Vinyasa flow, Sacred Dance & Feminine empowerment of the practice with Julie Martin in Geneva

Julie Martin

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Julie Martin

Date

31 August 2017 to 3 September 2017

Location

EKA Geneva
Switzerland
CH

Telephone

0041 76 374 20 17

Email

Thursday 31st august Vinyasa flow masterclass (2h) – 7pm-9pm

Friday 1st September Sacred Dance (3h) - 6:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday 2nd September Vinyasa flow masterclass (2h) – 10am-12 pm
Feminine Empowerment of the Practice: Feminine perspectives in the asana practice (3h) – 2 pm-5 pm

Sunday 3rd September Feminine Empowerment of the Practice: Feminine perspectives in our everyday lives (3h) – 10am-1pm

 

Vinyasa flow masterclass
Julie will take you on a journey of spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, breath and awareness, moving and stillness. We will move through a juicy warm up allowing the body to find its own way and then begin layering the depths of strength and length as we work through beautifully choreographed rounds of sequences.
 Julie's style of Vinyasa integrates using the natural intelligence of the body and breath to find a lyrical, moving meditation that unveils the true yoga within us. Yoga is a process of unfolding, letting go of layers and remaining curious to all the possibilities.  In these classes we will explore how our structure really wants to move and enhance our strength and stability without limitations. In the relationship between movement and stillness we can learn to be powerful without strain and mobile without injury. We can learn to breathe with grace.

 

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 and emotions, 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.  NO DANCE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
Feminine empowerment of the practice - 2 half days of exploring feminine energy (not for women only)  

 

Saturday:  feminine perspectives in the asana practice.
Up until very recently the dominating force behind most asana lineages has been male influenced.  Currently the majority of population in yoga studios across the western world is female.  In this workshop we take the opportunity to explore the strengths that feminine qualities offer to the practice.  The power of Shakti (feminine) energy can be incredibly dynamic and allow us to find inner and outer strength.  When we use this quality of moving with fluid power we find a way to work with the body and not against it.   This afternoon explores different means of engaging, playing with structure and flow to put into a practice that remains pliable, receptive and available to listen to the body’s inherent wisdom.

 

Sunday:  feminine perspectives in our everyday lives.  
The true practice begins off the mat.  Most of us encounter a world where feminine qualities are not given enough room and respect.  Through the media, corporate environments and social circles feminine power is often limited to beauty only.  And yet we overlook intuition, seeing the “big picture”, inclusivity and many other inherent feminine traits as being important.  This morning we’ll explore the elements of yoga outside the asana that encompasses the feminine.  With writing exercises, breath work and restorative poses we find our ability to be receptive.  Nurturing is a power in itself, but we must first nurture ourselves.  We will also include an open dialogue to discuss practical ways we can create more room and respect for our feminine powers.

 

 

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

2h session: 50.-

3h session: 75.-

2 sessions of 2h: 90.-

2 sessions of 3h: 135.-

1 session of 2h + 1 session of 3h: 112.-

All 5 sessions: 290.-
Registration requested.
Workshops will be given in English

Photo Credits

Tina Dehal