SmartFLOW Sadhana Yoga workshop with Annie Carpenter at Atmajyoti in Stockholm
MOVING THROUGH THE KOSHAS: Practices for Transformation
Kosha means sheath or layer. In this weekend, we will move through the layers of our selves to mine the wisdom — and uncover any obstacles — to create the conditions for self -knowledge and lasting change. While we will consider each sheath on its own for maximum depth, the weekend, like the Koshas themselves, will interlace these inter-penetrating layers. Each day will begin with the 2 Outer Koshas, AnnaMaya and PranaMaya practices as a means of embodyment, and each afternoon will be dedicated to the essence of each ever-deepening layer: ManoMaya to heighten Proprioception and Inquiry, VishnanaMaya to bring Discriminating Awareness to our Relationships with our selves, students and Community via Languaging and Hands-on-Adjustments, and AnandaMaya to reveal the passage to Freedom and Bliss.
This weekend is designed for Teachers and Experienced students. Physical alignment is the pathway into the inner layers: You will learn subtle anatomy and portals to each inner sheath and learn to access the interpenetrating passages that both ground and elevate your and your students’ practices, and lives. You are welcome to attend individual sessions ( if there is space), but you will certainly have the most profound experience by attending the full weekend. Thursday we star with a masterclass; Teachers intensive
Thursday Aug 24
13.30-16.30 Teacher’s Intensive: The Royal Practice
Inversions. All the preparatory, propping and modifying for the beloved Inversions, including the queen and king (shoulderstand and headstand.) Follow the Physical sheath into a level of single-pointed attention that drives us through the sheaths to center, to home.
Schedule for the weekend Aug 25-27
Friday Aug 25
8.00-10.00: Root to Rise — A grounding Pranayama and Asana practice to bring strength and stamina in the outer sheath and lightness from the activation of 3 primary internal locks. These MahaBandhas will bring power and grace and eliminate over-efforting, bringing you face to face to the ego.
16.00-19.00: Building Inner Awareness: targeting Doubt and Desire. Movement Inquiry and targeted Pranayama forms will shift you into states of heightened mindfulness. This slow, deep practice involves hip release that targets all 4 hip segments and all 3 Planes of motion.
Saturday Aug 26
10.00-12.00: Open to Contentment— In this Backbend focussed class you will wrestle with the qualities of greed and contentment, as you open your shoulders and heart to ever-increasing backbends. Smart, steady and safe backbends will ensue.
13.30-16.30: Connect: Discerning and Discriminating Sheath — Spend the afternoon reviewing key Hands-on-Adjustments and find the perfect blend of supporting, re-aligning and empowering your poses with your intention, your language and your hands.
Sunday Aug 27
10.00-12.00: Femurs Descending: Access your True Core. Bring your attention to deeper layers of your self, rooting your thigh bones into their sockets, aligning with your center of gravity. From this place Core strength with Breath support evolves.
13.30-15.30: Forgiveness: Accept and Release The sweet practice will seal the weekend’s journey with an emphasis on surrender and acceptance, the essential ingredients of lasting joy. A practice of breath, restorative poses and guided meditation will reveal the path to bliss for each of us.
Annie Carpenter. Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment. Based in northern California, Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. Practicing yoga since the 70s, teaching since the 90s, Annie continues to be a dedicated student (geek!) of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy.
Annie is the author of RelaxDEEPLY, a CD of restorative yoga, and Yoga for Total Back Care,” a DVD produced by Yoga Journal, and several SmartFLOW manuals. She contributes regularly to Yoga Journal. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie leads 200/500 trainings and workshops globally, and at YogaGlo.com. www.anniecarpenter.com