The advancement of one's yoga practice is demonstrated through relationship and creativity. The people with whom we connect and the things we create lead directly to the overarching sense of meaning we get from living. Yoga is the technology of connection and creation. This weekend immersion will be a penetrating look at the various ways in which yoga practice invites us to develop the traits and temperaments that allow for success in the art of living. We will place precedent on form and function, deliberateness and aesthetic beauty. All sessions will include some philosophy and sitting still as well as practice and discussion. The three-day workshop will build sequentially so it is preferable to sign up for all three days, but single days are permitted too. Practitioners of all levels are welcome!
Mastery is demonstrated in yoga through an ability to take ownership over one's physical body. Then everything we do on the physical level is participatory, whether it be walking up stairs or cycling or giving a massage. And equally, mastery is developed in yoga alongside the skills of humor, balance and concentration. Join Jason Bowman in a challenging but accessible flow class intertwined with playful takes on arm balances, twists and backbends.
DETAILING THE EVERYDAY PRACTICE
Sometimes we get bored in yoga, sometimes we get a sense of having plateaued in the practice. But it's at this moment when we begin to understand what it really means to be an advanced yogi. This workshop will hit a reset button and provide tools to more fully engage in regularly-led classes. In a way that is neither dry nor overly-intellectual, we will give context to the HOWs and WHYs of the practice, especially as related to core strength, breathing and transitions between poses.
ADVANCED TEACHING METHODOLOGY
When we say a person knows what they’re talking about, we’re not referring so much to what’s being said, but rather how it’s being said, to the obviousness of experience behind words. A teacher becomes a teacher not through a recitation of something that’s been read, nor a regurgitation of something that’s been heard, but from a conveyance of something that’s been swallowed, digested and integrated through unique experience. This workshop will be an inspiring look at how to truly be in the room while teaching, how to see and read students' bodies, and how to use cueing, adjusting and sequencing in a way that sets everyone up for success. Teachers as well as students of all levels are encouraged to join!
The fourth best thing about handstand is that its precariousness forces one to pay close attention to what they’re doing; it’s a pose that tricks a person into presence. The third best thing about handstand is that it’s a factory of feeling; the body glimmers with life. The second best thing about handstand is that it breeds structural integrity; the fundamentals of alignment create a sense of continuity in the body. The best thing about handstand is that, if you can do it, you’re basically guaranteed fame on Instagram.
THE ART OF UNCLENCHING
Have you ever noticed your feet curled up in your shoes while stuck in traffic? Or your teeth pressed together while sorting through to-do’s? It’s the byproduct of this clenching that causes fatigue, both physical and existential. Thankfully for us though, voluntary relaxation is at the pinnacle of yoga. As the mind sharpens through practice, one comes to recognize that postures no longer deepen through effort and strength, but instead through control over the nervous system. It is the defense mechanisms therein where dis-ease arises. In this workshop we will practice the art of unclenching through methodical restorative yoga as well as a brief time in seated meditation.
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