Workshop: Asana Kitchen and the 12 Asana Principals
Join David for this informative and fun class based on David’s popular online video instruction series the Asana Kitchen. In this class you will submit your personal asana question and David will help you navigate the posture by using the 12 asana principles (see below for list). The class will begin with a talk on the 12 asana principals that help you to troubleshoot, individualize and master any posture. We will look at each posture within the context of its place (Vinyasa) within a given sequence. We’ll inquire into how to use the 12 principles to extract the subtle, hidden hatha yoga knowledge from each position. We’ll also look at how to research each pose logically, economically and protectively by analyzing the biomechanical alignment protocol for each shape. This class is suitable for all students.
12 Qualities that Lead You into Samadhi When Present in Asana
1. Foundation (sthira)
2. Opposing forces (dvandvas)
3. Central axis (pelvic, shoulder and spinal positions) (energetic axis, pranic axis)
6. Dristi (senses)
8. Balance predicament
9. Participation (vyana vayu) (physical and energetic)
11. Sukha receptivity
12. Arms and legs (karma indriyas)
These qualities must be courted, wooed, worshipped, sacrificed to, invested in, constantly oriented upon, improved, reflected upon, honed in, centered in, and loved. The one main criterion that these qualities offer is each have infinite possibilities for exploration. There is no limit. It is endless, it is open-ended, you can continually explore it and it won’t be exhausted. For example, when you work with opposing forces in asana and root down, that rooting is infinite. When you reachcup to contrast it; that is infinite. This is true of each principal.
Workshop: Chanting and Yoga Sutras Talk
Pattabhi Jois intended each student to use the daily ashtanga practice to gradually step towards mastery of all the yogic limbs. First you become established in the practice of Asana (3 rd limb) and Pranayama (4 the limb) and eventually you become firmly grounded in this practical foundation. It is natural that your focus becomes increasingly more internal and subtle and the further limbs begin to be revealed to you. For example practice helps you gain skill in using your eyes, ears, palate, nose and skin to perceive what is taking place in your body and mind as you perform your postures and focus on breath. The process of heightened perception through your senses is the subject of the 5 th limb called Pratyahara (Recovery (of the senses)). Focusing your awareness on diminishing the thought activity that takes place within your mind is the subject of Limbs 6, (Dharana, Concentration) 7, (Dhyana, Meditation) and 8 (Samadhi, Cognitive Absorption). Basic practice prepares you for these limbs as you learn to sustain states of inward awareness through emptying your mind of distractions and increasingly maintaining your attention on chosen objects of meditation. Yoga Sutra 1:17 formally introduces you to the subject of the 8 th limb, Samadhi, by teaching you how to connect with 4 main objects of meditation: 1) Vitarka (Gross) 2) Vicara (Subtle) 3) Ananda (Feelings of bliss) 4) Asmita (Individual sense of ‘I AM’). This class will include chanting and a discussion of how to use these four forms to develop your skill in hatha yoga techniques and gain knowledge of where you and your practice are situated within the greater context of yoga.
David is among a small group of Ashtanga yoga teachers who received a teaching certificate directly from the late founding master of Ashtanga yoga Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David met Pattabhi Jois in 1993 and over the next 16 years he traveled to Mysore India to study with the great yoga master. In 1996 Pattabhi Jois granted David a teaching certificate. David returned to Seattle and opened the first ever Ashtanga yoga studio in Seattle. In 2002 David hosted Sri K Pattabhi Jois (along with his daughter Saraswathi and his grandson Sharath) in Seattle.
David was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 when a friend taught him the classic set of postures known as Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations). David maintained a self-taught practice for more than a decade before everything changed when he met Marie Svoboda, Seattle’s “grand dame of yoga” in 1991. Attending her classes lit an everlasting fire for yoga in him and he immersed himself in a serious yoga study. During this time David also had the great fortune to study intensely with senior BKS Iyengar teacher Aadil Palkhivala attending weekly classes and participating in many intensives and teacher trainings. However, in 1993 he discovered a vhs tape of Sri K Pattabhis Jois teaching senior Ashtanga teachers Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, and Chuck Miller and this was when he knew he had discovered his teacher.
David Garrigues is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and creator of the Asana Kitchen video instruction series, an online video tutorial learning resource for students. He is the founder/director of Ashtanga Yoga School (AYS) of Philadelphia and also travels extensively throughout the US, Europe, and India offering workshops, in depth studies and retreats.
For the last 25 years David has maintained an enthusiastic personal practice that is dedicated to asana and pranayama study in the Ashtanga tradition. His intense dedication to practice and teaching, inspire his students who form a diverse, soulful, open hearted, and serious global learning community. David’s mission is to help students of yoga flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of the circle of hatha yoga lovers who are devoted to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.