Constructing Fluidity: A Monthly Master Class in Ashtanga Vinyasa

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Yoga Workshop: Constructing Fluidity: A Monthly Master Class in Ashtanga Vinyasa Healing Arts Center of Rome
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This is a master class held only on the second Saturday of the month with Elizabeth Rogers of Atlanta Yoga Fron 4-6PM. This workshop will only be taught if 6 people sign up in advance. Class is $30 and is not included in the unlimited membership. Everything is movement, so… movement is always in relation to another movement: delicate or forceful, retracting or extending, constructing or deconstructing…. This awareness is at the heart of the vinyasa practice. --Elizabeth Rogers Join Elizabeth for a monthly exploration of what it is to ‘flow’ (not what you might think!). We will break down the apparently fluid movements of vinyasa practice into their constituent parts as we examine the micro-movements that constitute the fluid image we perceive when observing a body moving through vinyasa practice. In this way, we begin to make the practice/movement our own, deepening our awareness of our own bodies, minds and the elaborations of subjective space. The Ashtanga Vinyasa practice is constructed around the movements of the breath, the body, and the gaze. In order to orient to the movements and contemplative practices of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, we speak of three movements–push, pull, extend, and of three focal points to which we constantly turn/return our awareness–breath, body and gaze. Come join us for an exploration of this eloquent way of moving and being in body and self. Bring your willingness to explore new ways of moving, understanding movement, and articulating movement in body and in speech. You do not need previous Ashtanga experience for this series course. Some experience in some form of contemplative moving arts/dance is helpful, but not required. We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces. We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands. We learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors…. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once. –Ohad Naharin Breath moves. Body moves. Gaze moves. In movement, they grow dense, gather energy. There is a taste of stillness. And the impulse to move rises, again. We extend out. We grow light, fade. We feel the weight of bones and stretch of skin. We feel a weight in the pelvic floor and we remember, we recoil, we return, we pull in again…and we unfold, extend out. In a constructed space of emptiness we find form, and in form, emptiness. To repeat: In movement-the movement of the breath, the body, the gaze, we construct a certain density-within the body, within the psyche. We may call this density derived from movement, paradoxically, stillness; it functions like a weight, an anchor…and in this density, this stillness, we find, again, movement. –Elizabeth Rogers

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