Andrew’s teaching is balanced, compassionate, and addresses the fundamental questions about what yoga is, and what happens when we practice it. Andrew’s workshops explore the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in an eclectic way. These classes aim to refine our yoga practices to make them healing, life long, pain free and beautiful. We will look closely at the alignment and physiology of the postures and discuss numerous approaches with the intention to help each person find the specific methods that are most helpful for them. These classes will look closely at Vinyasa technique and what this approach to yoga consists of. We will explore methods by which the practice can be modified to accommodate our individual needs without losing touch with the fundamental principles of the Ashtanga Vinyasa approach. Andrew's teaching style is kind, playful and light hearted, but at the same time reflects a view of the practice which has taken over 28 years to develop. Students and teachers from all yoga backgrounds are welcome to attend.
Fundamentals of Ashtanga: Friday, February 27 - 6:30-8:30 pm
This class covers the foundations of Vinyasa technique We will look closely at Surya Namaskar and how these core movements affect the entire practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. As a way to put things in perspective Andrew will discuss some of the history of Ashtanga Yoga. This class is suitable for all levels of practitioners. Here we will look at the various conflicting ideas about how the postures should be done with one simple goal in mind- how to create a healing, sustainable, and enjoyable yoga practice that can be shared with a community of fellow practitioners.
Led Primary Series: Saturday, February 28 - 10:30-12:30 pm
Primary is the classical sequence that holds us all together. Andrew will share the best approaches and ideas he has discovered for developing the ability to practice this original sequence. We will go through the practice with flow but take time to explore the more difficult postures and look at various methods for practicing them safely, step by step, with appropriate personal discretion.
Mudra and Bandha and Philosophy: Saturday, February 28 - 2:30-5:30 pm
All Ashtanga practitioners have to one degree or another been instructed in the practice of Bandhas. Most of us learned the concepts of Mula, Udiyana, and Yalandara Bandha right from the beginning of our instruction in Ashtanga Yoga. Anyone who has read the classical texts about Hatha Yoga has noticed that these practices are associated with Mudra practice. In fact, this is the branch of yoga that these practices come from. By practicing the Bandhas in their original form we can gain a clearer idea of how to do them and what they accomplish. Mudra is a very fascinating branch of yoga which is not always explored by Western yoga practitioners. This session will also cover some basic elements of yoga philosophy and the history of the techniques we will be exploring. There will be time for questions and answers at the end.
Primary Series with Variations: Sunday, March 1 - 10:30-12:30 pm
Primary Series is the basic foundation of several styles of yoga. It has inspired many people in many ways. The aim of this class is to correctly identify the original sequence, while at the same time exploring variations and derivative postures. There are just too many fun things out there to practice! This class also discusses etiquette in yoga classes and attempts to help teachers and students alike to support one another in the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.