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David Meloni

Nurturing Harmony and Wholeness through Practice: Asana & Pranayama, and Philosophy

5-Day Intensive

2024/7/6 - 7/10

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BKS Iyengar embodied practice. Why? A Yoga Practice, when approached with awareness and discernment, is simply effective in bringing about positive change into all aspects of our lives and enhances everything else that we do in our lives.

At the heart of what he taught, Guruji encouraged us to explore in our practice and through our practice we can develop the awareness to realize Yoga.  However, how we practice and the quality of practice determines its effectiveness and whether we can be touched by the transformative characteristics inherent in Yoga itself. The effects of which, unfolds into increased harmony and wholeness for our inner world and we can better relate and be in relationship to the outer world.

David Meloni will share with you the comprehensive approach of Iyengar Yoga, in the forms of Asana improving physical steadiness, strength, and poise, Pranayama cultivating mental and emotional well-being by working with our breath to regulate and direct our energy and Yoga Philosophy as a means to guide and culture our mind.

By weaving these 3 key components of practice and study their effects and effectiveness of Yoga will be compounded. On a more profound, yet practical level, harmony and wholeness will be better cultivated.

We welcome you to join this distinctive 5-day intensive and learn from David Meloni, who was awarded the highest certificate possible in the Iyengar system.

Be prepared to be physically and mentally immersed through David Meloni's accessible approach. Blending a noticeably clear teaching style, insightful sequences, and with masterful hands-on adjustments David transmits the essence of Guruji, BKS Iyengar's, teachings.

There will be a daily Q & A session to support students learning and understanding of what David will be teaching in the intensive. Furthermore, David will also be sharing some of his experiences as a direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar and the impact, significance, and relevance of Guruji and Geetaji's teachings for him and the world today.

Learn more about David Meloni's method of teaching here.

Day 1 - Energizing Legs & Elongating Hamstrings

Kick off the intensive with an energizing sequence, incorporating a variety of standing poses and sun salutations. This day is dedicated to awakening and connecting to the wholeness of your body with a special focus on releasing tight hamstrings. Experience a new found freedom starting from your lower body. Harmony is nurtured when a key part of the body is addressed through David Meloni’s skillful sequencing.

Day 2 – Countering “Sitting Culture” Through Deep Twists & Hip Openers

Dive deep into advanced twists and hip-openers, exploring seated and forward extensions. Come experience how David Meloni’s manual adjustments and accessible approach to advanced asanas will help you unlock hips and lower back with increased lightness. Creating space and ease in these crucial areas to enhance your overall flexibility and comfort.

Day 3 – Enter into the Advanced Asanas through Padmasana

Explore the serene yet powerful Padmasana (Lotus Pose) and its variations. This iconic asana is a gateway pose into a wide category of poses that help to further develop harmony and wholeness that fills our inner and outer practice with poise and peace.

Day 4 – Finding Ultimate Freedom: Opening and Extending Backwards for Upper Back Mobility

Connect with the key actions that are a hallmark of BKS Iyengar. With precise use of props breaking down and building up of the key components of asanas join and experience connection, wholeness and rejuvenation in your spine, arms and overall posture through David Meloni’s expert sequencing and masterful manual adjustments.

Day 5 – Empowering Arm Balances & Accessing the Abdominals

Conclude the intensive with empowering arm balances. Emphasis will be on integrating your abdominals in a way that enhances lightness and ease (and reducing tension and struggle) through the pillars of practice: action, integration and transformation and supported by exacting use of props and artful sequencing. Leaving you feeling strong and centred, harmonized and whole.

Daily Schedule

09:00-12:00 Asana
12:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:20 Philosophy, Q & A
16:20-16:30 10 minutes break
16:30–18:00 Pranayama Practice

Suitable for

Minimum 1 years of Iyengar Yoga or 2 years of Yoga practice.
No therapeutics or can manage by oneself.

David Meloni has been awarded the highest certificate possible in the Iyengar system. He is also the director of the IYENGAR® YOGA Rahasya Institute in Florence, Italy. Outside of Florence, he has been invited to lead courses throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America to share what he has learned and transmit the essence of B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings.

Possessed with a distinctively clear teaching style and insightful sequences, his students are positioned to experience the integration of the multi-dimensional aspects of the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. David, through his deeply devoted sadhana in in āsana, prāṇāyāma and application in yoga philosophy, helps his students develop external and internal strength, discernment, mental and emotional steadiness, and poise.

Decades separated the publication of “Light on Yoga” (1966) and his initial trip to Pune, India in 2003. When David first met B.K.S. Iyengar, the Master was 85 years old. It was apparent how his continued practice had deepened his teachings and asanas alike. David was ready and there to learn from him.

He was inspired in many ways. First, by what Guruji had taught. Second, as Guruji had asked David to be close to him, David was molded by Guruji during his multi-month, annual trips to Pune. It was there, while being a direct student of Guruji’s he observed that B.K.S. Iyengar, was a true living Yogi. He was an actual living testimony in what he taught. Guruji lived his Yoga. He wasn’t just espousing words. To follow the steps of Yoga is in itself a natural transformation.

By 2013, in recognition of the depth of David’s practice, through diligent work and perceptive understanding, he earned his Advanced Junior II with Guruji. Then in 2018 Geetaji awarded him the maximum level of certification, “Advanced Senior level II*”. These assessments reflected what he had learned and absorbed during the time he spent under Guruji’s direct tutelage. During his time in Pune, David studied with Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar and Geetaji until they passed. He continues to be a student of Prashantji, B.K.S. Iyengar’s son. (*Currently named Level 4 under the new structure of the Iyengar system.)

Guruji still teaches David. After years of learning closely from Guruji, in the form of points taught and remarks made inside and outside the yoga hall, and from direct and strict guidance - the teachings from his Guru continue to unfold in the form of insights through David’s dedicated and devoted practice. David continues to digest the work he did with the Master when he was alive. The storehouse of memories that has accumulated in his mind, body, cells, and inner being are continually being assimilated and digested. Insights are carried to the surface by fusing and consolidating the actions in the Asanas, tapping into the power of the Pranayama, and application and integration of the wisdom of Yogic philosophy.

This translates seamlessly into David’s teachings. His efforts to guide students to experience the integration of the multi-dimensional aspects of the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar is found in his distinctively clear teaching style, skillful use of props, and masterful sequences. By teaching simple actions in a progressive and highly methodical manner, David prepares, the body, breath and mind. This helps to create the condition for one to become more receptive and can begin to catch glimpses of the Rahasya of Yoga and to more readily experience the effects of Yoga.

David’s devotion and dedication to Guruji is paramount. He has been given so much. It is his humble duty to transmit the essence of B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings. He endeavors to share wholeheartedly what he has learned from Guruji.

2024/7/6-7/10 David Meloni
Nurturing Harmony and Wholeness through Practice: Asana & Pranayama, and Philosophy

Identity Early Bird Price Register till May 15th Pre-training Price Register between Mar 16th~Jun. 19th Regular Price
SPACE members/Group Purchase NT$ 29,500 NT$ 30,600 NT$36,000
Non-SPACE members NT$ 31,090 NT$ 32,400
  • Group Offer for 2 can get SPACE member rate discount.

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Notes :

  • Event Location: SPACE YOGA An-Ho studio
  • Minimum number of registrations to hold the course: 25 students.
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  • The organizer reserves the right to modify the method, content and precautions of this event, and has the right to decide to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this event, and retain the right of final interpretation.
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