Weekend Ashtanga & Vinyasa workshop with Matthew Sweeney


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Level 2, 20 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point, NSW, 2011
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Friday, 4 Jul 2014 to Sunday, 6 Jul 2014



Weekend Workshop Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Krama with Matthew Sweeney

Weekend Workshop  Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Krama with Matthew Sweeney 

About the Teacher


Matthew began Yoga as a teenager 25 years ago, and has been learning about Asana, the body, meditation and self development practices since that time. He began Ashtanga Yoga in 1992, and has been teaching the traditional method since 1996. In recent years he has also incorporated alternative sequences into his teaching as a support to the standard Ashtanga sequences. All students are encouraged to work to their own particular level and inclination, so that the Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Krama methods can support practitioners of any level. His workshops encompass a broadminded and holistic approach, to help all participants work towards true connection and spirituality.

Friday Night 6.00-9.00pm

Chandra Krama: The Moon Sequence 

The first session will commence with an introduction about Vinyasa Yoga and the practice of Chandra Krama. The Moon Sequence is a gentle flowing vinyasa form accessible for all levels. Although this sequence was originally intended for practice on the full moon, the new moon and during the menstrual cycle, it is appropriate at any time for women or men. This sequence emphasises the hips, groin, lower spine and abdominals, which will feel awake and alive after moving through the postures. It takes pressure off the neck, shoulders and wrists (common from the standard jumps in the Ashtanga series) and is useful as a regular alternative to the intense heat of the traditional Ashtanga. Whether old or young this sequence is great for any age. Some Yoga experience is recommended. 

Saturday Workshop 9-12am Jumping Through and Jumping Back 

This class will explore the methods and techniques necessary to implement greater ease and ability with jumping through and jumping back. It will begin with a warm up for the wrists and then explore the jumps in Suryanamaskara in a step by step manner. Using these techniques as a platform, the progressive application of the jumps in and out of the sitting postures will be developed - both cross-legged and straight-legged. These useful techniques have been comprehensively developed over many years and are applicable for students of any level. 

Saturday Workshop  2-5pm Back Bending and Mula Bandha. 

This class will begin with a short Vinyasa warm up. This will be followed by exploring variations of back bending and drop backs. Simple hands on exercises will be provided to increase awareness of the articulation of the lower spine, pelvic floor and psoas muscles. This session will also include some practical advice for understanding and applying the Mula Bandha, or root lock and will conclude with a group discussion. 

Sunday Workshop 9.00am. Simha Krama: The Lion Sequence 

This sequence is the second series that Matthew has designed. The Lion Sequence flows from the Moon Sequence, introducing postures that expand upon concepts begun in the latter series. It involves exploration of different standing postures, therapeutic back bends, a shoulder opening sequence and a playful approach to various inversion postures. This sequence can be a useful alternative to the traditional Intermediate Series where you may find certain postures (or the whole sequence) becoming either too painful, impossible or simply inappropriate for you. 

Sunday Workshop 2-5pm Inversions and Beyond  This class will begin with a flowing vinyasa warm-up followed by an exploration of headstand the fore-arm balance and handstand. A combination of easy to follow techniques and a fun atmosphere of learning will infuse this session. This class will finish with a group discussion including some exploration of the subtle aspects of Yoga.