All Level Workshops with Expert Teacher Doug Keller
Breath and the Sacrum in Asana: Keys to Practice
This asana practice will include simple introduction to the natural and healthy movement of the sacrum in asana, in terms that go beyond traditional instructions — but make the actions simpler and more accessible. This will be tied to the breath and core actions that support the health of the low back and SI joints, especially in twisting actions (with the understanding that a significant proportion of yoga poses involve an element of twisting!) Emphasis is on promoting a balance of sacral mobility and stability, countering the typical causes of low back and sacral pinching or pain in asana.
This will be put into practice in a well-rounded all-levels asana session including some vinyasa, standing poses, twists, forward bends and very light backbending — with a deep relaxation included at the end of the session.
Day & Time Friday Evening | 18:30 -21:00
Location St Janshovenstraat
Better Breathing in Asana, Pranayama and Relaxation
The two most fundamental patterns in our lives for maintaining our health are our breathing patterns and our sleep patterns. And these are the two patterns that are the most disordered and dysfunctional in our lives, and with enormous impact on our health.
This session will explore ‘openers’ for cultivating space for the breath, as well as toning exercises related to the bandhas for sustaining better breathing patterns. This will include awareness of patterns and tendencies that work against the natural cycle of the breath, such as habits of being ‘stuck’ on the inbreath, or ‘stuck’ on the out breath — and the consequences of these patterns.
Some fundamental pranayamas will be practiced with this awareness of cultivating the space for receiving the breath, and comfort with ‘letting go’ of the outbreath.
The practice will be carried further into yoga nidra, with some discussion of the significance of the practice of yoga nidra in relationship to our sleep patterns. Starting from an exploration of the benefits and function of sleep and the relationship of healthy breathing patterns to sleep, we will explore the approach to yoga nidra as essential to the deeper aspects of yoga practice, including meditation. Our approach will link the processes associated with Kundalini and the essential processes that take place in deep relaxation, especially when facilitated by focused practice.
Day & Time Saturday 10 November | 14.00-17.30
Location Jan van Scorelstraat 41
Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on ‘Yoga As Therapy.’ He is also, in addition to his traveling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. See doyoga.com
Yoga Moves is a big fan of Doug and his work: esp his wonderful books and manuals he has written. (We carry this in our shop). We use a lot of his work in our trainings.
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