Photo Credit: Ian Johannessen

Photo Credit: Ian Johannessen

About

Traditional Yoga ~ Therapeutic Approach

During nearly 2 decades of yoga practice I noticed that many people were experiencing injuries from yoga. It became my intention to practice without harm, both to my own body and when teaching others. I developed a short sequence to help prevent these injuries and keep balanced during the learning process.

I don't claim to heal people, that is up to the person practicing through intention and action of non harming and allowing healing to take place. I just create the space for it to happen. 

Ashtanga Therapy is a gentle yet traditional practice with a therapeutic approach. To the traditional Ashtangi it is no different, my intention is not to change the tradition but make it more available to everyone and therefore sustainable too. The therapy aspect is there for beginners and if any injuries are present.

The result ~ a safer seamless practice with almost endless progression  

Rachel Grey

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Rachel has taught yoga internationally for the last 13 years mostly in Asia far from her home town of London. As the founder of Ashtanga Therapy, she shares a unique and gentle style of Ashtanga with a therapeutic approach

Her main influences have been Ashtanga and Structural Yoga Therapy which she has had the good fortune of studying with Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois and Mukunda Stiles while they were still alive

Formerly a senior teacher at the world reknowned Samahita Retreat Centre in Thailand, much of her initial studies were with Paul Dallaghan, one of the only teachers currently to be both certified to teach Ashtanga yoga and Pranayama practices (with Sri K.Pattabhi Jois and O.P.Tiwariji). Including teacher training in 2005 and many continued trainings since with Paul, O.P.Tiwariji and Richard Freeman to deepen her practice.

18 years of yoga practice and a background in Thai Massage has shaped her knowledge of the energetics and structure of the body which she incorporates into giving adjustments, teaching with sensitivity and depth. Registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher qualified to train teachers with the Yoga Alliance UK.

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Classes

7th May 2018 ~ 30th November 2018

Mysore Classes

 
'Mysore style' is assisted self practice in a peaceful and mostly silent group setting. Please advise of injuries, health conditions at the start of the class 

If you are new to Mysore 
It is recommended to commit to at least a week of Mysore practice (includes weekends off) to learn the sequence. Initially you'll be taught a short portion of a sequence which you can repeat in your own time at your own pace within the group until smooth.
More of the sequence is then added slowly.
So your practice grows organically, as you do.

If you have a Mysore practice
It is recommended to practice each aspect of the traditional Ashtanga sequence up to the point of particular difficulty at which point yoga therapy can be given to help overcome the difficulty, practice non-attachment by proceeding to the backbends and continue through to the finishing sequence. This tends to allow the body to relax, open and respond  to the difficult posture far quicker than avoiding, forcing or overly modifying the postures. It is a more therapeutic and energetically sustainable way to practice



Daily Schedule

Monday - Friday
7 – 9 am
(doors open at 6.30 am)

 (the length of practice is individual to you)
You are welcome to practice unassisted until 9.15 am
At 9am there is time to ask questions downstairs to keep the Mysore room quiet
 
Gentle Moon Day Led Classes  
If the new moon and full moon days fall during the week, we have a gentle led class which includes some pranayama
(without retentions)

Moon Days ~ New ⚫️ ~ Full ⚪️

September 10th ⚫️ ~ 25th⚪️ ~ October 9th ⚫️ ~ 25th ⚪️ ~ November 8th ⚫️ ~ 23rd ⚪️ 


Full Ashtanga Led Primary
On the last Friday of every month we have a full primary traditional led class in Sanskrit and will usually go for breakfast somewhere after as an option to connect

All Led classes start at 7am and last 2 hours and the cost included in the Mysore class price below
Please arrive early to be on your mat and ready to start at 7 am


 Prices in IDR
1 Week 800 k  (special beginner price 500k)
2 Weeks 1,5 m  
3 weeks 2 m
1 Month 2.5 m
2 months 4.5 m
          3 months 6 m         
Drop in price ~ only available for Led classes or for Mysore if you have a Mysore practice 200 k IDR per class
If you would like to establish a Mysore practice, then practice daily for a week to learn the sequence (weekends off)

For true transformation and healing to commence it is recommended to practice this style of yoga 5 - 6 times per week
Saturday complete rest is recommended, and Sunday you have the option of a home practice
A great way to integrate the teachings  
The prices reflect this

uitPhoto Credit: www.cynthiasciberras.com 

Courses

The courses below are designed to give you a solid foundation on which to build and refine a self practice. This will enable you to practice safely and smoothly by yourself, whether in a group, home alone, or travelling. It also teaches you self sufficiency so that you are independently learning, constantly building on your practice with the guidance of a highly experienced teacher, with the depth of detail rarely touched on in regular classes. At the end of both courses, you will have solid foundations of a self-practice even if you already have one, it will be deeply transformational. Many people have completed Foundations 1 are drawn to continue to complete Foundations 2. 

  • Please advise of any injuries or health conditions upon registering.
  • A minimum number of participants are required to run the courses at the discretion of the teacher 

Self Practice Foundations 1

5 day course  
Class duration 90 mins

 

Course Start Dates 2018

July 2nd - July 6th
July 30th - Aug 3rd

Time 1pm - 2.3opm

 

This course will give you the foundations of Ashtanga Therapy from the beginning. It will provide you with the tools for creating a balanced and therapeutic self-practice, whether you have injuries or whatever age or size you are. We will go over the fundamentals of the movements and breath as well as postures, to build a foundational sequence which you will be able to do alone or in a group once the course has finished. 

Upon completion of the course you will have learned: 

  • How to breathe in a balanced way to calm the mind and release the body
  • To support the body through practice safely with internal muscular support (Bandhas)
  • How to modify the more strenuous parts of practice to build and gain strength gradually
  • Learn a short therapeutic sequence to bring balance to the lower body, hips and lower back
  • Ashtanga sun salutations modified with yoga therapy in detail

Who can join:

  • Beginners ~ if you want to start yoga in a safe intelligent manner
  • Experienced ~ if you have done other styles of yoga but would like to develop a self practice  
  • Teachers ~ if you would like further insight into how to break the practice down safely in detail 

5 day course ~ 1m IDR


Self Practice Foundations 2

5 day course held upon completion of Foundations 1
 
Class duration 90 mins

Course Dates 2018

July 9th - July 13th
Aug 6th - Aug 10th

Time 1pm - 2.3opm

Having completed foundation 1 course, you will be able to continue building your practice to the point where you will be adding more of the Primary series sequence. The practice becomes more 'Ashtanga' based now as the 'Therapy' aspect and foundations are in place ~ progressively becoming more challenging and preparing you for a more traditional self guided practice. The course will address common pitfalls and how to avoid them and how to prepare safely for a seamless self-practice journey.

Upon completion of the course you will have learned

  • To use the foundations from the previous course to build up to practicing full Chaturanga 
  • Ashtanga sun salutations ~ full and modified with yoga therapy in detail as appropriate 
  • Fundamental standing postures, depending on ability. Alignment and modifications 

Who can join:

  • Beginners ~ if you want to start yoga in a safe intelligent manner
  • Experienced ~ if you have done other styles of yoga but would like to develop a self practice
  • Teachers ~ if you would like further insight into how to break the practice down safely in detail 

5 day course ~ 1 m IDR  

 

    workshops

    Workshops are a great way to go over areas of your practice that need work and see details that may go unnoticed or be misunderstood in general yoga classes. Workshops can be based on a particular theme such as back bends, shoulder stability or inversions but are also based on the needs of the group, identifying specific areas that can be focussed on from what comes up and questions asked so it becomes a more interactive way of teaching and learning.

    2018 Usada Bali

    May 25th ~ Stability of the Shoulders
    June 29th ~ The ❤ of Backbends
    July 27th ~ Stability of the Hips
    August 31st ~ The art of Inversions

    11am - 3pm (with a break in the middle)
    700k
     

    2019 Europe (Dates to be Confirmed)
          Germany      
     UK
    Denmark                    

     The ❤ of backbends   Back bends are often both feared and revered. As a result the tendency may be to rush through them causing unnecessary pain and which can lead to injury. During this workshop you'll learn how to prepare the lower body so that the upper body can release. How to articulate, open and release each vertebrae of the spine through therapeutic techniques to aid the traditional backbending series during the traditional Ashtanga practice. Creating a safer and more enjoyable back bending practice. Evolving into one that may gently open the heart over time and is sustainable.

    The ❤ of backbends 

    Back bends are often both feared and revered. As a result the tendency may be to rush through them causing unnecessary pain and which can lead to injury. During this workshop you'll learn how to prepare the lower body so that the upper body can release. How to articulate, open and release each vertebrae of the spine through therapeutic techniques to aid the traditional backbending series during the traditional Ashtanga practice. Creating a safer and more enjoyable back bending practice. Evolving into one that may gently open the heart over time and is sustainable.

     The Art of Inversions   The concept of turning the body upside down can be exhilarating and fear inducing at the same time. When inversions are done well they can be incredibly detoxifying for the body and can invoke a razor sharp focus of the mind. During this workshop you'll learn how to perform and prepare for inversions safely using technique and trust to ensure a comfortable inversion practice. The time spent will enable the inversions to be held for longer more effortlessly and with more internal strength and stability and therefore allow for the deeper dimensions of an inversion practice to unfold                          Photo Credits: kyerwiltshire.com  

    The Art of Inversions 

    The concept of turning the body upside down can be exhilarating and fear inducing at the same time. When inversions are done well they can be incredibly detoxifying for the body and can invoke a razor sharp focus of the mind. During this workshop you'll learn how to perform and prepare for inversions safely using technique and trust to ensure a comfortable inversion practice. The time spent will enable the inversions to be held for longer more effortlessly and with more internal strength and stability and therefore allow for the deeper dimensions of an inversion practice to unfold

     

                        Photo Credits: kyerwiltshire.com  

     Stability of the shoulders  Much of the Ashtanga practice relies on building and sustaining stability of the shoulders ~ once there, it will be something to rely upon for years to come. If stability has not been established it can be the reason for many difficulties with so many postures that require upper body strength. True stability is built gradually, like a house that has strong foundations it will never fall down. Throughout the workshop you will build some important foundations on which to build strength gradually going over the postures that require shoulder stability and building up each posture from the more basic to more advanced as the workshop goes on   

    Stability of the shoulders

    Much of the Ashtanga practice relies on building and sustaining stability of the shoulders ~ once there, it will be something to rely upon for years to come. If stability has not been established it can be the reason for many difficulties with so many postures that require upper body strength. True stability is built gradually, like a house that has strong foundations it will never fall down. Throughout the workshop you will build some important foundations on which to build strength gradually going over the postures that require shoulder stability and building up each posture from the more basic to more advanced as the workshop goes on   

    To register  / or to arrange a workshop 

    Contact

    Based in the bustling centre of Ubud, accessible by car but easiest with scooter if you can ride safely! 

    Usada Bali
    Jalan Sugriwa No.4,
    Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar,
    Bali
    INDONESIA
    80571

     
     

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