Embodied Practices with Julie Martin with Julie Martin in Zürich

Julie Martin

Led by:

Juile Martin

Date

15 September 2017 to 17 September 2017

Location

Das Yoga Haus Zürich
Switzerland
CH

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It can often be a struggle to be a yoga practitioner and fully understand how something we do on our mats or meditation cushions can be embraced in every moment of our lives.  The question is how do we truly embody the practices and all they encompass?  Our bodies are containers for all our thoughts, emotions, patterns and histories.  When we can look at a cellular level we understand that there is nothing in us that is separate or un-affected by what we do, think, eat, feel.
Using the practices as means to tune into this is where we start a fully embodied relationship with yoga and ourselves.

Using Julie’s unique form of asana and movement, somatic meditation, breath work and awareness exercises the process of “doing” the practice will transform to the state being, fully present with the sense of aliveness we are looking for.   These sessions will be full of curiosity and enquiry, pause and presence, stillness and movement.  All practitioners welcome.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Brahmani style asana flow practice
Looking into the asana practice as a means to find connection with the present moment we will play with pulses, spirals and waves and then find the ability to pause and remain curious in the stillness before we move on.  Starting with a structured sequence, Julie will start to remove boundaries so that through the enquiry of the poses and movement we begin to let our own sequence unfold depending on what feels right in that particular moment.   This is how we allow ourselves to embody movement.

FRIDAY EVENING
Sacred Dance
We are constantly communicating with our bodies.  Our gestures, glances, movements are telling stories we may not be aware of.  When we cultivate our internal dialogue to find expression in movement, in dance, we have access to our stories to feel them, see them and express them.  Through this process we allow ourselves to re-pattern, let go of limiting ideas and grow in our relationship to ourselves and others.  Sacred Dance is a movement exploration without limitations. Guided by Julie through different awareness exercises you will find your freedom in movement and let the dance rise from within.  

SATURDAY MORNING
Brahmani style asana flow practice
Looking into the asana practice as a means to find connection with the present moment we will play with pulses, spirals and waves and then find the ability to pause and remain curious in the stillness before we move on.  Starting with a structured sequence, Julie will start to remove boundaries so that through the enquiry of the poses and movement we begin to let our own sequence unfold depending on what feels right in that particular moment.   This is how we allow ourselves to embody movement.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Slow Movement Investigation with Somatic Meditation Practice
We can take a meditation practice into movement that is much slower and more intimate in relationship with our emotions.  Instead of learning a sequence we will find a few “shapes” and discover different ways to integrate them based on what feels right.  Construction and de-construction on what is useful, what is movement and when does stillness arise without effort.  We can embody stillness when the awareness of the container that we occupy is the centre focus.  The last part of this session includes a few different styles of somatic (awareness focused) meditation techniques, some laying down, some working more through the breath awareness.

SUNDAY MORNING
Brahmani style asana flow practice
Looking into the asana practice as a means to find connection with the present moment we will play with pulses, spirals and waves and then find the ability to pause and remain curious in the stillness before we move on.  Starting with a structured sequence, Julie will start to remove boundaries so that through the enquiry of the poses and movement we begin to let our own sequence unfold depending on what feels right in that particular moment.   This is how we allow ourselves to embody movement.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Bringing It All Together - Embodied
After playing with all the techniques in sequence and in freedom, in movement and in stillness, in enquiry and in witnessing we bring everything together in one last session.  This will include finding a pause in the movement, finding space and integration, meditation, breath and joining the philosophy of what these practices really mean in our daily lives.  How do we take this off the mat? How do we embody being human?

Julie Martin

About The Instructors

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside.  With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire.  Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it.  The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.  

15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK  for over 8 years.  The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgement, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis.  What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us.  Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.   

She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.

“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice.  But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”

Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions.  This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class.  This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.  

The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness - Julie Martin

 

Price

Friday 15.09.2017

14:00 - 16.00 (Afternoon session CHF 40.00)

20:00 - 22:00 (Evening session CHF 40.00)

Saturday 16.09.2017

8:30 - 10.30 (Morning session CHF 40.00)

13:30 - 16:30 (Afternoon session CHF 80.00)

Sunday 17.09.2017
Masterclass
9:00 - 11:00 (Morning session CHF 40.00)

13:00 - 16:00 (Afternoon session CHF 80.00)

Whole workshop price: CHF 280.–