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Honouring Tradition: An Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga

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Have you ever considered the origins of movement based yoga like Vinyasa, Flow, Dynamic, or Jivamukti? Have you ever desired a system of yoga that is strong and powerful that can help your practice move forward to the next level? Have you ever wondered what Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga was? Then come along to Little Mandarin for an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga workshop with KPJAYI Authorised Ashtanga teacher – Ian Cheney.

Ashtanga is the original form of dynamic yoga. It is a system of combining breath and movement into a systematic sequence of postures in a controlled and synchronised way. This synchronicity of movement from posture to posture is what we call "vinyasa". It draws upon the body to build strength, as well as, develop flexibility for an all-round balanced practice.

The word ‘Ashtanga’ literally means ‘8 Limbs’ (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi) and it looks to connect all of these together in a single yoga practice

In this workshop:
·      Learn an overview of the history and background to the origins of the practice;
·      Gain an understanding of the meaning of the 8 limbs and how we use this;
·      Discover the importance of breath, bandhas (locks) and dristhi (focused gaze);
·      Learn the traditional Ashtanga Sun Salutations and the basis of vinyasa; and
·      Experience fundamental, strength building standing poses.

This workshop is suitable for both beginner and advanced yogis alike. No prior knowledge or experience of Ashtanga yoga is necessary. Just come with an inquisitive mind and find comfort in tradition and structure. Trust and surrender to the beauty of the journey and process. Mats and props are provided.

Investment: $50 (Little Mandarin Annual & Auto Debit members can sign up at the front desk to receive 50% off)

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About the Teacher:

Ian was first introduced to Astanga Yoga in 2002 by a friend at university and has been hooked on the practice ever since. In 2012, he began a 2-year apprenticeship with Gingi Lee in London, before completing a Yoga Alliance recognised 200-hr qualification with principle teacher – John Scott the following year.

In 2014, he traveled for the first time to Mysore, India to study with Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI). He returned each year and in 2017, Sharath gave his blessing for Ian to teach Ashtanga Yoga as an authorised teacher.


Ian brings with his teaching the dedication and enthusiasm he finds within his own practice. He believes that yoga is a deeply personal experience and encourages students to find their own space, in balance with the wisdom of the tradition. He feels that while yoga can be challenging on many levels, first and foremost it should be a loving, warm and fun experience for all.