Ashtanga Yoga Weekend Workshop — DAYA YOGA Bern, Switzerland with Laruga Glaser
Led Class Full Primary (Friday)
Led Primary series is traditionally counted (in Sanskrit) in a rhythmic fashion to invoke a sense of flow and concentration as we breathe and move in a unified manner. Discussion and Q&A at the end.
Vinyasa Integration (Saturday)
Vinyasa – moving with conscious awareness, in unison with conscious breath. We will delve more thoroughly into how to build strength, with care and attention, building upon internal alignment. We will include practical application of Tristhānam (posture, breath, gaze) into each movement, promoting a calm center and accessing pratyāhāra, sense withdrawal. Learn to activate and open the energy channels of the body without strain. Discover balance, support and integrity in strength-based postures such as techniques for jumping back and jumping through.
Awakening the core: Bandhas (Saturday)
Become more intimately rooted to the internal network of the Bandhas while tuning in to the central axis of the body. Properly engaging the Bandhas not only brings lightness to the body, but also stability and clarity to the mind. Appropriate for all levels.
Gateway poses for Primary and Intermediate Series (Sunday)
All postures in the sequences of Ashtanga yoga are important. However, we will explore key postures in the Primary and Intermediate series that are integral to opening and strengthening the body-mind-compley. So we build the foundation to grow and evolve the practice in an intelligent way.
Backbending with ease: Liberate the spine (Sunday)
The paradox of backbending is that we must be firm and soft at the same time, uniting the energy of strength and surrender. Learn to backbend with integrity to the natural flow of the body. We will explore the concept of active release. When actively releasing, we experience the use of grounding mechanisms to establish the downward flow of energy. Fully using the breath enables us to expand and deepen. For all levels.
Friday to Sunday,
October 26 to 28
Friday: 6pm to 8pm
Saturday: 1.30pm to 4pm // 5pm to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 12.30pm // 1.30pm to 4pm
Friday: CHF 50.-
Single workshop: CHF 80.-
Full weekend: CHF 290.-
Info & sign up
Since a young age, Laruga has been fascinated with mind/body connections and spiritual thought which later attracted her to the practice of yoga in 1996 after a genuine connection and study of yoga philosophy. It was not until she stumbled upon Ashtanga yoga when she began the journey, immersing herself in a devoted practice a few years later in 1998. Since then, she has continued to draw inspiration from her daily visit to the mat, along with long-term studies of Ashtanga Yoga at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, practicing under the guidance of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and who she considers her principal teacher and greatest influence, his grandson R. Sharath Jois. Laruga has made 12 trips to KPJAYI and began her studies there after ten years of established practice and has been dedicated to Ashtanga yoga for over 20 years now.
An advanced level practitioner and student of yoga as well as a Level 2 Authorized Teacher, Laruga entered into teaching after years of sustained practice and brings with her a combined total over 25 years experience instructing body movement. In turn, she is dedicated to teaching the method of Ashtanga yoga to its fullest capacity, cultivating transparency to the tradition, and the deeply rich lineage the practice originates, otherwise known as parampara. Through it all, Laruga teaches as an act of deep sharing and love for what yoga develops in each individual, facilitating space to open, challenge, and inspire those to realize their inherent potential.
Currently, Laruga directs the Ashtanga Yoga program at Yogayama in Stockholm, Sweden and teaches workshops and retreats internationally.