YOGA JOURNEYS RETURN!
We begin again with a series of monthly workshops to deepen your understanding of yoga practise, context, history and technique.
LEARN STUDY QUESTION PLAY DEVELOP
Let’s get together and share practise, learning and playful exploration of yoga!
These workshops will be much more than a yoga class! Expect more conversation and play, time and space, questioning and observation. As well as listening to me, we will also watch and learn from each other, with each other, and make use of images, books, scripture, videos etc. to see and understand the practise better.
I can’t wait to workshop with you!
Event info and booking links below.
A Journey of Yoga Postures, a practical history
( mini blackboard lecture & long led class)
APRIL 9TH IN-PERSON
APRIL 16TH ONLINE
Our yoga postures have evolved to survive as everything does over time, mostly because the world and it’s people and their reasons for practising yoga change! Learn how yoga postures developed from meditation seats to energetic seals focussing the breath and energy within to incorporate moving postures and transitions which then diversified into the modern styles we take for granted today! Then practise them! The 90 minute class will begin and end with relaxation/ still postures and use postures/ vinyasas perhaps chronologically, and will also include mantra, pranayama and relaxation.
A ‘mini’ lecture around the blackboard on the evolution of yoga postures and their timeline including relevant teachers, styles and lineages. Learn from who, when and where our modern yoga styles came from
90min Physical practise incorporating different styles of yoga including some or all of the following styles- Classical (Hatha Pradipika), Hathabhyasapadhhati (an exciting 17th century yoga manual), Sivananda, Vinyasa/ Power, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sukshma Vyayama, Yin, Mantra, Laya, Restorative, Pranayama, Meditation
Practise includes relaxation, pranayama (breathwork), mantra (chanting) still and moving asanas (postures) and relaxation
Sunday 9th April
Sunday 19th April
The Art of Dance studio
26, Seaton Lane
Plymouth PL4 6QH
To be confirmed
BACK BENDING MASTERCLASS
Theory and practise of back and forward bends
MAY 14TH IN- PERSON
MAY 21ST ONLINE
A practical study of the dynamics, alignment and great energetic work of backbending postures.
Otherwise known as postures that move the spine into extension or flexion. These postures can break our bad posture habits and lift or calm our mood, but mostly invigorate the most important structure wtihin our bodies, the Spine. We often put in too much or too little effort but not enough care and technique with these postures which can lead to the body jamming up, the breath losing strength or feeling stress or pain. We will explore the simple, smooth way to navigate these postures kindly and efficiently to enjoy these shapes and get the most benefit from them.
POSTURES OF THE HATHABHYASAPADDHATI
(practise and play)
JUNE 4TH IN- PERSON
JUNE 18TH ONLINE
Have a go at practising some of the older relatives of our modern day yoga practise! This text is important and exciting as it was the first to ever 'practise manual' to set out a practise that worked with sequences! These postures moved and worked with reps, different planes of movements and had rhythm and energy, much of our modern style of moving Vinyasa practise has evolved from this text. Scholars recently rediscovered this text nestled within a larger text the Sritattvanidhi where the all important order of postures had been scrambled.
DYNAMISM Bandhas, transitions, structure, power and grace
JULY 2ND IN- PERSON
JULY 16TH ONLINE
The mighty work of hatha yoga! Originally the practise of using the body to acheive yoga was intended to purify the body, awaken and unblock the energy within and attain enlightenment. Bandhas/ internal locks are still present in our modern day practise. Learn to use your yogic core to it's full potential with practises of pranayama/ breath work and bandha awareness so that you may bring power, grace, structure and safety to your yoga practise. When these skills are developed the body is light and strong and the mind hyper aware of the placement of the body meaning you may just surprise yourself!
AUGUST no workshops
ASHTANGA YOGA MORNING IN NATURE
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sunrise practise, brunch, chill, Inversions & Arm Balances workshop, meditation
KNOW YOUR YOGA BODY
SEPTEMBER 10TH IN-PERSON
SEPTEMBER 17TH ONLINE
Body Proportion affects your postures, bring a tape measure!
STEERING THE HIPS AND SPINE
OCTOBER 8TH IN- PERSON
OCTOBER 15TH ONLINE
Study of hip openers and forward bends
LIFE DRAWING WITH YIN YOGA AND MEDITATION
NOVEMBER 12TH IN PERSON
NOVEMBER 19TH ONLINE (no life model)
CANDLELIT RESTORATIVE YOGA AND THE UPANISADS
DECEMBER 10TH IN PERSON & Online
Restorative yoga with beautiful philosophy readings from the Upanisads, an ancient collection of Vedic yoga scripture