In this workshop we'll be breaking down, exploring and working on the most common postures and transitions people are challenged by, or get "stuck" on in the Ashtanga yoga primary series. These gateway poses when faced with, will test our internal strength, flexibility and devotion.
The gateway of the standing postures lies with Uttthita Hasta Padangustasana (standing head to knee pose) and Parivrta Parshvakonsana (revolved side angle pose). Then comes the four Marichyasana poses (poses dedicated to the sage Marichi) these gateway asanas require a series of binds where you clasp your hand either behind your back or around your leg in a twisted posture and maintain either half lotus or a very strong extended leg. Marichysana D is the pinnacle of this portion of the series, being the most difficult twist and half lotus combination.
Bhujapidasana (knees on the shoulder pose) also challenges our strength, hip flexibility, and our fears of falling. Then comes our biggest challenge and gateway posture, Supta Kurmasana where internal strength, external rotation and forward bending are challenged to a high degree in order to get both legs behind the head. Garbha Pindasana (embryo in the womb posture) and Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose) will get a special mention too! Then of course Backbending or Urdhva Dhanurasana will be focused on too.
In addition to these gateway poses we will be working on the transitions into and out of these including jump backs and jump throughs.
Saturday 24th March 10.30am – 12.15pm
$35 per student
Bookings to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the shala.