january 2014

holidays celebrated by doing yoga together

come bring in the new year with us

9 AM
new moon 
primary series



morning mysore
mon tues wed & thursday AM 

doors open at 6AM 

close at..

faulkner starts her practice around 8:30
you are welcome to stay and finish your practice while faulkner practices

weekend classes

Led Primary 9-10:30 AM
arrive on time, led class

Mysore 8:30-11AM
come any time, adjustments begin 9:15AM

evening classes

tuesday beginner's 6-7:30PM

wednesday led primary series 6-7:30PM

thursday mysore is being taken off the schedule


12-1:30 usually a led primary type of class

Classes Are By Donation
Do not let $$$ keep yofrom practicing at yogaclub
IOUs and chocolate/baked goods/ideas/crystals etc... gladly accepted
Park in back on left side or along side porch in driveway or on street 
(see parking education section below... ) 
Class Description
Mysore: All levels welcome including complete beginners. Students  practice what they know of  the series and teacher assists each person individually.
Beginner's Class: Fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga: suryanams &standing poses a few seated & closing
Led Primary Series:Instruction on postures will be limited. If you are not familiar with the entire series, you are welcome to attendand practice as is appropriate,then sit and observe.* (this is a hard class, but come try it. we often go out to breakfast afterwards!)
Self Practice: Studio  open for yogis to  practice. call faulkner's cell 919 475-9579 if you get there and the door is locked :)
spiral stairs that lead up to the yoga
New to Ashtanga?
New to Durham?
email any questions to:
yoga related emergency? call/text suzy’s cell 919-475-9579

Park on left hand side behind yogaclub or along brick porch on left side of driveway as snug into the wall as possible, or on the street. 
DO NOT park on right hand side marked with red markers 
those are our  neighbors parking spots. 
We share our driveway with our neighbors in the grey brick house and they are the best. If you have any questions about where just ask when you arrive.


looking forward
MAY16-18  2014
This will be David's fifth visit to AYCD

DG5 Strength of an Elephant

May 16th Friday Evening 6-8PM
The Five Allies: Ashtanga Foundations I
  In this class we’ll look at the 5 root techniques that form the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga by carefully studying their application to the nine positions of Surya Namaskara.   The root techniques, or allies include pranayama (conscious breathing), vinyasa (positioning),  bandha’s (locks), dristi (gazing), and dhyana (meditation).  The positions of Surya Namaskara provide the perfect foundational basis for exploring the important role that each of the allies plays in creating a mature, sustainable yoga practice.  We'll also explore how to internally connect the allies, and see how the creative interaction between them can help you to awaken the entire inner 'field' (ksetra) of consciousness.  Awakening the inner field gives you a special kind of intuitive intelligence that pervades the body and helps you better use limbs 3 and 4 to move towards mastery of all eight limbs in the system.    

May 17th Saturday  9 to 1pm    
Ashtanga Foundations II: Standing sequence 
 In this class we'll explore how the cultivating a combination of dynamsim and stability in the standing postures provides you a perfect means of entrance into the internal practice of Ashtanga Yoga.  We'll explore the importance of using the feet, legs, and hips to create strength, stamina and concentration.  Better understand how the standing postures are an essential key to building a strong asana foundation.   Learn to better access to mula and uddhyana bandha’s (locks), see how the grounded support of the lower body can awaken the breath and the spine and lead the way to steady gazing (dristi) and to dynamic meditation (dhyana). 
Ashtanga Foundations III:  Seated Postures and Dynamic Transitions of the Primary Series
 In this same class we will also explore the core asana's of primary series, learning how to better utilize the 5 allies to help you strategize your efforts.  Structuring each seated asana in the primary around understanding the allies (vinyasa, breathing, bandha's etc) will help you better extract the strengthening, restorative, and healing benefits of this important series. We'll also study the dynamic transitions between the asana's, carefully looking at how to create a better a jump back and jump through.  Developing these transitions breaks up the monotony of the repetition by giving you a thrill with each dynamic jump.  And emphasizing the transitions also teaches you to cultivate rhythm, breath, dynamism and vitality within the stillness of each asana. 
May 18th Sunday 9-11AM 
Sip the Nectar: Back Bends 
 This class will help you better understand how make progress in all back bends through a study of the foundational back bends of second series.  We'll look into how to create a sound, well grounded foundation in each asana.  Focusing on setting a foundation leads you to find an aligned, nectar yielding spinal position.  We will also look at strategies for creating smooth transitions into and out of the asana's, and how to effectively and economically combine repetition, rhythm, breathing, and in order to learn how to stay longer and with more ease in the asana's.   Lastly we'll look into how to devise strategies for how to either increase or decrease the challenge of the positions depending on how you choose to approach your work.  
short break
May 18th Sunday 12PM-2PM
Strength of an Elephant:  2nd Series Arm Balances and Inversions
 2nd series offers many excellent opportunities for building strength in new and different ways,  offering an excellent compliment to the primary.  We'll study new and unique ways to develop strength through cultivating intelligence and discipline in the transitions between asana's.  We also study the strength building possibilities in such individual foundational postures as Bakasana, Pincha Mayurasana, Karandavasana, Mayurasana, Nekrasana, and the 7 Sirsasana positions that complete the series.  We'll also take a careful look at how the inversions in 2nd and in the finishing sequence can play an important role in strength building.  

May 17th Saturday afternoon special extra session $50.00
Precision, Purification, and Pranayama  2.5 hours
 This special class will utilize breathing exercises, retention, chanting and discussion to help you better centralize your awareness on breath during practice.  We'll study how to use breathing to build powerful strength in your asana's and to effect nadi shodana, purification of the pranic channels.  Prana Vidya, knowledge of prana, helps you to progress towards subtlety as you concentrate your mind and better direct the power of the internalized prana.  We'll discuss how cleansing is not limited to the tapas that you create during practice, but rather how purification is a central theme that encompasses all aspects of your life.
We'll explore how to access awareness of your more subtle energy channels through breathing and how to better direct this energy both on and off the mat.  

full weekend 200
full weekend plus bonus pranyamana 250

ala carte:
friday eve 50
saturday 75
sunday morning 50
sunday noon 50
bonus extra pranyama saturday afternoon 75
david in mysore with rad shades
David Garrigues is a knowledgeable, energetic and devoted teacher of Ashtanga yoga.  Certified by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). David is Suzanne's teacher!

for more info about David Garrigues, go to his site:
...and read blog, check out the asana kitchens

email suzanne to reserve your spot in DG5 ELEPHANT

Ganesha by Laura Farrow

I am launching a new website ashtangayogaclubdurham.com
same stuff
more organized format

in-depth study

c-ville with david G!- photos by JOY M

The studio