Richard Freeman + Mary Taylor
The Art of Vinyasa
October 4 – 7, 2018
Yoga is the unfolding of relationship; the joining together of complementary opposites and the ability to soften into the intelligence within any given context to allow the awakening of body and mind.
This workshop will be an intricate exploration of this process through the lens of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of practice. Following on an empty thread of awareness through and between postures, we will focus on the intentional sequence of form, thought, movement, and breath that frees the mind, awakens the central channel and allows a meditative flowing practice to naturally arise.
The morning classes will be a step-by-step exploration of yoga postures drawn from the Primary and Intermediate Series, developing the capacity to experience the practice as a continuous joining and separating of masculine and feminine movements.
Students will learn to pay close attention to the meditative quality of form and movement as a means of bringing refinement to their practice. Fine detailed attention to subtle technique will prove to be the way of avoiding injury and integrating obstacles.
In the afternoons, we will work with the principle of joining together on multiple layers of awareness all that we are doing. We will practice sitting meditation, chanting, and will dip into some philosophical discussion as the final “form” of our integrated practice.
Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968, beginning with one simple sitting posture in the Zen tradition. He spent nine years in Asia studying yoga asana, Sufism, Sanskrit language, and Indian philosophical texts, contextualizing them within the turbulent political times of that period in history. In 1974 Richard began working with B.K.S. Iyengar, with whom he studied precise alignment principles, applying them to his own internally rooted experience of the forms. Drawing from this variety of contemplative traditions, and from Buddhism, in which he cultivates a deep interest, Richard teaches the Ashtanga Vinyasa method of yoga as taught by his principal teacher, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India.
Richard’s metaphorical, often humorous, teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities. He teaches workshops and trainings throughout the world, and remains an avid student fascinated by the linking points between different traditions and cultures. He is the co-founder, with Mary, of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado; has produced a number of highly regarded yoga audio and video recordings, and is the author of The Mirror of Yoga and co-author of The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).
Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971, soon after she came home from France with a grande diplôme from Julia Child’s cooking school, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes. She found yoga at first a means of finding equanimity during the stress of University, and it was that thread of balance that got her hooked. It was not until 1988 and finding her primary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system that she experienced the profound and transformative impact that a dedicated and daily practice can have on all aspects of life. She continues to study and practice yoga and Buddhist teachings with great enthusiasm and inquisitiveness, with an eye on how the residue that is produced on the mat (and cushion) through these teachings informs and supports all aspects of everyday life.
Mary travels and teaches with Richard and also within the caregiver and hospital setting as part of the core faculty of the Being with Dying program (Upaya Zen Center) and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Trainings. In 1988 she co-founded with Richard the Yoga Workshop. Mary is also the author of three cookbooks and the co-author of What Are You Hungry For? Women Food and Spirituality (St. Martins Press) and The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).
daily from 9.00 to 16.30
Morning: 09.00 to 12.00
Lunch break: 12.00 to 14.00
Afternoon: 14.00 to 16.30
1170 Vienna, Geblergasse 40
€600 (incl. 20% VAT)
Tuition is in English.
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