ASTUTE ASHTANGA WITH DAY: An insightful and compassionate approach to a lifelong practice
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.
Asana required a different type of strength and mobility that she had not bargained for as a former athlete. Despite the frustration and challenges she often met on the beginning path of yoga, she continued and found a renewed sense of vitality and clarity.
Today Day is an enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga, practicing in lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having completed the Intermediate series and learning the Third series under R. Sharath Jois’s guidance.
Day’s teachings are born from her own disciplined and dedicated practice. She encourages students to challenge themselves physically, while, at the same time, be easy mentally. She is thrilled to share what she has learned with students in Miami and around the world.
Lotus Yoga Tel Aviv Schedule MAY 2018
13.30-15.30 Mysore Class
16.00- 18.00 FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT AND ASANA CLINIC
09.00-11.00 Mysore Class
11.30- 13.30 JUMPING LIFTING FLOATING FLYING
07.00- 09.00 Mysore Class
09.30-11.30 INCREDIBLE BACKHANDS
MYSORE – 2 HOUR
MYSORE STYLE IS THE TRADITIONALLY METHOD TAUGHT BY SRI K PATTABHI JOIS NAMED AFTER THE SMALL CITY WHERE GURUJI LIVED FOR MUCH OF HIS LIFE. IN THIS STYLE, THE METHOD OF ASHTANGA YOGA IS TRANSMITTED FROM THE TEACHER DIRECTLY TO THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT THROUGH PHYSICAL ADJUSTMENTS AND MINIMAL VERBAL CUEING. GRADUALLY THE STUDENT IS ABLE TO COMMIT TO MEMORY SERIES OF POSTURES AND BREATHS THAT COMPRISE THE SERIES. ONCE THE STUDENT MEMORIZES AND BECOMES PROFICIENT AT A POSE SHE IS THEN TAUGHT THE NEXT POSE AND ON LIKE THAT UNTIL PRIMARY SERIES IS COMPLETE. ONCE PRIMARY SERIES IS COMPLETE AND THE STUDENT IS FIRMLY GROUNDED IN ITS TECHNIQUES, SHE WILL MOVE ON TO THE INTERMEDIATE SERIES AND ON. THERE ARE 6 SERIES IN ASHTANGA YOGA; AT THIS TIME THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON, R SHARTH JOIS, GURUJI’S GRANDSON, WHO PRACTICES THE 6THSERIES OF ASHTANGA YOGA. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS WORKSHOP SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THE PRIMARY SERIES IS SUGGESTED
THIS IS A WORKSHOP DESIGNED TO COVER THE BASES OF THE MAIN MOVEMENT PATTERNS IN YOGA AND HOW WE CAN BEST DEVELOP STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY, AND OVERALL CONTROL IN OUR PRACTICE, ALL WHILE AVOIDING INJURY. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF ROOM FOR DISCUSSION, QUESTIONS, TRIAL, AND DEMONSTRATION.
JUMPING, LIFTING, FLOATING FLYING 2 HOUR
THIS WORKSHOP IS MEANT TO EXPLORE WAYS TO REFINE A SEASONED PRACTITIONER’S SKILLS IN YOGA. WE WILL WORK THROUGH THE MAIN OBSTACLES OR “HIDDEN LOCKS” THAT PREVENT STUDENTS FROM EXPERIENCING THE LIGHTNESS, GRACE AND STRENGTH OF A MASTER. WE WILL WORK ON VARIOUS TECHNIQUES FOR JUMP THROUGHS AND JUMP BACKS, HEADSTANDS, FOREARM STANDS, AND HANDSTANDS, AND MORE. THIS WILL BE A FUN, LIGHT-HEARTED CLASS WITH LOTS OF ROOM FOR EXPLORATION, HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS, AND QUESTIONS.
INCREDIBLE BACKBENDING 2 HOUR
BACKBENDS ARE PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT POSTURES TO COUNTER THE STRESSES AND ACTIVITIES OF MODERN LIFE. THEY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT AND OFTEN THE MOST DAUNTING. WHEN LEARNING AND PRACTICING PRIMARY SERIES, A PRACTICE OF MAINLY FORWARD BENDS AND TWISTS, IT CAN SEEM LIKE A CRUEL JOKE TO THEN ON TOP OFF AN ALREADY CHALLENGING PRACTICE END WITH A ROUND OF BACKWARD BENDING. BACKBENDS CAN FEEL EXHAUSTING AND IMPOSSIBLE WHEN WE FIRST LEARN THEM. WE WILL EXPLORE THE POSTURES IN PRIMARY SERIES THAT WILL LEAD TO THE MOST PLEASANT BACKBENDING EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE.
IN THIS WORKSHOP, WE WILL EXPLORE WAYS TO WORK WITH BACKBENDS THAT WILL FOCUS ON HOW TO BUILD OPENNESS IN THE FRONT SIDE OF THE BODY, OPEN YOUR HIPS AND SHOULDERS AND INSPIRE OVERALL STRENGTH, MAKING THE COMMON SORE BACK A THING OF THE PAST. WE WILL LOOK AT SOME ALIGNMENT PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES THAT CAN FOREVER TAKE THE PAINFUL AND UNCOMFORTABLE ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE LOWER BACK AND TRANSFORM THEM INTO THE EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE THEY CAN BE. THOUGH STRENGTH IS NOT OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH DEEP BACKBENDS, AND MORE FLEXIBILITY IS EMPHASIZED, YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE STRENGTH PLAYS IN YOUR BACKBENDS AND OVER-ALL HEALTH OF YOUR SPINE. COMPOUND THAT WITH GOOD FORM AND YOU WILL GAIN SOME NEW INSIGHTS INTO THE POWER OF DEEP BACKBENDS. PRACTICES AND A DEMONSTRATION WILL BE INCLUDED TO GUIDE YOU TO EVENTUALLY STAND AND DROP BACK FROM URDHVA DHANURASANA ON YOUR OWN.