Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate series
with Inna Costantini in South London
A series of workshops introducing key elements of Nadi Sodhana, the Intermediate or ‘Second Series’ of Ashtanga Yoga.
Nadi Sodhana cleanses the nervous system through a strong combination of backbends, twisting, hip-opening, balancing and strength based asanas (postures). It is said to purify the subtle energy channels or nadis, allowing prana to flow freely throughout the body, thus working strongly on the nervous system.
Traditionally, Ashtanga is taught in a Mysore (self practice) context, where postures are taught one by one, when the student is ready to learn more. Each postures is then gradually integrated into a daily practice. This series of workshops however, will provide an opportunity to explore second series postures in more depth, using modifications where necessary. Like the primary series, the intermediate series postures can take years to learn. Asana (postures) become increasingly complex throughout the sequence, and some are invariably more challenging than others.
In these workshops, we will have time to explore different aspects of the Intermediate Series, beginning with the fundamental aspects of the practice. We will explore the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of this practice, starting with backbends and the first third of the Intermediate Series. We will make time to explore possibilities, modifications and access healthy alignment for each body.
The classes will cover:
- physical and technical foundations
- exploring elements of the practice that are not always explored in detail in class
- the energetic dimension of astanga yoga.
Please note that this is a challenging intermediate level workshop that is not suitable for beginners. Students should have a consistent, regular Ashtanga practice and a sound knowledge of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Please inform the teacher of any injuries.
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