Location: Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60642.
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In these four workshops Alexia will break down the Primary Series and detail the actions that are necessary to advance mindfully and efficiently in your daily Ashtanga practice. She will emphasize the connections we can find from one asana to the next, illuminating the intelligence of the method. Learn precisely what lessons the basic postures offer to prepare you for the more complex forms later on.
In this class we will view the base that holds together the Ashtanga Yoga system (Tristhana Method, lineage and history) and will review Surya Namaskar in detail working on technique and traditional form.
The standing postures are the base to build a strong and grounded practice. We will go through some of the actions that help us create that so we can apply them from here into the rest of the sequence.
We will break down the transitions known as “Jump Throughs and Jump Backs” finding an appropriate version to work on individually and go through some of the most important seated asanas.
We will close this series of classes opening the front with backbends and viewing in detail the Closing postures, learning their calming value and benefits.
Alexia’s first encounter with yoga was a playful one. As a five-year-old she would walk around the house on her knees in lotus posture, mimicking the photos she found in a yoga book in her grandfather’s library. The book disappeared but the inspiration remained in the back of her mind. Seventeen years later, Alexia realized that she couldn’t deny her hunger to learn the practice of yoga: she left Guatemala, her home country, and moved to Chicago to start her teacher training. Alexia’s greatest influence was Kino MacGregor, one of the few certified Ashtanga teachers in the country. Kino’s inspiration helped Alexia discover that her heart is in the Ashtanga yoga practice. Alexia practiced for six years under the guidance of Todd Boman, who supported her practice and taught her faith and dedication with his own shining example. She apprenticed with Todd in the mysore classes and learned how to teach the method. In July 2012 Alexia went to Mysore, India for the first time and studied for six weeks under the guidance of Sharath Jois at the Jois Institute where Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga was first codified. In 2013 she got a 200-hour certification from Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado.
Alexia currently teaches the mysore program at Yogaview in Chicago. She teaches public classes at Moksha Yoga Center and Tejas Yoga as well, in addition to private lessons throughout the city. Alexia has found a daily practice to be profoundly transformative, calming, and awakening to self-knowledge. It is these benefits that have given her tremendous faith in yoga and passion for the practice. As a teacher, Alexia inspires students to persevere, with enthusiasm, and discover what gifts their practice holds for them.
Check out her article in Illumine Magazine: lluminechicago.com/2014/01/11/ashtanga-maintain-focus