Saturday 21st September

10.00-12.30 ARM BALANCE Arm balances can be fun and exciting to play with even if they are not part of your normal practice. They build strength, co-ordination and focus but they can also put pressure on the wrists and shoulders if we are not ready for them. In this workshop we will take an anatomical look at the skills, proficiencies and ROM we require, before exploring the technical detail of how to perform the different arm balances. There will be a large percentage of practical experimentation with the exact content being tailored to suit the general ability of the class. Instead of handstands will be looking to include:

Bakasana

Parsva Bakasana

Koundinyasana A and B

Eka Pada Koundinyasana

Eka Pada Galavasana

Astravakasana

Grasshopper

As well as a variety of lifts

14.00-17.00 SPINE, SI JOINT BACKBENDING AND TWISTS  It is not uncommon for students to feel a degree of discomfort when performing backbends or when embarking on taking on some of the more challenging foot behind head postures. By understanding the construction of the spine and the surrounding muscles it becomes evident as to the types of movements that it is designed to perform in certain areas as well as the potential mechanism of injury. We clarify the common spinal injuries such as herniated and bulging discs as well as discuss the possible causes of SI Joint pain. The groups of postures discussed and explored practically are backbends and twists, and the importance of the integration of movements at other major joints of hips and shoulders will be demonstrated. We will endeavour to during the course of the workshop to allow students to determine where their own restrictions are and how to work with them. For those students that feel they are already too mobile we will look at how to build strength and stability.

Sunday 22nd September

10.00-12.30 BREATH I don’t think that anyone would argue that the breath is a central theme in Yoga and that it may influence us profoundly on many different levels both on the mat and in everyday life. In this workshop we will start by exploring the mechanics of breathing, looking at both the internal workings and the visible external shape changes to the ribcage and belly. From there we can easily then apply those concepts to asana. We will also consider how breath influences the nervous and circulatory systems, the effects of manipulating the breath when doing various pranayama practices and play with the various options when linking movement and breath.

14.00-17.00 PERSONAL TRAINING SKILLS FOR YOGA TEACHERS Using yoga anatomy to enhance the quality and effectiveness of personal yoga programs  

(A Workshop for Teachers Only)

This workshop is designed to provide the skills necessary for teachers to be able to tailor yoga programs to the needs of their personal clients. We are not talking Yoga Therapy but instead the ability to assess and determine how best to progress your student in the direction they desire or require.

It is clearly evident that we are not all made the same and along with that comes differences in strength, flexibility, endurance, psychology and much more. To raise the quality of your teaching and deliver the best programs for your students you need to be able to make informed decisions about where they are now and what is required to take them to the next level.

By providing specific skills in the following key areas this workshop aims to assist you in becoming a more professional and effective teacher:

  • Foundation in evaluating asana (postures)
  • Basics in body reading
  • Determining strength and restrictions in clients
  • Progressions and working with restrictions
  • Practical implementation of concepts
  • Guidelines on beneficial sequencing and program requirements

Price: Anatomi workshop med Stu 1000:-/ dag (obs söndagens workshops med Stu är för dig som är yogalärare)