Join one of Europe’s top yoga teachers and the UK’s leading senior Jivamukti instructor at Thaxted Yoga on Saturday 28 April. In this one day workshop with Emma Henry we will look at the key components to a vinyasa practice which will give you the understanding of how to link one asana to another helping your own self practice as well as building effective and safe yoga sequences that represent your vision as a yoga teacher or yoga student.
Giving you the tools to be confident in dealing with a mixed level yoga class while meeting the needs of beginners and experienced students.
‘Learning only static postures does not reveal the incredible potential of asana. When individual asanas are linked together correctly in a sequence, the result is a physiological mantram, a fleshy vortex of intersecting rivers of everything. The word vinyasa means “a joining or linking mechanism.” Krama means “the process”; it refers to the succession of changes that occurs from moment to moment. Vinyasa krama means the succession of changes undertaken with a single pointed intention, free from fluctuation.
Most people are not conscious of their intention from moment to moment. Details fill their lives, but the casual thread of the vinyasa remains elusive. They may often find themselves in situations wondering, “How did I get into this one?” When we establish a conscious intention and teach ourselves how to remain aligned with that intention, no matter how much we are dissuaded or distracted by the external world, the process unfolds as it should.
The vinyasa is the element that sews together the various moments in a sequence of changes. It is like the string on which pearls are strung for a necklace. The linking strand may be of two types: conscious or unconscious. Change is always occurring, but usually a sequence of changes is linked by unconsciousness; in other words, the conscious mind fails to perceive it. The yogi, having escaped from the illusion of duality, is able to perceive the moment-to-moment sequence of changes past, present, and future. When one perceives clearly both the instigation and the outcome of moment-to-moment changes, one can choose to undertake a sequence of actions that has a conscious end point and will have a particular effect.
When you practice a sequence of asanas, you link them with conscious breathing. The real vinyasa, or link, however, is the intention with which you practice asanas. It is the intention that links the postures with consciousness instead of unconsciousness. The breath is a metaphor for that intention. If your intention is to practice asana to realize the Self, every breath you take will help break down your sense of separation from others.’
Excerpt from Jivamukti Yoga, by Sharon Gannon and David Life
£80 for this all day workshop. Spaces Limited.
Emma Henry was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s and has been teaching since 1998 Her background in dance and martial arts is evident in her dynamic, innovative and playful choreography and understanding of anatomy and the subtle body.
Emma’s yogic path has led her to Mysore from practicing Astanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and to advanced certification in the Jivamukti method with Sharon Gannon and David Life.
Her continuing education is shared with all of her students through her love of yogic texts and her amazing chanting. All of her classes include an inspiring sound track and a lot of laughter. Her goal is to create a space for practitioners to feel inspired, nurtured and uplifted.
She hosts yoga workshops and retreats around the world with many happy yogis returning for more year after year and is a facilitator and mentor for the Jivamukti Teacher Training Program.