Explore the Deep Internal Methodology of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

A deep, insightful and fun exploration of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Primary Series. Unravel the philosophy, deeper internal methodology and key postural themes of what Sri K. Pattabhi Jois called 'Patanjali's Yoga'. Over this 20hr online course we will explore, dissect and carefully reassemble the physical, physiological and emotional components of practice, exposing the deep internal methodology and subtle therapeutic workings of the Primary Series. By opening up our bodies and minds we will throw away the rulebook and establish a new and inclusive practical methodology that embodies the essence of this beautiful practice.

  • Pose-by-pose PRIMARY SERIES exploration

  • Full explanation of INTERNAL FORMS

  • The Pouring of PRANA into APANA

  • Embodied Breathing PRANAYAMA

  • YOGA PHILOSOPHY - Kleshas, Patanjali's 8 Limbs, Samskaras

  • Deep & Subtle Exploration of MULA BANDHA

  • Refining UDDIYANA BANDHA

  • Dynamic Alignment through Primary & Secondary SPIRALS

  • Exploration of PSOAS - (ie The YOGA MUSCLE)

  • Mastering JUMP BACK & JUMP THROUGH

Your Teacher

Senior Teacher

Chris Croft

Chris has taught yoga since 2005, is a published author and a pioneer in the field of emotional and physiological behaviour (through his ground breaking work with The Enneagram). His unique approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga blends over 18 years of daily yoga practice and self-study, with a deep understanding of the complexity of human personality patterns. This powerful synthesis awakens a truly inclusive approach, which embraces the differing individual needs of each student who comes to practice. By adapting the entry point to the practice, highlighting key subtle internal alignment principles and encouraging a profound intimacy with the inner breath, Chris brings yoga to life with humour and insight. Richard Freeman, and the late Michael Stone, remain Chris’s primary teachers.

Testimonials

Unfolding Ashtanga Yoga: 20hr Primary Series Immersion

"Chris, thank you so much. The course was amazing. I have done loads of workshops and courses over the years. Yours is one of the best I have done. You are such a good teacher, massively intellectual and very funny. Your delivery on yoga philosophy was just brilliant, you made it really interesting. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful practice and incredible teaching. I hope to see you again, I am definitely up for more"

"The workshop was great. From the selection of contents - which were exactly as described - to the delivery in a fun, easy to follow, engaging, genuine, professional and structured way. It was perfectly balanced between theory and practice and suitable for every level and personality. I would definitely be a regular at the Ashtanga Workshop if I lived closer and will be back for more workshops as soon as I get the chance"

"Thank you for an amazing 4 days on the Primary Series Immersion. I have learned so much that I can bring to my practice and hopefully even my teaching. I booked unto this course because I recognised I had retreated so much into my comfort zone that I was hopelessly stuck. Your teaching really challenged my beliefs about myself and my body. I found this course physically demanding but it was exactly what I needed. Thanks again for such an inspirational and transformative cours"

​"This workshop helped me to understand the postures in a different light. It was particularly eye opening to understand the balance between the prana and apana postures as I had never been taught that certain postures required us to go on the "dark" side of things. The workshop gradually steped up in intensity during the 4 days so we could be eased in the more difficult part of the practice, but we were not pushed to 'perform' in any postures, which is really refreshing!"

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Day 1

    • Introduction to Key Principles

    • Asana ~ Sun Salutations & Forward Bend Technique

    • Sitting ~ Set up & Practice

    • Chanting ~ Opening Chant & Foundation Poses

    • Talk ~ Unravelling Ashtanga Yoga

    • Workshop ~ Mula Bandha

  • 2

    Day 2

    • Refining Uddiyanna Bandha

    • Asana ~ Foundation Poses

    • Sitting ~ Mindfulness of Breathing

    • Chanting & Opening Chant (inc, line-by-line translation & origin)

    • Workshop ~ The Psoas

  • 3

    Day 3

    • Asana ~ Seated Asanas (to Navasana)

    • Chanting ~ Opening, Closing & Poses Names

    • Talk ~ Why We Suffer (The Kleshas)

    • Workshop ~ Jump Back, Jump Through!

  • 4

    Day 4

    • Asana ~ Seated Asanas (Beyond The Boat!)

    • Talk ~ There is No Universal Alignment!

    • Chanting