Mark and Joanne Darby in Dubai! January 24th to 26th, 2013

Save the date! Internationally renowned yoga teachers Mark and Joanne Darby are coming to Dubai for a 3-day workshop in January 2013. The workshop will take place at the Yoga Room in JLT. Below are details of the workshop. For more information, or to inquire about booking your spot, please feel free to contact me on

3-Day Workshop with Mark and Joanne Darby, January 24th, 25th and 26th


AED 200/day
AED 500 for full workshop (3 days)

Thursday, January 24th:

7:00 – 9:00pm: Technique Class with Focus on Foundation
“Sthiram sukham asanam”; without foundation, there is no connection to bandha.
We will explore basic asanas with a particular focus on alignment and breathing, as well as how to link the asanas into a flowing sequence. We will cover the sun salutations & standing poses, building a solid foundation from which to progress and get the most out of your practice.

Friday, January 25th:
10:00am – 12:30pm: Led class followed by Breakdown of Postures
3:30 – 6:00pm: Technique Class on Bandhas and Core Strength
No stability without core! Improve your practice through simple exercise and key asanas. We will also explore the interdependency and contradictions of the apparently opposite actions of connecting to the core versus reaching through the limbs.

Saturday, January 26th:
10:00am – 12:30pm: Led class with Focus on Breath & Movement, followed by Breakdown of Postures
3:30 – 6:00pm: Technique Class on Backbends
Not to be afraid… if you have a sore back or back injury, it is a must! We will work step by step in practicing the key alignment points that help us practice these poses with ease and safety. We will help students build confidence while finding ways to work with common issues surrounding these poses with a focus on how to protect vulnerable areas such as the lower back, shoulders and neck.

A little about Darby and Joanne:

Darby and Joanne have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for over 25 years. They began their practice with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, themaster of Ashtanga Yoga, in 1979 when they spent four years in Mysore, India. They are part of the few teachers worldwide who have attained the highest level of Ashtanga Yoga teaching accreditation and are certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach the original Ashtanga method.

Darby’s teaching is dynamic and direct while giving students the essence of the energy of this yoga. His wisdom and warmthattract a vibrant community of students who are drawn to his humor, his attentive nature and his steadfast commitment to improving each student’s physical alignment. Darby gives workshops all over Europe, Canada and the United States, and spends few months a year with his master in Mysore.

Joanne is a source of inspiration to many yoga students around the world. For her, yoga goes beyond the asana practice… it is a way of life. After so many years of practice, she truly believes in the power, benefits and the transformative effect of the ashtanga yoga method.

Photographs copyright Valery Latypov


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