BAYoga Studio 162-166 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3AP. TEL: 01442 866667
David Garrigues
5th - 7th June 2015

David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is one of a few US teachers certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world-renowned 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.

We are delighted that he has chosen to return to BAYoga Studio after his extremely successful workshop with us in June 2014

Weekend Workshop

I have been asked by a 'Primary Series" student if the whole weekend workshop is appropriate for them and this is what David said "anyone who is adventurous and wants to give the classes a try is welcome"

Friday, 5th June

Ashtanga Foundations I : The Five Allies
Location: Berkhamsted Town Hall
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Cost: £35

In this class we’ll look at the 5 root techniques that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga by carefully studying their application to the nine positions of Surya Namaskara. The root techniques, or allies include pranayama (conscious breathing), vinyasa (positioning), bandha’s (locks), dristi (gazing), and dhyana (meditation).
The positions of Surya Namaskara provide the perfect foundational basis for exploring the important role that each of the allies plays in creating a mature, sustainable yoga practice. We’ll also explore how to internally connect the allies, and see how the creative interaction between them can help you to awaken the entire inner ‘field’ (ksetra) of consciousness. Awakening the inner field gives you a special kind of intuitive intelligence that pervades the body and helps you better use limbs 3 and 4 to move towards mastery of all eight limbs in the system.


Saturday, 6th June 
9 - 12 noon
Ashtanga Foundations II & III Standing Sequence, Seated Postures  & Dynamic Transitions of Primary Series
Location: Berkhamsted Civic Centre (Opposite BAYoga Studio)
Cost: £35

Ashtanga Foundations II: Standing sequence
In this class we’ll explore how the cultivating a combination of dynamsim and stability in the standing postures provides you a perfect means of entrance into the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga. We’ll explore the importance of using the feet, legs, and hips to create strength, stamina and concentration. Better understand how the standing postures are an essential key to building a strong asana foundation. Learn to better access to mula and uddhyana bandha’s (locks), see how the grounded support of the lower body can awaken the breath and the spine and lead the way to steady gazing (dristi) and to dynamic meditation (dhyana).

Ashtanga Foundations III: Seated Postures and Dynamic Transitions of the Primary Series
 We will explore the core asana’s of primary series, learning how to better utilize the 5 allies to help you strategize your efforts. Structuring each seated asana in the primary around understanding the allies (vinyasa, breathing, bandha’s etc) will help you better extract the strengthening, restorative, and healing benefits of this important series. We’ll also study the dynamic transitions between the asana’s, carefully looking at how to create a better a jump back and jump through. Developing these transitions breaks up the monotony of the repetition by giving you a thrill with each dynamic jump. And emphasizing the transitions also teaches you to cultivate rhythm, breath, dynamism and vitality within the stillness of each asana.


Saturday 6th June  1 - 3 pm

Precision, Purification, and Pranayama
Location: BAYoga Studio
Cost: £35

This class is devoted to pranayama, chanting, and discussion of the central role breathing plays in attaining success in practice. This special class will utilize breathing exercises, retention, chanting and discussion to help you better centralize your awareness on breath during practice. We’ll study how to use breathing to build powerful strength in your asana’s and to effect nadi shodana, purification of the pranic channels. Prana Vidya, knowledge of prana, helps you to progress towards subtlety as you concentrate your mind and better direct the power of the internalized prana. We’ll discuss how cleansing is not limited to the tapas that you create during practice, but rather how purification is a central theme that encompasses all aspects of your life. We’ll explore how to access awareness of your more subtle energy channels through breathing and how to better direct this energy both on and off the mat.


Sunday, June 7th  9 - noon

Intro to Second Series and Pranayama
Location: Berkhamsted Town Hall
Cost: £35

This class will help you better understand how to make progress in the first section of Nadi Shodana or Ashtanga Yoga’s Intermediate series. We will study the foundational back bends of second series. We’ll look into how to create a sound, well grounded foundation in each asana. Focusing on setting a foundation leads you to find an aligned, nectar yielding spinal position. We will also look at strategies for creating smooth transitions into and out of the asanas, and how to effectively and economically combine repetition, rhythm, breathing, in order to learn how to stay longer and with more ease in the asanas. Lastly we’ll look into how to devise strategies for how to either increase or decrease the challenge of the positions depending on how you choose to approach your work. The class will end with pranayama.


Sunday 7th June 1 - 3 pm
2nd Series Arm Balances and Inversions
Location: Berkhamsted Town Hall
Cost: £35

Exploring the keys to building strength in second series is an important study partly because building strength in second differs from first series.   You might say that second series helps you develop mental or energetic strength while primary has more emphasis on physical strength.   Intellectual intelligence and mental control happen through increasing your skill in your approach to your asana’s, and these mental powers and asana skills increasingly come to you as you log in the practice hours learning second series.   Strength comes to you through learning adopt a discerning, calm and patient frame of mind while you remain in each position, unmoving and breathing, during moments of ease and of challenge.   We’ll also explore a new and different emphasis to the jump back transition between asana’s, and how to best extract the strength building possibilities from such individual foundational postures as Bakasana, Pincha Mayurasana, Karandavasana, Mayurasana, Nekrasana, and the 7 Sirsasana positions that complete the series.  We'll also take a careful look at how the inversions that are found in both 2nd series and in the finishing postures can play an important role in building strength, stamina and meditative focus.


Whole weekend workshop -  Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday
5th - 7th June for the discounted price of  £165



There are 2 hotels in Berkhamsted, links below. If you have a car you might like to stay at the Hemel Hempstead Premier Inn, (the nearest one to Berkhamsted is the Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead, West) or if you don't have a car another less expensive option is to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Hemel Hempstead - this hotel is directly opposite the train station (Apsley) which is just 2 stops from Berkhamsted. Berkhamsted is on the London Midland line and is just an half an hour train journey from London Euston.