SATURDAY WORKSHOP: A MINDFUL APPROACH TO ASHTANGA YOGA
Meeting the Ashtanga yoga primary series with mindful awareness.
We will engage with how we approach yoga practice itself, how we meet the complexities of breath and movement and how this plays out in deepening the awareness of ourselves through a physical practice. We will play with breathing technique and movement awareness noticing the constant and ongoing interplay between these asana reference points.
SUNDAY WORKSHOP: ASHTANGA YOGA AS EMBODIED MOVEMENT
Seeing the Ashtanga yoga practice through a different lens.
We continue the theme of Saturday’s mindful awareness by looking at asana and vinyasa, seeing how they all blend together to form an embodied movement awareness. We will look at the patterns and relationships that underpin the forms of the asanas in the practice and see how taking care allows you to deepen the awareness of movement in the postures. This will lead to acquiring a greater feeling of connection to a posture and movement of the body through vinyasa.
What can people expect?
Scott Johnson has over 17 years of experience with Ashtanga Yoga. He is the co-founder and director at Stillpoint Yoga London (http://stillpointyogalondon.com) which he established in 2009. Scott has taught Ashtanga Yoga there almost daily since Stillpoint opened. He was introduced to the practice of Ashtanga yoga by John Scott in 2002 and has studied deeply with him, Lucy Crawford and Manju Jois since then, dedicating himself to the practice since that time while working and raising a family.
He is authorised to teach the primary and intermediate series of ashtanga yoga by Manju Jois, having a connection to the ancient practices of pranayama and vedic chanting that Manju shares. Scott has also undergone extensive Mindfulness training under the tutelage of Cathy Mae Keralse at Clear Mind Institute, gaining their level 3 certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion.
Scott is co-founder and one of the directors of Amāyu Yoga (est. 2018), a first of its kind organisation dedicated to educating Ashtanga teachers around power dynamics and consent driven, student centred approaches to the teaching and practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Scott teaches with encouragement, insight and integrity to the teachings of yoga and mindfulness that he has had access to. His deep love of the contemplative side of these practice creates a rich, nurturing environment and he is deeply dedicated to the healing power of yoga and mindfulness in the people that he is fortunate to meet. His deep love and dedication to these practices assists practitioners in discovering how contemplative practice can unfold not only personally on the mat, but also find meaning in the wider context of daily life.
Scott teaches at Stillpoint Yoga London, Monday to Friday 06:00 – 08:30. He now also travels internationally teaching workshops, intensives and retreats.