have ways of making you breathe!’.
It would be good to have participated in the last 4 week series (just completed), but not essential. They can be purchased from www.keenonyoga.com
Session 1: Sitkari and Sheetali Pranayamas. Often called the ‘cooling’ breaths, with good reason as that is one of their main physical outcomes, but their underlying intention goes way beyond this. They are probably the two best known Pranayamas where the inhalation is through the mouth. A rarity in Pranayama but there are a few little known Pranayamas that use both IN and OUT through the mouth, we will explore two such Pranayamas.
Dynamics. Philip’s ‘famous’ Salutes. Using the Surya Namaskar sequence with ‘altered’ breathing patterns to make the lungs work in different ways. This practice aims to make the lungs more ‘flexible’, more robust.
Session 2 : Surya Bhedana A powerful breath that aims to awaken Surya (Pingala) Nadi and ‘unleash’ the shakti of the body.
Kapalabhati. Technically one of the shat karmas but elevated to a more powerful practice with the addition of specific visualisations.
Dynamics. The Pump Breath. As its name suggests this practice aims to pump the breath around the lungs. We did the inhalation in the last series, we will do both IN and OUT here.
Session 3: Murchha Pranayama. This is a difficult practice and needs to be approached with great care. Basically, it aims to take the practitioner into an ‘altered’ state of consciousness. Just as Yoga Nidra aims to take you into the realms of sleep whilst staying awake and alert, so this breath aims to mimic the fainting response, but again whilst staying awake and alert.
Dynamics. Malla Kriya. A cleansing practice that combines a Bhastrika type breath with specific movements.
Session 4: Bhastrika Pranayama. We will re-visit the practice and explore its connections with the Tri Granthi – the three psychic knots.
Nadi Shuddhi/Nadi Shodanah. A practice that aims to purify and attune the nervous system with a combination of Bhastrika breaths through alternate nostrils.
The Course is open to experienced Yoga students and Teachers with at least 3 years continuous personal practice and are familiar with Jalandhara, Mula and Uddiyana Bandha.
Philip Xerri is one of the leading authorities on Pranayama in the UK. He originally trained with Swami Gitananda in Pondicherry 1981 and has been teaching Yoga & Pranayama for over 30 years.
In 2000 he devised and produced the Pranayama Foundation Course which
runs as a Pranayama Module for the British Wheel of Yoga.
If in doubt as to whether the course is for you or whether you have enough experience, contact Philip direct to discuss further firstname.lastname@example.org / +44(0)7710184827
MAGNUS FRIDH – 4 Week Course, Calming The Mind With Meditation
Mondays from 1st – 22nd March, 6.00pm – 6.45pm UK Time
The first stage of meditation consists of calming the mind to see more clearly what it is doing.
There are no shortcuts, no so-called quick fix. Still, by practicing meditation regularly, we can make our mind more calm, flexible, and steadfast – even in moments of negative stress and anxiety.
During these four sessions, you will learn the basics of getting started with a regular meditation practice. You will discover several available meditation techniques that we practice together and that you can use directly in your everyday life.
The focus is on relaxation, presence, compassion, and insight to make the mind restful, flexible, more focused, and steady. Maybe together, we can approach a peaceful state of rest. Perhaps you can already, after the four occasions, get a feeling of a still point, even if the world around you continues to hurry.
Magnus Fridh discovered meditation in his teenage years, and through academic studies in Indology, specialising in Tibetan language and culture, he gained an in-depth knowledge of the subject. He regularly teaches group Ashtanga yoga, mindfulness and meditation classes. Magnus is also one of the founders of the Mindfulness app and author to the book “The Art of Stillness in a Noisy World” (Hardie Grant Books)
You can listen to Magnus’ Keen on Yoga Podcast here.
Cost £30: Book Now