Workshop with Day Christensen

Day Christensen began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine artist, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Though 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.

daylene-christensenAsana 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.

It was in 2005 that Day met Kino MacGregor in Chicago, and the experience connected her to the profound beauty and intelligence of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. 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 Kino’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 a new group of students in Miami and on Miami Beach.

Date: February 6, 7 & 8, 2015

Friday Night, February 6:
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Ashtanga 1% Theory

Saturday , February 7:
7:00am – 8:30am – Guided Primary
11:30am – 1:30pm – Vinyasa Count
2:30pm – 4:30pm – Incredible Backbends

Sunday, February 8:
9:00am – 11:00am – Mysore
12:00pm – 2:00pm – Jump Backs

Friday Night, February 6

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Ashtanga 1% Theory

Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga yoga and a scholar of Sanskrit and Yoga, said yoga is “99% practice… 1% theory.” Despite his education, he understood that the true transformative power of yoga is in the practice and not in the philosophy. As a long time student, I know that for whatever energy you put in to your practice, the practice will return to you exponentially.

Despite the debates, confusions, and misconceptions that Ashtanga is “too hard” or only for the”young” and “athletic”, the practice of Ashtanga Yoga is literally for every body.  Guruji said, “Ashtanga yoga is for all people: old people, young people, fat people, skinny people…the only people who cannot practice are lazy people.” WHAT MANY OF US MISS IS THAT THE PRACTICE IS MEANT TO BE LEARNED AND DIGESTED SLOWLY OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.  SO RATHER THAN JUMPING INTO PRIMARY SERIES WITH TWO FEET, AS MANY OF US OFTEN DO, WE WILL EXPLORE THE PRACTICE, ONE TOE IN AT A TIME, IN FOUR PARTS, WITH PATIENCE AND perseverance.

This workshop is for everyone and anyone who has ever had the thought, the inclination, OR the desire to try Ashtanga yoga or yoga in general. It is for those who have not yet begun, and for those who have practiced many years. All are welcome.

Saturday , February 7

7:00am – 8:30am – Guided Primary

A guided primary class is conducted following specific vinyasa counts and the names of each posture called in sanskrit. Following the rhythm of the vinyasa counts is meant to develop physical strength and mobility, mental clarity, emotional calm, and spiritual awakening. (this class is the perfect end to ashtanga 1% theory).

11:30am – 1:30pm – Vinyasa Count

This workshop will focus mainly on the science of vinyasa: the breaths and how they are connected to specific movements in and out of the postures of the primary series. The vinyasas or movements are traditionally counted in sanskrit while the asanas or postures are held and counted in English. The workshop will clarify these vinyasas and shed some light on some of the more difficult transitions and postures in primary series. This workshop is ideal For practitioners who feel that Ashtanga yoga is too hard, too confusing, too complicated and have felt defeated by the practice before they have ever begun. Also it can also be useful to long-time students who want to gain clarity and begin to memorize vinyasa counts. either way, You will walk away with a new understanding and confidence that All of these things are possible with a little patience and a lot of practice.

2:30pm – 4:30pm – Incredible Backbends

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 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.

Sunday, February 8

9:00am – 11:00am – Mysore

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 proficiient 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 6th series of ashtanga yoga. For the purposes of this workshop some familiarity with the primary series is suggested.

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Jump Backs

This workshop is meant to explore ways to refine a seasoned practitioner’s skills in yoga. Day will describe 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 backs. this will be a fun, light-hearted class with lots of room for exploration, hands-on adjustments, and questions.

Location: Delray Yoga Shala
Phone: 561.441.3467


All Workshops: $220
Individual Mysore & Guided: $35 each
Individual Workshops: $45 each

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Preregistration is required. Full payment is required to reserve your spot in a workshop. There will be a 20% administration fee on refunds for cancellations made 48 hours in advance. There are no refunds or credits granted for cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the workshop start date.

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