If you have been practicing yoga for a while, you probably will have noticed that at least some poses that used to feel awkward, uncomfortable and arduous, have begun to feel more spacious and increasingly effortless. Other poses and movements perhaps still feel daunting, and you may be wondering if you’ll ever get “better” at those. Perhaps you have noticed that the feeling-tone of your practice is different when you are in one of the poses that have started to feel comfortable compared to how you feel when you are in a pose that is still very challenging. Perhaps you have noticed that in a now-comfortable pose you feel less judgmental, less goal-oriented, and more able to enjoy the moment, while in the challenging poses, you struggle, you strive, you yearn for a day when this pose, too, will feel better.
If this is where you are, a door has opened in your practice that is very worthwhile walking through: Learning to savor every moment of your practice, even the moments you spend in the awkward and uncomfortable poses. This workshop will go beyond physical modifications, to include modifications in “attitude” to take your practice to a whole new level by adding a supportive mental dimension to your physical practice, the mental practice of becoming more mindful, more present in each moment, and more serene.
This workshop consists of 4 sessions. The first 3 focus on one of each the 3 physical challenges we encounter in yoga, teaching you how to work with each one in turn. But even as we focus on each physical challenge, we will keep incorporating this idea of greater acceptance and a deeper savoring of each moment. In the fourth session, we will encounter all the challenges together, working on maintaining peace of mind even in poses that challenge strength, flexibility, and balance all at the same time.
- Strength: Improve strength for increased energy and reduce chances of accidental injury (standing poses, core strengtheners, and upper body and arm strengtheners)
- Flexibility: Learn how to stretch effectively by learning how to make movements happen in the tight joints instead of the flexible ones, and by learning how to surrender into the stretch (standing poses revisited, the most effective hip and shoulder openers, spinal twists, forward bends, and backbends.)
- Balance: Improve balance by challenging it just the right amount in a variety of poses. Includes a thorough introduction to headstand, though alternatives will be offered.
- Serenity: This session will be a bit more fast-paced, incorporating and reinforcing movement patterns learned in the first 3 sessions, while always returning to the central idea of maintaining a sense of ease, calm, and joy at perfect intensity.
Please contact Gernot through the contact page for more information and to register. Please be sure to specify which workshop you are writing about.