Ashtanga Yoga Intensive with Ty Landrum

Workshop

Zagreb, Croatia

start: Sep 25, 2020
end: Oct 1, 2020

Overview

COVID19 Updates: This event is postponed to secondary dates: September 25-October 1, 2020. 
Join us on this rare opportunity in this part of the world to practice for 6 days with the superb Ty Landrum. Ty is globally known for sharing the Ashtanga Yoga wisdom and devotion, and we can't wait to host him again! 

Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the most potent practices to emerge from the modern revival of Hatha Yoga. The practice uses breath and movement to open the experience of the body, exposing endless currents of sensation.  Through this practice, we give ourselves space, and we allow our minds to breathe.  Our stories about ourselves begin to unravel, releasing old thoughts, emotions and memories in a blissful flow of consciousness.

This intensive includes 5 days of morning Mysore-style Ashtanga Vinyasa classes, one traditional led class, plus a series of weekend workshops exploring postural and energetic alignment, technique, philosophy and mythology. 

Here is what to expect from our time together: 

"As our asana practice deepens, so does our sense of alignment.  What begins as a struggle for postural perfection becomes an endless exploration of the wonder of embodied form. In this weekend intensive, we explore alignment as a polyvalent phenomenon, one that manifests in multiple spheres of embodied experience at once, and allows us to feel their continuity.  Using breath as the touchstone of our inquiry, we learn how alignment can open our experience of the body, and draw us into more lucid and spacious states of mind. The workshops in this intensive will focus on postures from the Primary and Intermediate series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa syllabus.

Check out photos of Ty Landrum's last workshop in Croatia

Teacher

Ty Landrum

Teacher

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Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.  He is an international exponent of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which he continues to explore under the direction of his teacher, Richard…

Guests said:

I enjoyed deeply the unfolding of Yoga through Ty's point of view. It made me rethink some old concepts, introduced me to new ones and definitely elevated my practice to a new level. So grateful for this wonderful experience and hoping that I will learn from Ty soon again.” IJ 

A week with Ty has forever improved my Ashtanga Yoga practice. Ty has a beautiful approach, merely his verbal instructions have brought so much awareness into parts of my body I did not know existed. The technical workshops were excellent. I received great new insight into how to link movement with breath. And to top this great week off, I loved the Indian mythology lessons weaved with tales of love, and delivered with a great sense of humor. Hoping for another opportunity to learn from Ty.” LP

Amazing week with Ty Landrum, such a gentle and grounded teacher who guides us with a warm smile, gently and safely through obstacles. Love the Prana and Apana pattern practical exploration. Love the philosophy and storytelling so deeply connected, usable and inspiring for everyday life. Hope that we can practice again soon.” MK 

Program

During this week together, we explore techniques from the Hatha tradition that bring the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice alive—tracing internal currents of breath, balancing subtle patterns of sensation, and moving the body from the inside—all while opening ourselves to the possibility of deep psychical release.  This workshop interlaces somatic exploration, subtle body alignment, pranayama, mythology and philosophy.  You will sweat, soften, release, and fall in love all over again with the beauty and brilliance of this unique contemplative form.

WEEKEND INTENSIVE & MYSORE, September 25-October 2, 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020
The Secret Life of Standing Postures (5pm -7pm)
 
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Led Primary  (8.30 am - 10:30 am)
Spinal Fluidity (11.30am-1.30pm)
Breath, Bandha and Folding to Infinity (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
 
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Mysore  (8.30 am - 10:30 am)
Spiraling Up and Expanding Out (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)
The Burning of Kama and the Alchemy of Hatha Yoga (Philosophy) (2:00 pm - 3:00pm)
 
Monday-Thursday,  September 28-October 1, 6-9am 
Mysore-style guided self-practice 

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

THE SECRET LIFE OF STANDING POSTURES
Standing postures have a secret life, a secret inwardness, a secret drama that is easy to miss.  They can seem simple and accessible when we first learn them, but as we feel into them with closer attention, they start to reveal an unfathomable depth.  Each standing posture is a unique stage for the dynamic interplay of prana and apana, and when we learn to direct those subtle forces into one another, using the structure of the postural form, their drama begins to unfold.  In this session, we learn to balance prana and apana within the standing postures of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system.
 
LED PRIMARY
Experience the exhilaration of practicing the Primary Series in concert with other practitioners to the traditional Sanskrit count.  This way of practicing allows us to move together, breathe together, and focus together as one living organism.  Some familiarity with the Primary Series is recommended.  
 
SPINAL FLUIDITY
One of the surest ways to create a fluid sense of embodiment is to make elegant movements with a supple spine.  In this session, we learn to roll the spine from the base of the pelvis to the base of the skull, integrating the internal currents of the breath, and opening the central axis of the body to a fuller flow of consciousness.  This session will involve a light practice, with special emphasis on back bending. It will integrate postures from the first and second series, with variations to accommodate a wide range of abilities.
 
BREATH, BANDHA AND FOLDING TO INFINITY
This session aims to bring clarity and inspiration to the confused matter of working with the bandhas.  It gives a compelling and informed account of what the bandhas are, how they work on the subtle body, and how we can use them in asana practice to connect with the deeper sources of our being.  Using this understanding, we can work with the bandhas more readily, to enhance our immediate experience of breathing through the body.

 

MYSORE
This is a traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga Vinyasa class. Students lead themselves through the Ashtanga sequencing while receiving individual guidance and support.  This class is intended for people with an established Ashtanga practice. There are no expectations of proficiency, but instructions on sequencing will be kept to a minimum, so please know at least the standing and closing sequence to attend.

SPIRALING UP AND EXPANDING OUT
Spiraling is one of the most potent, but also overlooked movements that we make in the practice of asana. This session explores spiraling as an instrument for expanding the vital force outward from the center of the body.  We look closely at the mechanics of spiraling, and we discover how to use spirals in a wide variety of yoga postures (not just twists) to create an immediate sense of wakefulness in the body. Using these techniques, we can use spirals for deeper psychical release. 
 
THE BURNING OF KAMA- PHILOSOPHY
Kama is desire.  And Hatha (Tantric) Yoga works directly with desire as a vehicle for ascension to higher, more lucid, and more ennobled states of mind.  In this session (which is pure philosophy, and involves no formal practice as such) we contemplate esoteric meaning of the myth in which Siva, awakened from meditation, burns Kama to ashes.  We find in this myth some resource for understanding the traditional idea that Hatha Yoga is an alchemical process of sublimating desire, by releasing desire from its objects, and allowing the orectic force of desire to expand the horizons of experience.

Cost

Full package (weekend intensive + 5 mysore classes): €320 / 2400kn per person

Weekend workshop (1 mysore, 1 led class, 5 workshops) : €240 EUR/ 1800kn

5 Mysore mornings: €100EUR / 750kn

Drop ins and single workshops will only be available shortly before the event if space permits. 

Location

This intensive will be held in the heart of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. We will confirm the exact venue by April 1. 

Zagreb is well positioned in Central Europe with easy access by car, and affordable prices for bus, train or airplane transport. There are also lots of affordable travel and accommodation options in the central area.

 

FAQ

Is my accommodation included?

You are responsible for finding your own accommodation. There are plenty of affordable Airbnbs in Zagreb as well as hostels and hotels in the area. Ask us if you need help! 

I just started practicing Yoga- can I come? 

These workshops are opened to all levels and styles, but you are required to have a basic knowledge of the Ashtanga Yoga primary series. 

What should I bring along? 

We recommend to bring your own Yoga mat, a bottle of water (avoid plastic), practice towel and a notebook.

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