Charlotte, NC ~ Weekend Immersions
Ashtanga Yoga Immersion ● Friday April 12 - Sunday April 14, 2013
** For detail on the 3-Hour Ashtanga Workshops contained within the weekend including Exploration of the Primary Series of Ashtanga on Saturday and the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga on Sunday each $35 pre-paid please click here.
Ashtanga Yoga Immersion ~ Practice & Philosophy
With Johnna Smith, eRYT 500, Ashtanga Certified with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois,
Instructor Yoga Club Teacher Training
What is Ashtanga Yoga? Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga created by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures, a process which produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that helps to detoxify the body's muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Ashtanga yoga is a Vinyasa style practice that follows a set series of poses. The first or primary series, called Yoga Chikitsa, is described in Yoga Mala. Yoga Chikitsa, which means yoga therapy, realigns the spine, detoxifies the body, and builds strength, flexibility and stamina. The series of about 75 poses takes an hour and a half to two hours to complete, beginning with sun salutations (surya namaskara A and surya namaskara B) and moving on to standing poses, seated poses, inversions and backbends before relaxation.
The intermediate or second series is called Nadi Shodana, meaning nervous system purification. It cleanses and strengthens the nervous system and the subtle energy channels throughout the body. This series is only introduced when the primary series is strong. It follows the same progression (sun salutations, standing, sitting etc.) as the primary series, but introduces new poses and variations.
Johnna Smith 500 E-RYT, has been a student of yoga since 1995. She has spent these years studying various traditions which she incorporates into the Tantra Vinyasa Yoga practice as taught by her teachers, Rod Stryker and Barron Baptiste.
Johnna’s background includes studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore India (2004, 2006, 2008), Tantra with Yoga Rupa Rod Stryker (since 2001), Vipassana Buddhist practice with S.N. Goenka, and other traditional styles of Hatha yoga in India.
Starting in 2001 she began an in-depth study of Sri Vidya Tantra Yoga, which led her to Para Yoga with Rod Stryker, she completed his 500 hour teacher training in 2006. Johnna is an avid student of both Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as Sanskrit.
Johnna teaches public classes at many studios in Charlotte as well as spending a good part of each year traveling teaching teachers throughout the world. As part of that she offers Teacher Intensive courses and special classes through the United States.
Johnna believes that the yoga mat is a great place to cultivate awareness, with the ultimate goal being to take the practice from the mat into one’s daily life. Johnna is known for being motivational and spiritual in tone while leading you to the edge of your experience on the mat.
This workshop is for ALL LEVELS.
Please bring a yoga mat, water and any other items you need for yoga practice.
Thanks to our sponsor Natural Healthcare Store!
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