Clearing The Little Rivers
The Second Series of the Ashtanga system is called Nadi Shodana, “the clearing of the nadis” the clearing of the subtle channels through which our vital forces move. The practice is designed to remove obstructions from those channels, including fragments of unprocessed memory, to open us to a wider spectrum of experience. In this intensive, we explore the rhythm and flow of the Second Series, including not only the postures, but the dynamic sequences of breath, movement and awareness to which they belong. We develop strategies for working constructively with difficult forms, and we learn to adapt the postures to our unique bodies and circumstances, so we can practice the series intelligently, and avail ourselves of its potency, through the ever changing circumstances of our lives.
Boulder | August 30 – September 3, 2021
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Asana, Pranayama and Visualization
11:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Alignment
Each day of the program will begin with a guided asana practice (around 2 hours), in which we explore different stretches of the Second Series, followed by pranayama and a short break. Then we reconvene for a two hour alignment workshop in which we break down the postures and movement patterns of the Second Series. In these workshops, we consider strategies for working with difficult forms, while uncovering the internal patterns of alignment that bring the postures alive.
This intensive is designed to support Second Series practitioners of all kinds, including those who are just learning, as well as those who have been refining the practice for many years. You are not required to have any special proficiency in the Second Series in order to attend. However, you are expected to be grounded in the First Series. This means that you have practiced the First Series steadily for sometime, and you have absorbed the stabilizing effects of that series into your body and mind. You might not be able to perform every posture with exemplary external form, but you are stable enough to undergo the stimulation of the next sequence. People with physical injuries and other limitations who meet these requirements are absolutely welcome to attend.
Boulder: $750. Deposit of $250 secures registration. Remaining balance due by start of workshop.
Online: By Donation ($250 Suggested). All amounts deeply appreciated.