Day Christensen   Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga - Day Christensen

Location: Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60642.

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Fri-Sun
Aug 25-27

regular: $180
member: $144


Vinyasa Counts

Friday Aug 25
6:30-8:30pm

regular: $40
member: $32

This workshop will focus mainly on the science of vinyasa: the breaths and how they are connected to specific movements in and out of the postures of the primary series. The vinyasas or movements are traditionally counted in Sanskrit while the asanas or postures are held and counted in English. The workshop will clarify these vinyasas and shed some light on some of the more difficult transitions and postures in primary series. This workshop is ideal for practitioners who feel that Ashtanga yoga is too hard, too confusing, too complicated and have felt defeated by the practice before they have ever begun. Also it can also be useful to long-time students who want to gain clarity and begin to memorize vinyasa counts. Either way, you will walk away with a new understanding and confidence that all of these things are possible with a little patience and a lot of practice.



Ashtanga Mysore

Saturday Aug 26
8-10am

regular: $40
member: $32

Mysore style is the traditionally method taught by Sri K Pattabhi jois named after the small city where Guruji lived for much of his life. In this style, the method of Ashtanga yoga is transmitted from the teacher directly to the individual student through physical adjustments and minimal verbal cueing. Gradually the student is able to commit to memory series of postures and breaths that comprise the series. Once the student memorizes and becomes proficient at a pose she is then taught the next pose and on like that until primary series is complete. Once primary series is complete and the student is firmly grounded in its techniques, she will move on to the intermediate series and on. There are 6 series in Ashtanga yoga; at this time there is only one person, R. Sharth Jois, Guruji’s grandson, who practices the 6th series of Ashtanga yoga. For the purposes of this workshop some familiarity with the primary series is suggested



Guided Ashtanga

Saturday Aug 26
10:30am-12:30pm

regular: $40
member: $32

A guided primary class is conducted following specific vinyasa counts and the names of each posture called in Sanskrit. Following the rhythm of the vinyasa counts is meant to develop physical strength and mobility, mental clarity, emotional calm, and spiritual awakening. (this class is the perfect end to Ashtanga 1% theory).



Jumping, Lifting, Floating, Flying

Saturday Aug 26
2:30-5pm

regular: $40
member: $32

This workshop is meant to explore ways to refine a seasoned practitioner’s skills in yoga. Daylene will describe the main obstacles or “hidden locks” that prevent students from experiencing the lightness, grace and strength of a master. We will work on various techniques for jump throughs and jump backs, headtsands, forearm stands, and handstands, and miore. This will be a fun, light-hearted class with lots of room for exploration, hands-on adjustments, and questions.



Ashtanga Mysore

Sunday Aug 27
8-10am

regular: $40
member: $32

Mysore style is the traditionally method taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois named after the small city where Guruji lived for much of his life. In this style, the method of Ashtanga yoga is transmitted from the teacher directly to the individual student through physical adjustments and minimal verbal cueing. Gradually the student is able to commit to memory series of postures and breaths that comprise the series. Once the student memorizes and becomes proficient at a pose she is then taught the next pose and on like that until primary series is complete. Once primary series is complete and the student is firmly grounded in its techniques, she will move on to the intermediate series and on. There are 6 series in Ashtanga yoga; at this time there is only one person, R. Sharth Jois, Guruji’s grandson, who practices the 6th series of Ashtanga yoga. For the purposes of this workshop some familiarity with the primary series is suggested



Arm Balances and Twists

Sunday Aug 27
12-2pm

regular: $40
member: $32

This workshop is meant to explore ways to explore and refine the yoga practitioner’s skills in the art of arm balancing. We will work our way from some of the simple lifts and transitions of Ashtanga’s primary series, play with increasing levels of difficulty in some second series arm balances and finally touch on the demanding and powerful balances of the third series. Twisting postures are a natural compliment to achieving some of the more advanced arm balancing postures of the third series. The open shoulder positions flexible spine and mobile pelvis that twisting requires will be serve as the tools for take-off. This will be a fun, light-hearted class with lots of room for exploration, hands-on adjustments, and questions.



About Day Christensen

Day Christensen is a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Day began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine arts major, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Through the reading of sacred and historical texts proved to be interesting, it was lacking one major aspect: experience. With many signs pointing her in the direction of yoga, she took up the practice and began to gain the experience she was missing from study alone. Asana required a different type of strength and mobility that she had not bargained for as a former athlete. Despite the frustration and challenges she often met on the beginning path of yoga, she continued and found a renewed sense of vitality and clarity.

Today Day is an enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga, practicing in lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having completed the Intermediate series and learning the third series under R. Sharath Jois’s guidance. Day’s teachings are born from her own disciplined and dedicated practice. She encourages students to challenge themselves physically, while, at the same time, be easy mentally. She is thrilled to share what she has learned with students in Miami and around the world.