Spring Cleansing: Optimizing Vitality at the Seasonal Transition
with Maggie Russell-Ciardi

Sunday, March 17, 3:00-4:30pm

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According to Ayurveda, we are affected by seasonal changes and in order to maintain optimal health, we need to adopt a seasonally attuned lifestyle, constantly adjusting our daily routines and the foods we eat as the seasons change. 

It is especially important to be focused on our health at seasonal transitions, as these are moments when we tend to be more susceptible to illness, but also when we have a unique opportunity to make significant and lasting improvements to our health, if we adopt the appropriate lifestyle practices. 

The good news is that the transition from winter to spring is considered generally beneficial for health in Ayurveda (unlike other seasonal transitions, which are considered detrimental), and the spring is fast approaching: the Spring Equinox falls on Wednesday, March 20 this year. 

Join us on Sunday, March 17 to celebrate the coming spring - and Saint Patrick's Day! - with a workshop on Spring Cleansing. In this workshop, we will explore the ways in which the upcoming transition from winter to spring can be an opportunity for renewal and revitalization, and discuss practical steps we can take to optimize our vitality as we move into the new season. 

We will talk about how to do a kitchari cleanse and how to gradually transition to a spring diet as spring vegetables and herbs come into season. We will also discuss jala neti, tongue scraping, herbal infusions, herbal steams, and skin scrubs. Lastly, we will do some demonstrations of spring cleansing practices and offer ideas for doing your own cleanse at home. 

Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy
with Christine Hoar

1, 2, 3 & 4

Ashtanga Yoga for the Rest of Your Life
with David Williams

4 Days 5 Classes

11, 12, 13 & 14


This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to study Yoga with the man who brought Ashtanga Yoga out of India.

Full workshop $250
Early Bird Sign up $220, if paid before June 27th, 2019.

Thursday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Talk and practice.

Discussion of how David thinks Ashtanga Yoga should be taught and practiced based on his 45+ years of daily practice and teaching. This class is the foundation for all students, and particularly teachers, who want a greater depth of understanding of the "big picture" of the most beneficial way to practice and teach Ashtanga Yoga.  Primary series practice led by David.

Friday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Talk and practice.

Continuation of Primary series led by David with thorough explanations of every step not covered on Thursday.

Saturday 10:00am - 12Noon
Questions and complete primary series led by David's commentary.

Saturday 4:00pm - 6:00 pm
History of Yoga, description and the history of Ashtanga Yoga, David's travels and adventures in Yoga, and his bringing Ashtanga Yoga to America and its eventual spread to the entire world.  Introduction and practice of the Ashtanga yoga pranayama, as taught by Pattabhi Jois, led by David.

Sunday 10:00am - 12Noon
An introduction to Intermediate series in a way that everyone at all levels can try and enjoy. 2nd session of the Ashtanga yoga pranayama led by David. 

David Williams
David Williams has been practicing yoga daily, without interruption, since 1971. In 1972, David met K. P. Manju , the son of K. Pattabhi Jois, and saw him demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. This was at Dr. Swami Gitananda's Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where David received his Six Month Yoga Teachers Training Course Certification.

In 1973, David began learning Ashtanga Yoga from K. Pattabhi Jois at his home in Mysore, India, and he became the first non-Indian taught the complete Ashtanga Yoga system of asanas and pranayama directly from Jois. In 1974, David became one of the first non-Indians certified to teach the Ashtanga Yoga asanas.  He is also one of the few people ever certified by Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama.

In 1975, David introduced K. Pattabhi Jois and Manju Jois to America when he, along with Nancy Gilgoff, organized and sponsored their first visit to Encinitas, California.

David is responsible for teaching the Ashtanga Yoga system to many of today's leading teachers and practitioners, including David Swenson, Danny Paradise, Cliff Barber, Baptiste Marceau, Bryan Kest, Jonny Kest, Clifford Sweatte, Ricky Tran, Kathy Cooper, and Andrew Eppler.

David is 69 years old. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lived on the island of Maui, Hawaii, since l976.  

Greetings and Salutations from Maui!

When I teach Yoga, I am always reminded that there are some major concepts about how Ashtanga Yoga is taught and practiced, based on my personal study, observation, and uninterrupted practice, that I feel are important to share with my classes.

First, and foremost, I hope you can learn from me that in your practice, "If it hurts, you are doing it wrong." Through the years, I have observed that too many people are hurting themselves and hurting others. Yoga practice can be (and should be) pleasant from the beginning to the end. What is important is the mula bandha and deep breathing. With daily practice, it is inevitable that one will become more flexible.

From my own practice and observation, I learned that pushing your current limitations to get into a position could result in injury, which results in one needing to rest the injury to recover so they can resume their practice. This entire sequence of events is not only unpleasant, it is contrary to my belief that through slow, steady, daily practice one can achieve greater flexibility by generating one's own internal heat to relax into positions, rather than being forced into a position. I have observed this slower, steadier method is not only healthier, but it allows one to develop greater flexibility of a more lasting nature, than the kind that is forced. Unfortunately, as many have found, pushing one's current limitations can result in having to severely curtail or limit activity during recovery. This cycle can lead to unpleasant associations with one's Yoga practice, rather than the pleasant experiences I work to instill, and that I feel are necessary for a lifelong practice.

In my workshop, I want to show each of you how you can do the Ashtanga Yoga series in a lifelong practice that is a completely pleasant experience.

I suspect that when you first saw the practice, you said to yourself, "If I did this, it would be great for me!" So, here you are--you have observed the practice, and you want to continue it. The key is being able to continue practicing Yoga for the rest of your life. From over 45 years of observing thousands of people practicing Yoga, I realize that those who continue are the ones who are able to figure out how to make it enjoyable. They look forward to their daily practice and nothing can keep them from finding the time to do it. It becomes one of the most pleasant parts of their day. The others, consciously, subconsciously, or unconsciously, quit practicing. It is my goal to do everything I can to inspire you to establish your Yoga practice, not just for the few days we are together, but for the rest of your life.

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