About the workshop:
Melbourne workshop with Gregor Maehle
Sat 4th and Sun 5th of March 2017.
A 10-hour workshop with 4 classes of 2.5 hours. First class 8am to 10.30am. Second class from 12- 2.30pm each day.
Saturday morning: Technical Talk-through of asana
Asana is the bedrock from which all other yogic techniques arise. It forms the base from which success in higher yogic techniques can be integrated. However, without the technical finesse required often little benefit is gained. In this class Gregor will give a technical talk-through of many intricate, anatomical details of the majority of the postures of the Primary Series, while maintaining as much pace as possible. The focus is on entering and exiting the postures safely while understanding which actions will get us deep into the asanas without unnecessary energy expenditure.
Sunday morning: Kriya andPranayama
The day will conclude with Kriya and Pranayama. These are some of the most neglected but yet most powerful methods of yoga.Learn how to use pranayama to harmonize the doshas (humors of the body) and thus attain a state of health and balance as well as how to still the mind,enabling spiritual insight. The kriyas are predominantly methods of purification of the body. They support the work of postures and are especially important for people who live in large cities. We will focus on the correct performance of Nauli and Kapalabhati.
Afternoons: Sutra, chanting and meditation (on both days)
The Yoga Sutra is the operating manual of yoga.It is only when we understand the why’s and how’s of yoga that we will practice with confidence and beyond doubt. In this class we will chant selected stanzasin Sanskrit and a detailed commentary based on Gregor’s four decades of practice and study will be given. The commentary will retain the depth of the ancient treatises but will be fun, relatable and applicable to modern urban life. This is followed by a meditation section.Meditation is the method of bringing your mind into a receptive state? so that you can receive higher knowledge that is already there. Yogic meditation is a collection of scientific methods to bring about such awareness. To accelerate spiritual evolution yogic meditation employs many means amongst which the prime ones are mantra, chakra-visualization and Kundalini-raising techniques.