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!