Hatha Vinyasa Foundation Workshop with Sita Chia, Feb 7
Sunday, February 7, 2021
3pm - 6pm
Explore the foundation of the Hatha and Vinyasa practice. This workshop is broken into separate but inextricably linked components: static and dynamic of the fundamental poses of yoga.
- It will begin with a comprehensive investigation into core static practices and techniques, rooted in ancient Hatha (Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā, Svātmārāma: 15th century CE) and Iyengar (B.K.S. Iyengar: 1918 – 2014) principles.
- Static postures, i.e. the asana, despite being stationery in nature, are composed of fluid elements; to remain still, paired muscles function together in opposing directions with one contracting and the other extending. With true understanding of the inherent static nature of asanas, one can attain a higher level of teaching without boundaries.
- Principles of alignment and the more nuanced concept of agreement are explored. This builds the groundwork to impart in-depth knowledge of asana, an element necessary to teach yoga classes of any style.
- This section is broken into the following components:
- Sun Salutation
- Integration of the static element into the dynamic flow function is based on the system of vinyāsa which connects asana using movement synchronised with breath.
- In this portion, static asanas (i.e. the beads) are connected with vinyāsa (i.e. the string) to form a mālā, a metaphor for a continuous flow of poses and connecting movements which comprise a set sequence in a yoga class.
These two components will gear practitioners with both static practice in traditional or restorative ways, as well as dynamic flow or vinyāsa classes. Suitable for all levels.
ABOUT SITA CHIA
An anthropologist and photojournalist by training, Sita started the practice of yoga in 2000. She travelled around India doing photography works whilst studying yoga and ayurveda in several well-known yoga schools. She is a certified Ayurvedic alternative medicine practitioner, as well as a Sivananda-certified teacher. Sita has spent many years teaching and leading yoga retreats of Hatha yoga in Kutir (an ashram in northern India), Singapore, Bali and Thailand. A certified senior intermediate level 2 Iyengar teacher, Sita practiced both Hatha and Iyengar for a long time before finding her love in the Ashtanga yoga method.
Sita is grateful to yoga for turning her life around from her earlier years of illness and addiction. The practice purified and cleansed both her mind and body, and she feels blessed to have this opportunity to teach.
She has completed both the Ashtanga Primary and Intermediate series, and continues in-depth study of the practice at KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) with Sri R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. She is currently practicing the Ashtanga Advance series given by him. Her personal practice is in Ashtanga Mysore, in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, but she is also well versed in other practices, including Yin, Restorative, Pranayama and Kriya, Yoga Therapy, Prenatal, the Hot Yoga system, Reiki master level and crystal healing. She is E-RYT 500 certified.
In her free time, Sita loves cats, street photography, painting, detox and internal cleansing, as well as raw and vegan food. Whilst she believes the practice of asana is an extremely useful mind-body tool, the true benefits of yoga are gained when all facets of yoga are applied to daily life.