Vinyasa flow, Sacred Dance & Feminine empowerment of the practice
With Julie Martin in Geneva
Julie will take you on a journey of spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, breath and awareness, moving and stillness.
Times For All Sessions
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.
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.
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.