Move Towards Your Self
With Julie Martin at Yoga Moves in Utrecht
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.
Date & time Friday 25 August | 13.00 -16.30
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.
Moving with Freedom
Date & time Friday 25 August | 19.30 -21.30
This 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. Hatha yoga is a Tantric based practice which has its roots in individuality and experimentation. Often our practice can begin to feel confined, limiting (mentally and physically) or even injurious. This is because as modern westerners we are trying to fit our bodies into “shapes” design with joint influence of Indian body building and gymnastics as well as Swedish military training techniques. Stepping away from the more linear based ideas about asana you will discover that letting go some of the myths in the yoga world means that we can find a greater freedom in our own practice.
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.
Date & Time Saturday 26 August | 10.30 – 12.30
Understanding “Core” has been a tricky subject over the last 5 – 10 years in the yoga world. It is often, incorrectly, thought of as our abdominal muscles only. However, core and stability are gained by working with all of the muscles needed for any particular action, which may include abdominals but in other ranges of motion is going to include a variety of other muscle groups. During this class we will travel through a few sequences to discover how we are engaging in our movement and find the most efficient way to move with power and grace together.
Fluid Core and Animal Locomotion
Date & Time Saturday 26 August | 14.00 – 17.30
After our morning session playing with our concept of fluid core, we will breakdown the principles of Integration vs. Isolation. One of the misconceptions about core is that we need to target different muscles to activate stability. But the truth is that when we integrate movements allowing the body to work as a whole instead of separate parts, we access natural movement in which strength and fluidity are inherent. We will discover animal locomotion techniques in order to find moving strength without tension and stability without being rigid. Through basic animal and human developmental exercises you will find balance and natural movement with less effort and can apply that to any practice.
Moving with Freedom
Date & Time Sunday 27 August | 13.00-17.30
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 strict “rules” 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” design with joint 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.
There will be a full asana practice the last 1.5 hour of this afternoon.
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.