Julie Martin In Copenhagen
Moving With Freedom
During these afternoon sessions we will look at why the understanding of modern anatomy and natural movement is imperative in the asana practice.
Friday 18th August 2017 18.00-20.30
This 2 1/2 hour masterclass with Julie will take you on a journey of exploration into your own body allowing it to unfold in order to find an individual practice. Beginning with a brief talk about how and why the modern asana practice needs to evolve you will then be lead into a somatic movement practice that is about the awareness and not the shapes you make. Working with range of motion, natural movements, spirals, pulsing, waving and more you can discover a freedom in your body that allows a mental and physical spaciousness. Julie will encourage you to listen deeper to the body and what it is trying tell you, so that you move with it and not against, developing a practice that lasts a lifetime.
MOVING WITH FREEDOM - Understanding Anatomy, Fascia, Movement and Modern Asana
Saturday and Sunday 19th-20th August 2017 9.00-11.30 and 13.00-16.00
Hatha yoga is a Tantric based practice which has its roots in individuality and experimentation. However, most present day yoga classes focus on strict “rules” in order to “get better” at your practice. Often we 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 with joint influence from Indian body building and gymnastics as well as Swedish military training techniques.
During these afternoon sessions we will look at 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.
About Your Teacher
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.