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Philosophy & practice – 10-hour weekend course with Heather Elton
April 5 @ 1:00 pm - April 6 @ 6:00 pm| 5,000 (or 3,000 per day). Discount for members.
Pranamaya is delighted to work with internationally-renowned yogini Heather Elton, to deliver an extremely special course for our yoga community in Nepal.
Heather is coming to Nepal to lead a study tour with her own students, but while here has offered to support Pranamaya students interested in deepening their understanding of yoga philosophy and practice. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to study with her!
This weekend workshop looks at fundamental alignment concepts in yoga asana to help you refine your practice and overcome/avoid injuries, and integrates yoga philosophy to illustrate how the spiritual practice can be taken off the mat and be relevant to life.
Discover how to safely and confidently execute inverted postures, by improving their foundation and then working up your body to align your whole posture. Poses will include Sirsasana, Urdhva Hastasana, Pincha Mayurasana and Saravangasana. Preparatory poses and restorative alternatives will be offered for students with limitations. Learn how to change a Crow into a Headstand, float from Down Dog to Scorpion and breathe into a Handstand. Cultivate a playful and non-striving approach to find the balance between effort and relaxation to make these poses feel weightless. Understand the process as a way to deal with any challenging situation that occurs in your life through understanding, acceptance, and resilience.
Learn to backbend without causing compression and pain in the lower back and neck so that backbends are less of a struggle and more satisfying. Hatha-variations on crescent moons, pigeons and asanas from the Astanga Intermediate Series (Salambhasana, Bhekasana, Dhanurasana, Ustrasana, Laghu Vajrasana, Kapotasana) will be explored, as well as BKS Iyengar techniques with chairs and props. Proper alignment and understanding of the mechanics in of the pose will help to open the shoulders and hips, protect the lower back, and give you the techniques to approach standing backbends.
Heather has practiced yoga since 1986 and has taught international yoga retreats and workshops for the past ten years, as well as leading Yoga Teacher Training courses in Goa and London. She is certified by Yoga Alliance at the highest level, E-RYT 500, and her yoga school is certified to offer both RYS 200 and RYS 300 Yoga Teacher Training programs. Heather teaches in the Krishnamacharya lineage, drawing from Astanga and Vinyasa yoga, BKS Iyengar methodology. Ancient wisdom traditions are merged with contemporary psychology, giving students an authentic experience that takes them both into a deeper understanding of a pose and into themselves.
Heather has studied Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and his senior students (Manju Jois, Richard Freeman, Nancy Gilgoff, John Scott, David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney and Rolf Naujokat); Vinyasa Flow with David Life and Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Studios); and BKS Iyengar with Dona Holleman, Alaric Newcombe and Glenn Ceresoli. Heather is a serious student of yogic philosophy and the Tibetan Mahayana path. She studied various meditation techniques, including 10-day Vipassana retreats in Myanmar (Burma) and Dhamma Dipa (UK).
Day One (Saturday, 1-6pm – including an Astanga class)
Day one includes a teaching on the various interpretations of the 8 limbs of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras – arguably Yoga’s core text, written in approximately 200 BCE, and questions how they fit into our contemporary existence so that the yoga practice becomes an authentic spiritual inquiry relevant to real life. In a world where yoga is increasing detached from its historical roots, this classical text helps to cultivate the necessary ingredients on the path to enlightenment and transformation.
This will be followed by practically exploring some focus asanas from an anatomical and BKS Iyengar point of view to deeply understand and train ourselves on their dimensions. This will segue into a class included as part of the workshop, with the afternoon’s regular Astanga slot taught by Heather.
Day Two (Sunday, 12-5pm)
Building on the learning from Day One, this will be a chance to go deeper into the themes we began exploring around the Sutras and the key yoga paradigms, including a session for you to bring the questions you’ve been working with in your practice.
The practical session will further build on Day One, with a technical and anatomical examination of key posture groups and a vinyasa class to experience the learning in practice.
This workshop is offered over two days, at our Thamel studio. Although designed as a complete package, students can book for either day one or day two if their availability is limited. Priority for places will be given to students able to attend the full two days however. Please book early as places are limited and expected to go quickly.
Cost: 5,000 rupees if booked as a package, or 3,000 rupees per day.
A 500 rupee discount will apply to members (holding a current unlimited or 10-class pass) who book the full course.
This covers the 10 hour course, which includes world-class teaching from Heather Elton on philosophy, technique and the yoga classes themselves; venue; refreshments; use of mats and props.