About the Retreat
The focus of this course is on anatomy, biomechanics and physiology with additional relevant esoteric, psychological and philosophical topics woven throughout to give a holistic approach. This course will directly and immediately impact your practice and your teaching.
Part 1 involved detail on specific movements in asana, some adjustments, and the elements of sequencing; Part 2 will continue in the same manner to bridge the gap between theory and application to teaching and practice as per below. Additional topics will be covered in 2017.
Asana and Movement Study
Recap & continue building the specific movements of transitions & actions/ counter-actions of asana; this course will focus on foundational asanas of Asthanga Vinyasa
Recap and go deeper into specific “research” (preparatory) poses for not yet accessible or deeper asana, then using appropriate adjustment techniques based on this understanding
Dedicated workshops on safe progression of back bending, (including when to begin working on drop backs) and preparing the hips for safe lotus based asana
Detailed asana study and adjustment clinics of the key floor asana from the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga; participant dependent and level appropriate; Participant requests to review particular adjustments will be covered as time permits
Those students who would like to learn additional specific adjustments, get adjusting experience and/or receive guidance in a live setting, will be scheduled to assist and learn from the teachers in the morning Mysore practice
Adjustment Techniques: An Introduction to Somatic Education
Recap the keys in adjusting
Recap of how to identify strain in the body and choosing the correct teaching method to help the student release it
Discuss soft tissue vs. structural alignment
Applying different physiology-based techniques in adjusting, such as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Neuromuscular Activation and Dynamic movement in teaching and adjusting – when to use and what asana are appropriate
Overview of Physical Injuries and Yoga
What is classified as an injury? What is pain?
The pathway of injury –and factors that increase risk.
Discussion on research findings about the most common areas of injury in asana, what may cause these injuries and how to modify for and work with them
Psychology of Physical Injury
Recap and continue to work on sequencing for personal practice and teaching.
Using the Ashtanga Vinyasa system as a framework, learn how to tailor your teachings to the specific requirements of a class (time, location, level, audience, etc.).
Learn how to modify your own personal practice as life changes.
Experience practical Sequencing of:
Core based Yoga Class
Yoga for Back Health
Yoga for Anxiety & Stress
Yoga for Depression
Practical Yoga and Buddhist Philosophy/Psychology – Discuss how the philosophical teachings can be appropriately introduced in a class setting to help students in practice and life.
Chanting – Work with the concentration technique of sound and mantra; some of the afternoon sessions will cover introductory Sanskrit.
The morning session will be devoted to practice with a 45-minute Pranayama practice and a 30-minute sitting meditation and mantra practice. This will be followed by Asana practice. Most asana will be Mysore/ Self-Practice with some applied led classes. If your practice is other than Ashtanga you are still welcome. If you do not have a dedicated Asana practice then you may join a daily led class with one of our other teachers. The afternoon will focus on asana study, practical sequencing, movement workshops and restorative practice. Within this time will be the lecture focus for the day coupled with your questions and answers to the best of the teacher’s ability. In the evening will be a mixture of personal time, related videos, further sitting practice and chanting.
June 18th – July 2nd, 2016
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
7 am Morning tea
7 am Seated Practice: Day Opening, Mantra, Pranayama
8 am Asana Practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore Style
10 am – 1 pm Brunch buffet
3 – 5 pm Practical Anatomy Education Sessions
5 – 6 pm Q&A and Applied Practical Session/Restorative Practice
6 – 8 pm Dinner buffet
6 – 8 pm Steam room available
7:30 pm Optional Evening Program –Video, Tratak, Kirtan, or Meditation
Sunday will be a half day and Saturday free after morning Pranayama practice.