Yin Yoga Weekend Immersion
Yin yoga is a wonderful way to develop a more introspective and mindful awareness of our physical, energetic, emotional, and mental planes and to cultivate overall health and well-being. This 10-hour weekend Yin intensive has been designed for both students of yoga who wish to increase their understanding of Yin yoga and for teachers aspiring to increase their knowledge of Yin as a philosophy and practice. We will discuss and examine topics such as chi, Taoism, yin/yang, anatomy, Chinese meridians, chakras, and meditation. Practicum will explore how to move through postures in a way that will help you go deeper in your own practice and adapt it to the personal needs of students. This will include working with modifications and variations, as well as building sequences around the seasons, anatomical features, and Chinese meridians.
The foundational aspects of this training include:
- Anatomical & energetic sequencing
- Coming safely in & out of poses
- Use of props, modifications, & variations
- Assisting & massage
- Counter poses
- Teaching & embodiment of Yin philosophy
- Use of themes to connect with truth
- Holding space that supports healing
- Use of silence & stillness
Connect ~ Yin Yoga Massage
Join James to confidently and intuitively connect with others using compassionate touch and active listening while deepening your energetic awareness through breath connection, partner yin yoga and elements of Thai Yoga massage. Together we will co-create a safe environment and cultivate trust by seeing and supporting the goodness in one another.
Yin-troduction to Transformation
Yin yoga is a meditative practice in which poses are held for an extended time with relaxed muscles and deep breathing. This stillness allows the body to soften and the postures to stimulate connective tissues, fascia and ligament, as well as affect bone density, joint mobility, and the overall health of the internal organs. The yin practice complements dynamic, muscular (yang) styles of yoga and other exercises that emphasize internal heat through the lengthening and contracting of muscles. These poses help create space in the body, particularly the hips and low back, as well as develop a more introspective and mindful awareness of one’s physical, energetic, emotional, and mental equilibrium.
This workshop is intended to introduce the yin practice and deepen students understanding of the theory and application of this transformative approach to yoga. Students will leave with a greater awareness of their breathe and body mechanics that will support a lifelong practice and that can be applied to all yoga.
- Cover yin poses from an anatomical perspective to help students make their practice more personal
- Explore use of props, modification, and how to safely come into and out of a pose
- Introduce concepts of Taoism and Chinese medicine that have contributed to the development of this practice
- Discuss yin and yang as philosophies and as styles of exercise
- Examine how yin yoga affects connective tissue anatomically and energetically through modern meridian theory
- Work collaboratively to examine anatomical differences and how that relates to our practice
- Practice yin yoga with the application of our discussions to explore our personal practice
Chakras, Meridians & Your Path to Bliss
The reward of yoga through awakening our Chakras, or transcending attachment at that level, is infinite happiness or bliss. Chakras, or energy centers of the central nervous system, our brain and spine, are associated with nerve plexus and endocrine glands that govern much of the hormonal and nervous system. Exploring the governing principles of our Chakras, this workshop introduces and explores how our happiness is connected to the functioning of our energy at a physical, emotional, and mental level. It is intended to equip students with practical ways to connect with and open themselves at many levels through yoga postures, breathing techniques, and acts of spiritual compassion and integrity. We will:
- introduce each Chakra and discuss its anatomical location and correlation to other functions of the bodies systems, sense organs, and glands
- examine dysfunctional characteristics of each Chakras at the physical, emotional, and mental level
- explore what Meridians are governed by which Chakra and what yoga postures and breathing techniques can help bring balance to these energy bodies
- discuss karma and reincarnation and the affect Chakra health has on cause and effect
- practice poses, breathing, and mediation exercises to connect with our own experiences in these place
The Art of Flying: Arm Balance & Inversion Workshop
Are you looking to refine your gravity defying? Join James as he guides you through a playful exploration of arm balances and inversions. This workshop will begin with some wrist therapy to tonify and prepare the hands and a warming sequence to connect with breath, find inspiration and soften the heart. From this place of courage we will explore different approaches, modifications, and transitions to access these poses. So leave your doubts at the door and come defy gravity as you play, laugh, & explore!
Discovering Your Dharma: A Discssion on the Bhagavad Gita
Explore the practical teachings of India’s most read scripture & the paths of yoga that aid intranscendence. Together they integrate balance into your practice and provide a guide for how to continue down the spiritual path with your unique constitution and beliefs.
- Karma – Action, Selfless Service, Heart Chakra
- Bhakti – Faith, Devotion, Mantra, Kirtan, Worship, Throat Chakra
- Jnana – Knowledge, Wisdom, Third Eye Chakra
- Raja/Ashtanga – Meditation, 8-Limbs, Crown
The Bhagavad Gita has more commentaries written about it than any other book in the world. So rather than offer another narrative, this workshop is intended to help students of yoga by offering them tools to deepen their personal practice with information and experiences that support their understanding of yogic techniques. We will introduce the Mahabharata, India’s longest poem, of which the Gita is a part, and explain some of the historical and symbolic importance of the characters in this epic. Then, we will discuss the meaning of dharma and how to understand and apply it to our life. Finally, we will explore how these yoga paths can be and already are incorporated in our daily live will be supported though the practice of yoga postures, partner work, chanting, and meditation.
Celebration of the Divine Feminine: A Winter Solstice Workshop
Winter, with its cold weather and darkness, is a time of mystery, urging us to go inward and reflect. This nurturing and supportive energy is an opportunity to connect with the feminine within ourselves and around us. Yet turning inward can be difficult and tends to bring up fear, so we must tap into the unconditional love of the warrior within and open our hearts to what scares us.
The non-dualistic Tantric traditions encourage practitioners to move past the pairs of opposites and bring every aspect of their daily life into the spiritual realm, realizing nothing exists that is not Divine.This workshop will include a yoga practice and discussion to embrace the fearlessness of the goddess and compassionate heart of the mother as well as a dialogue with handouts on ways to care for your body this winter with Ayurvedic and nutritional insights. Join me at this time of global shift and intention, embrace your feminine side, and honor yourself by taking time to care for and listen to your divine, inner Nature.
Yoga 101 Workshop
Join James as he introduces many aspects of the yoga practice in an environment that is supportive and interactive. This workshop will explore fundamental poses, alignment, modifications, and differences that we experience because all our bodies are unique. This is a great way to become more familiar with the yoga postures and to gain knowledge and experience in your personal practice.
This workshop will cover
- What yoga is and common misconceptions
- Introduction to comfortable seated positions and meditation
- Discussion about the 8-limbs of yoga
- Exploration of breathing exercises and their purposes
- Demonstration and practice of fundamental yoga postures
- Connection of linking breath with movement
- Q & A
Things to consider . . .
- Wear comfortable clothes that will allow for free range of motion
- Please arrive several minutes early so you can sign in and get acquainted
- Refrain from eating for at least an hour before practice
- Bring a water bottle, a towel, and a yoga mat (if you don’t have a mat you can borrow one)
Body and Life Detox for Spring Equinox
Spring is a time of new birth, energy, and inspiration, and like the natural world around us, we must shed, purify, and cleanse to experience lightness and ease. The Vernal Equinox represents a point of balance as we move from the colder, wetter months of winter towards the warmer, dryer months of summer. Just as our Mother earth is going through Her cycle, so too, we have our natural rhythm.
This workshop will include an energetic, detox flow with rhythmic breathing to move prana, create inner heat, and stoke digestive fire. We will focus on twists, side bends, and hip openers to support liver and gallbladder health. This allows for good space, or sukha, to exist in the body by cleansing and purging any weight and heaviness that has accumulated in our bodies and lives. We will conclude with a discussion on Ayurvedic techniques that support your body’s detoxification and allow more light and freedom into your life!
Yintimacy ~ A Journey of Self Discovery
Embark on a yin yoga ceremony to heal your physical temple, listen to your Spirit, reflect on the depth of your experiences and integrate the wisdom you intend to bring with you. This practice will be an offering of the heart and exploration of the soul as you unite who you are, with who you know you can be. Allow yourself to be, to be breathed and to be an offering to what you love, as you receive the alchemical effects of yin yoga and the preciousness of being present. Your willing to authentically connect with yourselves supports the ease you will find connecting with others.
From Warrior Pose to Guardianship Flow
Have you ever found yourself in warrior pose wondering what all the training was for? Guardianship is the integration of this work through your connection to the whole and your intuition in every moment of your life. We have all had our trust broken and felt the degree to which focusing on individuality creates separation. And we know when we have been called to rebuild trust, becoming responsible for our individual power and be of service. Each individual voice adds a unique perspective providing us a way to protect and guard our collective unity. Guardianship is about safeguarding what is most important to us individually and collectively, where the personal needs and the needs of the group come together to shape and guide the collective whole.