July 6 – 31, 2020
With expert Ashtanga Yoga teachers David Robson and Jelena Vesić, anatomy expert Arielle Nash, and psychotherapist Sandra Pribanic.
David, Jelena and AYCT are excited to announce that Assisting School is going online this year!
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to study and enrich your understanding of the traditional technique and philosophy of hands on adjustments from your own home.
The goal of this program is to communicate a thorough knowledge of the Ashtanga Yoga technique.Join Now
Upon completion of this intensive program, you’ll have:
- A deepened understanding of various adjustment techniques and modifications.
- The ability to detect alignment mistakes and know how to correct postures both verbally and physically with precise cueing taught by David and Jelena.
- An awareness of functional anatomy through training with expert Arielle Nash.
- The skills to actively listen to and help students from exploratory sessions with psychotherapist Sandra Pribanic.
Attending David and Jelena’s assisting school supported my practice, my teaching, and my ability to run a successful Mysore program. I would encourage anyone who is interested in sharing the Ashtanga practice to participate, whether you’ve been teaching and practicing for years or are just beginning to consider the possibility.
Assisting school gave me a deeper understanding of the practice and postures themselves, supported me in practising and assisting safely, and anchored my intention in the highest vision of yoga. I’ve also taken virtual courses with David and Jelena, and participated in their virtual Mysore room.
The wisdom and efficacy of their teaching translates easily through the online format. I am so grateful for every opportunity I’ve had to learn from David and Jelena, and can’t recommend participating in this training highly enough.
Adjustment Techniques – 12 hours
This section is the main focus of our Assisting School: Our aim is for you to gain the tools you need to safely assist and adjust students. These live workshops, taught by David Robson and Jelena Vesić, will cover many diverse techniques and options for assisting. The teaching will also focus on how to assist and support students with back, knee, shoulder and hip injuries as well as detecting potential issues that may lead to discomfort or pain.
Practice Teaching with Verbal Cues & Corrections - 3 hours
Now more than ever, being skilled and confident in offering verbal corrections is so important. In this section of the course you’ll have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of these skills. During these 2 small group sessions, you’ll have a chance to practice your verbal cues and corrections in an online class setting. David & Jelena will be there to observe and offer insightful feedback.
Ashtanga Practice – 18 hours
The way we learn to help others best really comes from our own practice and experience. As a part of this course, Assisting School participants will have full access to all livestream Mysore-style, Led Primary Series, and Pranayama & Meditation classes with David & Jelena.
Anatomy – 6 hours
Proper knowledge of movement mechanics and integrated anatomy will help you to give safe and effective individual adjustments with confidence. This portion of the course goes beyond basic muscle and bone anatomy, covering all the body’s systems and introduces the fascial lines. This segment provides a holistic understanding of how the body functions and responds to specific adjustments. This portion of the course will be taught by Arielle Nash.
Additional Skills in Listening and Helping – 4 hours
A unique part of Mysore style practice is the dialogue that opens up between teacher and student. Psychotherapist and Ashtangi, Sandra Pribanic will lead a series of classes aimed to help practitioners expand self-awareness on and off the mat. You’ll learn listening techniques to create awareness of student’s needs, and create a safe space for deepening the inward journey that daily Ashtanga practice opens up.
In this module you will explore what mindfulness, grounding, emotional flow and emotional “structure” have to do with the strength, flexibility, healing and integration through Ashtanga daily practice. In addition, you’ll look at what happens when we set in motion our whole being: physical, emotional, cognitive, energy, spiritual; personal and transpersonal. We will also look at the conditions that create safety, promote healing and integration, and move closer to a felt and lived experience of self.
All I can say is best course ever! From the amazing community they have created to the guidance and teaching, there are no words to describe how much I loved this program.
David and Jelena continue to inspire me. The helped my practice grow so much, from learning how to adjust and truly digging deep into the practice. It was one of the best exercises I’ve ever had.
Program Tuition Payment
Program Tuition Includes:
- 43 hours of online livestream teaching
- Assisting School Manual PDF
- 1 month of practice in studio at AYCT, post Covid-19
- 1 month of access to all classes and select workshops on www.davidrobsonyoga.com
- AYCT Gift pack with tank top, tote bag, and other goodies.
This comprehensive online course is worth $1,400, however in solidarity with the current world situation, we are offering a special promotional price of $950. Savings of: $450!Join Now
If you have already purchased this course, please login now and return to this page to access course content. Live stream classes will be at the date and time listed. Recordings of those classes will be available after.
- Mysore with David & Jelena 6/7/20 @ 09h00 EST
- Intro: The Role of the Ashtanga Teacher 6/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Anatomy 1: The Centre - Core, Spine and Pelvis 7/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 1 8/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Pranayama and Sitting 9/7/20 @ 10h00 EST
- Listening Skills & Mindfulness #1 9/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 2 10/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Led Primary Series Live Stream 11/7/20 @ 08h00 EST
- Conference - 8 limbed path 12/7/20 @ 10h00 EST
- Mysore with David & Jelena 13/7/20 @ 09h00 EST
- ASO: Session 3 13/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Anatomy 2: The Lower Half 14/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 4 15/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Pranayama and Sitting 16/7/20 @ 10h00 EST
- Listening Skills & Mindfulness #2 16/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 5 17/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Led Primary Series Live Stream 18/7/20 @ 08h00 EST
- Conference - Yoga Sutras 19/7/20 @ 10h00 EST
- ASO: Session 6 20/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Anatomy 3: The Lower Half 21/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 7 22/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Pranayama and Sitting 23/7/20 @ 10h00 EST
- Listening Skills & Mindfulness #3 23/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 8 24/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Led Primary Series Live Stream: 25/7/20 @ 08h00 EST
- Conference - Yoga Philosophy 26/7/20 @ 10h00 EST
- Mysore with David & Jelena 27/7/20 @ 09h00 EST
- ASO: Session 9 27/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Anatomy 4: The Body Unit - Functioning as a whole 28/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 10 29/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- Pranayama and Sitting 30/7/20 @ 10h00 EST
- Listening Skills & Mindfulness #4 30/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
- ASO: Session 11 31/7/20 @ 15h00 EST
Meet Your Teachers
David is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching, and was Authorized in 2007. In addition to running his Mysore program in Toronto, David teaches workshops and retreats around the world alongside his wife, Jelena Vesić. He is also well known for a popular series of instructional videos on Ashtanga’s vinyasa system, called Learn To Float.
After studying ballet for 16 years, Jelena made Yoga her sole focus in 2009. She has studied with David Robson since 2010, and leads the evening Mysore program at AYCT. She and David teach together at workshops and retreats in Toronto and around the world.
Arielle is a dedicated Ashtangi with over a decade of teaching experience. Holding a degree in Sport Science, extensive professional courses and certifications and following a career training pro athletes, Arielle is also well versed in anatomy, biomechanics and movement patterning, and she applies this to her teaching daily.
Over the last 10 years, she has had the opportunity to teach alongside, or study with highly skilled teachers such as David Robson, Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor, Sri OP Tiwari, Jeff & Harmony Lichty, Chuck Miller, and Prem & Rahda. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan (Thailand), and R. Sharath Jois (Mysore, India), to who she travels annually to study.
She is the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Project, who has conducted global research on Ashtanga, gender difference and injury. Arielle teaches continuing education courses for yoga teachers, focusing on women’s anatomy, prenatal yoga (yoga for pregnant women), injury prevention and rehab, and adjustment techniques.
Sandra found Ashtanga “by coincidence” in 2011, and has been inspired by daily practice since.
Her work is about exploring places where the mind–body–heart–spirit can experience connectedness (however briefly!), about recognizing what moves and makes one alive, about creating space for what is loud inside (intense/difficult emotions) to quiet down, and what is quiet to get heard. Above all, about making space for all there is.
Sandra is a Registered Psychotherapist, with a private practice in Toronto. Her practice and teaching integrate body-centered, psychodynamic and transpersonal psychotherapy, craniosacral and energy work.
What happens if I can’t make it to one of the live classes?
We understand that with different time zones (and life!) it’s not always possible to make it to the live and that's perfectly OK. We record every class and it’s made available on your course page within 24 hours of the live class. This way you’re free to take the course at your own pace, whenever it’s convenient for you.
Can I take this course if I’m not a yoga teacher?
Yes, absolutely! This course is designed to be beneficial for both teachers and students alike. We’ve had many students take this course in the past purely to deepen their knowledge of the practice and better understand the tradition of Ashtanga.
Do I need to practice full primary series to take this course?
Definitely not. All levels and abilities are welcome to join us. We do recommend that you familiarize yourself with the primary series sequence prior to the course to get the most out of it. (we can send you a cheat sheet upon request).
How long will I have access to the recorded videos of the course?
You’ll have 90 days from the time the course ends (ends: October 6th, 2020)
How long do I have to use the one month free pass at AYCT?
You can come anytime within 12 months from the end date of the course (expires: July 31st, 2021).
Do I receive a certificate?
The intention of this course is to provide students with an education, not with a certification. We’ll teach you what we know about helping practitioners with their practice, but authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga can only be granted by R. Sharath Jois of the Sharath Yoga Centre in Mysore, India.
I decided to do the 3 week Ashtanga Assisting School Intensive last year. It was a fantastic experience, in which I learned a lot from the point of view of technique and teaching. This course is structured very well and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of the practice.
Thank you very much David and Jelena and the whole Ashtanga Toronto community. I hope to see you soon!