Showing posts with label StillPoint Yoga London. Show all posts
Showing posts with label StillPoint Yoga London. Show all posts

18 September 2013

Manju Jois in London

I feel really lucky to have practised yoga with the two people I would call the most influential teachers in my yoga practice, Nancy Gilgoff and Sharath Jois, here in London this summer (see previous blog items).

Nancy has of course known the Jois family for many, many years and recommended practising ashtanga yoga with Manju, if I got the opportunity.

StillPoint yoga London hosted him here in London and I managed to get along to one led ashtanga yoga class. It was a wonderful experience and I can only describe it as a "soft and joyful" practice.

It is always interesting to see how the same yoga asanas (more or less), are taught differently by different teachers. Manju counted us into the pose but not once we were in it. I glanced at him in in what seemed to be a very long Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana and saw that he was counting to himself throughout. This really made me smile. The long pranayama and chanting were the best and was indeed the pranayama practice Nancy had taught me this summer. If you get a chance to spend a bit of time with Manju on his travels then take it. He will be in Maui with Nancy in November at her shala The house of yoga and Zen.

19 March 2013

Ashtanga Yoga with Greg Nardi - StillPoint Yoga London

If you're looking for an Ashtanga yoga workshop this weekend 23/24 March 2013, this looks like a good one to try. I've heard great things about Greg Nardi and am hoping to get along to some (if not all) of these workshops myself. StillPoint Yoga London is a beautiful space in the heart of London. to book go to

                                                   Stillpoint Yoga London

Saturday 23rd March 2013

10:00 -12:00

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Led Practice – £20

14:00 – 16:30

Mindful Ashtanga Workshop – £30

Pattabhi Jois often talked about the importance of mental training in Yoga and how the asanas will lead to a strong mind as well as a strong body. This workshop will look at the practice of ashtanga yoga as a mindfulness technique. We will explore how the right attitude and focus are key to fulfilling the deeper wisdom of yoga. The body is transformed into a vehicle for our awareness and transforms the practice from physical exercise to moving meditation. Please bring a mat and practice clothes.

Sunday 24th March 2013

10:00 -12:00

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Led Practice – £20

14:00 – 16:30

Essential Ashtanga Workshop – £30

Through practice and discussion, in this workshop we will explore the interconnectedness of the whole body. This workshop is sophisticated enough for all level of practitioner to benefit. We will focus on awareness and understanding to find grace, rather than physical vigor. This will create the context for your effort in daily practice to bear the most fruit.
We will explore the relationship between the axial and appendicular skeleton, the muscles of respiration, and the movements of the spine to create a matrix that will help you understand how alignment, breath and movement harmonize to form the basis for vinyasa, the foundation of the ashtanga yoga practice.

Price for one day – £45

Price for the whole weekend – £90

photo-1Greg Nardi has spent many years of dedicated practice under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. In 2003 he was given authorization to teach from Pattabhi Jois, and in 2009, he completed a level 2 authorization course from Sharath Jois. He is currently learning the advanced series under Sharath’s guidance at the KPJAYI.
Greg perpetually studies and practices Yoga, Eastern philosophy and Sanskrit mantra chanting. He participates in Georg Feuerstein’s Traditional Yoga Studies course and has studied with Vyaas Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute.
Greg founded Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide, a resource which strives to explore the traditions that give rise to modern Yoga methods; to maintain the Ashtanga Yoga system as taught by Pattabhi Jois; and to make these traditions and methods intelligible to the Western practitioner.
Greg also teaches the yoga philosophy module on John & Lucy Scott’s Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training course.