for the first time in Greece !This is an amazing 3 day workshop including 15 hours of teaching for all those who want to deepen their yoga practice under the guidance of a worldwide famous and appreciated yoga teacher.Matthew’s workshop will help us take our practice from the physical to a more spiritual level working a lot in detail through asanas.Matthew will teach also the Moon Sequence plus classes that will break down the core of the practice – please read details.
ASHTANGA YOGA AND VINYASA KRAMA
with Matthew Sweeney
About the Teacher:
Matthew began Yoga as a teenager 25 years ago, and has been learning about Asana, the body, meditation, self development and spiritual practice ever since. He began Ashtanga Yoga in 1992, and has been teaching the traditional method since 1996. In recent years he has also incorporated alternative sequences into his teaching as a support to the standard Ashtanga sequences. All students are encouraged to work to their own particular level and inclination, so that the Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Krama methods can support practitioners of any level. His workshops encompass a broadminded and holistic approach, to keep working towards true connection and spirituality.
Chandra Krama: The Moon Sequence
6.30-9.30pm. The first session will commence with an introduction about Vinyasa Yoga and the practice of Chandra Krama. The Moon Sequence is a gentle flowing vinyasa form accessible for all levels. Although this sequence was originally intended for practice on the full moon, the new moon and during the menstrual cycle, it is appropriate at any time for women or men. This sequence emphasises the hips, groin, lower spine and abdominals, which will feel awake and alive after moving through the postures. It takes pressure off the neck, shoulders and wrists (common from the standard jumps in the Ashtanga series) and is useful as a regular alternative to the intense heat of the traditional Ashtanga. Whether old or young this sequence is great for any age. Some Yoga experience is recommended.
Jumping Through and Jumping Back
9-12am. This class will explore the methods and techniques necessary to implement greater ease and ability with jumping through and jumping back. It will begin with a warm up for the wrists and then explore the jumps in Suryanamaskara in a step by step manner. Using these techniques as a platform, the progressive application of the jumps in and out of the sitting postures will be developed – both cross-legged and straight-legged. These useful techniques have been comprehensively developed over many years and are applicable for students of any level.
Back Bending and Mula Bandha
2-5pm. This class will begin with a short Vinyasa warm up. This will be followed by exploring variations of back bending and drop backs. Simple hands on exercises will be provided to increase awareness of the articulation of the lower spine, pelvic floor and psoas muscles. This session will also include some practical advice for understanding and applying the Mula Bandha, or root lock and will conclude with a group discussion.
Yoga Chikitsa: The Primary Series
9.00am- whatever that lasts.. Matthew will guide the students through the Primary Series. Students will be encouraged to attempt the postures to their own particular level of ability to avoid pain and injury and to maximize the sense of joy and ease that is possible in the traditional sequence. An examination of some of the anatomical and physiological outlines of the Primary seated postures will conclude the session. Some Ashtanga Yoga experience is necessary for this class, though students will be encouraged to omit any postures that are particularly problematic.
Inversions and Beyond
2-5pm. This class will begin with a vinyasa warm-up followed by an exploration of headstand the fore-arm balance and handstand. A combination of easy to follow techniques and a fun atmosphere of learning will infuse this session. This class will finish with a group discussion, some exploration of the subtle aspects of Yoga and a guided meditation to end.
Cost : 180 euros
Registrations and full payment till the 30th of May.
Your registration will be valid only if you have made the bank transfer by May 30th .
50% refund will be given to cancellations that will take place until the 15th of June.
Registrations will re-open after the end of May, if there is still space left. Otherwise, you will be able to put your name in a waiting list, in case somebody cancels.
A T T E N T I O N P L E A S E : since the workshop has already many registrations we might have to stop receiving registrations B E F O R E the deadline of the 30th of May.
Practitioners really interested in this workshop PLEASE do reserve your space on time.
Please feel free to contact me for any details.
Info / Matthew : www.yogatemple.com
Info / Om Ashtanga Yoga studio: www.omstudio.gr
Eleftheria has arranged a very special package for everyone visiting Athens from abroad that wants to prolong its vacation on an amazing greek island before or after Matthew’s workshop.
Contact me through mail to send you options for your accommodation in Athens and any other information you might need!
Please book your place the sooner as after a certain number the registrations will have to stop.
PLEASE SHARE the event as it’s a unique opportunity to study with Matthew !
Eleftheria Lagoudaki | Om Ashtanga Yoga Studio | Athens | Greece