This video based course with Joey Miles is intended for experienced Ashtanga practitioners not beginners. You should already know what the postures look like and where they are in the sequence. What we want to give you is more detail, possibilities to explore, ways to work deeper and with more refinement. Allow you to really get in touch with what you are doing.
You might say that this course is for the progressive practitioner willing to try out new ways of working and possibly thinking. There are even props such as blocks and straps used so if you are a pure Ashtangi and have an aversion to such things we might upset you. There is a free lesson at the bottom of the page for you to try, that way you will see if this is your type of course.
There are two versions of the course ‘Traditional’ (this version) which will take you probably close to eight months to complete because you only get one new posture a week, and Non-Linear which allows you to move freely through the course without restriction.
So how does it work?
We have all seen yoga DVDs and one of their downfalls is that there is not enough time to tell you much detail about the postures and those things you are told get muddled up with everything else you hear while you are watching multiple poses in succession. We have taken the lead from the way Ashtanga was traditionally taught, one posture at a time, and devised a course that really goes deeply into each posture and allows you the time to get to grips with it before you start refining the next one. Every posture in the Primary Series as well as the Finishing Sequence has an associated lesson with videos on the vinyasa, detail and homework. There are also additional lessons interspersed throughout the course on topics such as breath, bandha, opening tight areas, drishti, and the vinyasa count.
There are 44 lessons in total with over 130 videos spread between them.
In this version of the course you are not given access to all the material straight away. You proceed on a pose by pose basis with the idea of allowing yourself the time to try out, process, and integrate the lessons into your daily practice. It will be better if you watch the videos before you start that weeks yoga practice. We have created a private facebook group so that you may feel part of a collective experience and interact with Joey and myself as well as others on the course.
Here is what Joey has to say
The course is intended for students that have probably been doing Ashtanga for more than a couple of years, with or without a consistent teacher. You should be familiar with the Primary Series and happy to practice in a Mysore style (not led), probably with a frequency expectation of four times a week or more. If you are practicing less than this you may well have difficulty finding the time to carry out the homework and integrate it into your practice. The majority of the videos are filmed in a workshop style, which means you will also need some space for your mat where you can watch the videos and follow along with Joey. I imagine you will also want something bigger than a phone to watch the videos on, but you can have a go of the trial lesson for free to test out if your device is compatible and you are compatible with the course 🙂
Below is a little checklist that might help you decide if you are ready for the course. If you associate yourself with too many of the ‘Potential Obstacles list’ maybe it would be best to wait a while until the time is right.
Have been doing Primary Series regularly for 1 or more years
Want to go deeper in the practice
Have time to try out homework
Have space to practice with video
Open minded to changing the way you do things
Practice 4 or more times per week
Beginner to Ashtanga
Don’t want to change the way you do postures
No time to do homework
No space to try things out
Have an aversion to props
Not a detail person
Poor student with barely enough money to eat!
Free Lesson to Try
Here is a sample lesson that you can try out before you decide. May we suggest you make sure the lesson videos are easily viewable on your chosen device and that you like the way the information is delivered.
Click on the image when you are ready for the free lesson on Utthita Trikonasana .
You have access to one lesson a week with all the associated videos. There is no time limit and they will continue to be available for you indefinitely. Once you have completed a lesson you can always go back to it, you just can’t go forward until the next lesson is unlocked.
Take a look at the FAQ for any other details.
If you have any questions at all please do feel free to ask. You can contact Stu here.
If you are ready to get going you can use the button below to purchase the course. You will be registered on the site and enrolled in the course at the time of purchase. As part of your payment receipt keep an eye out for the link to join the facebook group.