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  • Workshop Ashtanga Yoga "Mandalas of sensation" avec Ty Landrum


    Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.  He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as he learned it from his teachers, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman.  With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity.  His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method with anyone who wants to learn.


    24-28 May 2017

    Mandalas are sacred patterns that capture and hold our attention, leaving us with a sense of balance and calm.  In Ashtanga Vinyasa, we create mandalas with patterns of sensation, and we meditate on these patterns as they change form and dissolve.  In this intensive, we use breath with dristhi, bandha and mudra to create sensory mandalas that spiral out from the center line, and we explore these patterns as touchstones of postural alignment.  By working with these patterns, we invite an aesthetic experience of the body, an experience that detaches us from ordinary habits of mind, and allows us to lose ourselves in silent wonder as the natural intelligence of the body unfolds.


    This 5-day intensive involves morning Mysore practice followed by gentle sessions of visualization and pranayama, together with a series of afternoon workshops designed to illumine our theme.


    Planning ———————————


    Wednesday may 24

    Mysore - Pranayama (7.30-10.30)

    Aligning with Subtle Breath (18:30-20:30)


    Thursday may 25

    Mysore/Pranayama (7:30-10:30)

    Internal Gaze (18:30-20:30)


    Friday may 26

    Mysore/Pranayama (7:00-10:00)

    Waves of Sensation (18:30-20:30)


    Saturday may 27

    Mysore/Pranayama (9:30-12:30)

    Sensory Mandala I - backbends and twists (14.00-16.00)



    Sunday may 28

    Mysore/Pranayama (9:30-12:30)

    Sensory of Sensation II - folds and inversions (14:30-16:30)


    Workshop Descriptions———————————


    Aligning with Subtle Breath

    Ashtanga Vinyasa is designed to balance and extend the subtle breath.  To initiate this process, we tune our attention to the diverse patterns of breath that oscillate throughout the body, and we draw these patterns into the long and flowing lines of the Ashtanga sequencing.  In this workshop, we discover the internal movements of the breath as they present in our own bodies, and we explore them as subtle currents of sensation.  Then we consider the possibilities of extending them through different aspects of the practice of vinyasa to create internal alignment.



    Internal Gaze

    The movements of our eyes express fluctuations in our mental states, as our attention goes outward through the senses.  To internalize the attention, we hold a soft and steady gaze that moves naturally with our bodies, without focusing on anything in particular.  In this workshop, we explore the eight external gazing points of the Ashtanga system, and we learn to roll our eyes fluidly between them, by using our eyes as natural extensions of our spinal cords.  Finally, we explore the ninth gazing point, antara dristhi, which asks us to turn our gaze inward.


    Waves of Sensation

    Ashtanga opens up the experience of the body to reveal endless patterns of sensation.  As we trace these patterns, following their subtle lines, we find them converging in the pelvic floor.  Mula Bandha is the spontaneous gathering and lifting of these lines upward from their point of convergence.  It creates a wave of sensation that rises through the hollow core of the body, cresting above the crown, and then falling back to the root.  In this workshop, we learn to invite this experience by gently pulling and releasing the four corners of the pelvic floor until the sensation lines begin to flow, and we explore this experience as a touchstone of postural alignment.


    Sensory Mandalas

    Mandalas of sensation arise spontaneously when our subtle energies are aligned.  In this workshop, we invite the appearance of certain mandalas by balancing opposing patterns of sensation along the central axis of the body, and we use these patterns as touchstones of postural alignment.  We identify patterns for each of the four primary types of posture: forward folds, backbends, torsions and inversions.  This exploration reveals the intricate and dynamic nature of postural alignment, and teaches us to use our bodies as instruments of aesthetic experience.


    Tarifs ———————————


    Tarifs :

    workshop complet (10 sessions)          400€

    sessions individuelles                             50€

    Pour vous inscrire envoyer un chèque à l'ordre de Yoga Colibri en précisant les sessions auxquelles vous souhaitez participer :

    Yoga Colibri 

    7 rue notre dame de Bonne Nouvelle

    75002 Paris