Ashtanga Workshops and Practicums with Chuck Miller, Athens & Santorini island, Greece

The Teacher of many teachers is coming to Greece. So honored

and blessed to have him join our community!!!!

Athens Workshops: June 6 – June 11, 2015
Info & Registration: Anna Zorzou, workshops@annazorzou.com, 6977598052

Santorini island retreat: June 13-20, 2015
Info & Registration: International Yoga, info@internationalyoga.com

June 6th:
12-2 Practice:
“Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga: SamaVinyasa, BreathRootsCore”
We need to establish some basic “vocabulary” and body geography to get us started on this series of workshops. In this workshop style practice session we will use the beginning postures of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to explore basic, essential and Universal principals of alignment, bandhas, dristi and Elongation to set the stage for our other classes. The intention is to create some ‘shorthand’ understandings so we can explore deeper into this great method.

3-5 Clinic:
“Samasthitihi and SuryaNamaskara”
It is possible by developing a profound understanding of Samasthitihi to understand the essence of all of Ashtanga Yoga. In this clinic style of class we will explore the meaning and significance of Sama, Samasthitihi, and the word Vinyasa as they relate to the entire practice of Ashtanga Yoga. We will use hands-on-adjustments in partner work and frequent feedback through questions and answer sessions to begin to evolve a deeper understanding of the essence of Ashtanga Yoga.
“Are you ready to be a Beginner?”

Sunday June 7th:
10:30 -12:30 Practice:
“Morning Practice, Beginning Primary Series”
In this conducted class we will go deeper into the beginning sequence of Ashtanga Yoga.
The understanding of Sama, as the objective of our practice, will continue to be explored and developed as a primary tool to help us find our way to a healthy and long life of practice of this method. We will continue to explore the real meaning of the word Vinyasa as it relates to Ashtanga Yoga and on Breath Roots and Core as our main focal points throughout the practice.

13:30-15:30- Clinic:
Downward Facing Dog, the first Arm Balance!
Understanding correct working of the arms and shoulder joints is essential to a long a healthy life of practicing Ashtanga Yoga. In Ashtanga Yoga we use the arms a lot and in intense ways. It is of paramount importance that we cultivate a healthy understanding of how to use and protect the shoulders!
We will use postures from SuryaNamaskara, like downdog, chaturanga and updog, for example, to explore these fascinating and somewhat delicate joints!

Morning Practice:
10-12:30, Monday June 8 – Thursday June 11.
These practice sessions will build progressively from day to day, exploring further into the Ashtanga Yoga practice as we progress as a group together. By making difficult practices accessible for beginning students, and going deeper into the basic practices everyone can be both cared for and challenged appropriately!

Tuesday June 9, Clinic, 13:30-16:00
“Standing Poses”
These are the heart and soul of any good yoga practice. It is essential that we develop some depth of understanding of how to practice them in order to open our hips, strengthen our legs and learn to elongate our spine! These essential skills will benefit us and help us to learn all the other postures.

Thursday June 11, Clinic, 13:30-16:00
“Back-arches”
Most of our lives our posture is in twisting or forward bending mode. We need to counterbalance this with what we can call back arches. I want to change the understanding, away from “back-bending” into “Back-Arching.” We need to learn how to Elongate the spine into a nice smooth and round shape and to not just ‘bend’ the back in one isolated spot, which leads to injury.
It is a joy to learn how to practice these postures without stress, strain or pain!
It is more than possible! It is within the grasp of us all by learning a few simple and basic skills.

Chuck Miller began self-practice of yoga earnestly in 1971. Initially studying from whatever books were available at the time. He eventually met Sri K Pattabhi Jois and learned Ashtanga directly from him in October of 1980. Studies with Pattabhi include numerous extended familial encounters in America and more than 2 years of intensive study in Mysore, South India, during 7 trips from 1983 until 1996. He went on to become one of Pattabhi’s senior students and one of a small hand full of the earliest certified teachers.
Chuck enjoys teaching with a focus on the holistic nature of Ashtanga Yoga. Teaching it as both a philosophical system as well as a strong practical method. Teaching since 1988, Chuck was Director of Ashtanga Yoga and previous co-owner of the original Yoga Works in Santa Monica, CA. until 2005.
Yoga Journal featured Chuck as one of the Innovators in American yoga in an article written in the 1990s.
Since the sale of Yoga Works, Chuck travels teaching workshops, retreats and teacher trainings around the world.

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