Autumn Ashtanga Workshop
with Mauricio Peña
INVERSION - EXTENSION - SUSPENSION:
Autumn Ashtanga Workshop with Mauricio Peña
5-6 October, 2014
We are excited to host Mauricio Peña, a long-term yoga teacher and a passionate travelling yogi. For Mauricio all movement is fundamentally a dance. For inspiration he explores Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Rock Climbing, Butoh, Capoeira and Release. His approach is customized to suit each practitioner's needs, which he understands change with time, geography and even the day of the week. This for Mauricio is key to relevant and truly healing Yoga session.
The 3 modules of this workshop cover three important Asana families and their counter-postures: the choice is based on the season of the year. As Autumn draws in, it is relevant to maintain our metabolic rate up so as to cope well with the lowering temperatures. Extensions are stimulating for the sympathetic nervous system and clear the energy channels, while Inversions work on physical and emotional stability. Sun Salutations are aerobic and therefore, literally, create heat.
While the above is always important, it is particularly important as Autumn begins. These postures are often taught and practiced with little to no attention to anatomical structure. For our practice to be of benefit one must follow the definition "Sukha Stiram Asanam" - a yoga posture is that which is steady and comfortable, therefore it must be practiced with no tension, without creating compression for the articulations and with a sense of ease that appeases our nervous system, so their effect is energizing rather than depleting. In other words - Stiram refers to stabilize, to stimulate and to stretch while Sukha points at not overdoing it.
This workshop counts as part of GaiaYoga TT500 education (10 hrs) and it is opened to all practitioners, except total beginners.
The workshop is divided in 3 modules:
- module 1 (Saturday morning 10:00 - 13:00): INVERSIONS, STABILITY IN PRECARIOUS SITUATIONS
- module 2 (Saturday afternoon 14:00-17:00): CHARTING THE UNKNOWN THROUGH SPINAL EXTENSIONS
- module 3 (Sunday morning 11:00-14:00): FLOATING AND SUSPENSION OF TIME - BREATH AND MOVEMENT, THE SURYA NAMASKARA
As extensions naturally involve stretching and stimulation, we must emphasize the element of stabilization in performing them, this means the usage of the abdominal wall (uddiyana banddha) and the pelvic floor (mula banddha) to stabilize the lower back so the extension does not become a back bend and the pressure on the spine is both minimized as it is distributed though its entirety.
In the case of inversions it is stretching that must be emphasized for as we reach upwards we relieve compression of the spine, the cervical spine in particular while stimulation and stabilization are more naturally implicit in the performing of these postures.
As the Sun Salutations involve both of these types of postures and because they are commonly performed repeatedly in a single Yoga class, it is paramount that structural alignment is sound in their performance so they provide the benefits they are meant to. In addition to those mentioned the Surya Namaskar also implies the correct usage of upper body muscles so that there is no damage to the wrists and so the chest opens as a result of consistent practice instead of strengthening the shoulder muscles, which puts pressure on the neck and closes the chest, reducing breathing capacity. This is specially relevant for women. Softness and joy are the hallmarks of a good practice, as we apply these qualities to our practice we become effective without the extra tension that causes stress.
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As a professional Contemporary Dancer and a student of Mathematics, Mauricio completely fell in love with Yoga during his first Yoga class. He quickly realized that he would like to share what he found in Yoga with others, and after practicing, working and saving for three years he pursued a 9-months Yoga Instructor Diploma in Byron Bay, Australia. Since then Mauricio has taught in Zagreb, Barcelona, Malaysia, Mallorca, Costa Rica, Edinburgh, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Hanoi and Bangkok. At the same time he continued to study with teachers of different traditions in Bali, Brazil, Finland, Mexico and India.
His classes incorporate long training and knowledge of the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Dharma Yoga systems. His style never quite belongs to any single Yoga School, but rather integrates the strengths of each into what feels like Intuitive Flow. The anatomical precision of Iyengar, the synching of breath, attention and movement dynamics of Ashtanga, and the wisdom inherent under the surface of one's own body and depth of Dharma Mittra. More: http://youtu.be/UFFBBTg_zhQ