Jo will be hosting a weekend workshop with authorized ashtanga teacher Michael Gannon in Blanefield and Gartocharn on October 21-23 2011. Details of the workshop and on Michael can be found below. The cost of the workshop is £120 and is suitable for all levels of practitioner. There will also be a full led primary series on Friday 21 October 7-9pm. Cost £30. Michael is a wonderful teacher, so don’t miss the opportunity to take part in this fun weekend. If you would like a place please email Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll give you details on how to book.
Look forward to seeing you there!
The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday 21 October, The Edmonstone Hall, Blanefield - Full led primary series 7 - 9 pm - cost £30
Saturday 22nd October, Kilmaronock Millennium Hall, Gartocharn
9.30 am – 12.30 pm - Opening Your Heart – Elements of backbending
Some of us have a spine like cooked linguini and don’t need to think about backbending. Some of us begin to hyperventilate when we attempt basic backbends. In this workshop we will break down individual elements that allow us to backbend with control and comfort. Working with partners we will explore shoulders, hip flexors, our front, our foundation and our breath. All levels, all styles of practitioners. Based on Michael’s latest DVD.
Break for lunch
2.30 pm – 4.30pm Opening Your Lotus – Elements of Sitting
For many of us, putting ourselves into Padmasana is NOT easy. And sitting there comfortably for more than 60-seconds can be like a Tapas practice of will and determination. This class will use a sequence of seated asanas to slowly, slowly free the restricted parts of the body that need to be loose to comfortably come into Padmasana and sit in peace. We can then use this new Asana, or seat, to ground ourselves for pranayama and meditation. All levels welcome.
Sunday 23 October, Kilmaronock Millennium Hall, Gartocharn
9.30 am – 12.30 pm - Ashtanga Rocks
Bust out of the traditional rules and add a little Rock & Mantra to your practice! Let’s flow through the Vinyasa System to the rockin beats of Gannon’s funky playlist. Ohhhhhh Yeeeeeeaaahhhhh!!!
Break for lunch
2.30pm – 4.30 pm – Awaken your Life Force and Quiet Your Mind
A Yogic breathing and pranayama workshop. This workshop will support the idea that the breath is the most powerful aspect of Ashtanga yoga. We will enhance our breath awareness to deepen our asana practice and develop a basic seated pranayama practice. By incorporating this practice – slowly you will be able to utilize the control of breath and bandhas to harness energy (prana) and flow with synchronicity from asana to asana, taking your practice experience to another level. Based on Michael’s CD used by practitioners around the world since 2005.
There will also be a full led primary series practice taking place on Friday 21 October 7 - 9 pm
Cost for Saturday and sunday £120.
Yoga found Michael after 10 chaotic years of deal making in the American advertising and music business. Through his yoga practice he was awakened to incredible balancing benefits that would gradually change his life path. After studying in India with the late Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, learning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd series of the traditional ashtanga system, he was authorized directly by Jois in 2001 to teach. Since then he spends the year traveling and teaching workshops, trainings and retreats in The Americas, UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Michael’s rare understanding and unique teaching style of the original vinyasa system makes yoga’s transformational powers — physical, mental and spiritual — available to all, slowly, slowly, through a daily yoga practice. He has imparted this unique teaching style by training over 200 teachers worldwide in his GAVY Teacher Apprenticeships.
Michael founded the brand Yoga Dealer in 2005. He has also created the instructional breathing program CD, “Awaken Your Life Force and Quiet Your Mind”, the yoga demonstration DVD “From Earth to Heaven”and three yoga practice posters utilized by yoga practitioners around the world. 2010 introduced Michael’s latest DVD, “Opening Your Heart – Elements of Backbending.”
When Michael is not traveling, he spends time at the feet of his two most powerful Gurus, on the beach in Mexico — his 6-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.