MAY 29-31, 2015
EXPLORING ASHTANGA YOGA
PRIMARY SERIES
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Barbara has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 13 years and teaching for 10. She began a dedicated study of Ashtanga by seeking out workshops and classes with the world's foremost Ashtanga teachers: David Swenson, David Williams, Manju Jois, Sharath Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Lino Miele.

She completed David Swenson's Ashtanga Primary Series Intensive Teacher Training in 2005 and in 2006, she met David Williams, the first Westerner to learn the entire Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus from Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). Meeting David changed her practice and her life. David became her primary teacher, mentor, and friend. Together they produced the Complete Ashtanga Yoga Syllabus in poster form and Barbara distributes the poster worldwide.

In 2010, she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in Vinyasa Flow from April Woody's Om Seva School of Yoga. In 2012, she attended The Primary Series Teacher Training with Manju Jois' (son of Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Yoga founder) and in 2014 attended his Mysore classes at the House of Yoga & Zen in Maui, Hawaii.

This year, Barbara will make her annual trek to Maui to study with her teachers, David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff. David and Nancy were instrumental in bringing this form of yoga to the Western World when they brought Pattabhi Jois and his son, Manju, to the United States in the mid 70s.

Barbara teaches as she has been taught by her primary Ashtanga teachers, David and Nancy, in a safe, fun, nurturing environment.

EXPLORING ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES
Under the guidance of Barbara Stanley, Ashtanga practitioner and teacher
and student of David Williams and Nancy Gilgoff.


Friday, May 29, 2015
SESSION 1 EXPLORING ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES

INTRODUCTIONS & DISCUSSION 6 pm - 7 pm
LED MODIFIED ASHTANGA 7 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 30, 2015
SESSION 2 EXPLORING ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES PART 1

STANDING & FINISHING POSTURES 10 am - 1 pm

SURYA NAMASKARAS (SUN SALUTATIONS)
Often described as the foundation of the Practice, the Surya Namaskaras will be broken down with emphasis on breath, Bandhas (energy locks) and Drishti (gazing point). We will explore the dynamics of the jump back and jump forward. Modifications will be offered when appropriate.

STANDING POSTURES
We will explore the Standing postures wilth commentary on every posture. Modifications, when appropriate, will be offered to make the exploration of the postures pleasurable.

FINISHING POSTURES
We will explore the Finishing postures, which can be very demanding at the end of an already demanding practice. We will learn to work with shoulder issues and neck injuries. We will discuss safety issues associated with some of these postures and learn modifications when appropriate.


SESSION 3 EXPLORING ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES PART 2

PRIMARY SERIES 4 pm - 7 pm

The Primary Series begins with Dandasana, the first seated asana. We will learn to self-adjust to allow unrestricted energy flow. We will explore the breath and bandhas in greater depth and discover how using them during vinyasa can enhance your practice.

SURYA NAMASKARAS (SUN SALUTATIONS)

SEATED POSTURES (PRIMARY SERIES)
We will take each posture from the floor series with thorough explanation of the breath, energy locks and gazing point. For those unable to do a full posture alternative postures will be given.

FINISHING POSTURES

Sunday, May 31, 2015
SESSION 4 EXPLORING ASHTANGA YOGA PRIMARY SERIES PART 3

THE FULL FLOW 10 am - 1 pm

We will bring it all together in a meditative continuous flow, linking the breath and asanas, moving in a dance-like manner with focus on the internal practice. This practice will be led at a comfortable pace with the prescribed number of vinyasas and with no commentary. Students will be encouraged to use the modifcations offered from the previous day.