16-hour Ashtanga Foundations Teacher Training with David Garrigues

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16-hour Ashtanga Foundations Teacher Training
with David Garrigues

May 5 – 8, 2023

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

This course will help students and teachers gain skill in sharing the creative spirit and rigorous technology of Ashtanga Yoga.


This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in Ashtanga with a motivation to learn. David is skillful in providing explanations of elusive, often unspoken aspects of the practice. In a weekend workshop he offers clinic style led classes that investigate specific aspects of the practice that help students come to new perspectives on how to practice more intelligently, safely, and joyfully.

ABOUT DAVID: For 30 years David Garrigues has maintained an enthusiastic personal practice that is dedicated to asana and pranayama study in the Ashtanga tradition. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and creator of the Asana Kitchen video instruction series that is one of the leading online yoga learning resources. His intense dedication to hatha yoga has created a diverse, soulful, open hearted, and serious global learning community. David’s mission is to help students of yoga flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be a part of the circle of hatha yoga lovers who are devoted to applying the teachings of Ashtanga yoga in ways that promotes physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.
In his workshops David offers a combination both traditional counted vinyasa led classes and clinic style led classes that investigate specific aspects of the practice in varying levels of detail. These important classes feature more verbal instruction; they give students a chance to slow things down, see new ways to orient during practice, get explanations of elusive, often unspoken aspects of the practice, and understand the Ashtanga method in greater, more subtle detail. Mysore, chanting and kirtan classes are also frequently included in a workshop. During the weekend David weaves together studies of asana, pranayama, bandhas, vinyasa, chanting, bhakti yoga, yoga sutra’s and other elements to help develop Ashtanga Vidya (knowledge).


May 5 – 8, 2023
Fri – Mon, 10:00 – 15:00

There will be a one hour break each day, the time will depend on the daily program.

Learning to apply a set of asana principles to teaching.
The asana principles include:
1) Envisioning the Middle Position
2) Foundation First
3) Arms and Legs as Levers
4) Pelvis, torso, head Integrity – light up Shushuma
5) To Vinyasa is to Crouch and Spring
6) Actions Galore
7) Controlling Breath and Prana
8) Catching the 3 Famous Mudras (Bandhas)
9) Making smart Concessions (modifying and props)

Verbal Cues
Being an effective teacher requires strong verbal skills and one main focus of this training will be learning to deliver effective, concise verbal commands that define the most important objectives for doing a pose while also instilling the underlying asana principles.

Modifying and Using Props
Modifying poses or transitions is based on learning to set logical priorities and being able to make smart concessions. This intensive will teach you about this process that begins with visualizing the Middle or Classic position, then moves to making a swift assessment of the student’s ability to strike a desired position, and then is followed offering steps, modifications, and/or props that will facilitate protection, ease, challenge, and continued learning.

Differentiating the Transition from the Position
This intensive will also focus on helping students to distinguish between two important branches of knowledge: 1) Performing an effective transition (Vinyasa) and 2) Activating the body when remaining steady in a pose (State of the Asana). Surya Namaskara makes for a perfect starting point for teaching students differentiate between their transitions and their positions.

The art of giving safe and effective adjustments will be part of this course. You will learn about giving adjustments that support the verbal cues and help instill asana principles.

Applied Yoga Philosophy
There will also be philosophical studies and discussion of such sacred texts as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Rahasya, Yoga Vashistha). One main theme will be on connecting the esoteric teachings of the sacred texts with physical elements of practice. Also there is great value in working to embrace the greater context for practice (and for teaching) that is rooted in the invisible mysteries of spirit and soul spoken of in the sacred texts. Expanding into the greater, sacred context yoga is necessary to fulfill the full promise and purpose of daily practice.

Workshop taught in English.
16 hours training counting towards AYP 300h TT


Price: €430

Cancellation Policy

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 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.

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Room: Patanjali
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An interview from David’s last visit