MOVING WITH FREEDOM -
Understanding Anatomy, Fascia, Movement and Modern Asana
Hatha yoga is a Tantric based practice which has its roots in individuality and experimentation. However, most present day yoga classes focus on alignment “rules” and structure in order to “get better” at your practice. Often we can begin to feel confined, limited (mentally and physically) and sadly, injured. This is because as modern westerners we are trying to fit our bodies into “shapes” designed influence from Indian body building and gymnastics as well as Swedish military training techniques.
During this afternoon session we will look why the understanding of modern anatomy and natural movement is imperative in the asana practice. The role fascia plays is vital and yet is often overlooked or misunderstood. The body has its own intelligence and we need to let that guide us. Starting with a brief history of asana we will then delve into the most up to date anatomical and fascia research on what we are REALLY doing to ourselves and why that needs to evolve. We will also investigate the relationship of the nervous system, the breath, the reaction of the mind and how these elements are integral in finding our true practice that encompasses yoga as a whole. Through exploring our possibilities instead of limiting ourselves based on what we have been told the pose should look like, we will pull apart structure and form in order to deepen our understanding and experience where movement comes from. The practice is about presence and awareness, integration rather than isolation, moving with the body and mind, not against it.
Discover the evolution of your own practice and physical integration, combining anatomy, breath work, yoga history, philosophy and explorative movement to arrive into a true practice for each individual.
This weekend is open to all levels, will include lecture, videos and physical exploration as well as a full asana practice each day putting the knowledge gained back into our bodies.
2 hour MASTERCLASSES
JULIE MARTIN - MASTERCLASSES - Exploring a Somatic Movement practice:
Our yoga practice gives opportunity to let go of unwanted patterns, behaviour, stories and limitations allowing us to cultivate a relationship with our inner self. One that becomes the most important relationship of all. Using awareness of sensation Julie will guide you to explore natural spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, integrated movement, breath and pause. Listening without judgement to what your body has to say, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Julie encourages students to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". She no longer asks people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises then space is given for you to pause, feel and sense. Moving on only when you are ready, moving with the body not against it.
Open to all students
Friday 11 Aug - 17.30 - 19.00 Masterclass
Sat 12 Aug - 10.00 - 12.00 Masterclass with pranayama
Sun 13 Aug - 10.00 - 12.00 Masterclass with pranayama
Mon 14 Aug - 18.00 - 19.30 Masterclass
Wed 16 Aug - 18.00 - 19.30 Masterclass
WORKING WITH BEGINNERS AND LIMITED MOBILITY
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges for teachers with less experience is developing classes, sequences and modifications for people who either complete beginners or have limited mobility due to injury, age or just living a stressed and sedentary life. During these 3 afternoon sessions we will focus on breaking down some of the more challenging elements of this demographic and using tools so that you can gain confidence and trust of students no matter what their ability is.
Day one: What beginners really need and how to help them achieve it. Looking at finding ranges of motion and how to adapt structure so that anyone can feel safe in the practice and still get what their body needs
Day two: Sequencing for beginners. Sometimes we can get so basic in our beginners classes that we feel we are boring our students with sequencing that does’t seem to change but just alternate a few accessible poses. We’ll throw out some of the rules here and bring in mini flows and sequences that are enjoyable, accessible and allow students to find their own alignment.
Day three: Working with older students or those who have very limited mobility. Sometimes we get students in our class and get scared if they’ll be able to get back up off the floor. We don’t want to make them feel inadequate but encourage them. Using props, chairs and variety of what might seem unusual exercises we can allow even the most limited body to find movement and freedom and grace.
Friday 11 Aug - 13:00 – 17:00 – “Working with beginners – Basic and beginners flows to break down easily” 6000 kr.
Saturday 12 Aug - 13:00 – 17:00 “Working with beginners – Looking at limited mobility and elderly students” 6000 kr.
Sunday 13 Aug - 13:00 – 17:00 “Working with beginners – Clarity in communication, skills to make classes more accessible to newer students and those with limited mobility” 6000 kr.
SACRED DANCE WITH JULIE MARTIN
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.
Sunday 13 Aug - 18:00 – 20:00 3000 kr.