Yoga La Source

Ashtanga workshops



April 23-25, 2019

Linking Asana, Pranayama, & Meditation

with Gregor Maehle

Go to this workshop's webpage to register.

This program is open to all (Ashtangis and non-Ashtangis alike). 

In this workshop, Gregor will show asana, pranayama and yogic meditation as having a common architecture and structural elements as arising out of the Yoga Sutra and other yogic source texts. He will lead us through the following practices:

Kriya

The kriyas are predominantly methods of purification of the body. They support the work of postures and are especially important for people who live in large cities. They aid in removing contamination from chemical, environmental, electrical, biological and electromagnetic sources.

Guided Asana Classes

Here Gregor will analyze the many intricate anatomical details of the majority of the postures of the Primary Series while maintaining as much pace as possible. The focus will be on breaking down the various phases of entering and exiting the postures into their constituents. Performing postures safely while understanding which anatomical actions will get us deep into the asanas will prevent unnecessary energy expenditure. Through inducing precision, this format also achieves that conditioning and emotions lodged in bodily tissue are released, preparing us for the higher limbs of pranayama and meditation.

Yoga Sutra and Sanskrit Chanting

The Yoga Sutra is the operating manual of yoga. It is only when we understand the why’s and how’s of yoga that we will practice with confidence and beyond doubt. In this class, we will chant selected stanzas in Sanskrit and a detailed commentary will be given based on Gregor’s four decades of practice and study. The commentary will retain the depth of the ancient treatises but will be fun, relatable and applicable to modern urban life.

"The Yoga Sutra entered my life 39 years ago and since then it’s been a constant companion. It took me a long time to completely understand it but once this had happened, it ended all confusion I had about yoga. Understanding the Sutra gave me complete confidence in how to apply my practices diligently and that I would succeed in due time. The Sutra changed yoga for me from a faith and hope-based system to a science with predictable and repeatable outcomes. It is exactly this confidence and certainty that I would like to pass on to my students. The workshop will be interactive, with ample time for participants to ask questions.”

Pranayama

Pranayama includes some of the most neglected but yet most powerful methods of yoga. Pranayama is the vital link that connects asana to meditation without which the combined benefit of both cannot be harvested. Learn how to use pranayama to harmonize the doshas (humors of the body) and thus attain a state of health and balance as well as how to still the mind, enabling spiritual insight.

Yogic Meditation

Different to Vedantic or Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation contains the same structural elements as yogic postures and breathing and was designed to form together with those an integrated whole. Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. Yogic meditation is a collection of scientific methods to bring about such awareness. To accelerate spiritual evolution, yogic meditation employs many means amongst which the prime ones are mantra, mudra, bandha, chakra-visualization and Kundalini-raising techniques. The yogic chakras are representations of evolutionary brain circuitry with the lower three chakras representing our reptilian, mammalian, and primate ancestry respectively. By understanding the chakras and skillfully meditating on them, yoga offers the opportunity to activate higher brain centers and propel the evolution not only of the individual but of society as a whole. Kundalini-raising techniques consist of a combination of all other yogic means to raise the life force (prana) to a level where meditation is easy and spiritual insight becomes spontaneous.

Schedule

Day Time Activity
Tuesday 09:00-12:00 kriya, asana practice (led class)
  12:00-14:00 light lunch

 

14:00-17:00

theory and seated practices
(mantra, mudra, bandha, chakra-visualization and/or Kundalini-raising techniques)

Wednesday 09:00-12:00

kriya, asana practice (Mysore-style)

  12:00-14:00

light lunch

  14:00-17:00 theory and seated practices
Thursday 09:00-12:00

kriya, asana practice (Mysore-style)

  12:00-14:00

light lunch

  14:00-17:00 theory and seated practices

Participation

We're fortunate to offer a wonderful opportunity to study with Gregor Maehle in this three-day workshop intensive. With 28 places available for the morning asana sessions, we will give space priority to those who register for the whole 3-day workshop of 6 sessions. As the afternoon sessions involve theory and seated practices of pranayama, mudra, mantra, and meditation, we can accept more registrations in the afternoon sessions. For those who wish to attend just the morning asana sessions, we reserve the option to refund you if there are others registering later than you who wish to attend the full program but can no longer find space in the morning sessions. Therefore, we recommend if you register in a morning session to also register in that day's afternoon session.

People travel far and wide to study with Gregor. The workshop takes place during the week. Please consider taking a few days off work to enjoy the benefit of having him right here in Luxembourg.

INFINY Membership fee

This workshop is run under the auspices of INFINY asbl and only publicized by Centre de Yoga - La Source. Payment is made to INFINY, not La Source.

There is a 5 € membership fee if you have not participated in another INFINY asbl workshop in 2019 even if you are only attending a single session. The 5 € membership fee is necessary for insurance purposes.

Price

The full workshop price is 320 Euros. Early-bird registration by March 9th is 290 Euros, but payment must be made at time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations are subject to a 40-Euro administration fee. Payment is fully refundable less 40 Euros if cancellation is done no later than March 9th, 2019. 50% lost if canceled by April 1st, 2019. If you cancel after April 1st, you may only be refunded if you are able to find a replacement for your place even if your cancellation is due to illness.