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JUNE 1 – 8, 2019

ASHTANGA YOGA RETREAT
WITH DAVID ROBSON AND JELENA VESIC


Treat yourself with a gift of a whole week diving deep into the Ashtanga Yoga practice with David Robson (KPJAYI Level 2 Authorized) and Jelena Vesic, two superb teachers, while also enjoying a break in one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. This retreat brings together traditional daily guided Mysore-style self-practice, the Sanskrit-counted Led class, and a series of afternoon technical workshops.

Join David Robson and Jelena Vesić for a week of Ashtanga Yoga at beautiful Yoga in Salento, Italy.

Mornings will begin with a traditional Mysore-style practice. David & Jelena lead one of the world’s largest Mysore programs at AYCT, their studio in Toronto, and now you will get to experience their teaching in an intimate setting.

After practice, some days will offer workshops in the technique and philosophy of Ashtanga. Dive deeper into specific aspects of the Ashtanga Sadhana and learn invaluable tips to deepen your own practice.

And some days after practice are free, so that you have time to explore incredible Puglia, the heel of Italy’s “boot.” This region is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline.

And after a full day of practicing and exploring, you get to come back to the retreat for delicious vegetarian food and good company. Next day you get to do it all again!


SATURDAY, JUN 1

AFTER DINNER: Welcome & Intro Talk

 

SUNDAY, JUN 2

7-9 AM: Mysore

5-7 PM: Moving Breathing System

Vinyasa means moving/breathing system, and the vinyasa system provides the defining structure for the Ashtanga practice. When breath and movement are in union, our practice becomes graceful and filled with ease. This workshop will provide you with invaluable techniques to help you bring lightness into your practice and find the real goal of a yoga practice.

 

MONDAY, JUN 3

7-9 AM: Mysore

 

TUESDAY, JUN 4

7-9 AM: Moon Day (no practice)

 

WEDNESDAY, JUN 5

7-9 AM: Mysore

5-7 PM: Jump Back & Jump Through

Jump Backs and Jump Throughs are the transitional movements that link Ashtanga’s sitting poses together. These vinyasas provide a bridge to carry our focus between asanas, and also build a purifying heat in the body that is said to boil the blood. This workshop will go over the actions and movements of the jump-back and jump-through in close detail, and provide invaluable instruction useful for all levels of practitioners.

 

THURSDAY, JUN 6

7-9a: Mysore

 

FRIDAY, JUN 7

7-9 AM: Mysore

5-7PM: Pain-free Backbends

Backbends don’t have to hurt. This workshop will explore the basic alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s Primary & Intermediate Series backbends. By learning correct technique for the poses, take the pain out of backbending and allow your body to safely go deeper into the postures.

 

SATURDAY,  JUN 8

7-8.30 AM Led Primary Series

 

David Robson – BIO:

David Robson is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching, and since 2007 has been an Authorized Level 2 teacher. In addition to running his Mysore program in Toronto, David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and he has released a popular series of instructional videos on Ashtanga called Learn To Float

JELENA VESIC – BIO:

After studying ballet for 16 years, Jelena made Yoga her sole focus in 2009.
She has studied with her teacher, David Robson, since 2010, and is now leading the evening Mysore program at AYCT. She often assists David Robson on workshops and retreats in Toronto and around the world.

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