Exeter Yoga Workshop

 

 

Ashtanga Foundations:

Breath, Bandha & Beyond

2-day workshop exploring the foundations of Ashtanga Yoga practice, theory & philosophy, w/ Chris Croft (SYT)

Exploring & Developing the Deep Foundations of Ashtanga Yoga

This Ashtanga Yoga Weekend is a special 2-day yoga workshop specifically designed to explore and deepen your Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice.

At the heart of Ashtanga Yoga practice is the dialogue between internal alignment (breath and bandha) and external postural alignment (asana). This is essentially what we are practicing (whether we realise it or not) each time we get on our yoga mat. Although the mind is normally scattered and the body feels disjointed and clumsy, when yoga poses are well-aligned, they can feel so good internally that the mind is practically stunned into awe! The key to achieve this is to integrate the two subtle internal patterns that govern inhaling and exhaling. These are called prana (upward spreading breath) and apana (downward contracting breath). By binding together these opposing forces (pranayama) we open up the central axis of the body, awakening a natural inner radiance and establishing a innate sense for ‘good’ alignment for our postures. This unifying internal practice is known as ‘mula bandha‘, and is a keystone of hatha yoga practice.

This weekend workshop will practically explore, and philosophically contextualise, these foundational principles, transforming your practice of Ashtanga yoga.

Morning sessions will be largely practical. Afternoon sessions will explore philosophical context and include focussed workshopping of core principles.

Perfect for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of Ashtanga Yoga, from beginners curious about the foundations, to experienced practitioners seeking to deepen their practice.

Over two inspiring days, you will:

  • Learn about yoga postures and yoga philosophy, the relationship between them, and how they relieve physical, mental and emotional suffering.
  • Understand how to transform dysfunctional breathing habits through the practice of yoga breathing and Ujjayi Pranayama.
  • Explore the core principles of Vinyasa – ‘breathing movement system’.
  • and much more…

Location

Exeter Yoga Workshop
King St Business Centre, 7-9 King St, Exeter, EX1 1BQ

Workshop Testimonials

"It was a real pleasure to learn Yoga from the very beginning. Chris was able to articulate the concepts clearly and with humour and the whole weekend was inspiring. I can't recommend this studio enough. It has changed my mindset. Thank you."
Andrea
"Having never done a yoga class before I really didn't know what to expect, and as a man I was quite worried about standing out in a class of women. Within the first few moments of meeting Chris I felt much more at ease, he is very approachable. The intensive weekend was well structured for complete novices like myself. This was a fantastic introduction to yoga"
Adam
"I just wanted to say thank you for a challenging and wonderful 2 days . I can’t tell you how high my energy has been today and I haven’t had 10 hours sleep in years!"
Catherine
"Thank you for offering such a thoughtful, detailed, enthusiastic and committed approach to teaching an introduction ashtanga yoga"
Mark
"The workshop was transformative. I came along expecting a physical challenge, which it certainly was but I wasn't prepared for the mental and emotional engagement I experienced. Physically I feel great after the weekend but practising Ujjayi breathing has been an absolute revelation for me and has quieted my mind immeasurably. It was a pleasure to meet you, thank you for your good humour, patience and exceptional teaching skill"
Liz
"Chris teaches in a way that can only be seen in people that are born to be teachers. I have been to a few Introduction to Ashtanga classes before, and the quality of his class is galaxies and light years ahead of the quality of the others"
Krista
"I have always felt there was something missing when I went to see the teachers I have learned from in the past, and now I know why. I was looking for a teacher like Chris! He is extremely professional, patient, and can explain things in a way that anyone can understand"
Sue
"An engaging and inspiring workshop. Having practiced ashtanga yoga with Chris in the studio for the last 9 months, I was amazed at how much deeper this made me go into the practice. It was particularly interesting to go deeper into the bandhas, which completely changed the feel and focus on the breath during my practice. It was also great to learn more deeply about how to develop your practice and engage with fellow students on the course in what really feels like a group learning experience. I left the course with a greater enthusiasm for the practice and a renewed desire to go deeper into the yoga journey"
Jack
"I travelled a fair distance to attend this workshop & it was a journey well worth taking. Chris is an open & inspirational teacher who made me feel at ease the moment I arrived. Chris brought the entire workshop to life, through theory, fundamentals & asana. Its a weekend I won't forget; I've been reunited with my mat & my passion has been awakened & is alive. Thank you"
Laura
"It was an absolutely wonderful weekend. Not only do I feel mentally more together than I have for ages, it also seems to have largely sorted out my niggling knee problem - bonus! At this stage who knows if this is a short term love affair or something more permanent but I'll take it a day at a time and see. Your explanations of the how's and why's of yoga made more sense to me than any other teacher I've previously tried and, consequently, I could finally understand the purpose behind everything I was being asked to do. This, in turn, took away any anxiety about what I could and couldn't do and any competitive urge to 'be the best at yoga"
Helen
March 23-24, 2024
£185.00

Early Bird Discount £155

Saturday [11:00 – 18:00]
Sunday [10:00 – 17:00]

Perfect for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of Ashtanga Yoga, from beginners curious about the foundations, to experienced practitioners seeking to deepen their practice.

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