The following sessions of our ongoing Yoga Therapy Training are open to practitioners and teachers not enrolled in the full training. Sessions are $45 each and pre-registration is required. Please contact Elizabeth to register. Suggested readings, if applicable, will be provided upon registration.
Saturday March 29th 3:00-5:20 p.m. Alignment Foundations: The Ashtanga Standing Asanas. With Scott Schroeder.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series introduces a powerful set of standing asanas that allow the practitioner to open the major joints and establish elasticity through the spine. Standing poses form the basis upon which all other asanas evolve and are most effective when working the fundamentals of skeletal alignment. They also allow you to manage structural imbalances and injury throughout your entire body.? Scott will work systematically through the foundational standing asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, explicating precise alignment. This alternative approach to the traditional Ashtanga fluidity (?vinyasa?) is essential working knowledge for yoga teachers and for therapists who are developing therapeutic loops for specific applications. This workshop is part of both our 200 hour Teacher Training and our 450 hour Yoga Therapeutics Training.
Sunday March 30th 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.? The Subtle Processes of Hatha Yoga. With Elizabeth Rogers. In a gently flowing Ashtanga practice we will explore the dynamics of the second movement, or axis-formation. This movement, or series of movements, creates and opens the space that we refer to as the central channel, or sushumna nadi. The internalizing movements we refer to as ‘the second movement’ are the most challenging movements in practice and those we resist most strongly. We will explore the primary energies of prana and apana and their movements along this channel, how to initiate our outwardly directed movements and energies from this channel and how to keep these movements oriented to this central axis thus increasing the clarity, strength and precision of each movement. Practice at this level brings a profound focus and clarity that allows for an increasing awareness of the subtle processes of a Hatha Yoga practice on and off the mat. We will close with time for observations and questions.
Sunday 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.? Asana, Pranayama, Mantra and Mudra : Constructing Therapeutic Loops. With Elizabeth Rogers. We will explore the use of asana sequencing based on the structure of the primary and second series of the Ashtanga system as well as pranayana, mantra and mudra in constructing therapeutic loops for specific case profiles. The hope is that we will be able to use actual participants, but we will use theoretical case constructions if necessary. We will emphasize an understanding of the aims of our therapeutic work and beyond as well as the work of sustaining an awareness of the these aims in developing therapeutic loops.