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ASHTANGA YOGA WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
with KPJAYI Level II Authorized teacher Day Christensen

December 8th - 10th 2017

Day Christensen’s Bio: 
Day Christensen is a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Day began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine arts major, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Through the reading of sacred and historical texts proved to be interesting, it was lacking one major aspect: experience. With many signs pointing her in the direction of yoga, she took up the practice and began to gain the experience she was missing from study alone. Asana required a different type of strength and mobility that she had not bargained for as a former athlete. Despite the frustration and challenges she often met on the beginning path of yoga, she continued and found a renewed sense of vitality and clarity. Today Day is an enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga, practicing in lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having completed the Intermediate series and learning the Third series under R. Sharath Jois’s guidance. 

Friday, December 8th (6PM)
ASANA CLINIC AND FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT   

This is a workshop designed to cover the bases of the main movement patterns in yoga and how we can best develop strength, flexibility, and overall control in our practice, all while avoiding injury. There will be plenty of room for discussion, questions, trial, and demonstration.

Saturday, December 9th (9AM) 
MYSORE    
                                                                                                      

Saturday, December 9th (2PM)
JUMPING, LIFTING, FLOATING FLYING

This workshop is meant to explore ways to refine a seasoned practitioner’s skills in yoga. We will work through the main obstacles or “hidden locks” that prevent students from experiencing the lightness, grace and strength of a master. We will work on various techniques for jump throughs and jump backs, headstands, forearm stands, and headstands, etc. This will be a fun, light-hearted class with lots of room for exploration, hands-on-adjustments, and questions.

Sunday, December 10th (9AM)
MYSORE

Sunday, December 10th (2PM)
INTEGRATED BACKBENDING

Backbends are perhaps the most important postures to counter the stresses and activities of modern life. They are the most important and often the most daunting. We're learning and practicing primary series, the practice of mainly forward bends and twists you can seem like a cruel joke to then top off an already challenging practice end with a round of the backward bending. Backbends can feel exhausting and impossible when we first learn them. We will explore the postures in primary series that will lead to the most pleasant backbending experience possible.
In this workshop we will explore ways to work with backbends that will focus on how to build openess in the front side of the body, open your hips and shoulders and inspire overall strength, making the common sore back a thing of the past. We will look at some alignment principles and practices that can forever take the painful and uncomfortable associations with the lower back and transform them into the exhilarating experience they can be.