Beyond The Basics with Barbara
13 September 2020
Anything in life starts with a solid foundation, and your yoga practice isn’t any different. In this workshop, we will break down the components of each pose within Sun Salutation A & B, focusing on alignment and effective muscular engagement. These poses may look simple, but like all strong foundations – they are the key to unlocking all other more complex poses in your practice.
Whether you’re a total newbie or an experienced yogi looking to gain the necessary tools to build upon more complex asanas, you’ll walk away with a clear understanding of the key alignment points for foundational poses, the common “do’s and dont’s” and the ability to modify the practice to suit your individual body structure.
Headstand Hangtime with Aaron
20 September 2020
Get upside down with Aaron as he breaks down the king of yoga poses – the headstand! You’ll work through various drills to stabilize the core while strengthening the shoulders and triceps which serve as the base of our headstand practice. Build confidence in going into and coming out of your headstand in a safe manner – perhaps finding hang time off the wall!
We’ll also explore different arm & leg variations to take your headstand practice up a notch with fun shapes. Get ready to have lots of fun with transitioning, pressing, and floating in and out of your headstands!
Students are encouraged to bring socks or a small towel that will allow you to glide smoothly on the floor.
Ready, Set, Split with Kea
27 September 2020
It’s time to give your hamstrings, glutes, and quads some lovin’ with Kea as she works on the splits (and its variations – standing and flying!) with you. Aside from working on lengthening the hamstrings and quads, you’ll also learn the secrets to sliding into the most challenging poses with ease and poise – through utilizing your breath effectively, activating the bandhas (body locks), and finding strength in your toes (yes, toes!). If you think you’ll never be flexible enough to do the splits, you might surprise yourself by dropping or flying into one towards the end of this workshop.
Lift Off! with Edward
4 October 2020
Think you’re not strong enough to nail an arm balance? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have big biceps to balance on your hands! Join Ed in this arm balancing workshop to learn the necessary skills to find lightness on your hands with mindfulness and ease instead of relying on force. We will work on understanding the body mechanics required to find your tipping point to achieve hang time in poses such as eka pada bakasana (single legged/flying crow). Transition options will be given to inversion junkies who want a little more out of their already stable practice such as crow towards flying crow and epk 2.
Balance(in)’ Backbends with Shinyee
11 October 2020
This workshop will give you the skills you need to find stability and strength in all backbends, rather than simply relying on flexibility. Shin Yee promises a class accessible for everyone by showing you tips and tricks to help you find more depth while staying injury-free in your backbend practice! Through accessing your thoracic spine, complete with deep shoulder opening and core strengthening movements, you’ll be ready to progress your backbend practice as we work towards a pincha scorpion! Expect to walk away with skills applicable towards seated, standing and inverted backbends.
Pincha Perfect with Tiffany
18 October 2020
Tried kicking up to a forearm stand a million times with no success? Too afraid to kick up? Pincha mayurasana can be intimidating without an understanding of how to break down the pose into its different components. In this workshop, we’ll work on specific drills and techniques to strengthen the shoulders, core, upper back and back line body. You will learn the right muscular engagement techniques and subtle little tricks to kick up, “catch” hangtime, find your line and keep your body safe. You’ll work with a partner and have plenty of time to play around. Options for transitions towards different shapes such as the hollowback will be provided for advanced practitioners.
We recommend attending the Ready, Set, Split, Headstand Hangtime and Balance(in)’ Backbends workshops together with this.
Fly Your Compass with Dita
25 October 2020
We bury many complicated emotions in our hips, so be prepared to start digging down deep – breaking down to build us up! In this workshop, learn to fire up through the lower body as we find control and stability through intelligent use of the hips, improving your hip mobility and active range of motion which in turn reduces lower back pain. We will work through a variation of hip openers to find release and stability through the pelvis, decompress the lower back and once we’re heated up – be prepared to find your emotional (arm) balance in a world of hip-focused arm balances such as flying lizard, ekapada koundinyasana 2 and eight-angle pose.