Workshops and Mysore Sessions with Adam Keen
April 23rd and 24th 8:00-10:00
There are ways to adjust and be adjusted that are safe, effective and non-intrusive. Using energetic pointers and resistance-cues Adam adjusts carefully and respectfully of each individual and their current ability.
Everyone will be included in this class – not just the ones that can do it, or those that need extra help. Adam is also open to each person practicing in the style and up to the point they are used to; believing the teaching is not about stopping, rather safe, clear and practical encouragement.
THE SHAPE IS JUST THE START OF THE POSTURE
April 23rd 13:00-15:00
Adam refers to his approach to the postures as the “inner stretch” this is the very heart of his teaching.
It comes from his personal exploration of practice and realizing the way to work in the asana differs from simply making the shapes.
This work is found through the use of opposing forces in the body, or as he calls it, right tension. We looking
for quality in the postures. This feeling of balance is referred to in the Bhagavad Gita as ‘yoga is equanimity’.
Knowing this technique which can be applied to each posture will make your daily practice more interesting and satisfying no matter what your level. You will learn to avoid overstretching and how to mobilize your muscles instead of destabilizing them.
This will unlock areas to enable you to move forward in the more advanced postures safely and effectively.
ACCESSIBLE BACKBENDS WORKSHOP
April 24th 13:00-15:00
The workshop builds to the most comfortable, even enjoyable backbend you have ever done. Backbends don’t have to be frightening, painful, even challenging. It’s all a question of how we can approach them.
There is no reason to dread them when you understand how to do them in the right way and right for your body.
There are certain keys to effective backbends that are often left unexplored. These might be summarized as:
• The medial stretch and the importance of pulling across
• The use of the legs, backbends are really front stretches, so everything actually depends on
stretching the legs
• The utilization of the breathing so we can float on the current of the breath.
Beginners to advanced students will appreciate this workshop. There is no such thing as a bad back-
bender. Rather, there is only someone who hasn’t explored and developed the possibilities available in them own (everybody’s) body.
VENUE: YogaŞala Nisantasi and Workshops Online via ZOOM
Single Mysore Session Fee 140 TL
Single Workshop Fee 480 TL
Language of the workshop is English without translation.
Open for all levels.
Adam has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2004. He is one of few practitioners to have completed the Advanced A (third) series in Mysore under the guidance of Sharathji Jois. In 2012 Adam received level 2 authorization to teach the full intermediate series.
He has taught and lived primarily in his native London, as well as Vancouver, Istanbul, Spain, Crete and India.
Adam’s primary influence on the way he teaches is Mark Darby. He is committed to facilitating the individuals experience of yoga. His teaching is approached with a lightness of touch and an open mind.
Having practiced daily for over 25 years he has realized there is no one way to do things. It is from this perspective that Adam shares his suggestions with clarity and humility.
Adam is the host of the Keen on Yoga Podcast, a continuous student of philosophy as well as a prodigious thinker and writer. He also trained as a homeopath and began his work life as a vegetarian chef at Buddhist and yoga retreat centers.
When he’s not teaching, writing or working you can find him in the kitchen or searching for ingredients.
Instagram @adam_keen_ashtanga or at www.keenonyoga.com