A worthwhile and very insightful workshop for anyone who’s been stuck or hesitant to refine this element of their practice.
The process of jumping through from downward dog to sitting usually takes some time to develop. The reverse: jumping from sitting back to downward dog usually takes... um, some more time to develop.
There is great value in this process - our practice should be viewed as a process, rather than a destination. It is in the periods when we are faced with a challenging situation that provides us with the greatest opportunity to observe our deeply ingrained patterns (samskaras): learn to breathe, meet them with less tensions, and perhaps make friends with that particular adversity.
This workshop will begin with a short discussion on what is involved for the body, practice section, and several practical techniques to practice at home. Depending on the level of the class, this may be expanded to include working towards handstand, and some arm balancing postures.
Phil is enjoying the second decade of committed daily yoga practice - the first ten years were the hardest!
Reluctant to teach and slow to learn, he eventually came to understand that teaching was an extension of practice - in being able to share some insights and the stillness that can be experienced. Phil (almost) completed a 10 year apprenticeship with Cat Alip-Douglas, by his own admission, he was “most likely the worst apprentice she has ever had”, despite this, he regularly co-teaches with her on retreats & workshops.
Phil has had more tantric initiations in the tibetan buddhist tradition(s) than he can remember at this point. He is a very poor practitioner - still constantly grasping at a self and lacking in consistent comprehension of dependent origination.
Phil Douglas is Co-Director of SYS London alongside Cat Alip-Douglas.
Where : The Yoga Studio, 53-57 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1HX.
When : Saturday 14th September, 2pm (2.5 hrs).
Cost : £35