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Hatha Yoga on the Path of Ashtanga with Joanna Darlington

We are thrilled to welcome Joanna Darlington back to Shanti for a weekend immersion of Hatha Yoga on the path of Ashtanga. You are encouraged to participate in the full weekend, though individual classes are available as an option. $145 for Full Workshop, or $45/class.

Saturday, March 16 *details of each class below
11am – 1 pm: Surya Namaskar, The Glorious Nine
1 - 2:30 pm: Bandhas and Breath (45 min)  Chanting, Mantras and Yoga Sutras (45 minutes)   
2:30 - 3:30pm: break
3:30 - 5pm: Restorative Postures to Relieve Stress
Sunday, March 17
11am - 1:00pm: Yantra, Bandha, Mudra, Mantra
1 - 2:30pm: Meditation through Inversions.

Joanna Darlington bio: After years of searching for a better understanding of this life and following a desire to uncover a true means of self-care, Joanna found relief through the study of Yoga. In 2003 She began studying several styles of yoga asana including Iyengar and restorative, eventually discovering and maintaining a primary focus in the Ashtanga vinyasa system. Using the Ashtanga curriculum, Joanna continually endeavors to deepen her study of Hatha yoga and all of its limbs. For more than a decade she has focused her teaching on helping students discover alignment and strength in their own, individual practice. This involves keen observation of and input from each student concerning their particular circumstances, abilities and limitations. Joanna feels that with compassion comes understanding, and a mutual understanding forms a stable base for deep learning and absorption. She is senior apprentice to her teacher David Garrigues and follows his lineage, continuing to share the teachings as they have been passed down to her. When Joanna is not teaching mysore at 3B Yoga in Albuquerque, NM, she continues to assist David during his weekend workshops and mysore intensives both across the US and abroad, and firmly believes that people of all shapes, sizes and levels can benefit from this practice.

Weekend Schedule:

Saturday, March 16
11am – 1pm — Surya Namaskar – the Glorious Nine
Nine positions of Surya Namaskar A. Where breath and movement, in this vinyasa system of Ashtanga Yoga, come together and forge the foundation for practice by warming the body and igniting the senses. Get a thorough look at each position of Surya Namaskar and the transitions that connect them.

1 – 2:30 pm — Bandhas and Breath Chanting, Mantras and Yoga Sutras
An introductory style class to the power of pranayama and bandhas, followed by a touch of philosophy.

2:30 – 3:30pm — break

3:30 – 5pm — Restorative Postures to Relieve Stress
It is not necessarily common to think of using the knowledge that you gain from your daily practice as offering possibilities to help you slow down. This is quite useful when faced with certain limitations such as lethargy, injury and illness. Our theme will be on replenishing your energy stores and entering into inward states of meditation through a small selection of postures from the primary series.

Sunday, March 17
11am – 1:00pm — Yantra, Bandha, Mudra, Mantra
This special class will take you through the subtler aspects of Hatha Yoga. Through alignment (yantra), energetic locks (bandha), gesture in vinyasa (mudra), and the soulful sounds of connected breath (mantra), learn to deepen your connection to practice.

1 – 2:30pm — Meditation through Inversions
Taking time to invert the body through supported means can give you the ability to stay longer and find enjoyable breath, stillness and a meditative state. This class will be dedicated to helping you find your sweet spot in inversions.

Earlier Event: March 9
Yoga Retreat in Mexico