Edward Clark & Nikki Durrant: 2011 Tripsichore Workshops in Tokyo
CET (Continuing Education and Training Program)
This immersion is accredited for YJCET, and Yoga Alliance CET (continuing education) to maintain YogaJaya Accreditation and Yoga Alliance registration status.
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- October 17th to 21th 2011, Tripsichore Morning Immersion
- October 19th 2011, Introduction to Tripsichore Evening Workshop
- October 18th & 20th 2011, Yoga Philosophy Evening Workshops
- October 17th & 21st 2011, Advanced Vinyasa Daytime Intensive
Tripsichore Morning Immersion
October 17 - 21, 2011
Each morning 06:30-08:00
Every day the Trispichore will perform an arduous series of Sun Salutes which pursue the premise of incorporating pranayma fully into a vinyasa practice. While the practice is extreme in its demands, it esteems evenness of movement over depth of posture. The Tripsichore practice is divided into 3 levels: Simple, Regular and Plus.
Tripsichore founder, Edward Clark and Tripsichore star Nikki Durrant will lead students through the Simple and Regular practice (with possible excursions into the Plus). These 1.5 hour sessions will be devoted firstly to doing the practice and then to breaking down the sequences. Expect unusual inversions and back bends.
Tripsichore Vinyasa Yoga is both challenging and fun. It encourages the student to explore the furthest range of their physical potential while providing the technical approaches that ensure safety. The Tripsichore Yoga style has been developed for 30 years and, in investigating yoga, has endeavored to reconcile the idea of making advanced physical practice enhance the ends of a spiritual quest.
Introduction to Tripsichore Evening Workshop
October 19, 2011
The practice of Tripsichore techniques is for anyone interested in expanding the potential of yoga. This introductory workshop will analyze technical approaches to breathing in Sun Salutations with special attention to, backbends and inverted work in this context -- all with the aim of explaining and exploring how energy flows through the body to create the forms and shapes. This workshop is open to all levels of practitioners.
Yoga Philosophy Evening Workshops
October 18 & 20, 2011
Each evening 18:30-21:00
Module 1: It’s not Pink and Fluffy - History of Yoga
October 18th 18:30-21:00
An overview of 5,000 years of yoga history…looking at the forces of change and revision that have marked the practice of yoga up to the present day.
The history of yoga is marked by cultural upheaval and contentious points of view. The mythic and the historical entwine to make a rich blend of ideas and practices many of which appear contradictory. This workshop will be an overview of these developments up to the present day.
Module 2: Beauty and Brahman
October 20th 18:30-21:00
The current generation of yogis has presided over an unprecedented growth of yoga, including the aesthetic appreciation of yoga. As recently as the 1890s, a yogi was displayed at the Westminster Aquarium as a freak and was ridiculed by the public and press. Yet today, some hundred years later, gorgeously photographed asanas grace the pages of yoga books, and calendars are adorned with yogis balanced atop rocks or on fantasy island beaches. For groups like Tripsichore Yoga Theatre, yoga has provided a choreographic vocabulary as well as the subject matter for live performances. In the East, there may have always been a taste for the beauty of yoga postures and the poetry of its philosophy, but as the yoga phenomenon has hit its global stride, the postures of yoga are now embraced as signifiers of health, peace and beauty.
Yet, some yoga purists find themselves uneasy about these developments. They feel that there may be something distasteful about combining yoga with commercial interests regardless of its artistic merit. Whether or not a calendar, book, or performance consists of beautiful imagery is immaterial. However, others might argue that throughout history there has usually been some commercial dimension to the creation of art. If the artists’ work (and this would include everyone from the graphic designers of calendars through performers) is informed by yoga, can they make art that is “satyam, sivam, sundaram” – even if it is commercial?
Use of Pranayama in Advanced Vinyasa Daytime Intensive
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October 17 & 21, 2011
While Tripsichore is known for its amazing variety of unusual postures, these have been discovered through the use of orthodox yoga techniques. These techniques have been experimented with to expand the range of what can possibly be derived from sound basics. The results have shown that there is a lot more to yoga than just standard asanas.
The idea behind Vinyasa is fascinating – in short, it proposes that the act of synchronizing the breath with yoga movement, the mind is brought to a place of deep concentration.
In this Tripsichore workshop, you’ll be sure to learn some new and interesting variations on inverted postures and new ways to achieve back bends. You’ll find out how to be more flexible and how to do things that “look” like they require considerable strength but, in accord with yogic principles, you’ll also discover that these are achieved with grace and ease.
The Tripsichore sequences seek the integrity of the postures by assuming that the mind’s intention can be integrated with the body’s movement with breathing techniques. The refinement of these techniques – something that seems deceptively simple – provides the means through which the body achieves remarkable shapes of considerable beauty.
The physical side of the workshop will cover the Tripsichore sequences and so one can expect that a lot of attention will be paid to inversions and back bends and the way the breath is intended to be used in them. We will also be looking at pranayama as a practice unto itself as well as its role in the whole of vinyasa practice. This workshop will start with the fundamental relationships of pranayama and asana and pranayama and movement/flow. As we progress, it will focus on inversions and backbends within this framework of breath, pose, and flow. Pranayama is energy manipulation and the impetus that moves the body in vinyasa is the breath. This workshop is a very detailed analysis of how the Ujjayi breath works in vinyasa.
The techniques used to achieve "spectacular" postures are the same as for seemingly "simple" postures. Edward Clark takes students on an exploration of the dynamic potential of backbends and inversions within the framework of Tripsichore Yoga Theatre's vinyasa technique.