Day Christensen is a Level II Authorised Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Day began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine arts major, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Though the reading of sacred and historical texts proved to be interesting, it was lacking one major aspect: experience. With many signs pointing her in the direction of yoga, she took up the practice and began to gain the experience she was missing from study alone.
Asana required a different type of strength and mobility that she had not bargained for as a former athlete. Despite the frustration and challenges she often met on the beginning path of yoga, she continued and found a renewed sense of vitality and clarity.
Today Day is an enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga, practising in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having completed the Intermediate series and learned the Third series under R. Sharath Jois’s guidance.
Day’s teachings are born from her own disciplined and dedicated practice. She encourages students to challenge themselves physically, whilst at the same time, be easy mentally. She is thrilled to share what she has learned with students in Miami and around the world.
4pm - 4:30pm
Book a place to watch and meet Day Christensen. Here you will have the unique opportunity to observe Day's own discipline and dedicated practice in a 30 minute performance.
6pm - 8pm
The sun salutations are a complete practice in and of themselves.
They are the place where the mind and body connect in a rhythmic correlation to the breath. If Day could only choose one part of the practice to work on for the rest of her life, it would be Surya Namaskar. It is infinitely complex and profoundly simple, complete with backbends, forward bends, lateral extensions, strength postures, inversions and standing postures.
In the course of the workshop we will look at alignment techniques for each posture, fluid transitions, and deep Ujjayi breathing.
8am - 9:30am
This will be a continuous but slow moving active workshop that allows for a concentrated and focused effort at unlocking some of the commonly tightest areas of the body.
10:00am - 10:30am
Another chance to book a place to watch and meet Day Christensen. Here you will have the unique opportunity to observe Day's own discipline and dedicated practice in a 30 minute performance.
10:45am - 12:45pm
See how the standing postures build the foundation on which to build the rest of your practice. Starting from the ground up, we will look at the best ways to find balance from grounding your feet to flexion in the knees and hips and strength in the quadriceps.
2pm - 4pm
The seated postures are the most effective place to work on the deep mobility of the hamstrings, hips and hip-flexors. As those begin to open and release, see how that mobility transfers up the spine.
We will look at effective ways to work for those who are challenged by these poses, use tools to remember and/or make sense of the order, and see how the progressive sequence of postures in the primary series unfolds one into the next.
8am - 10am
Mysore style is the traditionally method taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois named after the small city where Guruji lived for much of his life. In this style, the method of Ashtanga yoga is transmitted from the teacher directly to the individual student through physical adjustments and minimal verbal cueing.
Gradually the student is able to commit to memory the series of postures and breaths that comprise the series. Once the student memorises and becomes proficient at a pose they are then taught the next pose and on like that until primary series is complete. Once primary series is complete and the student is firmly grounded in its techniques, they will move on to the intermediate series and on.
There are 6 series in Ashtanga yoga; at this time there is only one person, R Sharth Jois, Guruji’s grandson, who practices the 6th series of Ashtanga yoga.
For the purposes of this workshop some familiarity with the primary series is suggested.
10:15am - 12:15pm
This workshop is designed to explore ways to refine a seasoned practitioner’s skills in yoga. Day will describe the main obstacles or “hidden locks” that prevent students from experiencing the lightness, grace and strength of a master. We will work on various techniques for jump throughs and jump backs, headstands, forearm stands, and handstands, and more. This will be a fun, light-hearted class with lots of room for exploration, hands-on adjustments, and questions.
1:45pm - 3:45pm
This workshop will focus mainly on the science of Vinyasa: the breaths and how they are connected to specific movements in and out of the postures of the primary series.
The 'vinyasas' or movements are traditionally counted in Sanskrit while the asanas or postures are held and counted in English. The workshop will clarify these vinyasas and shed some light on some of the more difficult transitions and postures in primary series.
This workshop is ideal for practitioners who feel that Ashtanga yoga is too hard, too confusing, too complicated and have felt defeated by the practice before they have ever begun. Also it can also be useful to long-time students who want to gain clarity and begin to memorise vinyasa counts.
Either way, you will walk away with a new understanding and confidence that all of these things are possible with a little patience and a lot of practice.