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The Essence of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Anthony Prem Carlisi

The Essence of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
practice, adjustments, philosophy

With Anthony 'Prem' Carlisi (US/ID)
Prem is Elsie’s main teacher and great inspiration!

In 1978 Anthony Carlisi began his journey into the Ashtanga Yoga world. He was blessed with the rare opportunity to be with “Guruji” (Pattabhi Jois) from the very beginning. Over the decades he remained connected to him until he passed away in 2009. In 1983 he met the world reknown Ayurvedic master, Dr. Vasant Lad. Prem studied with him personally on a daily basis for 4 years at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has a thorough understanding of the principles of life and living according to this ancient science from India and started to incorporate these principles into all his teachings. Today he is blessed with having the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center with his loving wife Radha. AYBRC is a culmination of their combined energy from their devoted practice and teaching of the traditional method of Ashtanga Yoga and the Vedic Science of Ayurveda to thousands of students.

“Never believe anything people tell you unless you can verify it yourself!" Prem is an advocate of "personal empowerment" rather than “blind faith". He ecourages you, while answering your questions, to question all his answers!

“Anthony was my first yoga teacher and gave me the ideal starting course; he was patient and kind and really took the time to explain things. Everyone would benefit from taking lessons with him.“ – Chris Martin, Coldplay

The program

Prem is one of the leading Asthanga Yoga teachers in the world with over 40 years of knowledge and experience on the path. In this week, he will share his theoretical and practical knowledge on ayurveda, philosophy and pranayama/meditation. On top of that, being a well-known master in physical asana adjustments, he will be teaching any adjustments and enhancements that apply to the postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series sequence.
The first two hours of each workshopday Prem will guide you through an ashtanga vinyasa yoga sequence, based on the traditional primary series. Every day he'll put more light and clarity on a different part of the asana practice.

Daily program
9-11: asana practice
11-12: lunch & shower break
12-13.30: part 1 workshop
13.30-14.00: break, talk & chat
14.00-15.30: part 2 workshop

Wednesday 13/6
Suggestions on how to live a yogic life
One of the wonderful challenges is integrating what we learn and encounter on our yoga mats into the rest of our lives. How do we make our entire life into a yoga practice, so we can grow in self-awareness and become a better person? What can we learn from the practice and the scriptures? Based on the practical application of the eight limbs in our day to day life, Prem turns to Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy to make this ancient wisdom available for us today in ways that are non-dogmatic.
Yama/Niyama: practical application (philosophy of living for health and well being)
Pratyhara: how to redirect energy using correct methods for full power
Dharana: Ability to concentrate and focus on one point for maximum efficiency in any way you want. (Be careful what you ask for!)

Thursday 14/6
No Ayurveda, no yoga
Discover how knowing the basic principles of Ayurveda can effect all aspects of your life in the best way possible. In this workshop we will go over diet/herbs/yoga practice/lifestyle practices and explain how it all works.
you will learn:
Micro-cosm/Macro-cosm: Inner and Outer World
Blueprint and manual for Living a healthy full life as the operating manual for Body/Mind
The basic framework of principles underlying all of life
Defining and Living in a World of Duality (20 attributes)
Practical/Applicable methods of balancing the individual
How to eliminate toxins and restore balance/health)
Breaking down all the systems available to the Human mind/body: skeletal/circulatory/nervous/endocrine etc...
Anatomy and physiology for practical understanding of vibrant health: How the body works from anatomy.

Friday 15/6
Hands-on Asana Adjustments clinic & Pranayama
part 1: You will learn the principles of how to adjust students in yoga asana. During the next 3 days, Prem will teach you hands-on sessions using techniques to facilitate asana adjustments in a safe and appropriate way. He will focus on the postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
Part 2: Prem will discuss many practical experiences of how to do Pranayama properly and safely. Pranayama will be defined for dynamic health and well-being. He'll guide you in the science of breathing and its effects.

Saturday 16/6
Hands-on Asana Adjustments clinic & Meditation
This day will continue with the art of asana adjustments and will finish with a session on meditation as the origin of Awareness and Beingness in which the access to all mysteries begin and unfold. Special emphasis goes to Dhyana as meditation on the Source Point (Eye Center) and Samadhi, as a spontaneous happening of LOVE/INTUITION AND BEAUTY beyond the Body/Mind.

Sunday 17/6
Hands-on Asana Adjustments clinic & Q&A
On day 5 the workshop continues with the art of asana adjustments, followed by a Q&A session. Come with your questions about, asana, yoga, your life in general. “Never believe anything people tell you unless you can verify it yourself!" Prem is an advocate of "personal empowerment" rather than “blind faith". He ecourages you, while answering your questions, to question all his answers!

address: Frankrijklei 107, 2000 Antwerp
price: Early Bird (before 31/3) 350€, normal price 395€, 85€/day
payment: IBAN BE83 0016 4497 6015
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