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Kathy Cooper: Ashtanga & the Transformative Journey


In this 1 + 1/2 day workshop, Kathy will offer her over 42 year of study and practice of Ashtanga,  Iyengar and Anusara Yoga to support you to reap the benefits of this path of yoga. She began her study with Pattabhi Jois in 1976, and brings a perspective and wisdom that transcends many of the dogmatic ideas about Ashtanga VInyasa yoga. 

Focusing on the breath, bandhas and alignment, she will help to fine-tune our practice to access the deeper layers of the body/mind where release initiates.

Friday 6:30pm-8:30pm: "The Long Arc: Working with breath, bandha and the eight-limbs"
Saturday 10am-12am: Mysore Practice with Kathy and Adam
Saturday 2:30-4:30pm: "Broad Strokes: Asana Alignment for a life-long practice"

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From Kathy:

The inherent wisdom of Ashtanga yoga has led me on a transformative journey.  Being present in the body through the  connection to the breath and bandhas is the key which unlocks the blocks. This union is the place where the mental/emotional/physical bodies find their release and begin to unwind.

Facing myself daily on the mat,  I have opened to the deeper Self releasing the conditioning of the mind and body. My love of yoga keeps me on the mat daily.  It is my teacher, healer and fountain of youth.  I feel strong, balanced and happy.

The longing for the deeper truth of life has led me to explore  Sufism, Shamanism, Vipassana meditation, and awake teachers. I have done many retreats over the years. Daily practice has supported this journey impeccably, both in integrating openings and in surrendering to the now.

Adyashanti expresses this journey beautifully:
“The Spiritual task we are given is a simple one:
to attend to that inner spark of radiance, to
hold vigil over it until we realize it to be ourself,
and to dig up and cast off all arguments we have
with its love.”

I practice jin shin jyutsu, a type of accupressure which is deeply harmonizing.  It is a perfect accompaniment to yoga.

I bring this informed, deep, long-time practice to my teaching, supporting practitioners to  strengthen their core/breath/alignment to correct and avoid injuries and move from the inside