3-week morning challenge: “Ashtanga Primary Sequence – Arm Balances & Flexibility” with Carolina Fanti
Feb 06-24, 2023
Mo-Fr 08.30-10.00
Studio Sonne (Sonnenallee 67) & online

Register here.

This morning challenge is designed to take you on a journey into the details and practice of the primary sequence. Ashtanga yoga is a continuation of movements in connection with the breath. The sequence has a fixed set of asanas that are carried out in a precise way. It’s usually practiced in the early morning and six times a week. These challenging posture flows were designed to purify the body and to offer peace of mind. The practice brings discipline, balance, concentration, muscle strength and flexibility. The primary sequence is called Yoga Chikitsa meaning Yoga therapy.

In this 3-week morning challenge, Carolina will create a safe space in which all students can practice physically challenging asanas in a gentle way. She will take care personally of each student and their body’s alignment, offering tips to help grow and develop their personal practice. We will also explore some yoga theory and dive into asana adjustments. We will practice the full primary sequence twice a week as well as have one Mysore class each week. There will also be group exercises designed to increase awareness of the body and build confidence with yourself and others.

All levels are welcome.

Week 1
– First half of the primary sequence.
– Ujjaiy – breathing technique.
– Bandha.
– Parivrtta -Trikonasana/Parsvakonasana + Ardha baddha Padmottan.

Week 2
– Second half of the primary sequence.
– Drishti – the directions of the gaze.
– Marichyasana (A-B-C-D all four variations) + Supta Kurmasana/Kukkutasana + Seti

Week 3
– Full primary sequence.
– Transitions and directions of the extremities of the body.
– Tristhana (asana, pranayama and drishti) the purification of body, mind and nervous system.
– Urdhva Dhanurasana + Shirsasana + Urdhva Dansasana.

All levels are welcome.

Carolina was born in Bologna, Italy, where she lived until finishing her BA in the Academy of Fine Arts. She moved between Italy, Bruxelles and Berlin, where she has lived since 2019. Her body background is based on ballet study, but her curiosity about the eternal potential of the body and its language, brought her to become a performer and contemporary dancer, working for different companies and projects. She discovered yoga at 17 years old, because her mum was doing it. She found a big book of yoga in her library, she read it all and since then she’s never stopped to flow and practice. After some years of continuous practicing of different yoga styles, somatic approaches and oriental disciplines, she decided to deepen her practice by following Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher training. After that she focused on Yin yoga and Meridian Yoga Therapy based on the Chinese Medicine.

Carolina’s teaching is a journey into the inner body to discover the progressive path to the real connection with ourself. She leads you to connect with emotional, spiritual and physical axis, driving into the bodies anatomy and alignments, focusing on all senses and perceptions of the body moving in the present. She wants learn more than she can, trusting curiosity as the meaning of life, she wishes to plant this seed in every student.