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TRIPSICHORE INTENSIVE STUDY COURSE
and SPECIALIST COURSES

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INTENSIVE STUDY COURSES
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR PRACTICE 
 

Next Courses:
 ** CREATORS COURSE**
   November 26 - 30, 2018
Creative Application of Yoga Technique 
(see the bottom of the page)  
 
**4 WEEK INTENSIVE**
July 22 - August 16, 2019

PLEASE NOTE:  We have made the decision to change our previously programmed 500 hour Teacher Training into a month long Tripsichore Intensive.  Our reasons for this change are numerous, but, in substance, amount to our strongly held feeling that what we offer in an Intensive is of far greater worth.  We feel that the physically and philosophically complicated practice that the Tripsichore style offers is not something that can be mastered from a teaching perspective in the time allotted and respecting the requirements the Yoga Alliance makes for a 500 hour teacher training.  In our opinion, the work on the specifics of the practice itself are of greater importance to a prospective Tripsichore teacher.  In short, people who are seeking to improve their teaching skills are better served for the hours spent in the studio, time in London, and the money invested in our course by working in depth on their understanding of the Tripsichore practice.

The challenge of the Tripsichore Intensive is to understand and articulate the philosophical orthodoxies of a difficult and advanced vinyasa practice in the context of yoga as it has been practiced in the distant past as well as how it is done today.  We feel that those who take up this challenge will find it rewarding for themselves as both practitioners and as teachers.  It is also, perhaps, worth noting that it removes the pressure, both to ourselves and to the participants, of determining worthiness of certification.


The course will be July 22 - August 16, 2019 and will run from 10:00 – 4:00 Mondays through Fridays.  We will only be accepting 10 participants and it is on a first come first served basis.
 

We are giving this course in response to our perceived need for a form of yoga training that addresses aspects of yoga with an intensity that goes beyond what happens in a studio class, workshop, retreat or on a teacher training. 

Curiously, at present, the most intensive training these days occurs in teacher trainings, but these, rightly, consider the needs of a teacher rather than the practitioner.
 We recognise that many people seek a profound yoga training to enhance their abilities as teachers, but that there are others who are not concerned with becoming or improving as a teacher.  Also, we wish to ensure that the standard of our futureTeacher Trainings attract people of high calibre and feel this standard cannot be met unless people have had the opportunity to study the Tripsichore techniques in the depth the Intensive Course provides.

The Intensive Course is for those who already have a well developed practice and it should be stressed that it is an extremely challenging course.  Those who are wondering what that might entail are advised to look at the Tripsichore Yoga DVD (available at
www.pranamaya.com) .  The Intensive Course addresses the REGULAR Practice.  The Intensive Course is designed to examine the techniques of vinyasa yoga from the Tripsichore perspective.  While it is intended to be a physically challenging course with attention paid to the methods used to attain difficult inversions, back bends, etc., it is equally concerned with the philosophical reasons for doing so.  The subjects of pratayahara, dharana, dhyana, and drishti within a vinyasa context will be considered and developed. We are endeavouring to develop yogis who wish to have both amazing physical and contemplative practices. 

Intensive Courses

July 22 - August 16, 2019

Cost:  £2,250

Requirements
:

Comfortable in freestanding Headstand with leg variations
Some knowledge of pranayama
A regular yoga practice

 

Location: 41 Roundwood Road, London NW10 9TP UK

 Please apply to: tripsichore@msn.com



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Some reviews for the TRIPSICHORE TECHNIQUE in its DVD set:

“For the past 15 years [Tripsichore] has developed its own unique brand of asana...the practices are a joy to watch and, along with the workshops, a treasure trove of intriguing ideas.”

— Richard Rosen, Yoga Journal--


“Thanks to this challenging and compellingly creative instructional DVD, advanced yoginis can finally skip a class or a self-practice. In the two-disc set, Edward Clark, a student of yoga since 1978 and founder of the UK-based Tripsichore performance group (www.tripsichore.com), reveals to the public for the first time the Tripsichore Yoga techniques that have dazzled onlookers for decades.”

— Sara Avant Stover, FitYoga Magazine--


“The DVD set highlighting their performance and practice aptly transfers to the small screen. Even when they are linking together spectacular poses, such as lifting from wheel in handstand to arching variations of handstand to wheel again, or in more simple movements, it is the smooth and watery transitions that create beauty.”

— Felicia M. Tomasko, LA Yoga Magazine-----


“...Edward Clark makes magic and entertains... The awe-inspiring virtuoso on the first disc could absorb anyone... Clark is like the jazz musician of Surya Namaskar, always mixing up the notes, revivifying those who are ready for the challenge.”

— Molly Roemer, Yogi Times---

“...Edward has deliberately made the practice sequences quite challenging to give people an opportunity to investigate their real potential by trying things they otherwise might never do.  Challenging they are. Even the Simple series would be a bit of a reach for most intermediate yoga students, except for those who have an athleticism that combines considerable strength, flexibility and balance. Growing in complexity from strongly intermediate to highly advanced, the sequences all start manageably with a basic sun salutation that has some distinctive Tripsichore movements, such as arm circles in extended forward bend. But in the Regular and Plus sequences, Edward and Eileen really begin to take you into some complex and difficult movements and postures. These are definitely not for beginners--and perhaps even beyond many intermediate-level Ashtanga practitioners. Tripsichore’s techniques are likely to take you beyond your current beliefs about physical, mental and energetic limitations--and perhaps to a deeper realization of the unity and flow of life.”

– Tim Noworyta, Yoga Chicago

 

 

TRIPISCHORE'S

CREATORS COURSE

November 26 - 30, 2018

Creative Application Of Yoga Technique

 

Tripsichore’s first ever CREATORS COURSE will be held from 26 – 30 November, 2018.  This five day course intends to address what Tripsichore thinks is a serious lack in the contemporary yoga scene.  Over the last 40 years, we have witnessed a remarkable advancement in the physical skills of practitioners, yet these skills have little direct application outside the yoga studio.  For instance, one doesn’t become skilful at forearm balances because one uses forearm balances in any activity in the “real” world.  By way of analogy, it is like people doing ballet to a high standard or writing 5 act plays, but never considering that these things could ever be performed…not even being aware that there was such a thing as performance.  This would not diminish the delight (and sometimes delightful frustration) in writing a play or doing a ballet class, but the actual resolution of all that work is never tested in a meaningful way…(and in another analogy) it is like singing in the shower…feels great to do, but why train intensively to do it? 

 

One of the objects of this course is to look at the technical execution of difficult postures with an aim to understanding how to do them in a way that has artistic and philosophic meaning.  We will examine what postures appear to express as well as what is expressed by the individual performing them.  Various inversions and back bends will be analysed compositionally…looking at such things as line and symmetry and also for what meaning is conveyed by the different ways various people perform these postures.  We will consider them from both a perspective of the shapes as artistic creations and as a form of personal expression.

 

We feel that in modern yoga there is an uncomfortable relationship between its physical practices and how these relate to its philosophies.  The territory of this subject is vast and still largely unexplored .  In the Creators Course, we will particularly study how comparatively advanced yoga relates to the questions of the philosophy of aesthetics.  In the mid 18th century, the term “aesthetics” was derived (from the Greek word aesthesis - perception) and the term was created to refer to the science of sensory knowledge, but has come to be understood as the science of sensory beauty – the examination of taste.

 

Tripsichore has used the physical vocabulary of yoga to make yoga theatre since 1993.  To create performance pieces using yoga, Tripsichore found it necessary to articulate more clearly the premises and techniques of what is loosely termed “Vinyasa”.  This has ultimately led to a consideration of how and why the transitions between asanas occur and their relative importance to asanas.  The conclusion, though seemingly obvious, was that the transitions are just as important – just as interesting, but in a different way – as the postures.  While there has been a considerable dedication on the part of yoga, over many years, to understand the technique of posture, there has been limited articulation made of the technique for transitioning from posture to posture.  This is not surprising as much of yoga has been informed by a leitmotif of “stillness” and this has included stillness of breath and mind as well as body.

(just a note here:  we do feel that if you really want to learn Tripsichore technique, you need to do the Intensive.  That is when we actually do the detailed breakdown of the technique.  It is a very good and unique course that will significantly improve your practice and understanding of yoga…so good, in fact, that here we are giving it a plug in promotion for our other courses)

COST:  £500

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIALIST COURSE:  There are no specific requirements for this course, but it is presumed that attendees will have some previous knowledge of Tripsichore   

TIMES: 10:00 – 4:00 Mondays through Friday

LOCATION:  41 Roundwood Road, London, NW10 9TP, United Kingdom

PLEASE APPLY TO:  tripsichore@msn.com  



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A seriously difficult training