Ashtanga Primary Series Practice Workshop

Ashtanga Workshop:
Practice the Primary Series w/Elliot

This Ashtanga Workshop for intermediate yogis is designed to help you transform your yoga practice into a more personal and healing ritual.

Practice the Ashtanga Primary series with Elliot on the first Saturday of each month at EAST WIND YOGA! Sign up below for details…

 

This Second Workshop on 4/7 In Auburn will focus on the first 21 Intermediate Series Postures. They are listed below:

  1. Pasana
  2. Krounchasana
  3. Salabhasana A
  4. Salabhasana B
  5. Bhekasana
  6. Danurasana
  7. Parsva Danurasana
  8. Ustrasana
  9. Laguvajrasana
  10. Kapotanasana A
  11. Kapotanasana B
  12. Supta Vajrasana
  13. Bakasana A
  14. Bakasana B
  15. Bharadadvrajasana
  16. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  17. Eka-Pada Sirsasana
  18. Dvi-Pada Sirsasana
  19. Yoga Nidrasana
  20. Tittibhasana
  21. Pincha Mayurasana

Feel free to drop in, or just show up

Ashtanga Workshop Schedule:

  • 1:00-1:05 Small Discussion, Introductions
  • 1:05-1:10 Chant the Opening Mantra
  • 1:10-1:40 Warm-up
  • 1:40-2:30 Intermediate Series Postures
  • 2:30-3:00 Practice half the primary series with modifications
  • 3:00~3:45 Fall-Backs, Closing Series
  • 3:45-3:50 Closing Mantra

The History of the Primary Series

Pattabhi Jois began teaching the primary series in 1948 in Mysore, India where I traveled in January 2015. The Jois Shala is now much larger than Pattabhi Jois’ first class capacity of 8 students. Pattabhi Jois is one of a short list of Indians who were instrumental in transmitting yoga from India to the West in the 20th century.[6]

The Roots of Yoga

Dive into the series that began the spread of yoga into the West and formed the foundation for modern-day vinyasa yoga. Move beyond the superficial western approach to yoga and into a deeper, vast ocean of personal space, discipline, honor, and care-taking of the incredible gift that is the human body.

Here are the videos I use for practicing the series:

Primary Series Video from 1989

Intermediate Series Video from 1989

Primary Series as Practiced by R. Sharath Jois

Yoga-Poses-Ashtanga-Primary

 

 

Ashtanga Primary Series Workshop Posture List:

  1. Standing Back Bend
  2. Forward Fold
  3. Half Lift
  4. Plank
  5. Chaturanga
  6. Cobra Pose
  7. Upward Dog
  8. Downward Dog
  9. Jump Through
  10. Mountains Pose
  11. Chair Pose
  12. Warrior 1
  13. Gorilla Pose
  14. Pangangustasana
  15. padahastasana
  16. Triangle Pose
  17. Revolved Triangle Pose
  18. Side-Angle Pose
  19. Revolved Side-Angle Pose
  20. Prasaraita A
  21. Prasaraita B
  22. Prasaraita C
  23. Prasaraita D
  24. Pyramid Pose
  25. Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana
  26. Arda Baddha Padmasana (w/ modifications)
  27. Utkatasana (extended hold)
  28. Virabhadrasana A (extended hold)
  29. Virabhadrasana B (extended hold)
  30. Arda Badha Padma Paschamotanasa (w/ modifications)
  31. triang mukha eka pada paschimatasana
  32. Janu Sirsasana A
  33. Janu Sirsasana B (w/ modifications)
  34. Janu Sirsasana C (w/ modifications)
  35. Marichyasana A (w/ modifications)
  36. Marichyasana B (w/ modifications)
  37. Marichyasana C (w/ modifications)
  38. Marichyasana D (w/ modifications)
  39. Navasana
  40. Bhujapidasana
  41. Upavistha Konasana  (w/ modifications)
  42. Supta konasana  (w/ modifications)
  43. Supta padangusthasana
  44. Ubhaya padanghustasana  (w/ modifications)
  45. Urdhva mukha paschimotanasana  (w/ modifications)
  46. Setu Bandhasana
  47. Salamba Sarvangasana
  48. Halasana
  49. Karnapidasana
  50. Urdhva Padmasana
  51. Pindasana
  52. Mathsyasana
  53. Uttana padasana
  54. Sirshasana
  55. Baddha Padmasana
  56. Yogi Mudra
  57. Padmasana
  58. Upplutihi

ASHTANGA INTERMEDIATE SERIES POSTURES (First 10)

  1. Pasana
  2. Krounchasana
  3. Salabhasana A
  4. Salabhasana B
  5. Bhekasana
  6. Danurasana
  7. Parsva Danurasana
  8. Ustrasana
  9. Laguvajrasana
  10. Kapotanasana A
  11. Kapotanasana B
  12. Supta Vajrasana
  13. Bakasana A
  14. Bakasana B
  15. Bharadadvrajasana
  16. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  17. Eka-Pada Sirsasana
  18. Dvi-Pada Sirsasana
  19. Yoga Nidrasana
  20. Tittibhasana
  21. Pincha Mayurasana

Opening Mantra:

OM
Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane Samsara Halahala Mohasantyai Abahu Purusakaram Sankhacakrasi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam Pranamami Patanjalim
OM

Opening Mantra Meaning:

om

I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara (conditioned existence).

I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).

om

Closing Mantra:

Om

Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

Closing Mantra Meaning:

Om

May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free

Om peace, peace, perfect peace

If you want to practice the mantras, this is a great site

SIGN-UP For the Ashtanga Workshop here (you will be sent additional info)

4/7 – 1PM Auburn

 

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