Five Areas of Focus

In-depth studies offer a chance to deepen your knowledge of the Ashtanga lineage by delving deeper in your practice of the asana, pranayama and the sacred texts.  Below are descriptions of the five areas of focus for this In-Depth Study:

1) Personal practice in the Mysore class

The Mysore class will provide you with an excellent opportunity to work one on one with David, to become immersed in David's unique approach to asana study within the ashtanga lineage. This is the key session of the day, where you build the foundation for your entire study of yoga both as a student and teacher. You will receive intensive guidance and direction from David to help you develop maturity and soul in your practice.

2) Pranayama

This will be a concentrated study of the traditional ashtanga pranayama sequence as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Participants will gain knowledge of pranayama, the fourth yogic limb, and lay a foundation for establishing a personal breathing practice. The classes will include the basic elements for developing ujjayi (victorious breath), and practicing such techniques as viloma (interrupting the breath), and khumbhaka (retaining the breath). These rigorous daily sessions aim to help you breathe with more skill and awareness in your asana practice.

3) Chanting

Chanting is an experiential, breath centered practice that combines the following aspects of yoga study: asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), dhyana (meditation), japa mantra (repetition of sacred sounds) jnana (intellectual study).  The chanting portion of this class emphasizes the use of the above combination of techniques in order to expand your awareness of the potential breadth of knowledge that is available to you through your daily practice. Working with your breath, voice, and the internal vibratory sound qualities of chanting can teach you how to apply the foundational principles of practice with more subtlety and accuracy.

4) Study of the Sacred Texts

The intellectual study of yoga is an essential means of ensuring progress and maturity through practice. To be exposed to yoga theory is an important part of using of mind to enter into inward directed states of concentration and meditative awareness.  This is the part of the intensive where you begin to learn how to apply the philosophical/theoretical basis of yoga to your practice. You begin to see how the theory and the practice are not separate, but rather are two aspects of the same applied, practical study. Meditating on the theoretical teachings helps bring you into more intelligent, accurate and subtle alignment.

5) Final Session of the Day (Asana Study and Theory)

A variety of different topic chosen by David, including: Adjustment clinics, Restoratives, Asana study and theory, Asana Kitchens, Talks by David, Mantra and music, Modifications (prenatal, etc.), and Diet.  This session will end with Sanyama - a time to investigate deeper and at your own pace the techniques introduced during the In-Depth Study.



David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renown yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that 'Anyone can take practice', a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

David's mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of an ever wider circle of people who are committed to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.

Visit David's Website at www.davidgarrigues.com for videos, articles, books, cds and more.

Area Information

The Research Triangle Park is one of the largest research parks in the world. It is named for the three hub cities of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, or more properly for the three major research universities in those three cities (Duke, NC State, and UNC Chapel Hill).  

This workshop will be held at Triangle Dance Studios, located in Research Triangle Park.  As you can imagine, there are many hotels very close by (to accommodate all the business travellers) and a variety of restaurants as well.  Triangle Dance Studios is about a 15 minute drive to Durham or Cary, and about 20 minutes from Raleigh or Chapel Hill.  For hotels and restaurants, you can map the studio, and search nearby from there, or work from this list of a few of the choices I’ve put together

The nearest Airport to fly into is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Link to Google Map with area hotels and restaurants