Life involves carrying weight: responsibilities, emotions, memories, and the weight of our bodies. The particular way in which we carry our emotional, psychological, and existential weight forms our postural disposition. Yoga offers an archetypal framework, a revolutionary method based on universal ideals, with which one can reform, re-tune, re-calibrate, and ultimately transform themselves.
The role of a teacher is to leave people in a better position with regard to themselves and their surroundings, by moderating, measuring, adjusting, explaining, interacting and centering people so that they become stable, well adjusted, inspired, and insightful. A teacher must develop their ability to see individuals and provide them with information, insight, and interpretive skill so that the yoga remains substantial and enduring.
The 30 Hour Intensive serves to:
-Transcend yoga brands and styles by sharpening your eye for detail and symmetry.
-Engage your students by describing the relationship between physical posture, mental disposition and spiritual development by increasing your own ¨whole¨istic understanding of yoga practice.
-Increase your ability to describe form and technique simply yet accurately to individuals and groups of students.
-Elevate your understanding of alignment as something much more natural than straightening limbs and spreading fingers and toes. Learn the relationships between the parts that make up an integrated whole human being.
-Develop your intuitive awareness of your own postural pattern and ways of thinking. This above all will transform your practice and your teaching into something authentic and potent.
Nothing can replace the compassionate heart and touch of a yoga teacher with a dynamic, adaptive, and artful method of teaching. Expect to see your students with new eyes, perceive them with clarity and wisdom, and adjust them with confident hands.
What to expect during the intensive:
All four days will start with one hour of led practice, followed by one hour of assisted self-practice, and then a group discussion.
The afternoon sessions will focus on sequencing and postural adjustments. Expect to learn how to articulate sequences as well as how to physically alter postures.
Learn how alignment ascends from the arches of the feet, through the spine and up to the top of the head, and descends from the position of the head down through the feet into floor beneath. Many common yoga injuries can be avoided by understanding how the form of one body part informs the next, and all together forms the whole of ones posture.
Encourage your students to take responsibility for their own well being by learning how to self adjust. Describe with clear and effective language how organizing oneself can be a fluid and integral part of an ongoing asana practice.
Revitalize your teaching of alignment as a self empowering and fluid set of relationships. Many students do not listen to alignment cues because they seem arbitrary or irrelevant. Others who do listen get stuck with technical fixations that inhibit the bodies organic form.
Enrich the practice with relevant metaphors so that it takes on a poetic and personalized meaning.
Empower your own practice and that of your students by understanding how physics and physicality are interrelated. By orienting oneself to the earths axis the body moves as though animated by natural forces.
Offer effective technical advice. Good technical know how replaces strenuous effort with ease and grace, and allows students to do with their body what they visualize in their mind.
To describe how each part (hand, foot, etc) can become a map of the whole body. Where you stand in the foot or the hand informs how the entire body stands up against the pull of gravity. Forward, backward, and each side of the body also have correlations with ones spectrum of introverted, extroverted, masculine, and feminine tendencies.
To honor the magic of imagination and hone it as an actual skill. Imagination is the defining characteristic of physical genius, and it’s one of the most fascinating aspects of the long term yoga experiment that I’m committed to. The power to visualize consists of four separate abilities: the first is “image generation” – the ability to take something out of long term memory and reconstruct it on demand. The second is “image inspection” – which is the ability to take that mental picture and draw inferences from it. The third is “image maintenance” – which is the ability to hold that picture steady. And the fourth is “image transformation” – which is the ability to take that image and manipulate it.
OPEN CLASS PROGRAM
Thursday: Handstands in relationship to the whole practice
This class will relate the form and technique of inversions to that of standing and seated postures in order to find the unifying principles that link them all together. Often a small adjustment to the body or even conceptual shift in the mind can make all the difference.
Friday: Seated postures and backward bends
Seated postures offer unparalleled opportunities to find ones center and create both ease and stability deep within the body. Back bending with good form brightens the mind and lightens the body. Combining these elements with one liners and adjustments in one class is brilliant.
Saturday: Geometry of Standing Postures
Standing postures are structural foundations for the entire practice. This class will designate and connect focal points in the body in order to create an imaginative blueprint that can enhance proprioception and sense of relative alignment. Standing postures we will be complimented with seated and inverted postures as well.
Sunday: Yoking, Joining, Binding
Bringing parts together to create a unified whole. It may seem paradoxical, but binding actually brings about freedom in the body. This class will cover the foundational openings and rotations of bound postures in order to create ease and fluidity in the joints. The bound postures will be complimented with fluid movements and salutations that express this freedom.
9:00-12:30: Morning Program (Open Class + Group Discussion)
12:30-14:00: Lunch Break
14:00-18:00: Posture and Technique
- Full Program 850.-
- Morning Program 500.-
Early Bird Discount -50.- (before April 30th 2016)
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