Living Anatomy “Free your Snake”
The Inner and Outer reality of the Breath, Bandhas and Dristhi
Ken the Rolfer (bio see below)
The Breath, Bandhas, and Dristhi are the foundations of our glorious Ashtanga yoga Practice. Properly developed, they work together, refining us externally to move with Snakelike Power ad Fluidity on the mat and internally to focus the mind with a calm nervous system (Chitta Vritti Nirodha).
Clear academic understanding (1% theory) is helpful, but only if your feeling the internal sensations (99% practice) these 3 centers of awareness. Then, they juggle with each other to create an empowering, meditative and movement effect. As this awareness grows, you’ll feel the stiff force of Ego transform into the Powerful Fluidity of Core breath movement.
We will explore:
-Bandhas as centers that extend from each other and through the tips of the fingers and toes (The Whole Body Bandha)
-How the breath connects Mula, Uddyana and Jalandhara into the true feel of Core Power
-How this awareness balances your pelvic and shoulder posture/stiffness (Bramha and Vishnu Granthi) for easier twisting and bending
-How Dristhi (eye position and focus) magnifies or weakens this connectedness in both meditation and external power and flexibility
-How this deeper way of moving heals common body problems (that the ego body created)
-How all this helps you effectively process emotions that usually control you on and off your mat (Sutras anyone?)
-Therapeutics that help what healthy movement doesn’t fix
-Ample Q and A to address major personal practice issues
This workshop will get you deeper
-Release of Ego driven “Sleeve” stiffness in the pelvis, spine, shoulders, face (Brahma and Vishnu Granthis)
-Awareness of “Core”. Your Snakelike natural alignment and breath directed flow
-Knowledge in your practice of what is possible with time and patience and what will only injury you
Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th of November, 11.00-13.00 hrs and 14.30-18.30 hrs.
The morning will mainly be Question and answers on your practice and in the afternoon we will expolore anatomy by moving our own body (but it won't be a full on practice).
For for those of you (daily) practioners, you can join us in the morning classes before the start of the workshop as the workshop will only involve mild moving excercices.
The workshop is open to all. So if you're not a member of our studio please don't hesitate to join.
It's also not required to have extended experience with the asthanga yoga practice but some basic knowledge and understanding of the basic princables (bandha, dristhi and breath) is advisable.
Ken has been formally exploring human structure, movement and their psycho-emotional restrictions and empowerment through Rolfing and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for over 20 years
After regular “Stretching and Breathing” practices to balance his ski racing addiction since 1974, Ken finally began a formal exploration of Yoga in 1995 when he began his studies as a Rolfer in Boulder, Colorado. He practiced and studied Yoga with Richard Freeman and John Friend regularly until he left for Mysore, India to study with Ashtanga Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, in winter 2002.
That summer Ken also began his second Major since university, the long Rolf Institute Teacher Training program. Rolf Institute in the summer and Guruji in the winter. This “Double Major” of eastern and western disciplines continued for 3 years, when Ken chose to put Rolf Institute on hold and move to Mysore to study with Guruji and the Jois family full time.
Ashtangis know about Rolfing, so Ken kept busy in Mysore Rolfing hundreds of Guruji’s students, including some well-known Ashtanga teachers of today, and with that Rolfing depth of experience began developing his monthly Yoga Anatomy workshops. Authorized to teach in 2007 by Guruji, Ken taught Mysore style Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yoga Anatomy for 6 winter seasons in Goa, India, and around northern Europe in the summers before settling in Istanbul from 2011 – 2014. Here he ran the Ashtanga Yoga program at Yoga Sala, taught Living Yoga Anatomy and Rolfed those Yogis looking to go even deeper with their Yoga and Life practices.
Free to travel and study again, Ken spends the winter in Mysore (like the good old days) studying with Sharath then teaching internationally, so your moving meditation in the Mysore room is closer than you think.
He has recently discovered the amazing country of Vietnam where he is busy cultivating the first ever Ashtanga Vinyasa program in the beach town of Hoi An.
- Authorized by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, AYRI
Level 2 by Sharath, KPJAYI
- Certified Advanced Rolfer® & Rolfing Movement Practitioner
- Accredited Yoga Alliance Anatomy Instructor