Yoga teacher and spiritual activist


Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Immersion
29 August - 2 September 2018
Anima Studio, Thessaloniki, Greece

Over the course of this immersion we study in depth the practice and theory of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a movement/breathing system popularized by Patthabhi Jois in Mysore, India, that combines breath and asana in a prescribed sequence to create internal heat and thereby facilitate purification and healing of the body and mind. As with all forms of asana practice Ashtanga VInyasa Yoga emphasises abhyasa (regular practice) and self-imposed discipline in a meditative approach to acquire ekagrata, or one-pointed focus and moksha (freedom) from physical and psychological limitations. Each of the six sequences serves a particular purpose towards that goal.

The main elements of an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice include:
• Breath linked to movement and internal muscles
• Bandhas: the activation and engagement of muscle fibres, in strategic areas in the body which correspond to energy centres in the subtle body, that support in the toning and lifting of the systems of the body against the natural laws of gravity
• Drishti: focused gaze
• Vinyasa: a subset of sequential postures that connects one asana to another within the larger series
• Sequence: This immersion focuses on the primary series.

In addition to honing the classical primary series sequence, Leela draws on her thirty years of personal study and teaching to present:
• How to make it accessible and safe for all ranges of abilities through the use of modifications and props,
• Its ability to support healing
• Its impact on the subtle body, especially chakras and vayus
• Its impact on doshas within ayurveda
• Its place within both Hatha and classic Patanjali Ashtanga (8 limbs) philosophies
• How to maximize the benefits and minimize the caveats of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Leela was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by the late Derek Ireland in a loft a New York City in the late 1980’s. She later went on to study with Danny Paradise from 1988. She has taught a range of abilities and formats including led classes, Mysore-style and one-on-one classes, and has used Ashtanga to expedite healing of her own injuries. Leela integrates her study of other Yoga styles such as Iyengar and Shadow, as well as her experience as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist into this demanding and rewarding style in a non-dogmatic, practical approach that is disciplined, respectful and joyful.

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