INTO THE DEPTHS: ASANA, PRANAYAMA AND VISUALIZATION

 

Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the most brilliant practices to emerge from the modern Hatha tradition. There is a luminous depth to the practice, an astonishing power to illumine the inner spaces of our minds. When that power awakens, it quickens our creative currents, draws us spontaneously into higher states of reflection, enticing us to plunge ourselves into the depths of our consciousness, to seek a lasting intimacy with the primitive sources of our being.

To hold this power with steady hands, we need to nourish ourselves with inquiry. We need an understanding not only of the dynamics of the practice but of the larger process of psychical unfoldment to which it belongs. Without these crucial things, we cannot calibrate ourselves to the natural expansion of our consciousness. And as we move into the depths of our experience, we can easily lose the thread, and stumble off into the darkness.

In the Summer Intensive, we study the philosophy of embodied liberation that stands behind our tradition, and we learn how our lineage practices of asana, pranayama and visualization support the process from the inside, by making fine and gentle adjustments to our psychical boundaries that slowly eventuate in an astounding reorganization of our experience. And instead of contemplating these mechanics in the abstract, we experiment with them where it counts—on the medium of our own living, breathing bodies.

Taking the insights of our practice lineage as our guide, we learn the somatic techniques that bring our practices alive—tracing internal currents of breath, balancing subtle patterns of sensation, and moving our bodies from the inside. These techniques allow us to settle into ourselves, and to experience the natural expansion of consciousness first hand. As we refine them, and we develop an authentic and grounded appreciation for where they can lead, we invite ourselves into the higher experiences of yoga.


PROGRAM

In the mornings, we steep ourselves in the lineage practices of asana, pranayama and visualization of the subtle body.  In the afternoons, we explore alignment, psychology, mythology, philosophy and technique. The afternoon sessions are lovingly designed to enhance our experience of the practice, by enriching our understanding of how the practice works, so we can use the practice more skillfully to open our experience of the body, unravel our psychical tangles, and activate the deeper potencies of our consciousness.

This intensive is designed for anyone who wants to follow the currents of the practice where they naturally lead, into the depths of embodied experience.  Some previous exposure to the Ashtanga Vinyasa method is highly advised, but there are no requirements of postural or technical proficiency. Our purpose requires that we surrender our ambitions anyway, and engage ourselves precisely as we are, with openness, clarity, compassion and an abiding sense of humor. People with injuries and special conditions who have a genuine interest in our subject are absolutely welcome to join.

LOCATION

The Summer Intensive will be held at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.  Our city sits on a high plateau, about 1,600 meters above sea level, nestled up against the Rocky Mountains.  In the summertime, the daytime temperature can rise into the 80’s or 90’s but the air is always rather dry and cools down at night.  Boulder is know for its gorgeous mountain scenery and ethereal atmosphere, and has long been an inspired center for contemplative practice.  It is progressive and serene, and you can walk or bike almost anywhere.  In short, Boulder is an ideal location for a practice immersion.

The best way to access Boulder is to fly into the Denver International Airport (DIA), and then take a bus ($13) Uber ($70) or Lyft ($70).  The distance is about 40 miles.  The busses are comfortable and will take you all the way into the center of the city.  They run from the airport every hour, except in the middle of the night.  Check the schedule in advance.

Since Boulder is a popular destination for visitors in the summertime, you are encouraged to seek accommodation as early as possible.  The best resources are Airbnb and Boulder Craigslist.

COST

The cost of the Summer Intensive is $1200.  Registration is secure upon $400 deposit, with the remaining balance due by July 15. Refunds will be issued upon request, minus $100. No refunds will be issued after July 15. You might also wish to take the 5-day Assisting Intensive with Ty and Mary in the week prior, which is $600. Register here.