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2020 21st Street
Boulder, CO, 80302

Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor's home.

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Advanced Intensive

FEB 6 to 10, 2017

The intermediate series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system has been called Nadi Shodhana, which is the cleaning of the channels for the internal breath. In order for it to have that wonderful effect, we need to approach the asana practice with a contemplative understanding and knowledge of the subtle art of mudra and bandha. Without this deeper understanding, the practice of asana can lead to injury and a mechanical, even competitive, approach.

 
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In this five-day intensive we will focus on the opening, exhilarating effect of the intermediate series and associated internal forms, practicing with a contemplative, sustainable emphasis. Guided morning asana practice will explore the postures and their subtle forms so that they remain grounded and meditative as well as expansive. We’ll study the subtle movements within the postures and those that connect to the postures, exploring alternatives, therapeutic applications, and hands-on adjustments. Afternoon sessions will include chanting, meditation, the basics of pranayama and bandha practice, and an exploration of the biodynamics of form within the postures.

 
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The fee is $625, and full payment is required upon registration. A $525 refund will be given for cancellations up to one month before the start of the course. The Advanced Intensive 2017 is sold out. Please add your name to the waitlist, as our experience is that spaces often do open up.

 

 
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Shiva represents pure consciousness, and in mythology the true Self, which cannot be reduced to proper linear orthodox practice. He is a demonstration that the underlying pure nature of our being always overflows from the tidy categories of the unenlightened mind to form a residue. The snakes around Shiva’s neck, waist, and arms often represent this residue. He sits in the moon of nectar—compassion—at the crown of the head, dispensing this compassion to all beings.