Workshops & Courses
Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series In Depth
With Donna McCafferey
8 December 2018, 14:30–17:30
Have you ever been to or seen an Ashtanga primary series led class and wondered why the postures are in this order? Why these specific postures? Why breathing with sound? Why so fast? Am I breathing properly? Is my alignment correct? Some postures seem so challenging, will I ever be able to do them? What are bandhas? What is Drishti?
Well, in this workshop we will take an in depth look at the whole of the Ashtanga Primary series, and answer those questions.
We will begin the workshop by looking at the 8 limbs of Yoga and how they can be incorporated into the Ashtanga practice.
Then we will do some breathing work to explore Tristana, looking at Breath, Bandha (internal locks) and Drishti (gazing point) and how they work together and connect with the vinyasa (synchronised breath and movement). We will also look at the importance of the Sanskrit count for providing an extra focus to the practice.
We will then move on to the Asana practice, spending time to explore correct and safe alignment. We will spend time breaking down the second half of the primary series which is often left out in hour long classes, and you will finally begin to realise the importance of Navasana (boat pose) and that is is not only there to make you work extra hard!
We will also properly explore the more challenging postures in the middle of the sequence and have some fun playing with them. We will look at why the postures are put together in this order so that you know what comes next, preparing you for a full primary series class. You will gain a deeper understanding of the practice so that you can bring greater awareness to your regular vinyasa yoga practice.
Suitable for all levels
Meet the Teachers
Yoga crept into Laura’s life at a time when she was lacking direction.
Through working initially as a yoga studio receptionist, the practice began to infiltrate her life and she became interested in teaching and sharing the practice.
Laura completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Yogahaven in 2014, and her 300 hour training with Sampoorna Yoga in Goa in 2016. As a young teacher, she feels completely blessed to have connected to this part of herself so early in life. Her asana practice has transcended her pre-conceived physical and mental limitations, and yoga has infiltrated her life in every way. Yoga brings Laura clarity and inner strength, enabling her to navigate her way through obstacles and fully appreciate every moment of her life. Her teaching encourages students to find their own personal flow within the practice, creating space in body and mind, body positivity, and inner strength.