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DAVID KEIL : Anatomy & Ashtanga Yoga


DAVID KEIL – Anatomy & Ashtanga Yoga               August 25-27, 2018



Saturday Morning             Mysore


Saturday Afternoon          Matrix of Ashtanga Yoga Workshop


Sunday Morning                 Mysore


Sunday Afternoon              Three Anatomical Points to Effortless Practice


Monday Morning                Mysore




Saturday Afternoon


Matrix of Ashtanga Yoga Workshop



Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is perhaps one of the most misunderstood styles in the yoga world even though so many other styles are influenced by it. The practice is more than just a sequence of postures. It is doing those postures while maintaining breath, bandha, and dristhi.


Topics covered:


  1. Understand the context of Ashtanga Yoga
  2. Understand what concentration really means
  3. Dive deep into bandhas
  4. Understand what vinyasa means
  5. Discover techniques of integration


Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is perhaps one of the most misunderstood styles in the yoga world, even though so many other styles are influenced by it. In this workshop, we first discuss the context within which the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method came to be. Then we look at the essential elements that make it distinct and an extremely internal practice. The context that the practice lives in is one of recognizing our true nature. Are the elements in the practice being used to this aim?


The elements that provide the framework for the experience of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga are: vinyasa/breath, bandha, dristhi, and asana. It’s one thing to know what these words mean, and another to have an experience of them. We will be doing small pieces of practice to illustrate the concepts that lead to an actual experience of these elements. We will also take a look at why this method is so often misunderstood. Bring your skepticism and judgments if you wish.


Our intention during this workshop is to create a perspective and understanding of the practice that allows us to appreciate it. The practice is mostly misunderstood by people who have not practiced it. When I use the term practice, I don’t mean going to a led primary series class and thinking that one has practiced it. What I mean is, a minimum of 5 days of practice in a row, with a teacher who can transmit the essential points of the practice, that leads one to an EXPERIENCE of the practice.


Ashtanga is much more than doing the postures in a particular sequence.


This is a lecture-based workshop and aimed at those who have an open mind and a desire to understand the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system in a way that enhances whatever method of practice they choose to participate in.




Sunday Afternoon        


Three Anatomical Points to Effortless Practice


There are three anatomical points, that when accessed, will establish strength, stability, ease, and effortlessness in your practice.

Topics covered:


  1. Explanation of the three anatomical points
  2. Techniques to access these key points
  3. Understand their relationship to bandha
  4. Apply the techniques to sun salutations
  5. Utilize the three anatomical points for focus


After teaching anatomy and yoga for nearly twenty years, the core of movement in practice can be brought back to three anatomical points that direct you toward the core of the body. This workshop is about simplifying the complexity of where to practice from anatomically.


By focusing on these three anatomical points, you will develop safe and effective movement that becomes expansive and effortless. It sounds too good to be true, but this really is the basis of understanding the physical component of bandhas in your yoga practice.


There are many ways to approach the practice of yoga. Anatomy is simply another perspective that can be used to understand how to approach practice.


Come along and experience a truly new way to move in your body and take your practice to the next level.


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David Keil was introduced to yoga in 1989 by his Tai Chi Chuan teacher. Both the Tai Chi and Yoga practice at the ripe age of 17 began his research into his own mind-body connections. His search continued through massage therapy where he discovered many insights and affirmations of what he had been exploring and finding on his own through his practices. One of the most important elements was the specific understanding of the musculoskeletal system and how fascinating, beautiful, and amazing the body is on the scientific level and how that directly played into and off of his own understanding of the human body. He was given names and explanations for some of the things he had been experiencing and feeling.


As an instructor of Kinesiology (the study of movement and musculoskeletal anatomy) at Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage from 1999-2003, David developed a fun, informal and informative style of teaching. By repeatedly teaching incoming students who had no prior understanding of anatomy, David was confronted with the problem of making such a complex and beautiful system accessible and understandable to the average person.


David brings his unique style and ability to make things simple to the yoga world. Because of his passion and desire to share the human body with everyone, he delivers this complex and sometimes frustrating topic in a way that is very accessible and understandable to yoga practitioners.


Over the years David has used his skills as a Neuromuscular Therapist to help people reduce their chronic pain patterns. He often brings this information into his workshops where students are regularly uncovering painful patterns or injuries in their bodies.


David was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1999. But it was in 2001 that he met John Scott in Penzance, UK, presenting his anatomy workshops for the first time overseas. Two weeks practicing with John was transformational and he realized that he had found his teacher. This began a relationship of both teacher/student as well as a collaborative colleague relationship that continues today. David still teaches anatomy for all of John’s Teacher Training courses.


It was also John who told David to go to Mysore, India the following year, which he did. David arrived in Mysore in 2002 where he had the honor of studying with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the “old” shala. In fact, it was the last year that the old shala was used for practice. David was authorized in 2004 and returned yearly for extended visits to Mysore with his wife Gretchen Suarez. They are both Authorized Level 2 and grateful for their time in Mysore, meeting Guruji and studying with R. Sharath, his grandson, over the years.