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CREATING BANDHA
The key to safety, freedom and flexibility in your yoga practice
A workshop for Greenwich + Woolwch Mysore with Andy Gill

Yoga is the union of opposites.”—Richard Freeman

In this two-hour workshop Andy will explore the importance of creating and using bandha (internal structure) in yoga asana practice. Yoga practice is a continual dynamic play between the opposites of hard (structure) and soft (flowing movement). Creating a light and effortless practice requires the intelligent balance of appropriate internal structure (bandha), intelligent movement principles and breath.

Bandha is often misunderstood, not taught or explained well, and can seem mysterious and esoteric. Andy believes in making bandha accessible and understandable to all yoga practitioners whatever their style of practice.

Creating and cultivating bandha in your asana practice offers strength, safety and stability in the physical body. When the body feels safe and stable, the soft tissues can relax and surrender, allowing the body to become more flexible without straining, and the practice to take on a relaxed and effortless quality.

In this workshop Andy will:

• Explain what bandha is and why it is so important to safe sustainable yoga practice
• Share practical, accessible, simple and repeatable ways to create bandha
• Explore how to access bandha to jump forwards and backwards, to create more lightness, and maybe float and fly!
• Offer ways to create bandha in your own practice

This is very much an experiential workshop. While there will be discussion of the theoretical aspects of bandha, the emphasis will be on practical work, with plenty of opportunity to play and investigate the concepts and principles Andy will share.

About Andy
Andy has been practising yoga for over 25 years. His yoga journey has taken him through hatha and Iyengar before he found his yoga home in ashtanga vinyasa.

Andy has been teaching ashtanga yoga for over 12 years. He is a third series practitioner and has extensive knowledge and experience in teaching primary, second and third series asana practice though the ashtanga method. Andy’s personal practice and study has taken him on several visits to Mysore in India, the spiritual home of ashtanga yoga, where he worked with Sharath and Saraswati. Andy has also had the privilege to work with a number of top ashtanga yoga teachers, including John and Lucy Scott, David Swenson, Rolf and Marci Naujokat, David Keil, Dena Kingsberg, Greg Nardi and David Williams.

John and Lucy Scott remain the biggest influence on Andy’s teaching and practice. Having completed an RYT 200-hour teacher training course with John and Lucy, Andy has continued to study with John and has subsequently taught with him in Goa, Salentop, London, Barcelona and Kathamndu, becoming one of a small group of teachers to be awarded the John Scott Yoga 500-hour teacher training certification.

As a teacher and a practising life coach, Andy understands and respects the needs of the individual student, placing them at the heart of his teaching. He brings an informed and non-dogmatic approach to teaching ashtanga, while remaining consistent and true to the traditional method.

Andy is passionate about teaching ashtanga in the traditional Mysore space, and he draws upon his experience both as a teacher and as a coach to provide a supportive, nurturing and inspiring environment in which he can facilitate the personal growth of his students through their practice.

Time: 2–4pm.
Date:
Sunday 3 December.
Place:
The Yoga Space, Gunnery House, Gunnery Terrace, Cornwallis Rd, Woolwich Arsenal SE18 6SW.
Travel:
5 mins Woolwich overground / DLR; 51, 53, 122, 177, 180, 422, 472 bus.
Mats and props:
Provided, but feel free to bring your own.
Cost
£25.
Bookings: Please contact for a form.