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July 18, 2012 / Gabriel Azoulay

Unique 3 Week Intensive Ashtanga Yoga Training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 50 years of  combined experience has led us to offer this unique 3 week Intensive for dedicated students and teachers of Ashtanga Yoga. We will present nothing but the most essential aspects of practice with no fluff or dogma.  We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t after observing 1000’s of students.  You will learn what is most appropriate for you and if you are a teacher for your students.  We include Ayurveda as a sister science to Ashtanga Yoga practice to enhance your overall health and vitality for life.  Interested?  Or know of anyone who may be?

Email Prem/Radha at prem@ashtangaworld.com

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July 5, 2011 / Gabriel Azoulay

A tribute to Anjani – Hanuma’s mother

This is a video response to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQmVIRiHUho&feature=related
where the full sequence and story is told.

Inspired by Krishna Das “flow of grace” which illuminated my awareness that Tim Miller’s sequence honoring Anjani-asana is really a tribute to Hanuman’s mother, Anjani.

June 4, 2011 / Gabriel Azoulay

Time: Friday, July 15 at 8:00am – July 24 at 3:00pm

Location: Stefan Peters – Massagen Leipzig, Germany



15.07 – 20.07.2011 – The Magic of Thai Massage

A beginner’s to intermediate course of Nuad Boran

Nuad Boran, an ancient practice of interactive joint mobilization, muscle enhancement, and energetic balance from Thailand.

You will learn how this ancient practice, from the time of the Buddha, developed by an Ayurvedic Yoga Master evolved to the practice we have today.

A 90 minute routine for the entire body, which will enhance not only your client, but rebalance and re-energize your body as well.In the words of Master Pichest Boonthume: “Thai Massage is to heal yourself.”

REGISTER HERE

20.07 – 24.07.2011 – Therapeutic application of Thai Massage

 

Intermediate to Advanced course exploring the application of Thai Massage

In general Yoga and Thai Massage are not truly therapeutic practices. They indeed rebalance, re-energize, and often restore, yet they are based in a meditative recognition, a discovery of the energy that lives us all. According to Pichest Boonthume, Master Thai Teacher in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the sequence of Nuad Boran teaches us where the body truly needs time, specific work, and pressure.

We will explore the difference between Yoga and Therapeutic Thai Work, explore advanced manipulations and specific pressure points for common complaint issues, investigate modern western adaptations for helping our clients, and how to trust our inner voice through the freedom offered in the Dance of Thai Massage.

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June 3, 2011 / Gabriel Azoulay

Ashtanga Nad Yin Workshop

Zapraszamy na intensywny weekend pogłębionej praktyki ashtanga yogi z Gabrielem Azoulay.
Termin:  8 – 10 lipca 2011

Yin Yoga jest nowoczesną formą praktyki yogicznej któ

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ra  pogłębia zrozumienie ciała i jego elastyczności. Znana jako bardzo s

pokojna praktyka ta, stanowiąca duże wyzwanie, ale w pełni  dostępna

forma wcale nie jest relaksującym doznaniem. W ciele znajdują się tzw. głębokie tkanki yin oraz powierzchowne tkanki yang. Yin Yoga otwiera te głębokie, gęste, rzadko rozwijane obszary. Lata regularnej praktyki

asan polepszają zdrowie, wzmacniają ciało, niemniej jednak w którymś momencie mięśnie osiągają maksimum swojej elastyczności. Yin Yoga, która koncentruje się na głębszych tkankach umożliwia osiągnięcie nowej głębi w pozycjach, większe zakresy ruchu i łatwiejszy przepływ energii. Właśnie dlatego wielu praktykujących yogę uważa, że yin yoga jest znakomitym dopełnieniem bardziej aktywnych praktyk.

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Gabriel Azoulay  praktykuje i uczy yogi od 15 lat. Spędził dwa l

ata z renomowanym nauczycielem Astanga  yogi Timem Millerem. Ponadto przez 6 miesięcy przebywał w Mysore jak również przez 18 miesiecy nauczał w Tajlandii. W Indiach praktykował z mistrzem pozycji odwróconych Vinayem Kumar. Obecnie regularnie prowadzi

warsztaty ashtangi i yin yogi. więcej na: www.gabrielazoulay.com

Dzięki unikalnemu stylowi opowiadania, umiejętności dzielenia się przemyśleniami na tematy filozoficzne, opowieści Gabriela o czasie

spędzonym w Mysore i Chang Main pozwolą bardziej docenić wspaniałą praktykę ashtanga yogi.

Odkryjesz proste sposoby na wyjście z kontuzji i pobudzisz swój zapał do regularnej praktyki.

Plan warsztatów:

8.07.2011 (piątek)

  • godz. 18:30 – 21:30  – warsztat yin yogi przygotowujący ciało do praktyki ashtanga yogi. Zachęcamy do zadawania pytań i dzielenia się swoim jogicznym doświadczeniem.

9.07.2011 (sobota)

  • 9:00 – 12:00  – praktyka asan z pierwszych trzech serii
  • 13:30 – 16:30  – koncentracja na pogłębianiu pozycji

10.07.2011(niedziela)

  • 9:00 – 12:00  –  asany z pierwszej serii i omówienie  różnych typów kontuzji
  • 13:30 – 16:30  – koncepcja tkanek yin i thai jogi i  jej wykorzystanie  w codziennej praktyce ashtangi

Koszt:

  • Cena za całość warsztatów (5 bloków) – 500 zł  do 15.06.2011 po 15.06.11 – 600 zł
  • Pojedyncze bloki zajęć (3h) – 100 zł  do 15.06.2011 po 15.06.11jeden blok zajęć (3h) – 120 zł

Obowiązują zapisy na warsztaty przez formularz .

July 17, 2010 / Gabriel Azoulay

Magical count

This practice is so incredible, founded on the most simple principles.

If you ever discover anyone that suggests that this is too hard of a yoga practice, you have my permission to laugh in their face.

There is an image out there that Ashtanga Yoga is challenging, too demanding, will cause you injuries, and many other reactions. To react is to fall into stress mode of relating to the world, where responding is accepting the world as it is and enjoying every moment.

Ashtanga is demanding, as any Yoga practice should be. How demanding? Every day! and you get Saturday and Moon days off, so it’s not that bad.

The postures themselves, well, you might only do Suryanamakar A. The practice itself, remember, is simple. Based on very simple principles. Breath, Drishti, and Bandhas. Keep those for your entire practice period, and learn how to tap into these principles at any other time in the day.

Listen to the count, why? because you learn how to listen to a higher force, the force of your breath. To stop listening to your own mind, your own ego, that truly wants to satisfy its own fears, rather than allow you to bask in the purity of Joy that is your being.

Surrender to Guruji and the rest will follow.

Note how on this excerpt from the DVD, Guruji starts the count and the advanced practitioners follow with their breath until Guruji calls out the next breath. When you are “led” in a series, you develop the skill of listening, understanding where the breath goes and which movement follows with the breath, so that for the rest of the week you can practice to discover how easily your mind will throw you off.

The postures themselves are not important (they have significance of course, but not important), do the best you can, but do it with awareness, with complete breath consciousness, with enthusiasm and faith that all is possible.

“Tapas, Savdhyaya, Ishvara Pranidhanani Kriya Yoga” is how Patanjali starts his second Pada – enthusiasm, awareness through following the footsteps of those who walked this path, and faith in something larger than yourself, is Yoga in Action.

Meditate on that as you get up in the morning (though you can do practice any time of the day you like….practice….that’s all that matters. Practice, and all is coming).

June 20, 2010 / Gabriel Azoulay

Share

“Practice and all is coming” are Guruji’s most famous words.

Yet it can be hard for many of us to discover what practice is, or how exactly it should proceed.

The beauty of Ashtanga is that you don’t have to think what practice is, or how it should be done. It has been laid down many years ago by Vaman Rishi, written on Banana leaves and discovered by Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois many years ago.

Our job is to surrender our own ego and take practice.

Our work is to share this practice with as many people as we can. Through Yoga the world can heal, recover, and find peace.

So share your practice, what ever it may be, and if you find you get stuck in your head, remember, Ashtanga is available, easily, and everywhere.

June 16, 2010 / Gabriel Azoulay

Daily Practice

Ashtanga is a daily practice. Well, almost daily, with Saturdays off, and every New and Full Moon as off days, there are plenty moments during the week when the body rests and the mind does not have to feel so oppressed by daily grind.

It is important to take these days off, whether because the energy of the moon is so related to the energy we are seeking to tap into (click here to read Tim Miller’s sharing of Guruji’s insight into why you should not take practice on Moon Days), or because the body needs moments to catch up to the information we are cultivating, one should take these days off.

Yet, with a daily practice, many students and teachers feel that a structured, same routine practice is somehow boring or redundant that they would rather go listen to someone else guiding their energy, or simply not practice at all.

One of my teachers, a man name David Deida comments on practice, in the same way I discovered why I get up and do my yoga every day. Daily practice is like brushing your teeth. Brushing the teeth is boring, redundant and hardly ever changes. Not only should we do it daily, we should do it twice a day. It refreshes the mouth, cleans out the teeth, eliminates excess bacteria, and prolongs the strength of our molars.

I doubt any of you believe you will never have to go to the dentist, or that your teeth will stay in your mouth forever, yet, I know each of you is brushing their teeth twice a day, if not more. In the same token, Ashtanga practice is an ancient wisdom on cleaning out the gross body, shinning the subtle body, and allowing you to rest as the causal reflection that is everything and everyone. It does not make you better in any way, at least in the same way that brushing your teeth does not make your teeth better. What it does it allows the world around you to feel your essence better, it makes other more trustable around you, it provides you with an opportunity to share you joy with more ease.

Isn’t that what Ghandi was hoping for? “If you want to change the world, change yourself.”

That change begins with practice.

And practice is surrendering to something larger than yourself.