Ashtanga Vinyasa Full Immersion
The Ashtanga Full Immersion course is a comprehensive and integrated view of my 15 years of practice and teaching of yoga and meditation.
The course features daily morning Mysore practice and afternoon sessions on breath expansion, pranayama, and discussion/inquiry into the philosophies and worldviews connected to the Ashtanga practice.
The course deepens an established Ashtanga practice and takes one to the place where practice becomes the foundation and support for living.
Type of Event
2 week option: Aug. 3 - 15, 2014. Morning and afternoon sessions.
4 week option: Aug. 3 - 29, 2014. Morning and afternoon sessions
2 weeks: $500 ($425 early registration before June 15)
4 weeks: $800 ($700 early registration before June 15)
This 4-week course is designed to deepen practitioners’ experiential understanding of the internal form of the breath and bandha. Students will learn how these elements serve as the threads which pull together body and mind in the Ashtanga practice.
When practicing with continuous awareness of internal form and sensation, a deeper layer of intuitive intelligence gradually awakens and guides the experience of a mature practitioner. This intuitive intelligence not only informs our practice, but also every experience of our lives. A deep immersion into daily morning and afternoon practice of asana and pranayama will help bring practitioners towards this experience.
There will be six morning sessions per week consisting of traditional Mysore style practice on Sunday-Thursdays and a led primary series on Fridays.
There will be 4 afternoon sessions per week on Monday-Thursdays. We will practice extra inversions, restorative and breathing/pranayama exercises in order to cultivate the subtler layers of awareness and control pertaining to breath and bandha. The afternoon sessions are structured to complement the morning Mysore practice.
Afternoon session will also include time for discussion where we will look more deeply at the links between asana, pranayama, lifestyle, philosophy and the intentional state of self-observation to each moment of our daily life. In order to facilitate this inquiry, we will examine the traditional teachings of Patanjali, the Buddha and the modern Ashtanga Vinyasa system.
We will attempt to understand the core essence of these teachings, while removing the dross of authoritarian dogma and ideology which can distract practitioners from the essence. We’ll move towards practice becoming a continuous and contiguous process into the nature of ourselves and our relationship to the world. This is the full immersion that a long term practitioner gradually integrates with their entire life. Students will be encouraged to submit questions or topics that they wish to delve into in these sessions.
Who Should Join
This course is open to practitioners of all levels, including beginners.
The course requires a significant investment of time, awareness and energy. If you are interested, please consider whether you have the time and energy to commit to the intensive daily program.
A basic understanding of how to practice Mysore style in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system is recommended. Those with no experience in the Ashtanga system who are very keen to join, should contact Iain to discuss their options. As with all Ashtanga practice, individual guidance will be given to all levels, from beginner to very experienced.
Please contact Iain with any questions.
Pre-registration is required.
Registration options are for 2 or 4 weeks.
Contact Iain at to register.
2 week option: August 3 – 15, 2014
4 week option: August 3 – 29, 2014
Sunday – Thursday: 7 – 10 am – Mysore style practice
Friday: 7 – 9 am – Led Primary Series
Monday – Thursday: 1 – 3:30 pm: Discussion and Pranayama
All Classes are held at The Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe and Tonic Bar, Jalan Goutama, Ubud, Bali.
Accommodation and Meals
This is a non-residential course. Participants are responsible for finding their own accommodation in Ubud. There are a variety of options to suit all budgets and styles.
The Seeds of Life Raw Food Cafe and Tonic bar (the home of our yoga studio) has healthy and delicious raw food creations by world class raw food chefs Sayuri and Ben. The food served here is an ideal support for the intensive physical and mental process process of the Full Immersion course. Food items can be ordered off the menu, or a special meal-plan designed for participants in the Full Immersion course can be purchased.
A $200 USD deposit is required with registration
Full price: $800 USD
Early Registration price (before June 15): $700 USD
Early Registration price (before June 15) for regular students***: $600 USD
Full Price: $500 USD
Early Registration Price (before June 15): $425 USD
Early Registration Price (before June 15) for regular students***: $350 USD
***regular students must purchase at least two additional months of Mysore practice with Iain between April and Sept. 2014 to qualify for the special price
Payment details will be sent upon registration. Contact Iain at to register.