The history of yoga is entwined with the history of martial arts and dance. Many of the physical practices done in yoga studios today have their origin in these disciplines. Exploring the deep-rooted connection between these 3 physical arts, this workshop will offer vigorous strengthening and stamina practice as well as a functional approach to a dynamic range of motion. Many of these movements resemble familiar yoga asana but as actions rather than static poses. This intense physicality will be approached as a way to cultivate mental focus and harness the power of the breath. The workshop will draw from conditioning practices used in Kalari Payattu, Thai Martial Arts, Japanese martial arts, butoh and Odissi dance. Bamboo staffs will be provided. Mats will be used for one portion of the practice. Some previous yoga or physical practice recommended but not required. Moderate level of physical fitness recommended. Serious injuries may be a limitation.
Douglas has made numerous visits to India to perform and study Odissi dance at the Rudrahskya Foundation, Bhubaneswara, Odisha. Under the guidance of Guru Bichitrananda Swain, he learned the vigorous drills used to train Odissi dancers, including practices from the South Indian martial art Kalari Payattu. When he visits India, he also teaches yoga at Rudrakshya and at Srjan. In his training as a butoh dancer, he has been introduced to a number of Japanese and other Southeast Asian martial physical training techniques. Through 17 years of teaching and 24 years of yoga practice, he has combined and condensed this knowledge and experience into a fun, challenging and unique practice which draws directly from the source of yoga.
CAPITOL HILL, with Douglas Ridings
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00PM
Cost: $40 through 9/4/17, $50 after