ESSEN 2013 Yoga Weekend Workshop

Samstag 19.01. & Sonntag 20.01.2013

YogaJaya: An Integrated Approach with Patrick Oancia 

The YogaJaya Baseworks" system combines refined breathing with asana practice. The system spans from working on details of structural alignment, to promoting fluidity and grace through awareness in movement. This practice safely builds from beginner to more experienced dynamics in a complete and holistic way.

In his teaching approach, Patrick aims to consolidate the integrated aspects of yoga to raise awareness and promote sensitivity in all aspects of life. The objective is to help ensure that we are engaged in a life-long, continually evolving and essentially healthy yoga experience.

This weekend workshop will introduce practical pranayama (breathing) and asana (posture) applications with lectures on the interface between human anatomy & physiology, psychology and subtle energetics. Each “Baseworks” sequence addresses an entire body practice.

**Workshop open to all levels and backgrounds, including teachers, intermediate and advanced practitioners. Also recommended for those who regularly practice any modern hatha yoga traditions including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Ishta, Sivananda, Anusara etc.**  

Saturday- January 19

8:30 am to 10:00

Pranayama/ Meditation

Guided meditation followed by introductory practical pranayama (breathing) practice.

10:00 to 10:30

Tea break

10:30 to 13:00

Introduction: Baseworks 1.0 Sequence.

The first stages of “YogaJaya Baseworks” focus on understanding the significance of the contraction and relaxation of opposing muscle groups to support the major joint complexes and their associated tendons, ligaments and cartilage. 

This session will look at the key points of the “YogaJaya Baseworks” system followed by an introductory “Baseworks 1.0 Sequence”.

**This module establishes the foundation of Patrick’s approach to teaching asana and is the YogaJaya studio and teacher training signature curriculum. As Patrick continually evolves, refines and upgrades his teachings, even students who have attended previous workshops with Patrick are strongly encouraged to attend.**

13:00 to 14:30


14:30 to 17:00

Sthira Sukham Asanam: Core Foundation- Baseworks 2.0Sequence.

Sthira (steady) Sukham (comfortable) Asanam (posture) is one of the many aphorisms introduced by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. It is said that when the body and mind achieve equanimity that the feet, legs, pelvis, torso, arms, hands, neck, throat and head are perfectly balanced.

When practicing with a sense of equanimity one learns to detach from the pure physical challenges while remaining confident and calm throughout.

As an extension to the 1st module, this session will first outline the approach to building core stability utilizing muscles that stabilize the spine, abdominal region and pelvis so as to enhance an understanding of body mechanics. This will be followed by a “Baseworks 2.0 Sequence”.


Sunday- January 20

8:00 am to 10:30

Pranayama/ Meditation, Baseworks 2.0 Sequence

This consecutive morning practice will begin with the same sitting practice immeduialtely followed by the review the previous days applications in a Baseworks 2.0 Sequence.

10:30 to 11:30


11:30 to 14:00

Viparita Karani Mudra: Building Confidence in Practice and Life- Baseworks 2.0 Sequence. (All Levels, Yoga Teachers)

2.5 Hours

"Viparita Karani Mudra" represents all inverted yoga postures. It is said that when inversions can be practiced with confidence and stability, that one can become more confident in all aspects experiential life. 

This session will first focus on the extension of the spine, to refine the understanding of core foundation. This will be followed by different applications to safely practice inverted postures. Inverted poses will include headstand (sirsasana), handstand (adho mukha vrksasana), fore arm balance (pincha mayurasana), the plow (halasana), shoulder balance (viparita karani). This will be followed by a “Baseworks 3.0 Sequence”.


Patrick Oancia

Patrick was introduced to yoga in the early 1990s. He has immersed himself in the study of hatha yoga asana traditions, including iyengar, sivananda, and ashtanga vinyasa, while refining various more-subtle applications beyond physical practice. His mission as a teacher is to coordinate the attributes of yoga with other wisdom-tradition philosophies, sociology, and a sense of coexistence with the environment while raising awareness and encouraging a greater reliance on intuition. Although he maintains an appreciation for all the forms of yoga he has practiced over the years, Patrick’s own teachings are not drawn exclusively from any one tradition. He develops curriculum and writes essays based on a contemporary interpretation of yoga as a lifestyle-enhancing element, directs teacher-training programs, and hosts yoga workshops and retreats internationally. Patrick produces and performs music, does photography and video, as well as pursuing interests in all facets of design. Patrick is the director of YogaJaya  and creator or the YogaJaya Baseworks System and spends most of his time between Asia, Europe and North America.