As you all well know David Roche will be here in a matter of 5/6 weeks. His workshop intensive will start April 28th and finish May 28th.
David Roche has studied movement all of his life. He is a master teacher and I know many of you know this from personal experience with him. I will list his bio at the end so you can scroll down and read it now if you want to know more about him.
There is a peculiar tension in running a workshop intensive of this length. As a teacher and student I think it is of tremendous benefit to have an entire month with him, and thus I have held out for this possibility. In all honesty the economics of running a workshop of this length are not good. That is to say, a senior teacher one can make in a few days or a week what they make teaching a month long workshop. The cost for bringing the teacher is high, and there are more monthly expenses that usual that the studio has to cover because the workshop lasts longer. To boot, it isn’t fair to charge people more to come to the studio when they may or not be able to afford to come, and to block their change to come to their normal practice place. Or at least we feel it isn’t.
I have thought long and hard about what resolution there is to this dilemma, and talked to a few of you. I have resolved that we can try an experiment of sorts, that I hope you all will appreciate.
When we held this workshop the last time the cost was 350 for one month of mysore classes, and 180 to come part time, ie 3 days per week. We will not raise prices this year, however, we will ask those who have the means and inclination to support this workshop by paying a slightly higher “sponsorship” price. Participation would be entirely voluntary and very much appreciated. We will also be able to offer some partial scholarships to those who need them. I don’t want people to be held back from coming by the issue of money.
I wanted to write this to give people a sense of what’s coming. I would like this to work out, as I really want to be able to continue to bring teachers of David’s caliber to YIY for a month where possible. We are also careful to balance this sort of thing to the best of our ability, only cancelling regular classes when necessary, not ever more than once a year, and when the benefit surely outweighs the cost.
Thank you all for reading, for showing up every day, and participating in making this studio a special place to practice. And of course I do welcome your feedback.
David has studied and taught movement for forty years. His teaching incorporates the lessons gleaned from his career as a dancer, choreographer, artist and yogin. Classes focus on rhythm and flow, on correct body alignment and use of breath, on the importance of maintaining a daily discipline and accepting the blessing of change, and on the extended effects of hatha yoga toward finding balance throughout the seasons of one’s life. David uses materials gained from the study of human anatomy, Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, Ideokinesis, Jikkyo Jutsu and modern dance in presenting workshops. Most recently he has taught in Australia, India, Bali, France, the U.S.A., Great Britain, Scotland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Denmark, Turkey, Ireland, Portugal and Canada.
Major influences in his life’s study include the tradition of Martha Graham in dance (as taught to him by 1st and 2nd generation disciples including Pearl Lang and Bertram Ross); the tradition of Masahiro Oki in yoga (as taught to him by Tatsumuro Sensei, Juzu Sensei, and Endoh Sensei); and the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya in yoga (as taught to him by Sri Pattabhi Jois and grandson Sri Sharathchandra Rangaswamy, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, and Eddie Stern, as well as 1st and 2nd generation disciples of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, including Shandor Remete, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, Ramanand Patel and Judith Lasater. It was Shandor, now known as Xander, who instilled in David the love and precision of asana as well as the need to remain open to the ineffable quality of Grace.
Now at age 66 (68, ashtanga teachers rarely update their bio pages :-), David’s own daily practice focuses on deepening his understanding of the concepts and principles he teaches. He continues to refine ways to marry the sentient experience of his own practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga; Yoga Chikitsa, Nadi Shodhana, and Sthira Bhaga, with the capabilities and experiences of his students. Although his beloved guru, Sri K Pattabhi Jois passed away in 2009, David continues to return to Mysore yearly to maintain his connection to the source. Guruji gave David his blessings to teach in 1997, and Certified him by the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of Mysore in 2002.