Photo Credit: Ian Johannessen

Photo Credit: Ian Johannessen

About

Traditional Ashtanga ~ 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 and has spent many years living in Asia. As the founder of Ashtanga Therapy, she shares a unique and gentle style of Ashtanga with a therapeutic approach

Her main influences in developing this form have been Ashtanga by Sri.K.Pattabhi Jois and Structural Yoga Therapy by Mukunda Stiles. She studied briefly but intensively with both of these teachers while they were still alive. This study has been the back bone of her practice self inquiry and in teaching others

Formerly a senior teacher at the world reknowned Samahita Retreat Centre in Thailand, much of her initial studies were with Paul Dallaghan, who is one of the only teachers to be both certified to teach Ashtanga yoga by
Sri K.Pattabhi Jois and Pranayama practices with O.P.Tiwariji. She completed her teacher training in 2005 with Paul, and his team 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 bio mechanics, unique human structures and recognising energy blockages within the body which she incorporates into giving hands on assists. Rachel is naturally blessed with the sensitivity required for teaching beginners and the depth of a personal practice required for advanced students. She is registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher qualified to train teachers with the high standards of the the Yoga Alliance in the UK.

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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

Self Practice Foundations 1

4 day course
Spread over 5 days
Class duration 90 mins

 

Course Start Dates 2018

July 2nd - July 6th
July 30th - Aug 3rd
Oct 8th ~ 12th
Nov 12th ~ 16th

Time 11am - 12.3opm

Mon - Fri (Wed free)

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

4 day course spread over 5 days ~ 1m IDR


Self Practice Foundations 2

4 day course
Spread over 5 days
Class duration 90 mins

Course Dates 2018

July 9th - July 13th
Aug 6th - Aug 10th
Oct 15th ~ 19th
Nov 19th ~ 23rd

Time 11am - 12.3opm

Mon - Fri (Wed free)

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

4 day course spread over 5 days ~ 1 m IDR  


Self Practice Foundations 3

4 day course
Spread over 5 days
Class duration 90 mins

Course Dates 2018

TBC

Time 11am - 12.3opm


Mon - Fri (Wed free)

Having the fundamentals in place this course will focus on the later half of the standing sequence, as well as more challenging balancing Asanas. Mastery over the feet will have served well but we will enhance this by working further to create a solid foundation through which to tackle aspects of strength, balance and flexibility to address the half lotus bind and how to work the warrior sequence to support this as well as the seated Asanas that follow

What you’ll learn

  • Alignment to support greater depth of opening and strength

  • How to support a safer lotus  

  • Explore what creates balance

  • How to use transitions and Vinyasas in a more supportive way

    Suitable for

  • Beginners ~ to start a safe practice and learn in detail how to modify if necessary

  • Experienced ~ to refine their balance and understanding of alignment

  • Teachers ~ to learn some technical skills for themselves as well as to share with students

Classes

August 8th – November 30th 2018

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 200k

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Mysore classes

6.30 - 8.30 am*

Mon - Fri    

✓ If you have a Mysore practice, drop in
✓ 1 week minimum to learn sequence   
✓ Doors open at 6.15 am for early starters
✓ Time for questions at 8.30 am
✓ Extra time to finish your practice 8.45 am
✓ Beginners arrive at 7 am

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Moon day led classes

*7.00 - 8.45 am 

*On the following dates:   

⚫Sep 10th ⚪Sep 25th
⚫Oct 9th   ⚪Oct 25th
⚫Nov 8th   ⚪Nov 23rd 

✓ Drop in's welcome
✓ All levels welcome 

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Full primary series

*7.00 - 8.45 am 

*On the last Friday of the month:   

Sep 28th
Oct 26th
Nov 30th   

 ✓ Drop in's welcome
✓ All levels welcome 

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
September 28th ~ The Lotus Unlocked
October 26th ~ The Breath & Pranayama
November 30th ~ Inner Awareness & Strength

11am - 2.45pm (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 

reviews

Rachel is an amazingly calm and patient teacher, her knowledge of the human anatomy and how this relates to yoga practice has really helped me to develop and grow my practice. Her classes and courses are informative yet fun, I can thoroughly recommend Rachel as a yoga teacher, and I'm very grateful to her for the help she has given me with my practice!
Alistair, UK

I came to Rachel’s Ashtanga Therapy as a beginner. My body had many ailments, and i had very little hope. Rachel was very personal and took great care of me. First she helped me in her compassionate way to become aware of the locks in the joints of my body that over time had such an adverse effect on my health. Then she encouraged me to begin the practice in the most gentle and suitable way. Rather then looking for a quick solution for my long standing ailments, i realised after a short time practicing with her that to love and believe again in myself was the first step to healing. 6 weeks later now my hips are beginning to open, my all over vitality is noticeably increased, and i have reasonable hope that thru her therapy my body may come back into alignment. Thank you Rachel, for showing me that no one part of the body can really heal unless all parts work again harmoniously together. 
Stephan, Germany

There are not enough words to thank you for everything you taught me these three weeks. Undoubtedly one of the best blessings I found in my journey is you. You definitely are an inspiration for me. I wish you all the best, a lot of love, light, peace. Keep sharing your knowledge, because you are a kind of angel in yoga. I hope our paths cross over again. Lots of love and gratitude.
Paulina, Doha

Dear Rachel, How I enjoyed your energy! Like an aum, permeating through our whole group. I feel you have access to a wealth of knowledge, and are blessed with good intuition. Thank you for sharing and caring, being strict and soft at the same time. I wish the path that you are on will bring you unprecedented joy. 
Monique, Netherlands

Thank you so much, it was a pleasure and a gift to have your presence. Your help with my practice was amazing ~ you seem to know the body so well. Your smile and energy are contagious. I really enjoyed and hope to see you again soon. Thank you again
Brittany, US

When I arrived on this teacher training I had no idea really of the impact that my life and job were having on me both physically and mentally. By Friday week one, I wasn't even sure I'd even make it to the end based on these issues. I can't thank you enough for your kind and gentle approach to not only my practice but to impact of all that was consuming me. You've been amazing, thank you for showing me that less is more and it's ok, for helping me to soften and accept that my practice will grow over time and for pointing out that to be strong from my feet upwards would make all the difference. I still have a long way to go but I know that if every time I step on my mat and listen to your advice one day my hips and back will recover. You have been a real inspiration and I hope one day I will practice with you again. Ashtanga is my love in yoga, you've inspired so much more
Lisa, UK

Yoga Therapy helped me with my back ache; L4, L5 Arthosis and stiffness which I had been suffering with for 2 years and been intensely treated by doctors in CH with little result. That was a huge surprise. Many thanks to Rachel!!! She is the best!
Yvette, Switzerland  

Yoga with Rachel was not only physically rewarding, her emotional knowledge of why we do certain physical stances with our body was very wise I came away feeling 100% happier and healthier
Maxine, Australia

One of the most fantastic things about Samahita Retreat is just how much support there is. There is no judgement if you're going through a tough time, just alot of love and understanding and not just from the course leaders, but also from the staff especially the women in the wellness centre. I would definately return.I loved the yoga, Rachel is a brilliant teacher. 
Dearbail, UK  

A fantastic experience in every aspect to meet people from all over the world, which highlights how we can get so caught up in the small box we can let ourselves slip into. Opened my eyes to how exciting life can be by just stepping out of the comfort zone to try something that you've never done before. I have grown so much as a person in one week. Thank you. Love to you all xx
Meryl, Australia  

There is alot going on in my body, mind, heart and soul at the moment... And I can feel it, yes I'm starting to feel myself again. That's only possible I guess because of the Yoga, Qui Gong and the thoughts and knowledge of Rachel and Dorien. Thank you both so much! I am sure now that I will find the right place and mission in my life to feel just happy and really good.
Birgit, Germany

I wanted to find, decide, honour, love, live - and I did. It was a true transformational week; I came in stiff, tense and shy. I found my flexibility and beauty again. My body and mind learned a lot from Rachel, amazing experience! 2 beautiful women and 10 beautiful circle members; a holiday for body, mind and spirit in a marvelous respectful environment.
Wendy, Netherlands  

When I began studying with Rachel, I had been doing Ashtanga self-practice on and off for a couple of years, but had little to show for it. Furthermore, I had restricted movement in my knees, which I had had for years and years, and this was limiting not only my practice but also other activities in my life. I had become used to skirting around the knee issue, trying not to go near it, and was convinced I had countless hours of work on hip opening and lower back flexibility ahead of me before I could hope for any improvement. I had studied on occasion with a couple of other reputed teachers, but they too had encouraged me not to put my knees to the test, thereby reinforcing my pattern of trepidation and fear regarding how I related to these joints.
Rachel was very different – rather than avoiding ‘going there’, she encouraged me to reconnect with my knees, and to learn to trust my body more. She too was of course careful to make sure I didn’t get hurt, but from day one suggested various yoga therapy exercises I could do to regain full use of my joints. In the space of just a few weeks, I have experienced a considerable opening, and improvement beyond anything I remotely expected. Also, aside from the benefits of the physical side of the therapy, it has been great to see the mental blockage I had around my knees also dissolving.
More generally speaking, Rachel encourages her students to slow down, to pay attention to each stage of getting into and out of the postures, and to not be in a hurry to move through the series. In this way she is constantly teaching one of the main principles of yoga, which is to practice without undue concern for results. But of course results do come – going more slowly may make progress seem imperceptible, but then there are breakthroughs. For me some of these came because Rachel had even taken me “backwards” a little, in order to review some basics and approach certain asana with more physical and mental integrity, and the benefits of this were not long in coming.
After Rachel’s “Foundations of self-practice” course, I said that I had really gained a lot from her teaching, and she replied that it’s a pity some people seem not to have such a great interest in foundations, even though they are fundamental. I thought for a moment, then remarked that perhaps if we go deeply enough into foundations, they in fact contain all the essential aspects of the practice. I think Rachel was glad of this comment, because she doesn’t just teach asana, or Mysore classes, therapy or modifications to suit each individual – she teaches the whole of yoga. And just as William Blake saw the world in a grain of sand, Rachel’s way of teaching points to the possibility of seeing that the essence of yoga can be experienced in a single posture, a single breath.
Jim, UK

I studied with Rachel for one month, taking her daily Mysore classes as well as Foundations 1 and 2. I found my time with Rachel to be invaluable. She has changed my practice; I am stronger and more flexible than when I first started studying with her. I also have a better understanding of my body and safer ways to practice without getting injured.
Rachel ticks all the boxes I would expect for an experienced yoga teacher:
- Deep understanding of the asanas, human anatomy, and yoga philosophy
- Gentle, confident, and accurate adjustments
- A knack for knowing exactly when I should be pushing forward in my practice
- Clear instructions for getting into asanas
Here’s what distinguished Rachel from other yoga teachers I’ve studied with:
1. Rachel provided deeply personalized instruction in the group Mysore setting. She carefully watched me in areas I had questions and gave me detailed feedback that really helped my practice. 
2. Her therapeutic approach to Ashtanga. Rachel has a deep understanding of the Ashtanga tradition. But instead of rigidly adhering to those traditions at all times, she also taught modifications that helped me strengthen or stretch particular areas of my body; these modifications made it possible for me to ultimately do the asana “normally.”
3. Her therapeutic sequence. As someone with a pelvic imbalance, I found her sequence helped me practice with greater awareness of and balance in my body. I have incorporated her therapeutic sequence into my daily practice.
Eileane, US

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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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