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JULY 27 – AUG 3

AUG 3 – 10

Ashtanga yoga retreat with
Ty Landrum


Rediscover the beauty and depth of Ashtanga Vinyasa, while opening your heart to the southern Italian sky.

Ty LANDRUM – BIO:

Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as he learned it from his teachers, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman.  With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity.  His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method with anyone who wants to learn.

THE DANCE OF SHIVA

Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the most brilliant practices to emerge from the modern Hatha tradition. In this retreat, we explore the luminous potential of the practice to quicken our creative forces and induce awakened states of mind.  To place the practice in context, we turn to classical Tantra, which so generously describes the process of psychical unfoldment to which the Ashtanga practice belongs, using an alluring mixture of myth, symbol and metaphor, all focused on the captivating idea of Siva’s Dance.

The Dance of Siva is one of the crowing jewels of Tantric iconography.  More than an enchanting image of divine revelry, it encodes one of the most potent Tantric teachings about the nature of the mind.  It symbolizes the natural unfoldment of the mind, from the early formation of thought to the pivotal moment of dissolution that graces us with the opportunity for insight.  By decoding this symbology, and contemplating the reality behind it, we learn to see the inner turnings of our minds in an extraordinary light.  We learn to appreciate even the most caustic emotional episodes as poignant opportunities for seeing through our delusions and touching the sublime. 

Using this vibrant piece of Tantric philosophy, we uncover the role of Ashtanga Vinyasa in cultivating the kind of contemplative consciousness that allows for the possibility of true and lasting insight.  We rediscover how breath, bandha and postural alignment can support the unfolding of revelatory experience, and we continue the thread with chanting, pranayama and guided meditation.  Through these explorations into the depths of embodied experience, we reconnect to the contemplative essence of the practice, and we rediscover the practice as an opportunity to participate with blistering clarity in the unfoldment of something divine—the revelry of our own experience—which reveals itself as Siva’s Dance.

This retreat will involve morning Mysore, followed by pranayama, chanting, philosophy, and a series of afternoon workshops lovingly designed to illumine our theme.  There are no requirements of technical proficiency, and open-minded beginners are absolutely welcome to attend.

SCHEDULE OF AFTERNOON SESSIONS
The Dance of Shiva – Sunday
In our first session, we introduce the basic mythology and symbolism of Siva’s Dance. The dance is an allegory of gestures that symbolize the Five Acts, the five principles that rule the unfolding of the phenomenal world. In studying these principles, we uncover the strange relationship between concealment and revelation that defines the world of samsara, and we identify compassion as the vehicle that allows us to appreciate their coincidence.
Breath and Bandha – Monday
Having identified compassion as the essence of awakened consciousness, we explore the internal forms of breath, bandha and mudra that bring compassion alive. We practice these forms in the context of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, learning how to use the techniques with intelligence to center awareness in the body, to enhance clarity, and to create an open space for the dance to unfold.
Internal Alignment – Tuesday
Building on the techniques that we developed previously, we explore some principles of postural alignment in five distinct patterns of breath and movement that recur throughout the Ashtanga system. Using these patterns, we deepen our experience of standing, twisting, folding, bending and inverting.
Divine Love – Thursday
In this session, we contemplate the loving union of Shiva and Shakti. We listen to enchanting stories of their ecstatic and often blistering love affair, and we learn to see our bodies as scenes in which their drama unfolds. In these reflections, we reimagine contemplative practice as an opportunity to align ourselves with the currents of divine love that are flowing through us, and to savor the inherent sweetness of embodied experience.
REQUISITES
This retreat is designed for practitioners of all abilities.  People with injuries and special conditions are absolutely welcome to join.  Some familiarity with the standing and closing sequence of the Ashtanga system is requested.  The only requisites are an open mind and a willingness to explore the inner space of the body.

Find here the weekly program retreat (It is a type model and is subject to change)

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