Ashtanga with Elliot 2020 Yoga Workshop Series
This year I have decided to do something deeper and more durable for my yoga students.
Ever since India, I’ve wanted to share the daily Mysore style of yoga practice with my community and this dream is finally coming to fruition! Get into the best shape of your life with yoga!Sign-Up Here
Date and Times
NEXT DATE: February 1st @ 1PM
Starting on Saturday, February 1st, I will be leading the Primary Series of Ashtanga from 1PM to 3pm. I will host this every Saturday at 1PM leading up to June 13th, which will be our 20th and final workshop for the series.
I will also be coaching and mentoring each student that wants to start a daily yoga practice from the Primary Series. I want to help YOU!
It’s time to transform your life! It will be A LOT of hard work, but the reward of better mental and physical health is extraordinarily valuable. This will also get your body into shape, lean, toned, and thin if you eat properly as well.
The coolest part about this workshop is that you can take it with you. This series isn’t going anywhere and is great for decompressing after traveling, or being cooped up in a desk or small space. There are so many benefits from a yoga practice.
The entire Series will be donation based. This DOES NOT mean free. It just means that you pay what you feel is right. Single Workshop sessions are $20 (if you only attend one).
Q. What is the primary series?
A. The primary series is a specific sequence of yoga postures taught in Mysore India by the Jois family. It is widely regarded as the most advanced practice of physical yoga.
Q. Is it beginner friendly?
A. Yes, absolutely. This workshop is perfect for people new to yoga. Everyone from the experience teacher to the brand new yogi can learn the primary series. The series gets longer as you get more advanced, but the warm up is perfect for someone who has never practiced yoga before.
Q. Can I come to the workshop for free?
A. No. If you have circumstances preventing you from paying 5$ for a 2 hour class, we can talk about it, but the exchange of energy needs to be mutual. I have starved enough.
Q. Can I bring friends?
A. Of course! Please have them contact me to sign-up, or share this page with them.
Q. Do I have to attend every workshop? Can I choose a few to attend?
A. Yes, I understand that people are busy and that you may not be able to attend every workshop. I only ask that you let me know your plans when we start.
Q. How are you going to help me to practice every day?
A. I will be supplying large amounts of resources and information at the workshop dates. I will also be posting online about my own practice and will be enabling my students to practice as much as possible.
This Ashtanga Workshop for all yogis is designed to help you transform your yoga practice into a more personal and healing ritual. The primary series has been practiced for many years in Mysore, India and has spread steadily into the west.
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.
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 as Practiced by R. Sharath Jois
Ashtanga Primary Series Workshop Posture List:
- Standing Back Bend
- Forward Fold
- Half Lift
- Cobra Pose
- Upward Dog
- Downward Dog
- Jump Through
- Mountains Pose
- Chair Pose
- Warrior 1
- Gorilla Pose
- Triangle Pose
- Revolved Triangle Pose
- Side-Angle Pose
- Revolved Side-Angle Pose
- Prasaraita A
- Prasaraita B
- Prasaraita C
- Prasaraita D
- Pyramid Pose
- Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana
- Arda Baddha Padmasana (w/ modifications)
- Utkatasana (extended hold)
- Virabhadrasana A (extended hold)
- Virabhadrasana B (extended hold)
- Arda Badha Padma Paschamotanasa (w/ modifications)
- triang mukha eka pada paschimatasana
- Janu Sirsasana A
- Janu Sirsasana B (w/ modifications)
- Janu Sirsasana C (w/ modifications)
- Marichyasana A (w/ modifications)
- Marichyasana B (w/ modifications)
- Marichyasana C (w/ modifications)
- Marichyasana D (w/ modifications)
- Upavistha Konasana (w/ modifications)
- Supta konasana (w/ modifications)
- Supta padangusthasana
- Ubhaya padanghustasana (w/ modifications)
- Urdhva mukha paschimotanasana (w/ modifications)
- Setu Bandhasana
- Salamba Sarvangasana
- Urdhva Padmasana
- Uttana padasana
- Baddha Padmasana
- Yogi Mudra
ASHTANGA INTERMEDIATE SERIES POSTURES (First 10)
- Salabhasana A
- Salabhasana B
- Parsva Danurasana
- Kapotanasana A
- Kapotanasana B
- Supta Vajrasana
- Bakasana A
- Bakasana B
- Ardha Matsyendrasana
- Eka-Pada Sirsasana
- Dvi-Pada Sirsasana
- Yoga Nidrasana
- Pincha Mayurasana
Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane Samsara Halahala Mohasantyai Abahu Purusakaram Sankhacakrasi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam Pranamami Patanjalim
Opening Mantra Meaning:
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).
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:
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