Authentic Vinyasa Yoga
starts Saturday 18 november 2017 at 09:00
Vinyasa is an art form of practising yogasanas, based on the parameters mentioned in the Yoga Sutras. Sri Krishnamacharya taught this method of asana practice in which numerous asana movements or vinyasas are practised in succession, slowly and with synchronisation of breath. In this course you will learn Vinyasa Yoga in a comprehensive manner including pranayama, bandha, mudra and meditation based on the Yoga Sutras. Stephen will transmit the method as he learnt it directly from Srivatsa Ramaswami.The entire range of vinyasas in eleven classical sequences. The mental attitudes and breath control required in Yoga are cultivated within the practice.
This workshop will cover the theory and take students through several vinyasa sequences of the practice along with a focus on Yoga Psychology, Pranayama, Mantra, and Meditation.
This workshop is suitable for students of all levels including beginners as well as teachers.
- The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami
- The Vinyasa Krama Yoga Practice Manual by Steve Brandon & Charles Cox
The Essentials of Vinyasa - On your feet asanas
Theory and practice. Tadasana sequence, a comprehensive sequence that moves all the joints and includes all spinal movements. Trikonasana sequence, an energising and engaging sequence that activates a full hip movement. One leg balances. Lead and return sequences and Sun Salute.
All levels welcome.
Asana - a seat
In this session we will explore seated postures and how to master them and refine them using various vinyasa sequences. It is considered essential to master a seated position to practice pranayama and meditation.
All levels welcome.
Vishesha Vinyasas including Sun Salutation with Vedic Mantras
Vishesha or special sequences will be covered in this session. We will learn the postures, sequencing and breathing for the classic Sun Salute sequence. We will then learn the mantras and follow this with practice of the complete method. Further Vishesha sequences will then be explored.
The Four Classical Mudras
There are four classical mudras that Yogis are required to master; Maha Mudra, Paschimottanasana, Sirsasana and Sarvangasana. We will practice these postures and then follow a sequence that includes them all followed by a seated posture with pranayama and bandha.
Alternative postures will be given for those unable to practice inversions.
There will be a 15-20 minute break in each session at an appropriate time to suit practice and student comfort.
Style: Vinyasa Krama Yoga
Vinyasa Krama Yoga develops strength and flexibility. It improves circulation of blood, lymph and life energy (prana). It's a simple, enjoyable and effective way of exercising all joints, muscles and tissues of the body without stressing the heart. The movements are slow and synchronised with ujjayi breathing which concentrates the mind and brings it into a state of peace. With its emphasis on synchronised breathing and moving, the system prepares the person to sit with steadiness and comfort for the more subtle practices of pranayama and meditation which are included in each class. The whole process gradually transforms the body and mind, releasing old patterns of mental tension and dysfunctional patterns of movement. Go to the Vinyasa Krama Yoga page.
Teacher: Stephen Brandon
Stephen Brandon has studied Yoga under some outstanding teachers from Sri T. Krishnamacharya’s lineage since 1999, including TKV Desikachar, T.K. Sribhashyam, A.G. and Indra Mohan, Srivatsa Ramaswami (Krishnamacharya’s student for 34 years). Stephen trained in Viniyoga with Ranju Roy and Paul Harvey. Since 2007, Stephen has trained extensively in Vinyasa Krama Yoga and Yoga Philosophy with Srivatsa Ramaswami in India, the USA and the UK and maintains a personal practice in Yoga and Ayurveda. Go to Stephen's page.
Location: City center: avenue Marie-Thérèse
11, av. Marie-Thérèse, Luxembourg city. The "salle gymnastique" at Résidence Grand-Duchesse Charlotte - Konviktsgaart is a nice, quiet space facing a garden perfectly situated for our yoga classes in the city. It is a few blocks from Hamilius-Aldringen and also has free underground parking. Go to the City: Marie-Thérèse page.