Classical Yoga Weekend with Kathryn Payne

Attention yogsters in the Pacific Northwest, Kathryn Payne will be teaching at The Yoga Community in Kennewick, Eastern Washington the first weekend of November 2010, and if you can, you ought to come.

Because Kathryn is learned, funny, down to earth and an all around awesome teacher, that’s why. Plus, it’s usually a lot sunnier and nicer in that part of the state in November.

From the website:

Practice is at the heart of yoga because it is during practice that we find the teachings revealed in a personal and direct way. This workshop is a full weekend of practice – a “retreat” to deepen our understanding and commitment to yoga.

Classical yoga is an integration of sitting, pranayama, and asana, and includes a group discussion of classical yoga texts. This combination is inspiring and students find their abilities naturally enhanced in a meaningful application of breath, movement and “just sitting.” We will work with eight vital principles as a guidelines for the asana practice and the application of pranayama will extend our awareness and vitality throughout the weekend.

Friday, November 5: 6-8:00PM
We will begin the weekend by considering the state of mind in our practice. How can we use our yoga practice to bring about the quality of mind we seek from yoga? How can we cultivate the meditative state of mind in the practice of yoga posture? This evening introduction includes pranayama, yoga posture and sitting.

Saturday, November 6: 11-2:00PM
Continuing on our theme from Friday; we will use the breath to retain a focus that is not only vital to the practice of asana, but aligns our body in a way that is natural and “unimposing.” The asana focus will be standing poses within a “mala” (thread) of unhurried Sun Salutations.

Saturday, November 6: 4-6:00PM
Bring your tea, and we will sit together and contemplate an ancient yoga text! In traditional yoga study working with the texts is a basic component of a student’s practice and it brings profound insight. The afternoon practice includes appropriate forward bends or twists and inversions for all levels.

Sunday – 9 am – noon
A more extensive pranayama practice followed by a practice of asana and completion of our text study.

Here’s the printable flyer of  Kathryn Payne’s workshop at The Yoga Community [PDF].

See ya on the flip side, kids.