Ellen: This weekend will give an introduction to classic Ashtanga Yoga system exploring its basic movement patterns and their physical and mental implications. Diving into the natural rhythms of body and mind we will re-discover the joy of moving and the simple satisfaction of stillness.
Through Yoga, dance and guided relaxation we prepare ourselves for integrated stillness and meditation.
If we look at the beauty and flow of Ashtanga yoga, we find that it draws on movement patterns that are very natural to us, in fact they are a crucial part of our physical an mental development. However as we grow up we forget the joy of moving we tend to limit our range to a routine set of movement. This affects both our body and minds. Yoga is a journey of tracing the patterns that turns us into who we are. It is the science of “undoing the knots” and recovering our full potential.
Yoga classes will be suitable for all levels. If you are a beginner you will be introduced to the basic technicalities of Ashtanga Yoga such as the breath, bandhas (locks), drishti (focus-gaze), and the beginning asanas of the primary series. If you are an experienced practitioner you are welcome to practice “Mysore style” and you will be assisted by the teacher.
Ellen Johannesen, a professional dancer and authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher has worked as an innovative contemporary dancer/choreographer for nearly 20 years with a keen interest in exploring the body-mind relationship. She took her first trip to India In 1997 to study Ashtanga Yoga and was formally authorized to teach in 2005.
She started the first Ashtanga Yoga studio in Oslo, Norway. After teaching Ashtanga for more than 15 years she is now happily based in Kathmandu, Nepal studying Tibetan language and Buddhist Philosophy.
Departure from Pranamaya Studio Thamel at 7 am, pick up Boudha students near Pashupatinath. Drive to Namo Buddha Resort and introduction. Saturday mid morning session: Ashtanga Yoga Practice Saturday afternoon session: Yoga and movement workshop Saturday evening session: Deep relaxation & meditation Sunday morning: Ashtanga Yoga practice Sunday afternoon: Meditation session Departure from Namo Buddha Resort at 5.30 pm Namo Buddha
Namo Buddha is situated at an elevation of 1750m. It is very important Buddhist Pilgrimage which lies about 38 kilometers east of Kathmandu. The Stupa and shrines built in this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site which signifies the place where a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a starving Tigress with its several underfed cubs. The Thrangu Monastery is the home of more than 250 Tibetan Buddhist monks at Namo Buddha.
Namo Buddha Resort
Namo Buddha Resort has been build as a village, with different comfortable cottages in local style scattered around the wide compound. The resort has its own organic vegetable and dairy farm, and produces honey, jams and whole wheat bread. The yoga hall has a beautiful wooden floor and beamed ceiling. The resort also has a library full of holistic books, a sauna and a samadi tank.