Learn in the comfort of your own surroundings. Connect with internationally renowned teachers with a live online Ashtanga yoga workshop via Zoom. Join in the a live Q&A session at the end. Most are recorded and you can watch the reply for up to 2 weeks afterwards.
The workshops are one-off events and we also offer courses. If you’ve missed a workshop some of the recordings are available for download in our shop. Take a look at the past workshops we’ve hosted and let us know if you’d like us to have any repeats.
MAY ASHTANGA WORKSHOPS
DAVID SWENSON – Ashtanga’s Greatest Hits
Sunday 9th May | 9.00am EST | 2.00pm UK 2 hours | 14 day replay
Play the edge and enjoy the ride. Curious about some of the more intricate or advanced asanas but have felt intimidated by them or uncertain about how to approach them in your practice? Then this class is for you!
David will take the group on a special guided tour of select asanas from the Primary, Intermediate and even from the Advanced Series of asanas. If you are not familiar with the more challenging postures there is no need to be scared of them!With his amazing ability to break down the essence and energetic foundation of any asana to allow practitioners of all levels to feel comfortable and confident when exploring realms of the practice that they find most challenging.
There are always plenty of safe and sensible alternatives offered so that the student may utilize the most comfortable approach for their particular level. David’s classes are always full of valuable information as well as plenty of laughter and joy.
David discovered Ashtanga in 1973 through David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff. In 1975 he met K. Pattabhi Jois to the U.S. for the first time and he then initiated studies directly with the master. He made his first trip to Mysore in 1977.
David is one of only a handful of students to have learned the full Ashtanga system including all of the asana sequences and pranayama as originally taught by K. Pattabhi Jois. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga. He teaches in a supportive and compassionate way and makes Ashtanga accessible to all levels of practitioner.
Cost: €30 ~ £25 ~ $36
HARMONY SLATER – Cleanse and Restore Your Personal Practice with Kriyas and More
Saturday 15th May | 9.00am EST | 2.00pm UK 2 hours | 14 day replay
It’s time to clear out the heaviness and reboot your practice. In this workshop you will be guided through two Kriyas – cleansing practices – followed by a sequence of postures designed to focus specifically on cleansing and replenishing your organs and nervous system.
We will then practice a foundational pranayama technique that you can incorporate into your daily practice, which will purify your whole system.
There will be time for a short discussion introducing three important points of focus, which you can incorporate to help you get your practice back on track, or take it to that next level.
In 2015, Harmony received ‘Certification’ from Sharath Jois. This is the highest acknowledgment one can receive from the original Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore. It is an internationally recognized credential to teach the Ashtanga Yoga method and the Advanced Series.
Cost: €30 ~ £25 ~ $36
CARO GURNEY of Mighty Roar – Vegan Brunch Workshop
Sunday 16th May | 11.00am UK | 90 minutes | 14 day replay
In this workshop Caro Gurney of Mighty Roar will demonstrate how to make a versatile vegan frittata meets pancake, perfect for brunch or any occasion. Different filling options will include savoury Indian or Lebanese spices, or sweet banana / chocolate or berries / cream etc depending on what people feel like having.
Ingredients list will be sent out in advance so you can follow along at the same time. Caro has worked and lived in the food world all her life and trained initially in vegan patisserie and vegan raw food with Deborah Durrant (www.deliciousraw.kitchen).
That was just the start and soon went onto catering for yoga events, private parties and raw patisserie to order. Her food is vegan, using organic ingredients and she specialises in raw food. She also created her own brand of granolas in 2016.
Caro now cooks on zoom until the world opens again and she can once again travel and teach vegan cooking in person. She lives in Leamington Spa UK with her husband Si, spending time growing produce at her beloved allotment, enjoying her dog and cat and is also a dedicated Ashtanga practitoner. You can follow her on Instagram at @caro_mightyroar
100% of proceeds for this workshop will directly benefit Project Play a charity close to Caro’s heart. A grassroots organisation that work with displaced children in her native France. They are a group of volunteer teachers and play workers who believe in the power of play. Providing children with safe spaces to play, learn and be themselves, they are mobilising for children on the move.
Cost €10 Charity Donation
SIMON BORG-OLIVIER – Principles of Yoga Therapy Masterclass
Sunday 23rd May | 10.00am UK | 2 hours | 14 day replay
In this masterclass Simon will go through some simple remedies for each of the main joint complexes. He will look at ankles, knees, hips, lower back, upper back, neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
Simon has practiced many forms of exercise, sports, yoga, and other physical activities over his life and they have been generally good to him. He has had very few exercise-related injuries. However, he’s had many injuries in his life that he has healed successfully thanks to the knowledge he gained from his traditional teachers from Tibet, India, Japan, China, and his Western teachers as an exercise-based physiotherapist.
He has been in many car accidents, a chemical explosion, hurt on several occasions while trying to stop fights, and has been hit many times by accident with people’s limbs and flying objects. Although he did not like being injured, he is happy to report that he learned to personally treat all these injuries and either healed them or successfully managed them.
In this masterclass, Simon will teach you simple methods to:
*help relieve ankle sprains
*stabilise damaged and painful knees
*address arthritic hip problems
*help prevent and heal hamstring tears
*relieve lower back pain
*help upper back pain
*relieve neck pain
*reduce shoulder pain
*address wrist problems
Photo: Alessandro Sigismondi
Cost: €30 ~ £25 ~ $36
DAVID KEIL – The Matrix of Ashtanga Yoga
Saturday 5th June | 9.00am EST | 2.00pm UK | 2 hours | 14 day replay
This is not a workshop that simply reviews the basics that everyone is familiar with. It is about seeing the practice from a new perspective.In this workshop, we first discuss the context within which the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method came to be.
Then we look at the essential elements that make it distinct and an extremely internal practice. The context that the practice lives in is one of recognizing our true nature. Are the elements in the practice being used to this aim?The elements that provide the framework for the experience of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are: vinyasa/breath, bandha, dristhi, and asana.
It’s one thing to know what these words mean, and another to have an experience of them. We will be doing small pieces of practice to illustrate the concepts that lead to an actual experience of these elements. We will also take a look at why this method is so often misunderstood. Bring your skepticism and judgments if you wish.
Our intention during this workshop is to create a perspective and understanding of the practice that allows us to appreciate it. The practice is mostly misunderstood by people who have not practiced it. When I use the term practice, I don’t mean going to a led primary series class and thinking that one has practiced it. What I mean is, a minimum of 5 days of practice in a row, with a teacher who can transmit the essential points of the practice, that leads one to an EXPERIENCE of the practice.
Ashtanga is much more than doing the postures in a particular sequence.This is a lecture-based workshop and aimed at those who have an open mind and a desire to understand the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system in a way that enhances whatever method of practice they choose to participate in.
David Keil was introduced to yoga in 1989 by his Tai Chi Chuan teacher at the age of 17. He began his research into his own mind-body connections and continued through massage therapy where he discovered many insights. He was introduced to Ashtanga in 1999 and went to Mysore the following year. He studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the “old” shala and was authorized in 2004 and returned yearly for extended visits to Mysore with his wife Gretchen Suarez. They are both Authorized Level 2.
As an instructor of Kinesiology David has developed a fun, informal and informative style of teaching. He brings his unique style and ability to make things simple to the yoga world.
Cost: €30 ~ £25 ~ $36
NANCY GILGOFF – Part 3 Intermediate Series As She Was Taught by Pattabhi Jois
Sunday 6th June | 7.30am UK | 8.30am CET | 2 hours | 14 day replay
In this workshop Nancy will guide us through the entire intermediate series as she was first taught by Pattabhi Jois. It is recommended that students be practicing at least all of the primary series. Please have a bolster, pillow and a strap for supta vajrasana.
Nancy began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1973 with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore at the age of 24. She had travelled overland with David Williams, joining him on his search for yoga. From London, they hitchhiked to Istanbul where they joined a bus of other travellers going to India.
She continues to practice and now at 73 years, she is healthier than when she first walked into his class. Over the years, whenever she asked Pattabhi Jois how she should teach, he always said “You teach the way I taught you” and that has guided her in her teaching.
There will be a discussion with Q&A afterward.
Note: due to Nancy’s wishes this workshop WILL NOT BE RECORDED.
Cost: €30 ~ £25 ~ $36
ADAM HUSLER – The Architecture of Arm Balances and Inversion
Sunday 13th June | 2.00pm UK | 2 hours | 14 day replay
Those ‘cool’ looking inversions and arm balances that you spot people popping out in the studio and social media they don’t just magically happen one day. Flailing and throwing
yourself around won’t necessarily get the result you want; unless what you want 1 second video of you upside down and a little bit of sweaty cardio.
Through this workshop you will:
- Learn the journey you may need to take and building blocks you may require as you work towards various arm balances and inversions.
- Develop understanding in how flexibility, strength and technique have equal importance
- Build a toolkit of drills that will assist progress in this direction of travel.
- Practice and explore chaturanga, bakasana, koundinyasana b, forearm balance, handstand and maybe more
- Discover that executing ‘easy’ asanas with integrity, can significantly improve you ability to explore more challenging poses.
- Learn the common errors taken in these poses, some of which are potentially injurious.
This workshop it suitable for anyone with a regular practice, though it will be a strong practice!
Actions speak louder than words, and Adam Husler (E-500RYT) uses both to understand universal balance in the practice of yoga. Drawing experience from a variety of lives lived off the mat— be it the law school, the boxing ring, the ultramarathon path or the non-profit sector— he brings a unique perspective to those who seek more from yoga than making pretty shapes.
Inspired by a fascination with anatomy, Adam specialises in Alignment-Based Vinyasa Yoga informed by years of study and with Jason Crandell, and assisting him on a number of advanced teacher trainings. Being further influenced by the spiritual wisdom of renowned meditation teacher Michael Stone. As well as the dynamic teachings of Cameron Shayne and the anatomical knowledge of Tom Myers. Adam consistently refines his teaching method both as instructor and student.
Adam believes that yoga is a personally subjective practice of self enquiry, where only one thing is for certain: whether a long-time listener, first time caller, or anywhere in between… yoga offers us all plenty of options to challenge and reward. You can find more about him on his website.
Cost: €30 ~ £25 ~ $36
GREGOR MAEHLE – Pranayama Session Three
Saturday 19th June | 8.00am UK | 9am Paris | 5pm Sydney | 2 hours | 14 day replay
This workshop leads on from Gregor’s previous workshops one and two with Keen on yoga. To join this workshop you should have attended or watched and practised session 1 and 2. They are available for purchase on our shop here.
Gregor will introduce Jihva Bandha and Shambhavi Mudra. He will explain how to switch to the 1:2 ratio and why. In addition we will look at the importance of Granthi breakers Stage 1 and 2 and cover the following topics.
- Introducing Jalandhara BandhaImportance of and rationale
- Difference between the bandha and the position
- Only once mastered proceed to kumbhaka, do not let vayu enter the head
- Why kumbhaka? Contraindications
- Types: Internal vs external 2 :1 thus importance of Nauli
- Purpose of kumbhaka
- Integrate internal kumbhaka with Jalandhara Bandha
- 1 : 1 : 1 ratio
- Always start with sama vrtti (even component length, exceptions)
- How to split from 1 : 2 ratio
- During Nadi Shodana one lunar/ one solar kumbhaka
Gregor Maehle began his practice of yoga in 1978. In the mid-1980s he commenced annual travels to India, where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters, traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. After practising with BKS Iyengar he spent fourteen months in Mysuru, and in 1997 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. He lived for several years as a recluse, studying Sanskrit and yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques.
Gregor is the international author of five textbooks covering all eight limbs of yoga including Pranayama: The Breath of Yoga.
Cost: €30 ~ £25 ~ $36