A Kaleidoscopic Journey into the Heart of Yoga through the lens of inversions

What you will learn at the workshop:

Physical Dimension

  • 3 headstand vinyasas, 2 shoulderstand vinyasas and 1 forward bend vinyasa.
  • 3 different types of headstands – Kapalasana, Brahmasana and Sirsasana
  • Correct alignment and muscoskeletal requirements
  • Physiological benefits of the asanas
  • Positive impact on the endocrine system including HPT and HPA axis
  • Learn lesser known asanas such as Bhunamanasana, Dhwajasana, Purna-Setubandhasana etc

Spiritual Dimension

  • The mythological stories behind the asanas – allowing one to transcend the mere mimicking of poses and understand their true depth.
  • The chakras that are activated in the poses including the importance of lesser known chakras such as Bindu Chakra and Lalana Chakra and the axis between Bindu, Lalana and Vishuddhi chakras.
  • The concept of somras and amrit including the cosmic milking of the ocean and how it relates to the microcosm of the human body

Emotional Dimension

  • Actualize the process of transferring our learnings from the mat to the material world
  • Access and move past secret wounds and hurts

Come and discover the hidden secrets of the inversions.

Mayank Dhingra Bio

Drawing on sources from antiquity to the present day, from philosophy to physical practice, from mysticism to emotional health, from esoteric concepts to physiological benefits, Mayank’s workshops take you on a unique multi-dimensional and multi-sensory yoga journey.

He is also the founder of Yogasmriti, a not-for-profit entity that supports underprivileged children across the globe.

 

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Friday, December 7, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Rate: 150aed + 5% vat

This workshop is structured toward helping the student understand the importance of transitions in the Ashtanga method, and learn to establish techniques and methods necessary to eventually master the floats.

We will tackle arm balances from a number of perspectives, fully integrating our arms into a variety of poses and transitions. Some experience with Ashtanga yoga is recommended.

Objectives:
We will review and break down how to approach jumping forward from down dog and jumping back from standing, jumping through to seated and back from seated, and more of the transitions in the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga.

Be prepared to sweat as we review stretches and strengthening exercises, to find your inner strength and courage to lift “up” as you move through your practice.

We’ve all heard about aging gracefully, which generally means accepting the conditions of old age such as weaknesses and acting in a more mellow and stereotypical manner. However, as life expectancy is increasing across the world and living up to 80, 90 and even 100 years of age is the new normal, I strongly believe that aging healthily has become far more important.

I remember as a child, whilst playing, we would impersonate old people as being frail, walking slowly with a hunched back, and not being able to lift much, let alone do house chores. That was the case then, when our parents would take care of our grandparents as they grew older. But today, we are embracing the nuclear family way of living and don’t expect or wish to be dependent upon our children. Plus, living like the stereotype I used to play, for 20, 30 or even 40 years seems like a nightmare, don’t you agree?

What makes me feel sad is seeing young people in their 20s experiencing body aches, lacking proper nutrition, being stressed out with the pressure of work and unrealistic social media perceptions, and already starting to get chronic conditions that were unheard of for that age until just a decade ago. On the other hand, I get inspired by all of you who live an active lifestyle, have strong bodies, take care of yourselves and are on your way to blossoming into old age.

The world is seeing this phenomenon and has coined the word ‘perennials’ to describe those of you who live life to the fullest and are physically and mentally active no matter your age. In fact, I believe that it’s not just physical exercise and nutrition, but also being active, caring for yourself and being mentally and socially engaged that prolong those years and the quality of your life.

Let us all take such a comprehensive view to aging, to live happily and not have to depend upon helpers or our children to get by, but see them as luxuries and sources of happiness to live comfortably. I strongly feel that our health and complete well-being are our core strengths to live up to our standards, no matter the number of candles on our birthday cakes.

So let’s eat nutritious food, engage and maintain our social lives, live in safe and supportive communities, and do what we love every day. Let’s challenge and change the world’s stereotype of old age, to one of being active, smart, full of life, and role models to the younger generation. Let this change begin with us and our thinking. Let’s redefine what aging gracefully means to us and not let anything stop us from doing what we love – physically, mentally, or spiritually.

Do you want to join me on this journey? Tell me what you think about aging and your ideas on how we could live healthier lives with our young minds.