October 17th – October 25th 2019
Weekend Workshop & Mysore Week at YogaŞala – Nişantaşı
19 October 2019 / 10.00-13.00
Jump Back & Through Workshop (Building strength for later arm balancing)
This is a fundamental building-block for developing a stronger Practise. Here, we will rapidly progress from a precise look at how to get the most out of the most obvious strength-builder ‘chataranga’, to a good deal of Practise with ‘Jumping.’ Our finale will be a careful exploration of a couple of the more ‘show-stopping’ arm-balances we all want to have a go at.
Even if you don’t feel strong, you will gain a clear idea through this module on what you need to think about in order to develop more strength. This will include taking a deeper-look at what strength actually entails and how to access the muscles of the back in this, instead of wearing-out the shoulders and arms.
The last hour of this workshop will focus on breathing Practise (basic pranayama) and a discussion on how the postures might represent our inner-attitude; or why Yoga is more than just asanas. A basic idea of Yoga philosophy will be laid-out and shown to also be relevant to our own culture and modern-lives.
20 October 2019 / 10.00-13.00
Backbends Workshop (Why they are so frightening and how to relax with them)
Rather than simply pushing ourselves, a refreshing look at what is entailed in a backbend so as to make them actually comfortable and beneficial.
How to avoid over-stretching and hence tightening, the lower-back, whilst looking at ways to start to access the elusive thoracic (upper) spine and how the neck is actually instrumental in this.
We will consider a few highly-effective exercises to do at home to really help with backbends, then a closer look at the intermediate series ones, in order that we finally arrive at urdhva dhanurasana (the wheel) together in a way that feels good and also safe.
A workshop for all-levels. Beginners will be shown great modifications in order to progress effectively, more advanced will work on how to get more out of the ‘drop-back’ sequence including learning how to use the legs more skillfully.
This module will end with a Q&A and discussion of how to build a practice and incorporate Yoga as a lifestyle in a free and positive way, instead of feeling that The Practise has come to control and dominate our lives. Practise ought to be used to enhance our lives, not be our lives, it’s a tool and not a conclusion.