Ashtanga Weekend with Day Christensen

Register NOW for a weekend of ashtanga depth with amazing, fun and super cool Day Christensen. This weekend workshop will explore not only primary series and mysore practice, but also HOW to be a CALM LEADER in a mysore space, HOW to ADJUST a student’s body with an eye for their limits and needs and DRILLS to gain stability and strength in the body in a way that helps YOU advance to the next level of your practice.

ABOUT DAY CHRISTENSEN

Day Christensen is a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Day began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine arts major, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Through the reading of sacred and historical texts proved to be interesting, it was lacking one major aspect: experience. With many signs pointing her in the direction of yoga, she took up the practice and began to gain the experience she was missing from study alone.

To save your space, register now by coming to the front desk or calling The Peaceful Dragon at 704-504-8866.  You must pay in advance to reserve your spot.

Tuition
Full Weekend Price $275 – Includes ALL Six Sessions
Individual Sessions are priced as marked.

Curriculum

FRIDAY Sept. 21st
Session One
GUIDED FULL PRIMARY SERIES includes ASHTANGA CONFERENCE w/ Day – 5pm-8pm – $65

A guided primary class is conducted following specific vinyasa counts and the names of the poses called in Sanskrit. Follow the rhythm of the counts and learn to develop physical strength, mental clarity, emotional calm and spiritual awakening.
ASHTANGA CONFERENCE/ Q&A is an important channel for the exchange of information between students and a teacher. It opens the door to conversations that there may not be time for during practice. This is the place to bring ideas, questions, and to discuss concepts and philosophy that may fall outside the arena of asana. Ideas to discuss: modalities of healing, theory, philosophy, and anything that falls under the umbrella of living the life of a yoga practitioner.

SATURDAY Sept. 22nd
Session Two​
MYSORE PRACTICE – 8am-10am – $40
Mysore is the the style traditionally taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and named after the small city where Guruji lived for much of his life. In this style of practice, the method of ashtanga is transmitted from the teacher directly to the individual student through physical adjustments and minimal verbal cuing.
Gradually, the student is able to commit to memory the series of postures and breaths that comprise the series. Once the student becomes proficient then she/he is taught the next pose until the primary series is complete. SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THE PRIMARY SERIES IS SUGGESTED.

Session Three
CALM LEADERSHIP TEACHING SKILLS – 12pm-2pm – $65
This Lecture and practicum will go over some of the main points of being an effective teacher including (but not limited to) verbal cuing, adjustments and developing “an eye” and compassion for your student while knowing when they are able to advance and when they would better benefit from easing back. Learn how to read the signs to quickly recognize exactly what is needed in the middle of a class situation. Learn how to develop an overall sense of calm leadership while teaching a class!

Session Four
LESS TALK MORE ACTION DRILLS – 3pm-4:30pm – $60
Want to do a workshop that will challenge every part of your physical being without getting too heady about it? This is a pure workout that includes exercises that Day has used to develop strength, asana skills and control for some of the most challenging vinyasas in the Ashtanga system.
BRING: socks, hand towel/bandana and water.

SUNDAY Sept. 23rd
Session Five
MYSORE PRACTICE – 8am-10am – $40
Mysore is the the style traditionally taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and named after the small city where Guruji lived for much of his life. In this style of practice, the method of ashtanga is transmitted from the teacher directly to the individual student through physical adjustments and minimal verbal cuing.
Gradually, the student is able to commit to memory the series of postures and breaths that comprise the series. Once the student becomes proficient then she/he is taught the next pose until the primary series is complete. SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THE PRIMARY SERIES IS SUGGESTED.

Session Six
PHYSICAL ADJUSTMENTS – 12pm-2pm – $65
Explore ways to approach physical adjustments for some key postures in the primary series. While there are some universal adjusting methods, there will be an emphasis place on how to adjust according to individual student’s bodies, given that we all have a unique set of capacities and limits.