Workshops and Series Courses at Atlanta Yoga
Everything is movement, so… movement is always in relation to another movement: delicate or forceful, retracting or extending, constructing or deconstructing…. This awareness is at the heart of the vinyasa practice.
While still in the midst of our Summer Practice and Process Intensive we are nonetheless excited to announce the dates for our Fall Practice and Process Intensive. We will begin September 9th and run for 8 consecutive weeks. This intensive is for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of the ashtanga vinyasa practice and refine their practice space.
September 9th – November 1st
We will practice together 3-4 sessions each week as well as spend two additional hours each week in observation-based process laying the groundwork for the practice of svadhyaya (self-reflection or self-study) through which, over time and with the repetitions of practice, we create the space and corresponding awareness that allow us to be fully grounded in the present moment. We will interweave explorations of the philosophical roots of Classical Yoga and Hatha Yoga practice into our practice and process sessions. In addition to this we will workshop technique (frame, alignment, and functional anatomy), and explore practice in contemporary contexts including therapeutic contexts if applicable to the group.
There are two tracks, 72 hours and 88 hours.
This Saturday, March 22nd! The following sessions of our 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training are open to other practitioners. Pre-registration is required. Suggested readings (short!) will be provided on registration. Fees: $45/session. Hours may be applied toward Individual Teacher Trainings at AY.
Session I 12:00-2:30 p.m. The Subtle Processes of Hatha Yoga (also offered the following weekend!)After a brief review of the three movements, the principles of their interactions and their defining qualities we will engage in a slowly flowing Ashtanga practice as we explore the dynamics of the second movement, or axis-formation. This inward movement, or series of movements, creates and opens the space that we refer to as the central channel, or sushumna nadi. The internalizing movements we refer to as ‘the second movement’ are the most challenging movements in practice and those we resist most strongly. We will explore the primary energies of prana and apana and their movements along this channel, how to initiate our outwardly directed movements and energies from this channel and how to keep these movements oriented to this central axis thus
The following sessions of our ongoing Yoga Therapy Training are open to practitioners and teachers not enrolled in the full training. Sessions are $45 each and pre-registration is required. Please contact Elizabeth to register. Suggested readings will be provided upon registration.
Saturday 3:00- 5:30 Surya Namaskara with Scott Schroeder — Scott will be breaking down the Surya Namaskara of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, emphasizing precision, structure and technique. This is the first in a series of workshops that will work systematically through the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, with detailed instruction on the alignment of both mind and body. This is a necessary and valuable tool for any yoga practitioner, teacher or therapist. Scott has been a dedicated classical yoga practitioner for over 15 years and has been teaching mixed level classes in the greater Atlanta area for over 11 years. He has trained extensively in the tradition of BKS Iyengar and continues to study regularly with many of his most advanced pupils in the US and abroad.
Saturday 12:00 – 2:30 Philosophical Roots of Practice for
200 Hour Foundational Teacher Training : Open Technique Sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb 11 – May 29
These sessions comprise the technique and methodology components of our 200 Hour Teacher Training. We are pleased to open them to practitioners, teachers and therapists not currently enrolled in the full training who want to acquire a deeper understanding of the techniques of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice including:
- functional anatomy and physiology of the primary series asanas;
- the development and knotting together of breath, body, and gaze;
- Patanjali’s Kriya Yoga;
- the eight limbs of classical ashtanga yoga;
- the structure and function of the internal asanas (or bandhas);
- pranayama technique and function;
- the construction of a frame for mindful movement;
- the function of language and its impacts on the body;
The technique sessions follow our 7 pm Ashtanga Foundations class and MUST be taken in conjunction with this class. Fees for each technique session are $20. This is in addition to the regular class fee for the 7 pm. class. Class cards may not be used for these sessions. Pre-registration is required. We will not accept “drop-ins” for these sessions. Pre-requisites: You must have at least 6 months of regular yoga practice in an established tradition (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Integral,
Asana Technique Workshop with Scott Schroeder: Surya Namaskara, Saturday February 22nd 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
SCOTT SCHROEDER has been a dedicated classical yoga practitioner for over 15 years and has been teaching mixed level classes in the greater Atlanta area for over 11 years. He has trained extensively in the tradition of BKS Iyengar and continues to study regularly with many of his most advanced pupils in the US and abroad. Scott’s primary teacher is Kathleen Pringle at Stillwater Yoga.
Series Course Offerings
More coming soon…
Past Offerings: These cycle back around so check back!
All Levels–students and teachers. This is a 6-week series course. CEUs for YA are available. Begins September 11th. $108 for series. We will explore the functional anatomy of movement in the construction of a dynamic ‘frame’ for movement and in the formations of surya namaskara (sun salutations) and the standing asanas of the ashtanga vinyasa system. For many of us, this is the beginning of a benevolent naming of the body. This act of naming can also serve as the beginning of developing the skills necessary to learn to hear the body when it speaks, to restructure or reorganize the body, and to inhabit the body in new ways. Course Fees: $108.
With Elizabeth Rogers. We are pleased to offer this group as part of our ongoing collaboration with Atlanta Midtown Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Depression and anxiety are often marked in the body by unease, collapse or other disturbances in movement. Through the cultivation of body-awareness and mindful movement we can effect changes in these patterns. Together we will develop a core therapeutic loop of yoga asanas (postures/movements) specific to the dynamics of the individuals in the group. While the therapeutic loop will evolve over time and each week will find us working to refine one aspect or another, the core loop will be committed to memory and so will be something participants can practice on their own. More information on Yoga Therapy.
This group is limited to 5 participants and will be ongoing in 4-week blocks. We will meet from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Fees for each 4-week session are $180. Pre-Registration is required.
We human beings habitually tell stories about our bodies. Believing our stories brings suffering and distress…In reality, our body is safe and free beyond what we know….the creative flow of our sensory body in its dance with the whole world is actually a path of freedom from suffering. –Tenshin Reb Anderson
Experience Mindful Movement in Traditional and Contemporary contexts. These classes are experiential. However, the format and movement languages are drawn from the foundations of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Zen Buddhism, psychoanalysis and what it offers us regarding language, subjectivity and movement, and from the evolving movement languages emerging within the world of contemporary dance. These elements are woven together to create an elegant way of moving and being in mind and body, that allows for increasing strength and flexibility and lightening the body, senses, thoughts and imagination. The result is an ever increasingly refined awareness as we connect conscious and unconscious movement. This allows us to identify and work through physical weaknesses, awaken numb areas and bring movement to areas of fixation.
This is a simple, aware, awake introduction to the moving
Saturday June 22nd, 4:00-7:00 p.m. CEUs for Yoga Alliance available
It is likely that you’ve never taken the same Iyengar class twice, even if you’ve been studying for twenty years. And as most of the teachers brought up in his system would probably agree, they’ve never taught the same class twice. In this three hour workshop we will work with a common theme to better understand the inherent logic behind the sequencing of a traditional class. Although Iyengar is most widely recognized for his profound insights into skeletal alignment, it is the way he came to sequence the asanas that add another layer of sophistication and intelligence to one’s practice.
This workshop will include a brief overview of Iyengar’s work and how it relates to hatha yoga in general. The practice portion will include asanas of every variety, but will be sequenced through a common logic that will become more apparent as the class progresses. Six months experience of traditional yoga required. $35.
Asanas are not created out of the blue. They came into existence as a methodical approach to living
Ashtanga Yoga with Elizabeth Rogers: Second Series (Nadi Shodhana) Sequencing, Alignment and Adjustments
Saturday June 15th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. CEU’S for Yoga Alliance available
This Workshop will focus on a detailed unpacking of the asanas of the Ashtanga Intermediate Series, Nadi Shodhana. The Intermediate series focuses on the construction and refinement of the subtle movements and energy flows of the body-mind. We will explore this sequence in detail including refinement of the Ujayii Breath pathway, alignment, bandhas and thesubtle flows of energy that frame the physical body’s movement. Pre-requisites include a working knowledge of functional anatomy, ujjayi pranayama, and two years of asana practice.
We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces. We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands. We learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors…. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once. –Ohad Naharin