Open your heart by tapping into your life force (prana) through breath, movement, chanting/ singing, and backbends! Our ultimate destination this weekend is backbends, but that doesn’t mean we will do backbends the whole time – quite the contrary. The pathway toward deeper and more enjoyable backbends is impacted by the effectiveness of your breath and movement; it is impacted by how open your hips are; it is impacted by how open your shoulders are. This is why we will focus on all of these things to unlock your backbend potential.
Expect to have fun and expect to learn a ton. And don’t be shocked if you surprise yourself with what you can do!
Friday, June 9th | 6:30-8pm
The Power of Prana
Explore the power of Prana through breathing exercises (Pranayama), coordinated movement with breath (Vinyasa), and community singing (Kirtan).
This is a 90-minute class comprised of 15 minutes of Pranayama, 45 minutes of Vinyasa, 20 minutes of Kirtan and a 10-minute Savasana.
Saturday, June 10th | 10am-12:30pm
Hip Openers & Arm Balances – Bakasana & Eka Pada Galavasana
Hip openers and arm balancing poses go hand in hand. Flexibility in your hips is what gives you the potential to really fly! In this practice we will intelligently and progressively open up the hips to work up to a few arm balancing poses.
All levels of experience are encouraged and welcome.
Saturday, June 10th | 2-5pm
Hip Openers & Backbends – Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 1, 2, 3 & 4.
In this workshop, we will backbend like royalty in one-legged king pigeon poses. These backbends require hip opening in many different directions and a lot of opening through the spine and the front of the chest. This is what makes them look so regal and feel so empowering.
You are not expected to know how to do these poses coming in -- quite the contrary. The aim is to build up to these back bends progressively and work on all the component parts so that the poses begin to make more sense and begin to feel good in your body. Expect to work hard, have fun, and have backbend breakthroughs! The morning Hip Opener and Arm Balance workshop is great to pair with this one – it will prep you for the hip opening aspect of these backbends.
Sunday, June 11th | 10am-12:30pm
Shoulder Openers & Inversions – Pincha Mayurasana & Adho Mukha Vrksasana.
When you practice inversions regularly they produce such a sweet nectar — a nectar that cannot be produced by any other category of poses. However, inversions are difficult to figure out and risky if you aren’t doing them with skill. This workshop will unlock your potential in inversions by focusing on opening up your shoulders. With a proper warm-up and a step-by-step approach you will have the tools for a confident and safe inversion practice.
Sunday, June 11th | 2-5pm
Shoulder Openers & Backbends – work up to Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana & Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana.
Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward facing bow or wheel) is usually the first “big” backbends you go after as a practitioner of yoga. One of the most difficult aspects of the pose is the shoulders, which is why we will spend a good amount of time there. And, once the shoulders are opened properly for Urdhva Dhanurasana, there are many other poses that become possible. So we’ll have a look at some of those, too!
You are not expected to know how to do these poses coming in -- quite the contrary. The aim is to build up to these backbends progressively and work on all the component parts so that the poses begin to make more sense and begin to feel good in your body. Expect to work hard, have fun, and have backbend breakthroughs! The morning Shoulder Openers and Inversions workshop is great to pair with this one – it will prep you for the shoulder opening aspect of these backbends.
$20 for The Power of Prana on Friday
$50 for each individual session on Saturday or Sunday
$160 for the whole weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
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