After the incredible class that Akasha taught at Sat Nam Fest, he received requests to come back to the Washington, DC area to teach more, so he is flying up from his busy teaching schedule at his studio in Birmingham Alabama to host a weekend of Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga at the new and beautiful Sterling Kundalini Yoga studio on November 11, 12 and 13th.
Schedule for the Workshop:
Friday, Nov. 11: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ashtanga Vinyasa Class and Beginners Pranayama
Saturday, Nov. 12: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Introduction to Ashtanga Primary Series
1 pm – 3 pm Lunch Break
Saturday, Nov. 12: 3 pm – 6 pm
Kundalini, Pranayama and Meditation with emphasis on the first three chakras
Sunday, Nov. 13: 7:30 am – 12 noon
Kundalini Yoga, meditation, Ashtanga Prananyama and Ashtanga Primary Series, with guided relaxation
Cost: Full weekend registered by Nov. 10 – $150
On-site Registration – $175
Individual Session Cost:
Friday – $50
Saturday morning or afternoon – $50 each session
Sunday – $50
Akasha is an amazing yogi and yoga teacher who studied Kundalini Yoga since he was 11 and had a deep and profound personal relationship with Yogi Bhajan. He also lived in Albuquerque, NM for a few years and had the blessing of studying Ayurvedic Medicine under renowned doctor and teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad. When he was 25, he moved to Bangalore, India and studied Ashtanga Yoga with one of the masters of this practice, Vishwanath, who is the nephew of the late Pattabhi Jois. Here he talks about his unique blend of Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga:
Q. “We understand the healing power of Kundalini, but please explain why you’ve added Ashtanga to your daily practice and how it will benefit others?”
Akasha: I have always been drawn to physical practices and forms of meditation in motion. Kundalini yoga, kriya’s, martial arts, swimming, running and sports. In my late teens running and martial arts filled much of this space and I wanted to dive deeper into the physical asana’s I just didn’t know exactly how or where to begin. The funny thing was that fate soon helped me find this practice. When I was in my early 20’s I injured myself and was unable to run and practice many of the martial arts and Kundalini sets that I had previously loved doing I even found sitting and performing some of the Kundalini asanas and kriyas to be very painful for my knees and hips and I wasn’t sure how to strengthen and bring myself back into alignment. While studying with Dr Lad I was introduced to Ashtanga by another yogi. It was 1992 and Alan Finger listened to my case and mentioned that I watch this video by Richard Freeman well I was blown away when I saw Richard doing Ashtanga Primary Series. It moved me. I thought wow here is way I can deepen my asana and spiritual practice and focus my mind on my breath. Shortly after seeing this video I moved to India and within a year or so I had the opportunity to begin my Asthanga Studies with Pattabhi Jois’s nephew, Vishwanath, a wonderful teacher living in Bangalore. During my first year of practice my injury in my knee and hip healed along with many other unrelated physical injuries in my body. I also became much more aware of my breath and how it affected my nervous system in a positive manner. I was better equipped to balance and some situations reshape these bodies and calm my reactions to my thoughts and my mind.
I have seen in myself how both of these Yoga Practices which are complete in themselves transform and support one another in a self practice. Both Ashtanga and Kundalini offer a place for your spirit to shine through the 8 limb path using Asana( body), breath (nervous system) concentration and meditation (mind) to bring balance and healing to your body stystems.