Vinyasa Yoga presents

        Master classes for teachers & experienced students

The Advanced Practitioners Course is a course led by Dave Curtis, who has been teaching fulltime since 2002 ( accumulating over 10,000 hours of teaching experience) and is E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP  registered with Yoga Alliance ( he has over 1,250 hours of training since 2001)

David is also a certified Somatic Movement Educator (SME) through the International Institute of Somatic Movement Education based in Tamil Nadu, South India. SME is a neuromuscular re-education system that facilitates sensory- motor learning to gain greater voluntary control of the physiological process resulting in freedom of ease and agility of movement. This course is aimed at advanced practitioners of Yoga & Yoga Teachers.



Vinyasa Krama – An intelligent and progressive step by step approach to arranging the various levels of postures and movements to ensure the lifeforce is cultivated safely.
Subtle Anatomy – Nadi, Vayu and Marma. Through asana and more we will explore the junctions of the lifeforce (Prana). The obstructions common to modern habitual posture patterns and how to address them through focus on the Vital points of Marma Shastra.

Meridian System – As Chi/Prana travels through the meridian system they pass through the vital organs and can be stimulated with the use of certain fluid, dynamic and static movements.

Chakra System – Addressing the emotions associated with each energy center systematically removes the feelings and thought patterns associated with limited belief systems and patterns of conditioning.
Nervous System – Somatic Movement Education and Restoration– replenishing the para-sympathethic nervous system through awareness based activities. Understanding when, why and how much is appropriate.

Devotional Non-Duality – Exploring the Levels and Laws of Consciousness Research. Transcending the Ego –Learning to let go - the art of Surrender. All the great spiritual masters were adept at surrendering to the Divine. We will explore the techniques of contemplation (Dharana) and the philosophy behind this simple art in daily living.

Opening the Lotus – Padmasana – The Lotus posture has multiple variations depending on what internal system one is looking to stimulate and for how long. We will explore
this ‘swiss army knife’ of postures systematically.

The King and Queen – Sirasana and Sarvangasana – There is a long list of benefits for these two central activities, however there is also a similar list of contra-indications. We will explore their appropriate application, variations and counter-poses.

Kriyas – Madhya Nauli & The Bandhas – Exploring the techniques associated with activating and moving from the Vital Centre and their appropriate application.

The Pranayamas – Ujjayi Kumbhaka – Kapalabhati – Surya Bhedana – Exploring the fundamental stages of a structured and safe breathing practice with the 3 primary techniques
used to set up the central channels of Ida & Pingala

The Great Seals – Mahamudra and Mahabhanda - The two primary mudras (internal seals) used to set up the correct internal approach to lifeforce cultivation and clear the energy fields associated with the three base chakras.

Hand Mudras – These gestures work on the nervous system through the energy centres of the hands and correspond to the vital organs.



February 16 – Part 1 – The Vayus - Apana and Vyana Vayu – The winds that move you

In this workshop we will work with principles such as pumping, shifting and weighing to build power in the legs and establish a deeper breath cycle in your forward bends. Learn how to stabilise the inner fire (agni) through stance work and meditative seats. Learn more about the subtle nature of the inner winds that govern the internal functions of the body.  

March 16 – Part 2 – The Vayus - Prana and Samana – Create inner harmony and balance

In this workshop we will work with principles such as balancing, twisting and back bending to build power in the waist and chest and establish a deeper inhalation. Moving from the center begins to change the experience of how your yoga feels. When movements take place from the inside out the practice becomes more internalised and less fragmented.  

June 8 – Part 3 - The Subtle Body – The Central Channels and Cultivating the Vital Center 

In this workshop we will work with a linear sequence that focuses on the central channels of the spine. This prepares the breath and the spine for the inverted poses like shoulderstand and their variations. Preparatory poses will be introduced that open the waist and side body which is essential for proper inverted work. 

July 20 – Part 4 – The Spiral Helix – Free the spine from the obstruction of the limbs  

To work with the more advanced floor work without imposing the spine must be free of primary obstructions. In this workshop we will work with moving in narrow and wide spiralling activities that free the groins and waist and so indirectly free the spine for more advanced meditative poses. 

Talks included within each workshop: 

Samkhya Philosophy – One of the six schools of Indian thought- How to practically apply it

The Yin and Yang of Yoga – Cultivating the play of opposites from the inside out

Transcending the I-maker – How to transcend the Ego with the mechanism of Surrender 

Times: 10am – 1pm Location: YDS Dundrum Cost: €40.00

A PREREQUISTE TO THE UPCOMING ADVANCED PRACTITIONER COURSE IN SEPTEMBER 2019. Attendance at a minimum of 3 workshops is required to apply for the APC. 



This is not a teacher training however a certificate of completion will be provided to acknowledge continuing education credits for those registered with Yoga Alliance as teachers.
The weekends are spaced out over just under two years as the content shared in each will require a minimum of two-three months consistent application to bear fruit and prepare one for the following material.
There will be no written course work however reading material will be suggested to compliment the experiential practice.
Each weekend will begin to set up the above curriculum in an experiential mode. Meaning all the elements that make up a complete practice will be slowly introduced and integrated as we progress. As this is an organic process the above curriculum is a template only and may diverge beyond the initial outline.




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