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Course Details:

Jun 2nd 2018 - Jun 30th 2018

Joey Miles
Joey Miles

Joey came to yoga after a mis-spent youth pursuing the circus, martial arts and physical theatre. At Goldsmiths University of London he directed the Yoga Society for 3 years, took up Aikido and sat regularly with the FWBO (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order). After completing his degree in Drama he became an assistant to Hamish Hendry at Astanga Yoga London.  During this time he studied annually with his Guru the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and in 2004 was authorised to teach the Primary Series. From 2005-8 he taught the daily Mysore program at Triyoga, Primrose Hill, London. In 2006 Joey began practicing Iyengar Yoga with Alaric Newcomb.  The attention to alignment, precision and subtle detail has greatly influenced his practice, teaching and perception and he regularly gets scolded now in Mysore by Sharat Jois for doing standings too wide! In 2009 Joey moved to Leeds where he set up and continues to run Yorkshire’s first 5 day a week Mysore program: Ashtanga Yoga Leeds. On a recent visit to Mysore Joey assisted daily for a month and was given Authorisation level 2; (blessing to teach the intermediate series) by Sharat Jois of KPJAYI. Joey’s practice includes the primary, intermediate and advanced A asana series and in his teaching it is his intention to bring clarity and emphasis to sound alignment within the Ashtanga system, thereby demonstrating the unity among different schools of yoga.

Rachel Woolhouse
Rachel Woolhouse

Rachel studied yoga philosophy with former monk and renowned philosophy teacher Carlos Pomeda, to whom she feels tremendous gratitude. Prior to this she studied Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. As well as being fascinated and deeply inspired by the various currents of Yoga Philosophy, Rachel is a committed practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga, having studied with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI on four occasions since discovering yoga in 2009. Rachel began practising meditation in 2010 and since beginning Vipassana meditation (in the style of S.N. Goenka) in 2011, has completed a 10-day silent meditation course annually.

Course Description:

One Month Ashtanga Intensive – June 2018 – Purple Valley Goa

One-of-a-kind in its approach, this month-long course will feature two guided ‘retreat’ days per week, dedicated to deepening your own practice, as well as four intensive study days per week and a full day of rest.

Retreat days will incorporate chanting, meditation, dynamic and restorative asana, pranayama, contemplation/journaling and silence. Study days will cover the following:

  • Skilful, hands-on adjustments for Primary Series asana and some Intermediate Series asana
  • Methodology for applying and teaching sound structural alignment in asana
  • Effective use of props
  • Modifications and variations for different bodies and abilities
  • Teaching techniques for asana and meditation – use of voice, demonstration and effective teaching points
  • Teaching and assisting practice
  • Sequencing of classes (for beginners and mixed level classes)
  • Yoga anatomy and its practical application in asana with Stu Girling
  • Injury prevention
  • Yoga Philosophy - presented in an accessible, applicable and inspiring manner          
By the end of the month you will be established in daily meditation and Mysore-style practice and we hope you will be feeling deeply connected to your own practice, ready to confidently share your knowledge and inspiration with your students.

This course is suitable for students and teachers who already have an established, regular Ashtanga practice. Please note that only the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Institute can grant you an official authorization or certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga.




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