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Course Details:

Dec 7th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019

John Scott
John Scott

In 1987 John was traveling away from his birth place of New Zealand, searching for a change in life, and while working in Greece, John met his first Ashtanga Yoga teacher; Derek Ireland. This meeting marked the beginning of a whole new journey and search for John. Under direction from Derek, John then travelled to India to study with the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga; Shri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji).  John then became a direct student of Guruji and continued studies with him until his passing in May 2009. John has only had these two teachers, Derek and Guruji, and therefore his focus has been uninterrupted for over 20 years.
This ekatatva or one pointed focus, has guided John through many years of personal practice, the setting up of morning self-practice classes in London, International workshops and Retreat. John has also published a book and DVD on the Ashtanga Primary Series. John is recognized today alongside the world's advanced practitioners and teachers of Ashtanga Yoga. John imbues his classes with metaphor, spontaneity, vigour, theory, and a splash of humour.

Course Description:

Dhrupad is the most ancient style of Hindustani classical music that has survived in its original form till today. It is a major tradition of Indian culture and the precursor of Indian raga. The nature of Dhrupad is spiritual, seeking not to entertain but to cultivate and induce meditation, peace and contemplation in the listener...The word Dhrupad is derived from dhrduva, an evening star moving through our galaxy and pada, meaning poetry.

We will have two afternoon classes where we will experience the musical and mystical vibration of our voice and we will also explore the philosophy behind this form of sacred yoga of sound, also called Nada yoga.

The afternoon sessions will also include musical performances by Guruji Ritwik Sanyal.

During the first week of the course, each morning practice will start with a morning raga meditation, led by Ritwik Sanyal and Chiara Barbieri. Second week the morning mantra will be led by Chiara Barbieri and Julia Grant-Scott.

The morning mantra meditation will be followed by dynamic movement meditation with John and team. In the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga “Counted Method Mantra” intensive John will share - as his Guruji did - ‘The Count’ for both the First Series and the Second Series, as a practice mantra to the student, for the student to Hear, Recite and Learn. The role of the teacher is to pass the practice technique to the student and for the student to take the method themselves to become independent and responsible to oneself. John is passionate about sharing the “Counted Method” as well as passing on many 1%s Theory. John believes there is an infinite amount of theory and technique that can be practiced 99%

This course is suitable for Both Primary Series and Second Series Students, However please note on the First week, the whole group will come together as one and will focus on Primary Series Counted Vinyasa, Breathing and Asana Technique. For the second week John and His Teaching Team will divide the group into two groups within one class. Group A will focus on developing the mantra and practice techniques for the Second Series and Group B will continue working and perfecting the vinyasa count and techniques First for the Series.

First Week One Class: Whole group as one. Counted class with technique.

Second Week One Class: Two groups, a first series group and a second series group

John Scott is a direct Student of Shri K Pattabhi Jois and was in 1995 was certified by Guruji to teach the Ashtanga Vinyasa Counted Method.  Not only has John been adjusted in every one of the asana he practices, Guruji directly passed to him the Counted Method of Vinyasa.

John considers the “Count” to act as a ‘mantra’  - transforming the physical aspect of the practice into a movement meditation – Certainly the physical practice cleanses and detoxifies the body, however the recitation of the Vinyasa Count internally by the student, cleanses and purifies the mind – as John’s Guruji used to say “Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is Mind Control…“

It is through the Counted Method and Mind Control that the student attains the potential to ‘Block’ the conditioned patterns of thought, to eclipse the ordinary thinking mind, transcending into the realm of the extra-ordinary.

During the asana practice classes John and his assisting teaching team, will not only hold and guide the group through the learning, and understanding of the Counted Method, they will use the focus and concentration created to work deeper into the understanding and techniques of 3 dimensional breathing, asana foundation and postural alignment

During the two week retreat John will present 6 afternoon Technique/Theory Sessions;. These Technique/Theory Sessions will give the student an opportunity to explore and understand the many 1%s theory that John received from his Guruji.

Additionally there will be 2 afternoon workshops in Nada yoga with Pandeet Ritwik Sanyal.

John's very proud to announce his teaching team for this course as:

Julia Grant-Scott

Jock Orton

Beata Darowska

Etienne Janssen

Wenming SHI

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