Anatomy & Ashtanga Workshops with David Keil

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Anatomy & Ashtanga Workshops
with David Keil
September 24 – 29, 2021.

*** Compatible with our 300-hour flexible Teacher Training ***

This is not a workshop that simply reviews the basics that everyone is familiar with ~ It is about seeing the practice from a new perspective.


6:30 – 9:00 pm The Matrix of Ashtanga Yoga
In this workshop, we first discuss the context within which the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method came to be. Then we look at the essential elements that make it distinct and an extremely internal practice. The context that the practice lives in is one of recognizing our true nature. Are the elements in the practice being used to this aim?
The elements that provide the framework for the experience of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are: vinyasa/breath, bandha, dristhi, and asana. It’s one thing to know what these words mean, and another to have an experience of them. We will be doing small pieces of practice to illustrate the concepts that lead to an actual experience of these elements. This is primarily a lecture-based workshop and aimed at those who have an open mind and a desire to understand the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system in a way that enhances whatever method of practice they choose to participate in.

7:00, 8:15 or 9:30 am start time for Mysore Practice
In the Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Workshop, David shares techniques and tools that are specifically relevant to you and what’s going on in your practice. This is where true teaching and learning happens. When guidance specific to you is aligned with your needs, growth and change naturally follow.
Note for the Mysore you will need to specify if you wish to start your practice at 7:00, 8:15 or 9:30 am. There will be between 12 – 14 practitioners starting each session.

2:00 – 4:30 pm Anatomy of Breath
In this workshop, David will take you on a journey through the anatomy of your breath. From the diaphragm to the abdomen, and pelvic floor. It’s not as simple or limited as inhale and exhale, oh no. The breath can be used as a link between mind and body through the nervous system. Manipulation and control of the breath can have an impact on the reactivity or calmness you hold in your nervous system. We’ll shift our understanding from the lungs and diaphragm and psoas as individual parts and pieces to the breathing system as a whole.

7:00, 8:15 or 9:30 am start time for Mysore Practice

2:00 – 4:30 pm Three Anatomical Points to an Effortless Practice
The asana has an entry point, a place of stabilization and a final stage of completion. These three stages relate to balancing the bodies deep energies of movement, digestion and growth. When the practitioner can elevate their awareness of the transition, holding and completion of the asana, the bodily energies are balanced. The superior aspects of grace, purification and open-heart awareness of the Divine Presence can be experienced within the cycle of the asana.
The core of movement in practice can be brought back to three anatomical points that direct you toward the core of the body. This workshop is about simplifying the complexity of where to practice from anatomically.

7:00, 8:15 or 9:30 am start time for Mysore Practice

2:00 – 4:30 pm Anatomy of Back Bending
Students often crave deep backbends. Of course, most of us spend a lot of time sitting and therefore we know that backbending, to a degree, is extremely helpful to this pattern. At the same time, we run into resistance, back compression, or a lack of strength. In this workshop, we will first review the anatomy that is most directly related to backbending. Just so you know, it’s not all about your back! Then we’ll explore different techniques to see how they impact our own backbends.

7:00, 8:15 or 9:30 am start time for Mysore Practice

2:00 – 4:30 pm Common Injuries and How to Work with Them
These workshops will focus on the most common injuries we find in practice. The top of the list are knees, back, and shoulders. We will also aim to create a system for understanding injuries and deconstructing them so that we can deal with the source and not just fix the symptoms.

7:00, 8:15 or 9:30 am start time for Mysore Practice


Whole workshop: €480
ONLY Mysore: €245
ONLY Afternoons, Friday – Tuesday: €245
VIRTUAL 2:00 PM sessions only, Saturday – Tuesday: €180 *

Individual sessions: €55 (available for afternoons only, no Mysore)

* Virtual 2:00 pm sessions take place on ZOOM. Each session will be available on replay for 7 days.


Regular registration: Fill and sign the registration form & join your payment.
Please send by (snail) mail, e-mail, or bring at the studio directly if you’re coming to a class.
Payment by check, cash or bank transfer.
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Online: Secure payment by credit card 
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Payments of 25 euros or less are non-refundable.
An admin fee of 25 euros will be deducted for cancellations made more than 21 days before the workshop.
Only half of the sum paid will be returned for cancellations made 8 to 20 days before the workshop.
Sum paid is non-refundable 7 days before the workshop.
We don’t accept transferring of a paid reservation to another person after 2 weeks before the workshop.
We advise to those coming from out of Paris to purchase travel insurance as travel issues will not change this policy. Medical issues will also not change this policy.
As the teacher is confirming their presence and is guaranteed the amount of people who are attending 21 days before, we ask for your understanding of this policy.


Ashtanga Yoga Paris
Room: Patanjali (downstairs)
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