Yoga from the inside out Workshops
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th August 2018
Golden Yogi, Level 1 / 46 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland
Spend a weekend learning about the practice of yoga by looking at the inner workings of yogic philosophy, the body, and the mind so that the practice becomes personal, effective and wise. The practice of yoga is an individual journey that is mostly taught in group format these days. In order to work within the current context with wisdom students must look deeply at their body and mind as it relates to each and every class and all with the philosophy of yoga as a practice at the root.
We will begin with learning what a yoga practice is all about from a philosophical standpoint, we will discuss why we're doing asana and what it aims to teach us.
We will then look at the nervous system and the deeper layers of the physical body and it's structure as a means to assess what's going on both structurally and mentally. Most students are trapped to some degree in a fight or flight response and will will look at how that impacts the body and the mind as it impacts everything from range of motion to clarity of mind as well as the sensation of pain.
Students will then learn from the inside out about how their personal internal structure and range of motion relates to the postures most commonly offered in classes. They will learn their own unique range of motion, how to interpret physical sensation signals, and how their mind interacts the bodily sensations which ultimately can lead to skilled choices which when refined can lead to a productive practice with less injury.
Each person's skeleton, musculature, connective tissue, lifestyle and injuries cause a unique situation that once uncovered will create a wiser approach to postures offered in classes as well as how to know when a certain pose just isn't meant for you leading to a practice with tremendous depth and effectiveness.
Friday 6pm - 9pm: Why Pose?
Why do we do asana? What are we trying to learn and/or access in these postures? In this lecture/discussion we will look at the philosophy behind a yoga practice and how to bring that consciousness and understanding to the physical practice. This awareness when layered upon the poses makes for a complete practice that can bring about transformation and growth both in the physical body and one's approach to how they live.
Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm: The Deepest Layers - The nervous system, skeletal range, and basic biomechanics
We will begin by looking at how the nervous system affects the body and it's range of motion. The class will begin with at least an hour long physical asana practice where students will set a baseline of their personal range of motion and skeletal structure both before and after the transition their nervous system into the parasympathetic system. Class will be followed with a lecture and diagnostic lab where we will look at the basic biomechanics of all the joint regions in the body in relation to the most common shapes performed in class and discuss the general amount of range that can be expected out of each joint region and what to do if there is limitations.
Saturday 1.15pm - 4.15pm: Feet, Legs, Knees, Hips and Spine
The hip and spine perform a biomechanical dance that, when understood, allows a wise approach to postures such as Forward Folds, Arm Balances, Hip Openers and Basic Backbends. Class will begin with at least an hour long asana class aimed at learning ones individual skeletal structure and range of motion in the ankle, knee, hip and spine allows students to approach postures with wisdom and can help prevent unnecessary injuries in these areas. We will look at how these joints are affected in standing, seated, and other categories of postures. Class will be followed by a lecture where students will learn about how the hip's limitation and position impact the spine, learn underlying reasons for the range of motion in the hip and how to keep your lower back and SI region safe.
Sunday 9.30m - 12.30pm: Wrists, Elbows and Shoulders
Asana can and does injure students’ wrists, elbows and shoulders far too often, but it’s something that can be avoided. There are some basic skeletal issues that need to be understood in relation to the upper extremities and shoulders as they impact poses where body weight is placed on the hands. We will begin with at least an hour long asana class designed to allow students to explored these regions of their body in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing poses. Class will be followed by a lecture where the anatomy and mechanics of these joint regions will be explored and discussed and students individual range of motion and strength will be looked at as it relates to common postures in class allowing them to learn how to modify and work with wisdom for their own unique physicality.
Sunday 1.15pm - 4.15pm: Shoulders and Spine
In a similar fashion to the hip and spine, the shoulder and spine also participate in a partnership that can help strengthen and stabilize those regions preventing injury when functioning properly. Drawing on the information from the earlier modules while adding in newly learned information in this workshop, students will start with an asana practice with the full body in mind and bring all of the pieces together. We will then dissect the shoulder girdle and spine as they relate to inversions and backbends that may have previously been out of reach from an understanding of your own unique structure. We will also look at how twists function within the spine and how to approach them with the underlying layers of the body in mind. At the end of this workshop students will know their own unique body, it's range, and how to work with it with wisdom in any asana class they attend.
The cost for this 15 Hour Intensive is $330* (NZ Dollars) or Earlybird Price $290* (NZ Dollars) if paid in full by 31st July 2018.
Or alternatively you can do these as single workshops: $70 per workshop
* Please note this does not include food, accommodation or travel.
BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES
To register and secure your place in this teacher training course please click here to book online, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for course enquiries.
Alexandria Crow’s yoga experience has been a journey of transformation that has led to self acceptance and a sense of ease with herself and the world around her. The physical challenges of a rigorous yoga asana practice initially provided a natural familiarity for the former competitive gymnast, through injury and inquiry her practice and teaching has evolved towards sustainability. The study of the yogic philosophy has given her tools she uses to approach life with steadiness. Her practice has taught her the importance of accessing the present moment and how one’s thoughts are not an accurate representation of who each of us are at the source. With this clarity, she’s able to live life with more ease.
Alex shares her personal experience of the transformative nature of a yoga practice with her students. Her classes are unique in their style and are wisely designed and are based on the actual mechanics of the body and allow students to explore their personal range of motion and capabilities in relation to each class’s focus. She asks her students to observe the roots of their actions to know why they are making certain choices and to understand that while they can or cannot do something doesn’t necessarily mean that they should on either side. She teaches her students to experience the impermanent sensations of the body while watching how those sensations beget thoughts and how those thoughts beget an action that may or may not always be wise or based in the present moment. Alex’s emphasis on paying attention and her insistence on each individual respecting their own uniqueness encourages them to love and celebrate who they are. It’s this love of their own unique perfection that creates true change in her students so they can connect with more grace to themselves, to others and to the world.
Alex is an internationally respected teachers’ teacher who leads teacher trainings and workshops around the world. Through her Yoga Physics methodology she aims to clearly explain in the simplest terms the what, why’s and how’s of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy making the practice approachable for everyone, of every level and of every walk of life. She shares this knowledge with her students and other teachers so they can practice and teach wisely, sustainably and mindfully. Her continuing education workshops in person and online, as well as her 300 hour teacher intensive train teachers to be better informed on yogic philosophy and history, the physical mechanics of the body and how to apply that knowledge to asana, as well as how to ethically lead group classes that are accessible and sensitive to all. Her Yoga Physics mentorship program is helping teachers build on their strengths, while discovering their own unique voices.
If you need to cancel your booking for the teacher training course we require notification in writing at least 30 days prior to the start date of the course.
- All cancellations that are 3 months or more before the training will receive a full refund minus a $50NZD registration fee.
- All cancellations that are between 1 - 3 months before the training will receive a 50% refund.
- All cancellations that are less than 30 days prior to the start date of the course will not receive any refund of the course fees.