Backbending – An Exploration with Fiona Stang

AShtanga Yoga Vancouver | BackbendingThe initial steps of back bending are developed in the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga from the repetition of Upward Dog combined with the understanding of buoyancy in the standing and seated postures. These steps are essential to safely execute all types of backbends. In this workshop we will explore the preparations for Upward Dog and various basic backbends including salambhasana and urdhva dhanurasana.

Date: Sunday July 29
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 ish
Cost: $100 plus GST
2 workhops for $175 plus GST

Please register by emailing ayv@ashtangayogavancouver.com

Cheque, E transfer or cash accepted in person.

Mulabandha, Breath, Buoyancy, Meditation with Fiona Stang

Mulabandha, Breath, Buoyancy & Meditation… An exploration with Fiona Stang

I hope to be practicing yoga for my entire life.  Yoga balances, flexibility, strength of the body and mind.  Yoga makes us adaptable in our physical body and our mental body.  Return to the roots of yoga to re establish the key parts of longevity in your practice –  buoyancy through the application of breath and bandha.  Re-assess your connection to Mulabandha and approach the practice of Surya Namaskara with new eyes, focusing on energetic movement, buoyancy, and meditation.   This workshop is suitable for all types of practitioners who incorporate Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) in their practice.  See the possibilities for lightness in the fluid movements of Surya Namaskara.  Includes chanting and meditation.

Date:  Saturday July 28
Time:  9:30-12:30
Cost:  $100 plus GST
2 workhops for $175 plus GST
Please email to register.  Cheque, Interac E Transfer or Cash acceptable in person.  

Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver
2515 Burrard Street
Suite 201, Vancouver

About the teacher:
Fiona Stang first journeyed to Mysore in 1999 where she met her teacher, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy.  Fiona continued to study with Guruji to receive his teachings of devotion, grace, faith, compassion, patience, and yoga.  In 2000, Fiona was authorized to teach by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, and in July 2009, she was the first group of 40 students worldwide to receive Level 2 Authorization.  She is blessed by KPJAYI to teach the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga.  In 2006, Fiona met John Scott. His teachings and inquisitive nature have greatly influenced her understanding and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga.  Fiona is grateful for the community of teachers at AYV that support her practice and keep her teachings fresh and innovative.  Without Guruji, this would not be possible.  Thank you Guruji.

Introductory Workshops

We have ongoing Introductory workshops!  This is the ideal way to start your ashtanga and learn the foundations of Ashtanga Yoga.

These workshops are suitable for the absolute beginner, those making the transition from other yoga disciplines, or more experienced practitioners willing to go back to the basics to shift practice habits and patterns.

Join us for one of the following introductory workshops.  We have one day weekend courses which include bonus Mysore classes on the week following the course.

Cost:  $100 + GST

Date:  Sunday August 12
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes August 13-16
Date:  Saturday August 25
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes August 27-30
Date:  Saturday September 8
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes September 10-13
Date:  Saturday September 29th 
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes October 1-4
Date:  Saturday OCTOBER 13 
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes October 15-18
Date:  Saturday OCTOBER 27
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes October 29-31; Nov 1
Date:  Saturday NOVEMBER 10
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes  November 13-15
Date:  Saturday NOVEMBER 24TH 
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes  November 26-29
Date:  Saturday DECEMBER 8TH 
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes December 10-13

*Bonus Mysore classes are valid for weekdays immediately following the course.  No extensions please. 

Email us for more information:  ayv@ashtangayogavancouver.com

After each workshop you will be able to start attending any of our Mysore style classes.


Introductory Workshops
What date will you attend?



Sharmila Desai Workshop – Class Cancellations & Additions May 10-13

Class Schedule May 10 – 13, 2018

All regular scheduled classes will be cancelled during Sharmila Desai’s workshop, Thursday, May 10 – Sunday May 13.

The following classes will be added for students not participating in the workshop:

Thursday May 10th
Led Primary 12 Noon

Friday May 11th
Led Primary 12 Noon

Saturday May 12th
Led Primary 12:30 PM

Sunday May 13th
Mysore Lunch 12:30 PM

Sharmila Desai – Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga – May 10-13, 2018

Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga

 

5M7A0664 5M7A8051 8C2A6429Join Sharmila Desai for an extended weekend workshop.

Sharmila was first introduced to Ashtanga yoga by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois when she visited Mysore in 1997. She is one of few worldwide to be Certified by KPJAYI to teach the Ashtanga yoga system and is the co author of Yoga Sadhana for Mothers. Believing in the importance of Seva as part of spiritual practice, Sharmila has also taught yoga therapy workshops.  This Fall, Sharmila opened her shala in Goa, India.  Sharmila continues to make regular pilgrimages to study in Mysore cherishing her time to be a student and to go deeper into the ocean that is yoga. She most enjoys sharing the practice in the way it was imparted to her over the years within a healing transformative environment.

Workshop includes four Mysore style classes held mornings May 10-13.  Email us to find out if there is any availability. All sessions include Sangha, optional nature walk and Women’s conference.  Please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

We have a spot in Session 3.  Please email us if interested.

MYSORE OPTIONS:
Session 1:  

Thursday & Friday 5:15 AM (finish practice by 7 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 6:15 AM (finish practice by 8 AM)

Session 2:   
Thursday & Friday 7:15 AM (finish practice by 9 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 8:15 AM (finish practice by 10 AM)

Session 3: 
Thursday & Friday 9:15 AM (finish practice by 11 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 10:15 AM (finish practice by 12 PM)

 

8C2A6935SANGHA:
Thursday:  
2:00 PM Welcome / Nature Walk.  All attendees invited. Meet at entrance to The Museum of Anthropology at UBC.  Address: 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2.  We will walk down to the beach and meet Sharmila.  If weather is not agreeable (pouring rain), check the website around 1PM for alternative information.
Thursday5:30-6:45 PM – FREE EVENT for women.  Female Ashtanga practitioners invited.
Friday:  5:30-7 PM Sangha
Saturday:  3-4:30 PM Sangha

NATURE WALK:
If is is pouring rain, please check the website by 1PM on Thursday.

REGISTRATION COST:
For out of country participants, please register using the Pay Pal Link.
For Canadian participants, please email us with your session preference. For Canadian residents, we prefer cheque transactions or INTERAC e-transfer to reduce unnecessary costs.  Registration may be made by cheque (made out to Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver) or cash (in person) or e-transfer.

Workshop Cost:  $360 plus 5% GST = $378

ALL SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY FULL.  PLEASE EMAIL US TO BE PUT ON A WAITLIST.

NOTE: No refunds or cancellations on or after April 1, 2018. . Please do not request a refund after this date.

All workshop registrations contain a $50 non-refundable booking fees. Please bear that in mind before booking. Absolutely no exceptions.

Parking:
There is 2 hour street parking on 10th and 11th.  There is also two hour parking on Cypress right by the school between 10th and 11th.  There is a parking garage under Bed Bath and Beyond.  You can enter on Burrard Street.  There is street meter parking (check time restrictions in the morning) on Broadway.

What to Bring:

  • Waiver:  Please fill out and sign.
  • Yoga Mat
  • Cotton / towel for yoga mat (the studio gets warm so please bring a cotton or microfibre mat to cover your rubber mat)
  • Small Towel

Location:
Workshop is held at the studio:  2515 Burrard Street, Suite 201
Due to limited space in the foyer, please arrive at the start time for your mysore session, not earlier.  Thanks for your understanding.

Out of Towners
Information on Kitsilano and more..

AYV Waiver
Download the AYV Waiver

Sharmila Desai Registration opens February 5th, 2018!

5M7A8051Sharmila Desai is returning to Vancouver!

Register early to avoid disappointment.  Registration opens February 5th.  
Please note, If a session is full once you register, you all be placed in session 3.

Join Sharmila Desai for an extended weekend workshop.

8C2A6429Sharmila was first introduced to Ashtanga yoga by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois when she visited Mysore in 1997. She is one of few worldwide to be Certified by KPJAYI to teach the Ashtanga yoga system and is the co author of Yoga Sadhana for Mothers. Believing in the importance of Seva as part of spiritual practice, Sharmila has also taught yoga therapy workshops.  This Fall, Sharmila opened her shala in Goa, India.  Sharmila continues to make regular pilgrimages to study in Mysore cherishing her time to be a student and to go deeper into the ocean that is yoga. She most enjoys sharing the practice in the way it was imparted to her over the years within a healing transformative environment.

5M7A0664Workshop includes four Mysore style classes held mornings May 10-13.  Choose your preferred Session when you register.  All sessions include Sangha, optional nature walk and Women’s conference.  Please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

MYSORE OPTIONS:
Session 1:  SOLD OUT – NO SPACES LEFT

Thursday & Friday 5:15 AM (finish practice by 7 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 6:15 AM (finish practice by 8 AM)

Session 2:   SOLD OUT – NO SPACES LEFT
Thursday & Friday 7:15 AM (finish practice by 9 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 8:15 AM (finish practice by 10 AM)

Session 3:
Thursday & Friday 9:15 AM (finish practice by 11 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 10:15 AM (finish practice by 12 PM)

8C2A6935SANGHA:
Thursday
:  5:30-6:45 PM – FREE EVENT for women.  Female Ashtanga practitioners invited.
Friday:  5:30-7 PM Sangha
Saturday:  3-4:30 PM Sangha

NATURE WALK:
Weather pending, a nature walk will be planned and confirmed closer to the date.

REGISTRATION COST:
For out of country participants, please register using the Pay Pal Link.
For Canadian participants, please Email us with your session preference. You can pay for your course by cheque (made out to Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver), cash (in person) or e-transfer.

Please note:  Session two is almost full.  You will automatically be added to Session three if Session 2 is full.
Workshop Cost:  $360 plus 5% GST = $378

WE EXPECT THIS WORKSHOP TO FILL QUICKLY. PLEASE REGISTER NOW TO ENSURE A SPOT IN THIS COURSE.  THIS IS SHARMILA DESAI’S ONLY STOP IN CANADA.  Be sure to register early! 

NOTE: No refunds or cancellations on or after April 1, 2018. . Please do not request a refund after this date.

All workshop registrations contain a $50 non-refundable booking fees. Please bear that in mind before booking. Absolutely no exceptions.

Parking:
There is 2 hour street parking on 10th and 11th.  There is also two hour parking on Cypress right by the school between 10th and 11th.  There is a parking garage under Bed Bath and Beyond.  You can enter on Burrard Street.  There is street meter parking (check time restrictions in the morning) on Broadway.

Location:
Workshop is held at the studio:  2515 Burrard Street, Suite 201
Due to limited space in the foyer, please arrive at the start time for your mysore session, not earlier.  Thanks for your understanding.

Out of Towners
Information on Kitsilano and more..

AYV Waiver
Download the AYV Waiver

 

Pricing Changes for 2018

When we first started the evening program, we lowered the prices to try to garner interest. Over the past years the program has grown strong under amazing instructors like Juan Carlos Galan and Maria Whittaker.

In the next two years the evening pricing will move towards matching the morning pricing structure.   We will have a 10% increase starting for January 2018.

For all automatic payment passes, the new pricing will be:
1 month unlimited pass $165
3 month unlimited pass $440

Thanks for supporting Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver.