Ashtanga Practice & Philosophy Intensive with Christine Hoar Saturday May 13, $75. Pre-registration recommended. 11am to 3:30pm. (bring a light bagged lunch, and a change of clothing)
Our yearly visit from this wise and wonderful woman, we look forward to having her share her wisdom and guide us through practice once again. This day is geared towards those who are looking to deepen their understanding of the system, both on the mat and out in life.
We are proud to present our friend and teacher Christine Hoar for exploration and practice of Ashtanga Yoga methodology. As the founder and director of Ashtanga Montauk in New York and Vermont's former Bristol Yoga, Christine brings a gentle, compassionate, light-hearted, yet powerful hands-on approach to Ashtanga Yoga. She is blessed and authorized to teach by her guru, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India, where she regularly returns for study.
The day will begin with a led Primary Series practice. The Primary Series (yoga chikitsa) serves as the very foundation for our physical practice, our sadhana. This Ashtanga system is an intelligently designed sequence of postures that offers each of us the opportunity to detoxify, purify, and strengthen the body. The Primary Series in particular aims to create neuromuscular alignment and strength and to begin to cleanse the organs. This guided class is an opportunity to deepen your practice and learn the correct vinyasa (breath-movement) system specific to the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Students will be guided with posture names and vinyasa counts, accompanied by helpful alignment tips and explanations. This class is appropriate for all students wanting to improve and grow in their Ashtanga Yoga practice.
Short break for lunch, followed by:
Why We Do Yoga – The Four Aims of Life The four aims of life that are referred to in both Ayurveda and Yoga texts are dharma (duties, moral obligations), artha (wealth, means to pursue dharma), kaama (love and relationships) and moksha (liberation, freedom, self-realization). These are called the Purusharthas and are closely connected to the four Ashramas, the four stages of life. In this class, we will explore how we address each of these aims in order to live a full, joyful and meaningful life.
Christine's Biography: Christine has been a practitioner of the Ashtanga Yoga System for over two decades, and has been teaching Ashtanga yoga for over 18 years. From 1997-2014, she served as the founder and director of Vermont’s only dedicated Ashtanga yoga studio, Bristol Yoga. She has now moved to New York and has created a new practice space in Montauk, New York. Specializing in the integration of the Ashtanga system of asana with the principles of Ayurveda and the depth of Yogic philosophy, Christine offers students unique insights into discovering greater joy, freedom, and self-transformation. Christine has made many trips to Mysore, South India to study with her Guru, the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois, and she is honored to have received his blessing and authorization to teach. Christine is also a certified Ayurvedic consultant. As a teacher and practitioner, she is devoted to creating health and joy by fostering a sense of interconnectedness with our natural environment. When you take a class with Christine, you will find yourself engaged with a teacher that integrates alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, mindfulness and humor.