Focus: Shoulder Stability and Freedom
This workshop focuses on making the complex shoulder girdle feel simple and easy without sacrificing the amazing potential we have for mobility and stability. We will break down scapula-humeral rhythm, and find stability and mobility for both the shoulder blades (scapula-costal joint) and the arm bones (gleno-humerol joint). On the subtle level this workshop focuses on transformation and the evolution of your practice and awareness. Fire provides the heat necessary to melt away old physical and emotional patterns, providing you with a blank canvas to form new patterns that serve your overall sense of well being and joy.
Focus: Heart Opening
Layering the skills we have learned in the previous workshops, we will integrate our masterful understanding of our arms and legs in order to free up our spine. Students will develop a strong understanding of the muscles of the core and back and how they can stabilize and/or mobilize the spine for backbends. The ultimate intention is to provide more space for the body to breathe without obstruction and tension. As a result of our body feeling more free to breathe, our nervous systems will simultaneously enliven and relax creating that ultimate state of Yoga – both awake and relaxed – balanced.
Focus: Integrating Knowledge into Wisdom
The main intention for practicing yoga for most of us is to feel better on all levels. We all practice yoga because we are trying release the layers of tension that hold us back from experiencing our own deep sense of joy and freedom. Through questions, discussion, and guided meditation, you will allow your mind and body to process and fully absorb the experience.
How do the elements integrate with the yoga practice?
Focus: Mastering the Foundations
The hands/wrists and feet/ankles are the first connection that our core has to the earth, yet they are perhaps the most under studied parts of the body in the asana practice! By shifting our focus to our foundation we will develop a profound body intelligence that grants us access to even the most challenging standing postures and arm balances. You will also see how strengthening the muscles that connect to the feet and hands provide massive potential for restored and prolonged health to your joints.
Focus: Mastering the Hips
Layering our understanding of the feet, ankles, and knees, this practice will add on the structural “alignment” and muscle actions available to us within the myriad of hip openers postures. Some of the poses covered are pigeon, double pigeon, lizard, and cow faced pose. You’ll explore what is required of the body in order to move into more advanced postures with a clear pathway for understanding our own potential range of motion. You’ll also tap into the subtle body by paying attention to body feedback to break through any stuck emotions or physical holding patterns in order to find a true sense of freedom in your life.
Are you ready to dive into the next layer of your practice and develop a true sense of mastery? Then you are in the right place! This immersion uses the Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space) as a basis for self-awareness and deeper knowledge of body and mind. The Elements of Mastery will take you step-by-step through the body and provide you with the skills to truly understand your own body both energetically and practically. You will learn to feel your anatomy through “Muscle Actions” and observe what I call “joint relationships” to gain a total understanding from mind to body. In addition to asana practice, this training offer postural clinics, partner exercises, and hands on adjustments, to develop a stronger kinesthetic connection to precise muscle actions and structural alignments. If you are wanting to take your asana practice to a new level of mastery, feel better in your body, and attain the skills to help others feel good in their body, than this immersion is perfect for you!