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Course Details:

Oct 12th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019

Ellen Johannesen
Ellen Johannesen

Ellen Johannesen, originally a professional dancer, has practice Ashtanga yoga for more than 20 years. Her first meeting with Ashanga Yoga took place during a tour to New York in 1994. Since then this has been her daily practice, and Ellen first visited Mysore and Pattabhi Jois in 1997. She is now Authorized Ashtanga level 2 by Sharath Jois, and she has also completed a two-year Teacher Training with John Scott. I 2002 Ellen became one of the founders of Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, one of the first studios offering daily Mysore practice in Norway. Principal teacher at her own studio, which also offered TTC/apprenticeship in Ashtanga Yoga. An increasing interest in Buddhist practice brought her to Bylakuppe, South India, where she spent almost three years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. She since moved to Kathmandu where she first completed an education as a Tibetan interpreter before she obtained a Bachelor degree in Buddhist studies and Tibetan translation to MA at Kathmandu University. Ellen presently teaches Ashtanga and Buddhist Practices internationally as well as running her own Mysore Program in Kathmandu. Ellen speaks fluent Tibetan, has a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy and practice as well as Sanskrit and Indian philosophy.

Course Description:

The day starts with Mysore practice, where Ellen teaches Ashtanga in her characteristic way: supplying the serene Counted Vinyasa method with her playful approach to movement - inspired by dance and functional anatomy. With more than 20 years of teaching experience and a background as a professional dancer, Ellen is an Ashtanga practitioner and teacher from whom you guaranteed will pick up some new moves! The morning session will start with meditation, then Mysore- style self practice and pranayama.

In the afternoon the classes will alternate between Ashtanga technique, Buddhist philosophy and meditation. In the technique classes we will focus on how to adjust ourselves in order to gain a deeper experience of the practice: we need to have a good understanding of the physical principles that underline the Ashtanga practice and we need to understand the function of various joints and muscles. We will break down the sequence into several themes like, balances, back bends etc. and explore some movement principles that facilitate them.

 We will then look at how Ashtanga yoga prepares us for the higher limbs of yoga, dharana, dhyana and Samadhi. By studying the science of the subtle body and mind we can better understand how a transformation of the person is possible. We will put this into practice during meditation sessions. Our aim will be to approach all aspects of yoga as a sadhana practice that can bring depth, a sense of purpose and joy into our lives!

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