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Ashtanga Yoga Immersion

date:  Saturday 8th June, 2024
Non-Members £40/ Members £20
Join me for an afternoon immersed in Ashtanga yoga and community.
Deepen your practice, get one to one assistance on the elements of your practice you are struggling with and connect with your fellow Ashtangis.

Part One (limited to 18 students)
1 - 3pm: Ashtanga Yoga Assisted Self-Practice (if you finish your practice sooner you are welcome to chill and chat in the Moon studio downstairs or to pop out.

3 - 3:30pm: Break (bring snacks!)

Part Two
3:30 - 4:30pm: The science of yoga and Q&A

Part Three
Calming Stillness Practices
4:30 - 5:30pm: Mantra, Pranayama and Metta meditation

5:30 - 6:30pm: Tea and chat - get to know your fellow Ashtangis

Do I need to have memorised the Ashtanga yoga sequence?

You don't need to remember the sequence, as long as you are a regular Ashtanga yoga student you will be fine. I will prompt you with which asana comes next.

Do I have to practice for 2 full hours?

No, you will practice for as long as is right for you, Emma knows your practice and will check-in on you regularly and you are welcome to move onto the finishing sequence when you are ready.

What is Ashtanga yoga self-practice?

Traditionally Ashtanga yoga students practice in led classes and in an assisted self-practice setting. The assisted self-practice has enormous benefits.

In an Assisted Self Practice classes the teacher can work with you for longer on specific elements of the practice that you are working on, this could be anything from the breath, transitions, postures, pacing.

This form of class combined with led classes helps us to find much greater ease in our practice so that it can truly be a lifelong practice supporting our efforts to live with greater physical and mental ease.

What is pranayama?

Pranayama practices are breath practices. Emma will guide you through a calming practice.

What is mantra?

Mantras are Sanskrit chants. They are deeply calming and grounding. Mantra is Sanskrit means mind control.

We chant the opening mantra at the start of every Ashtanga yoga class and Emma usually chants a mantra during Savasana. We have many mantras in yoga and we will chant one together as well as practicing the opening mantra.

What is Metta meditation?

Metta meditation is a loving kindness meditation which has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety. Emma will guide you through the meditation while you relax on bolsters.

about the Teacher

Emma Lowther-Wright: Studio Director

Hi, I'm Emma and I am very fortunate to have been trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga by world-renowned John Scott. John is one of the key teachers who brought Ashtanga yoga from India to Europe. Often referred to as 'Preston's yoga teacher' I am honoured to teach yoga to 150-200 people every week!

I am dedicated to and immersed in the Ashtanga practice and continue to travel to study with senior 500hr international teachers including Eddie Stern, Scott Johnson, Lucy Crawford-Scott and Greg Nardi.

I teach with an emphasis on clear communication, empowerment, joy and compassion. I am especially interested in the neuroscience of yoga, how yoga can release physically held mental and emotional tension and how yoga can help us to live with greater joy, confidence and ease.

As well as studio classes I work within the community teaching in workplaces and education settings and to members of our community with physical and mental health challenges including those with deafness, who use a wheelchair and have cognitive challenges.

My classes are heart-lifting, empowering, flowing dances to the rhythm of the breath. I share movement and meditation practices with kindness, encouragement and joy - I hope to welcome you to a class soon.
RYT 350hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept, Aerial Yoga

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