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Illuminate Your Practice: A 2 week Ashtanga Yoga movement, breath and meditation immersion with Scott Johnson

 

Over the course of two immersive weeks Scott will encourage you, whether you’re a beginner or experienced, to shine a new light on your personal Ashtanga yoga practice. Through daily Mysore self-practice, exploration of philosophical principles, movement methodology, guided meditations, and pranayama you will discover new ways to find strength, space, and openness in both your practice and your life.

About the teacher

Scott Johnson has been practicing yoga since 1999 and been teaching since 2004. He is the co-founder and director at Stillpoint Yoga London, based in London Bridge UK, which he established in 2009. 

Scott has taught daily Ashtanga Yoga assisted self practice at Stillpoint ever since it opened. Over the years he has built a wide and dedicated Ashtanga Yoga community based on a mindful approach to the practice.

He was introduced to Ashtanga yoga by John Scott in 2002. Manju Jois authorised Scott to teach the Ashtanga Yoga Primary and Intermediate series. Scott has a deep connection to the ancient practices of prānāyāma and Vedic chanting that Manju shares. 

Scott has undergone  Mindfulness training under the tutelage of Cathy Mae Keralse at Clear Mind International, gaining their level 3 certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion in 2015. He studied extensively with his late yoga and dharma teacher, Michael Stone.

Scott sees movement, mindfulness and philosophy as three ways of approaching the same goal, of a deeply integrated and holistic approach to discovering our own unique patterns of being. He is deeply interested in how the teachings of yoga can come alive in each person’s life. He teaches with encouragement, insight and integrity to the teachings of Ashtanga yoga and mindfulness.

He brings these insights into every class he teaches. His devotion and dedication helps practitioners in discovering how contemplative practice can unfold not only on the mat, but also to find deeper meaning in their daily lives. His love of contemplative practices creates a rich, nurturing environment within which the healing power of yoga and mindfulness can unfold.

Scott is the host of ‘Stillpoints: A podcast with Scott Johnson’ where he engages in conversation with inspiring guests, those whose lives have been changed by yoga and contemplative practices. He releases short films, ‘People of Yoga’ each week on YouTube, where he shines a light on the personal stories of the many amazing people he has been fortunate enough to meet.

Course content and daily schedule

Retreat Outline:

For many of us, our yoga practice is a deeply important part of our lives. Each of us steps onto the mat or the cushion for personal reasons, learning to breathe deeper and move with more freedom in our lives.

Ancient teachings suggest that practice should be cultivated over a long time, without interruption, and with enthusiasm and reverence.

Reflecting on these principles, we might ask:

  • How has our practice unfolded over time?
  • Have the fruits of our practice emerged with patience?
  • Most importantly, what type of awareness have we brought to our practice?

The way we cultivate our personal practice is crucial. When we practice with enthusiasm and reverence, and combine it with kind and mindful awareness, a new and more open approach to yoga becomes possible.

Each morning will begin with guided meditation, pranayama, and Mysore self-practice. Starting the day this way sets the foundation for practicing Ashtanga yoga with open and spacious awareness. Each week, four afternoon sessions will explore yoga philosophy, dharma talks, and embodied movement techniques, helping you connect with your breath, body, and practice in new ways.

What you will gain

No matter who you are or what you bring, Scott’s immersion will illuminate your practice. It will reveal what’s surfacing for you, the challenges you’re facing, and offer new ways to navigate them.

Whether you are dealing with an injury, feel stuck, or are flourishing in your practice, this retreat will meet you where you are. It’s designed for all practitioners of Ashtanga, from beginners to advanced, encouraging everyone to discover their own path in this profound system.

Scott draws on his 20 years of experience teaching Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga and Mindfulness to shine a light on your yoga practice and help you discover fresh insights.

 

Morning sessions 

Mysore, Prānāyāma and Mindfulness

Each morning will begin with gentle inquiry setting the tone as you step mindfully into your Ashtanga Yoga self practice. Scott will lead you through guided meditations on the foundational aspects of mindfulness, followed by prānāyāma and breathing practices. During the Mysore style Ashtanga practise, Scott will work with you individually and help you discover more space and movement in your practice. This collaborative approach will help you find new ways to meet and develop your practice.

Afternoon Sessions 

Where Philosophy Meets the Body

With an emphasis on how philosophy and movement relate, each week four afternoon sessions will explore yoga philosophy, dharma talks, and embodied movement techniques, helping you connect with your breath, body, and practice in new ways.

Below is an example of a weekly schedule. Workshops are on Sunday/Monday/Wednesday/Thursday. Please note that the timings of classes may be changed and adjusted to best nourish the teaching environment and the student. Additional activities not mentioned on the schedule may be added.

 

Daily Schedule 

Saturday 29 March
Arrival to the retreat
6pm Welcome meeting
6.30pm Dinner

Sunday 30 March
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Monday 31 March
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Tuesday 01 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
Afternoon free 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Wednesday 02 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Thursday 03 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Friday 04 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
Afternoon free
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Saturday 05 April
Sleep in!
10am Special Saturday Brunch
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Sunday 06 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Monday 07 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Tuesday 08 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
Afternoon free
3pm Chai

6.15pm Dinner

Wednesday 09 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Thursday 10 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Friday 11 April
7am Morning Mysore, prānāyāma and mindfulness
10.15am Brunch
12.30pm Workshop: Where Philosophy Meets the Body 
3pm Chai
6.15pm Dinner

Saturday 12 April
9am Check out from rooms
10am Breakfast

Booking Information

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