The Heart of the Sun: Ashtanga Yoga with Andrew Eppler
Andrew Eppler has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for over 30 Years. He is the owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Norman Oklahoma USA. Andrew has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sri BNS Iyengar and many of the senior western teachers of Ashtanga Yoga including David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Danny Paradise, David Swenson and others. Beginning his daily yoga practice at the age of 14, yoga has been his lifelong passion. Andrew teaches with kindness and respect for each individual’s needs and the inherent wisdom we all have within our own bodies. While working within the traditional framework of Ashtanga Yoga, Andrew enjoys sharing ideas about yoga that are both traditional and contemporary. He has developed a unique blend of techniques for cultivating physical ability, concentration, healing, and joy in yoga practice. His teaching is a synthesis of ideas and techniques he has learned through years of traveling and teaching in many countries. Andrew is also a magician and uses magic and illusion in his workshops to illustrate some of the philosophical ideas of yoga. While staying grounded in the roots of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and at the same time drawing from many sources of inspiration and technique from all around the world, Andrew’s workshops encourage students to create their own healing, joyful, evolving, sacred, lifelong yoga practices.
Sunday 9am -11:30pm Ashtanga Led Primary Series
Andrew’s workshop will begin with an explanation of Surya Namaskar and Vinyasa. Surya Namaskar is at the core of the Ashtanga Vinyasa approach to practicing yoga postures. Vinyasa its self is nothing other than Surya Namaskar in between each posture. The sun has a huge significance in Indian philosophy. Sri Krishnamacharya, who is called the father of modern yoga by many people, came from a very strong tradition of sun worship and Bhakti Yoga. The energetic changes we all experience as we practice yoga are associated with the “rising of the sun within” in Indian Philosophy. We will discuss the physical practice of Surya Namaskar and how it can be practiced safely, and integrated into asana practices with the Vinyasa method. If Primary Series would be thought of as a song, Surya Namaskar is the scale and rhythm of that song. Vinyasa movements can be repeated countless times painlessly, without causing repetitive strain injuries, only if the techniques are learned properly. After discussing the fundamental aspects of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method of practice, Andrew will lead the class through the Primary Series showing the Vinyasa counts and methods for entering and exiting postures. Variations will be given to ensure that everyone can practice safely and more advanced techniques will be shown for students who are ready for them.
Ashtanga Therapy 12-2pm
Customize your practice within the Ashtanga Vinyasa System
Andrew will share a global fusion of techniques and ideas for understanding our bodies and working to create healing and balance while practicing the traditional sequences of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. We will focus on the spine. This is an opportunity to bring your questions and address your injuries and challenging areas of your practice! Get some new tools for working with your body to create a healthy stable body and redirect unbalanced patterns of movement in your practice.
Pranayama and the History and Philosophy of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga 3:00-5:00pm)
Followed by Group Discussion
Andrew will teach the necessary Bandhas and then lead a pranayama and meditation practice. This class practice will give introduce students to pranayama and give the theory behind this powerful practice. This workshop is designed to help with building a personal pranayama and meditation practice. After pranayama, the group can relax and Andrew will talk about the history of Yoga from it's earliest known textual references to the current time. After making the film Mysore Yoga Traditions and continuing to study with Sanskrit scholars from Mysore who come from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Andrew can share a new perspective on the history of the Ashtanga practice and the spiritual tradition that is has come from. There will be time for questions and answers at the end.
Cost: $40 individual workshop session
$108 for the entire day