Sample Workshops

Injury-Free Yoga

Learn safe and effective whole-body movements integrating Yoga and Feldenkrais to create supple strength, definition, length and tone.

Feldenkrais® Learning Center
2121 Broadway at 74th Street, Suite 404
Registration: 212-362-8597
Information: 212-262-1105

 

Steps Up to the Temple

"Peace is every step." -- Thich Nhat Hanh

If we see the yoga asanas as exquisite temples that we create from within ourselves, we begin to see yoga practice as a joyful and rewarding process. By carefully exploring the various components or “steps” of the postures, we move from imitating to a deeper internal understanding of ourselves.

Then, as we journey from temple to temple, from posture to posture, what are the steps in between? How do we take these steps? In this workshop we’ll use the brilliance of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons to help us discover the primal origins of yoga.

Come experience yourself through Evolutionary Yoga™ and learn to walk through your life and your practice with precision, poetry, and peace.

Circle, Spiral, Sphere

This afternoon is geared towards those interested in cultivating spontaneity in their practice, learning new posture flows, and discovering new ways to practice traditional postures and posture flows. This intensive will emphasize yoga's relevance for the martial artist, both as a technique for training, as well as a means of self-care.

In this afternoon intensive, we will explore the circular, spiralic, and spherical expression of posture and posture flow (asana and vinyasa). Informed by the work of Moshe Feldenkrais (renown judo master), we will explore how yoga can be practiced in single planes of action: moving forward and back (saggital plane), side to side (vertical plane), and turning or rotating (horizontal plane). These are wonderful ways to cultivate clarity and articulation in our movement. We will also explore how to link yoga postures into flowing postures and posture flows, by moving simultaneously and/or sequentially through the three planes of movement, which are comprised of the six cardinal directions. By moving in circles and spirals, while orienting oneself within a sphere (for example, rolling), we begin to increase our experiential understanding of practicing yoga; how position and transition are different aspects of a whole process. Attention will also be given to how altering the fourth dimension of time affects ones practice. By experiencing yoga as a fluid flow of form, we begin to expand the idea of what yoga is and can be.

See also: Private Yoga Lessons, Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Youth, a proposal for integrating Evolutionary Yoga into physical education classes.