Advancing Asana Series: In Hatha yoga the body and breath are used as a gateway to spirit. Asana, the third limb of yoga, not only keeps the body healthy, but with sustained practiced prepares the practitioner for meditation and union with the True Self. In this series of seven workshops, students will deepen their understanding and practice of asana with emphasis on safe alignment, breath and yogic energetic principles. Each session will move through a focused flow to open the body and prepare students to work skillfully and compassionately at their edge. Sessions will end with meditation and deep relaxation.
These workshops are appropriate for students who have a foundation in asana practice. Students may register for specific sessions or the entire series (recommended).
Suggested donation: $15-$30/ per session
Sundays 1:30 - 4 pm
4/13 Fundamentals of Forward Bends
When practiced with mindfulness, ease and the correct balance between effort and surrender, forward bends are deeply refreshing, soothing and restorative. Forward bending is a physical practice that allows us to turn inward and see the habitual tendencies of our own mind.
In this 2.5 hour workshop we will learn about the anatomy and alignment of forward bends and how to gradually open the legs, hips and back, protect the spine and practice safely to deepen our own expression of each asana. We will open the body with a deep flow, support each other with partner work and assists, and work towards progressively deeper forward bends and longer holds. We'll close with questions and reflections, meditation and relaxation.