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Course Details:

Mar 14th 2020 - Mar 27th 2020

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:

Join John Scott for this Two Week Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga “Counted Method” Intensive. John will pass as Guruji did, ‘The Count’ for the Nadi Sodana Series (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 considers the “Count” to act as a mantra  -transforming the physical aspect of the practice to 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 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.

John is passionate about sharing the “Counted Method” as well as passing on many 1%s Theory and believes there is an infinite amount of theory and technique that can be practiced 99%

This course is suitable only for Second Series Students (Half second series up to ekapadasirsasana welcome). Please note the First week, John and his teaching team will bring the whole group together as one, to concentrate and focus not only on Count, but also Breathing and Asana Techniques. The Second week will focus on developing the mantra and practice techniques for Self-Practice and finishing the course with the whole group coming back together as one body, one breath, one mind, for a full counted Second Series 

The aim for John and his teaching team is to create a group focus, that is supportive and helpful to each other, to bring a collective understanding of the counted method in the beginning of the course. When Self-Practice groups start, the students are expected to have a deeper knowledge of the vinyasa count.

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

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