Yoga into 2017, Timor Leste

intentional yoga Timor Leste

an open workshop of yoga to cultivate, nourish and stimulate the self practice of yoga

all the yoga classes will be focused on inward investigation and cultivating awareness. The goal the same the methods can be different. The different classes cover different aspects of the system of yoga.

Depending on your time and availability you can opt for the drop in rate, or buy a multiple time card (2 month valid, $200) that will allow you to have 24 classes (if bought between 26th and Jan 1st, after Jan 1st it will be back to the normal rate 20x $200) and can be used for any class (1.5 or 2 hour) between Dec 26th and Jan 15th

Whatever your intention is in life, if you feel better in your body it will be probably succeed a bit more easier. And that is where yoga comes in, it starts with creating awareness, internal communication. The more regular your practice the faster you can reap the fruits.

The early morning classes “Ashthanga Mysore ” are mixed with the regular morning class as both focus on the physical body, to lengthen and strengthen, and both work with a sequence which can be personally modified.

The special classes go into depth of one aspect of yoga asana and allow more time practice.

The later afternoon classes depends on the student’s requests and interested and can go into a more yin practice, more into pranayama and or meditation. For example when you like the yoga practice to benefit your diving you may want request more pranayama to deepen and lengthen the breathe. If your focus is to enhance your running practice you may like to do a yin practice to work on your joints.

Additionally on request, if enough people are interested , the weekend could be used to do excursions to do districts and to do yoga on location. Please inquire and register before Dec 5th for the excursions. If the outings are happening the weekend classes in Dili will be canceled and some of the classes will be taught on location.

Suggestions are welcome and a proposed schedule would be;

Friday 30th Dec to Sunday 1st Jan
Maubisse and climbing mount Ramelau with new year.

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th Jan
Baucau and Venilale

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th Jan
Balibo and hot springs

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Yoga workshop Bangkok 17 to 22 Dec

Ahimsaka Satya Yoga Sadhana
Open Yoga Workshop
17- 22 December 2016 @ Mon Yoga Shala, Bangkok

Opening into an inward practice (the self-practice of yoga)

An offering of various classes of yoga for developing your own yoga practice. The separate classes are the “LEGO” pieces of the yoga practice training (YPT) workshop which, when combined together into a workshop, can build a full and (w)holistic practice. Every class is a foundation on it is own, and will explore a part (or parts) of yoga in depth. Doing a workshop will give you broader access to the (self) practice of yoga, while attending one of classes will deepen your understanding. We need both, an overall view and more in-depth insight.
Schedule

Saturday to Thursday
Time
07.00-09.00 Ashtanga yoga
11.00-13.00 special class (Sat 17&Tue 20 Back Bend, Sun 18 & Wed 21 Vinyasa Technics, Mon 19& Thu 22 Hip and Arm Balance)
15.00-16.00 Q&A (Sat/Mon /Wed)
16.00-17.30 yin4ashtangi’s & pratyahara

Note: – Complete YPT workshop if all classes are attended (40+hours)
Ashtanga class is Ashtanga primary oriented
The classes will be taught in English with some translation into Thai
Length of class might be vary

Ahimsa-ka Satya
For more information and biography please check this website.
Class Descriptions:
Asthanga Vinyasa primary orientated :
The Ashtanga sequences* are used as a source of inspiration, in a not dogmatic but rather pragmatic style. The primary sequence has focus on both strengthening and lengthening, creating a more open and flexible body that is equally strong and flexible. Developing harmony between the various body parts, and balancing the body with the mind.

Saturday 17 – Thursday 22 December, 07:00-09.00
Ashthanga vinyasa orientated class will move from the guided, classic “western” type of teaching, (Led class where the teacher is guiding the class as a group and showing the poses of the sequence, the variations and modifications) to the more Mysore style approach during the week. The class is to be received in a playful way, trying, exploring, not expecting, and learning what is suitable for you and where you can take yourself. Take it as exploration and with the focus of establishing, or fine-tuning, your own yoga practice.
*The ashtanga practice is definitely a more strenuous practice, and meant to be a purifying practice, the first guide line is always to work within the limits of your own body. Learning to listing to your own body (and breath). From there we explore these limits, taking them as frontiers rather than limitations, and going beyond the set expectations you maybe have of your body and mind. Making Self-expression part of the whole. (Please come to practice with an empty stomach)
Special classes in back bending, vinyasa techniques, hip opening & arm balances:
These classes are more of a workshop style class, which target specific parts of the body and mind and go deeper in some of the hatha/ashtanga yoga technique. Within the class there is more time for practicing the techniques by means of repetition and trial & error. It are also the areas we all have to work on if we want to progress deeper into our yoga practice. It is here that we have to fine tune the balance between strength and flexibility, control and surrender, action and non-action. Elements of these special classes will be brought back into the morning Ashthanga classes to give more opportunity to practice.
Saturday 17 December 2016, 11.00-13.00 & Tuesday 20 December 2016, 11.00-13.00
Back bending; often it is not the spine that is stiff, but tightness in the hips, shoulders, hamstrings or abdomen that is preventing the spine to open up and finding its natural length and space. More over, the most limiting factor could be the mind, back bending can come together with fear and anxiety, or the opposite, no strength and no control. Especially with back bending we can say; “asana are being done by the body, but work on the mind”.
Sunday 18 December 2016, 11.00-13.00 & Wednesday 21 December 2016, 11.00-13.00
Vinyasa technics; brings it all together and without persistent practice we are not able to master it. It is here that we can create an unlimited variety of how to move in and out of poses, to play with both the lunar and solar energy and let them dance together. It has to become natural, and often it will seem magical, it is were we can see Maya (illusion) demonstrated when gravity seems defied. Especially in these classes it is a lot of trial & error, that is how we learn, plus keeping a playful attitude.

Monday 19 December 2016, 09.00-12.00 & Thursday 22 December 2016, 11.00-13.00

Hip opening & arm balances; open hips facilitate smooth Vinyasa, and is often the most frustrating part of our yoga practice. It seems also the storage of long lasting deep embedded “karma” are all in the hips. Lots of asana for opening the hips, and from there in, using the regained mobility to explore the more advanced asana of arm balances and related asana.
Yin-yoga for Ashtangi’s, pratayahara & meditation:
Saturday 17-Thursday 22 December 2016, 16:00-17.30
While in the “asana” during these yin (sense-withdrawal) classes, different facets of the 8th limbs of yoga are being presented. Sense-withdrawal (Sanskrit; pratyahara) is step 5 of the 8 folded path, and brings the “outer” disciplines together with the “inner” disciplines. Foundation of the class is active relaxation of the physical body with as focus to quiet the mind, which is often the most challenging and difficult part of our yoga practice. Various techniques will be explored. During a long hold pose (3 to 5 min.), these different tools are offered and practiced. As we all have different bodies, our minds are as different as well and we need different techniques for different situations. The slow and passive stretching together with the active relaxation helps to recharge the body and mind, and expels the waste products of metabolism* from an intensive (yang) yoga practice efficiently, minimizing soreness the next day. These classes are an important part of the workshop as to understand the yoga practice and are designed to compliment the morning Ashthanga practice. It is here we practice to move to the final step of yoga; “Samadhi”, realizing peace.
*These classes can have a strong cleansing effect on the body. Please drink plenty of water afterwards. Q&A Sessions:

Saturday 17, Monday 19, Wednesday 21 December 2016, 15:00-16:00
Before the pratyahara/yin classes, on 3 days there will be approximately 60 minute Q&A sessions for students who take the class as part of the yoga practice training (TPT) workshop. These classes are meant to tune the workshop to individual needs, and can go from anything yoga related, into Ayurveda, diet, and lifestyle. The key ingredient is how to integrate the yoga practice into your daily life, and bring your life into the sphere of yoga.
Prices :
We work in small groups and the space in the studio is limited, please register and purchase classes in advance to avoid disappointment;
Drop in, single class; 600 THB / 15 EUR (presale 1 week advance)
6x card; 3000 THB / 75 EUR, includes 1 Q&A session (presale 3 weeks in advance)
21x card; 7350 THB / 190 EUR, includes 3 Q&A sessions (starts now)

Prepayment can be done at the yoga studio or by online transfer, please contact us for further information. No refund, and prices are for the yoga classes only. Food and accommodation have to be acquired on your own account.

Optional/additional outings (not included in price):
Sunday 11: chatunrak weekend market
Tuesday 13: vegan lunch at May Veggie Home
Wednesday and/or Thursday 15: vegan lunch (Thai and/or ayurvedic) cooking class

Venue:
Is located in the Lat Krabang area of Bangkok, near the Pasea Mall and 5km
Suvarnabhumi international Airport. The airport train line station is close by and makes a convenient and fast connection with the city and airport.
499/302 AP Soi Lat Krabang , District Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520.

On request we can provide vegan/vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prices not included in the workshop rate.

Contact:
Mon; amf2554@gmail.com
Ahimsa-Ka; Ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com

For accommodation near the venue;
http://www.booking.com/hotel/th/nrc-residence.html

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Mysore style practice

Mysore style

The Mysore style of yoga teaching is unique to the Ashthanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition designed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois last century. It enables the student to practice (explore) a fixed sequence of yoga asana on her/his on pace by following external as well as internal guidance. External guidance would be a teacher, who assist with mostly hands-on adjustments and fewer verbal instructions, and the inspiration of the fellow students around. Internal guidance would be foremost the breathe, the internal dialogue and body intuition / intelligence.
The student is not blindly following the instructions of the teacher but is activley present with the yoga sequence that is happening. The mind aswell as the body are involved in the sequence. Some days the body isn’t moving at all, other days the mind just seems totally out of it. It is here that observation of both body and mind takes place. Concentration, focus, preparation, calculation and observation are all qualities of the brain that need to be trained too. To remember which pose comes next requires some mental effort, and prevents the brain of zoning out into oblivion. It keeps the brain connected to the present, what is happening here and now. Mysore style of teaching puts more responsibility with the student and allows more space for the internal observation. It honors the diversity of the body, and let the student work with that diversity.
The teacher is not instructing the student with which asana comes next; but allows the student to move through her/his practice and adjusting where necessary. The adjustment are mostly physically and directed directly to the body, to prevent ego involvement. Though the teacher will observe both body and mind, and will work on both to create space, strength and ultimately balance and harmony.
The Mysore style of teaching goes hand in hand with the Ashthanga vinyasa sequences, though the style of teaching could be extended to any kind of sequence. As long as the student and teacher know which sequence is being followed, the Mysore style class could be functioning. Different sequences for different students to honor the diversity of the students. It requires intimate involvement of the teacher which her/his student practice and it asks from the student a commitment to the practice and an independent attitude. As a student you have to follow your inner guidance, using your internal devises to navigate yourself through the practice (and eventually life). The teacher is not there to tell you which pose is next and what to do, though will tell you when you forget. The teacher will guide you through the practice where it is necessary by letting you do your own practice.
The body remembers by repetition, its the mind that’s label’s repetition as boredom. The mind likes to spin, to move in between opposites. When the body remembers stillness, it will ask for more. That is where the asana and vinyasa comes in, the effect of the asana plus the sequence is one of inducing stillness (how stimulating, energizing, aggravating or heating it may seem at first glance ). The body and eventually the mind will long for that stillness. From there chance will happen.
Ahimsaka is offering every weekday the possibility of Mysore style classes from 6 a.m. to 7.45 a.m., at Dili Ashthanga Yoga, hosted at Dili Wellness / The upstairs Studio , Comoro road (opposite Leader, next to Harish and Dili Club). Please contact Ahimsaka first if you like to practice Mysore style.

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Ashthanga yoga & running

(Ashthanga) yoga & running
Ashthanga vinyasa yoga practice can benefit your running practice.
“I cannot take a yoga class because I’m not flexible is like saying I cannot take a shower because I’m dirty “. As yoga isn’t about being flexible, actually not even about becoming flexible (though it is a beneficial side effect), it is about purifying the body and mind. Mosts sports start with “I can’t do that”. But after the initial start it moves towards the attitude of “I ran 5 miles, maybe I can ran 10 next time” or” I did 10 push ups, maybe I can do 15″. The reply to not able to do yoga would be;” you could when you start training”. Which coincides with the infamous saying of the father of Ashthanga yoga himself, Sri K Pattabhi Jois; “practice, practice, practice and all will come.
Running will not make your physical practice of asana better, but yoga will definitely make your running better, physically speaking. As long as runners can make peace with that idea, it will make it a whole lot easier to move through 1st series ashtanga yoga for 90 minutes. You are bound to be tight, but without yoga you will only get tighter and probably experience more injuries.
Both in 90 mins of ashtanga yoga or 90 minutes of running you will have to overcome the quitter’s mind. That during 90 minutes of either activity you are probably going to question yourself ; “What was I thinking to do 90 minutes of yoga/running.” Something is going to hurt, some posture, or mile is going to be brutal, and you might start to lose your motivation. When doing anything physical you are going to run up against that voice in your head that is the pessimist, the nay-sayer. This is where running and yoga are similar. They are both working on the mind, more than on the body. Your body can do just about anything it is the mind that is often the limited factor.
When practicing / training 99% of the people are actually facing doubt, insecurity, worry, fear the “negative” self. The nay-sayer voice that around mile 16 tells you, “You can’t do it.”, is the same voice in yoga that will try to tell you you can’t come up out of a back drop either. The voice is the same, it comes from the same place and can be put to rest the same way no matter if it’s running or yoga. The yoga teacher, Tim Miller, likes to say “Experience is the remover of doubt.” Every time you run 5 miles, it erases the doubt that you can’t run 6. Every time you run 6, it erases the doubt that I can’t do 7. .
The surya namaskars are equivalent to the first mile of any run you go on. It’s the warm up mile, where you find your legs and the rhythm of your breathing. The standing poses are equivalent to a 5k (3 miles), it’s enough of a run on a busy day. The seated postures, up to Marichyasana are equal to about 5 miles. Right in the heart of what are commonly called the speed pump poses in ashtanga there is navasana, bhujapidasana, kurmasana. These are like mile 6, where you start second guessing yourself, and this crazy idea of staying fit. Mile 7 of a 9 mile run starts to smooth out just a bit as you start thinking you’re in the home stretch. Just like the poses baddha konasana, upavishta konasana, and supta padangsthasana do in yoga. You might think backbends are mile 9, but they are only mile 8, you must save enough energy after backbends to complete your inversions and come in strong to savasana. Savasana is equivalent to the cool down after a long run. You don’t just sit down after a long run, or you will quickly stiffen up. You will struggle just to get your shoes off later, if you don’t incorporate a good cool down. Savasana is necessary and so is a good cool down walk after a long run.

The rhythm of breathing, the rhythm of the legs and arms working together, and how the pessimistic mind doesn’t have to win out. Most runs and most yoga practices conquer negativity. Push through the rough spots and come out on the other end better for it. Staring down your inner self has a profound way of changing you. Running and yoga remove doubts by doing the things that you thought couldn’t be done.
Running tightens you, Yoga will save you from injuries and even burn-out. It will also give your running longevity. Ashtanga yoga is an excellent tool for building strength, flexibility, reducing anxiety, and keeping a person fit. To give an inner focus which often lacked and increased body awareness. Running tightens and stresses the body; it can be harsh and jarring. Yoga strengthens the entire body; lubricates each joint; deepens and calms the breath; and, in addition to all the physical and emotional benefits, is a deeply spiritual practice that makes us more mindful and peaceful.
Deep or diaphragmatic (as opposed to chest breathing) brings more oxygen deeper into the lungs, ultimately engaging the parasympathetic nervous system. When were are in “parasympathetic dominance,” the mind is calmer, the heart rate is slower, less stress hormones are produced, and perceived exertion decreases.
In “Going the Distance”, (again in Yoga Journal, though this one is available to read online), Nancy Coulter-Parker writes about increasing athletic endurance—what she defines as “the ability to persevere”—with yoga, which made her feel strong and capable. Through her asana practice she became intimate with her breath, and learned what pushing too hard sounds and feels like. Before yoga she felt like her body was an inanimate object outside of herself. Something that, for better or worse, hung dispassionately from her head. Yoga has and continues to reintroduce and reintegrate herself to herself.
Yoga helps athletes focus on what is going on inside the body. It is really good at honing that internal voice,” she says. And because Ashtanga is so physically challenging, she has been forced to cultivate the yogic practices of mindfulness, awareness and non-self.
Yoga is not an athletic endeavor. It is much more, and in some ways, more difficult (much like the practice of maintaining self worth apart from achieving the full expression of a particular pose). So while runners should be mindful of the practice they choose, the lessons yoga has to teach any athlete are many. The yoga’s tradition of interconnectedness where all things—including running—are as divine (and yogic) as you let them be.
Often, even our understanding of “concentration” is equated with a straining mental force. In meditation we begin to learn that real concentration depends on a light, delicate, patient kind of mental control, and in time this becomes an effortless, undistracted mindfulness. Both Ashthanga vinyasa yoga  and running, or anything else with a repetitive rhythm (like just breathing!), helps to enable that mind falling “into the moment”.

Based on the post by Stand and face the sun, Posted on 11/15/2013 and other online articles.
Related Online Articles:
BoulderRunning.com, “Runner’s Best Friend – Downward Dog,” by Katrina Mohr.
LA Yoga, “Running into Yoga,” by Ryan Allen
Yoga.com, “How Yoga Can Better Your Running Technique,” by Maia Appleby
Yoga Journal, “Yoga for Runners,” by Baron Baptiste and Kathleen Finn Mendola
“Running Buddahs ” Christopher J. Hayden wrote and produced a 1992 documentary on the the monks of Mount Hiei and John Stevens wrote the book The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, published by Shambhala Publications.

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yin afternoon yoga

Mondays-Fridays

Cafe Studio @ Dili  Wellness 

4:30-6:00pm = yin afternoon yoga

An hour and a half of a calming yoga practice focusing physically on connective tissue, especially hips and lower back, mentally on calming the mind to provide stillness, and energetically on the meridians (energy lines) interconnecting our complete being and creating awareness and wholeness.  Poses are held for longer periods of time, 3 to 5 minutes.  Props are used to make yourself comfortable.  The mind is eased into a state of letting go.  These classes can be used to maintain or regain mobility and openness in your joints, to unwind, or as a journey into meditation, all of which are complimentary and beneficial to a more vigorous yoga practice and a lifestyle where having stress is part of the norm.
Price:

Drop-in = $15

5-class pass = $60 (valid for 1 week only, for any yin or long wake up yoga classes)
20-class pass = $200 (valid for 1 month only, for any yin or long wake up yoga classes)

*Ahimsa-ka prefers pre-registration for all of his classes.  Please pre-register by contacting him at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com,+670-7349-7678.

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Sunday yoga classes at Dili Wellness

Sundays

Upstairs Studio @ Dili Wellness
The two hour Sunday classes offer more time to practice and explore your yoga practice in general (Sunday morning classes) or specific elements thereof (early afternoon vinyasa technics, late afternoon yin yoga with meditation and relaxation).


7:00-9:00am = morning yoga

This is a more advanced class, for a morning practice.  It is inspired by the ashtanga vinyasa yoga style, and depending on the level of the students, poses from the 2nd and/or 3rd ashtanga series can be practiced.


10:00am-12:00pm = introduction to morning yoga 

This is an ashtanga primary series introduction class.  This class is recommended for anyone that likes to come to the week day ‘wake-up yoga’ morning classes, and/or that that wants to be introducted to it to get more background information.


1:00-3:00pm = vinyasa technics
The early afternoon class is more of a hands-on practice class going into the vinyasa techniques such as floating forward and backward, lifting up into handstands, inversions, and more.

 

4:00-6:00pm = yin yoga
This class will wind down into stillness, with the focus being on active relaxation, breath work, and meditation, by staying longer in supported ‘yin’ poses.

Price:

Drop-in = $20

10-class pass = $150 (valid for 6 weeks, for any class with same duration and price)

*Ahimsa-ka prefers pre-registration for all of his classes.  Please pre-register by contacting him at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com,+670-7349-7678.

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