With Stan Woodman Saturday, October 14, 9 am to 3 pm. $100 pre-register to secure your space.
Led Primary Series Practice & Discussion (Start at 9:00 am.) When movement and breath fuse together, the energy carries the body seemingly effortlessly, and focus moves from the exterior to the interior, we reach Tristana. Tristana is the name for the union of vinyasa, bandha and drishti. Breathing is the foundation of vinyasa. The alignment of the body in asana is achieved through bandha. Drishti completes the trio and builds the bridge, to carry the essence of your practice from the yoga mat into your daily life. Come and experience the traditional led practice of Ashtanga Yoga in Sanskrit. Stan will guide you slowly and steadily through the whole Primary Series. Practice will begin and end with discussion time to explore Tristana and the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Develop your Practice Workshop (1:00 to 3:00 pm.) Spend the afternoon learning more about Ashtanga Yoga. We will focus our discussion on the traditional Mysore style practice, the intention for practicing and the nitty- gritty of proper breathing, use of drishti and vinyasa movements of primary and second series. We will also discuss injuries and ways to continue practice using this methodology as a healing tool. Plenty of time for Q&A.
Stan Woodman is a Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher for the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), in Mysore, India. He is the co-owner of Kaia Yoga, the largest integrative wellness center in Connecticut. Stan was introduced to the Ashtanga practice by Beryl Bender Birch, which created a huge foundation for his teaching and understanding of this traditional methodology. He also spent several years studying with Beryl and assisting her at workshops and trainings around the US and abroad. Having first met Sri K Pattabhi Jois in NYC 2001, Stan eventually went to the source in Mysore India in 2003 to study with Guruji at KPJAYI, until his death in 2009. Stan continues his yearly pilgrimage to Mysore to study with Jois's heir and grandson, Sharath Jois. Stan also heads the Ashtanga Mysore program at Kaia Yoga in Greenwich, CT. He has offered numerous workshops and has been featured in Fitness, More, Organic Spa and Mantra Yoga & Health Magazines. An avid extreme sports enthusiast, Stan loves a good challenge, especially when snowboarding or skateboarding. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Gina, and their two children.
We will meet at our "adjunct space" of the Little Red Schoolhouse at 35 School Street in East Longmeadow. It is only about 5 minutes away from Heartsong's studio. We will break for lunch, bring your own or plan to go out for take out nearby. Bring along a change of clothes, and your own towel.