Shrug Off the Burden: Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders (YogaPlus Esaka, Osaka, Japan)
Nov
23
12:30 PM12:30

Shrug Off the Burden: Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders (YogaPlus Esaka, Osaka, Japan)

Unburden yourself physically, emotionally, mentally.

Feel like you're carrying the weight of an enormous sphere on your shoulders? These little spheres can alleviate the physical and emotional stress.

Postural habits, occupational hazards (jutting your head forward to stare at a computer screen for eight hours a day), and the worries that accompany everyday living all contribute to shoulder tension. As a result, shoulder and neck pain have become epidemic.

In this workshop we'll use Yoga Tune Up therapy balls to soothe tense tissues and to repattern postural bearing. We'll open up restricted areas and awaken blind spots. Yoga practitioners will learn new ways to prep the body for shoulder openers, yoga teachers will glean techniques to use with private clients, and everybody will discover ways to strip away stress and fatigue. You'll receive a set of balls to take home with you, so you can use the techniques you'll learn as often as you wish.

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Asana Inside Out: Learn Anatomy Through Self-Massage (YogaPlus Senrichou, Osaka, Japan)
Nov
7
1:00 PM13:00

Asana Inside Out: Learn Anatomy Through Self-Massage (YogaPlus Senrichou, Osaka, Japan)

Learn anatomy through self-massage with balls. As the balls roll out kinks and stress, they’ll help you identify and locate the structures they’re passing over. You’ll learn how the muscles you’re rolling can create some yoga shapes and resist others. You’ll discover the body’s inherent interconnectedness--no muscle exists in isolation! You’ll gain a new means to “open” a body area. (Classic stretching is only one method.) Students new to anatomy will glean a baseline understanding of the physical body. Movement teachers who’ve had some introduction to human anatomy will refresh and deepen their knowledge. This workshop will illuminate your yoga practice and clarify your teaching.

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Brush Up Your Sequencing Skills: A Workshop for Teachers (YogaPlus Umeda, Osaka, Japan)
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Brush Up Your Sequencing Skills: A Workshop for Teachers (YogaPlus Umeda, Osaka, Japan)

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to review principles of sequencing a class. Refresh and deepen your understanding of the art of sequencing in order to provide your students with classes that are safe, informative, and that feel good in the body. Come with your questions!

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How to Incorporate Therapy Balls into Your Group Classes: A workshop for teachers (YogaPlus Umeda, Osaka, Japan)
Oct
10
2:00 PM14:00

How to Incorporate Therapy Balls into Your Group Classes: A workshop for teachers (YogaPlus Umeda, Osaka, Japan)

Self-massage offers a great way to prepare the body for poses to come later in class. It can both open and awaken body areas that students will need to access later in the sequence. It also provides a soothing counterpose during your cool-down section. In this workshop you'll learn rolling techniques and strategies for incorporating this self-care work into your regular classes. 

Your students will love the stress relief that this work offers and incorporating self-massage will set your class apart as unique.

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Inversions Clinic (YogaPlus, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Inversions Clinic (YogaPlus, Tokyo, Japan)

Inversions offer the opportunity to view the world from a different perspective. They're also a forum in which to navigate fear, cultivate graceful determination, and explore adventure. And they're fun!

In this workshop you'll learn how to prep physically for inversions, tricks to help you enter inversions, and safety tips to invert safely. Teachers will pick up techniques to aid students who are challenged by inversions.

Come feel your feet leave the ground!

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Intro to the Upanishads (YogaPlus Ginza, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to the Upanishads (YogaPlus Ginza, Tokyo, Japan)

"My son! Bring me the fruit of the banyan tree. Now cut open the fruit. What do you see inside?"

"Father, I see seeds."

"Very good, my son. Cut open a seed. What do you see inside?"

"Father, I see nothing."

"Just so, my son. Yet what you cannot see gives prana, life, to the tree. And that's how you are, my son."

Who am I really? Beyond this physical form, who am I? What are the properties of that Real me? What happens after this body dies? The ancient Upanishads tackle these big questions through dialogues, stories, and analogies. They help us reveal the Self like unsheathing a reed from within a blade of grass (to borrow a simile from the text).

In this introduction to the Upanishads, we'll explore some of these teachings. It'll be only a dip of the toe, but you'll have some guidance for deeper submersion. 

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Asana Inside Out: Learn Anatomy Through Self-Massage (YogaPlus Ginza, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
6
2:30 PM14:30

Asana Inside Out: Learn Anatomy Through Self-Massage (YogaPlus Ginza, Tokyo, Japan)

Learn anatomy through self-massage with balls. As the balls roll out kinks and stress, they’ll help you identify and locate the structures they’re passing over. You’ll learn how the muscles you’re rolling can create some yoga shapes and resist others. You’ll discover the body’s inherent interconnectedness--no muscle exists in isolation! You’ll gain a new means to “open” a body area. (Classic stretching is only one method.) Students new to anatomy will glean a baseline understanding of the physical body. Movement teachers who’ve had some introduction to human anatomy will refresh and deepen their knowledge. This workshop will illuminate your yoga practice and clarify your teaching.

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Anatomy of the Core and Core Stability (YogaPlus Sangenjaya, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Anatomy of the Core and Core Stability (YogaPlus Sangenjaya, Tokyo, Japan)

When we think of "core," we think of "abs." When we think of "core exercises," we think of sit-ups. But the core is a three-dimensional structure. Any muscle that can stabilize the bony structures of the trunk could be considered a core muscle. In this workshop, we'll identify these structures and learn ways to strengthen and awaken them.

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Upside Down from the Inside Out: Shoulder Anatomy and Down Dog Clinic (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 2, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Upside Down from the Inside Out: Shoulder Anatomy and Down Dog Clinic (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 2, Tokyo, Japan)

Learn about the anatomy of the shoulder and refine your down dog.
It’s hard to organize the shoulder girdle in down dog because we can’t see our shoulders while we’re in the pose! A clear comprehension of shoulder anatomy will help you properly align your shoulder blades and arms in adho mukha svansasana. 

After we examine the anatomy of the shoulder, we'll explore a number of down dog variations to help you (and your students) find your optimal alignment in the pose.

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How to Teach Restorative Yoga: A Workshop for Teachers (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 2, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

How to Teach Restorative Yoga: A Workshop for Teachers (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 2, Tokyo, Japan)

This workshop will provide strategies for incorporating restorative poses into your regular group classes and will give you skills to teach a full restorative class. You'll learn:

  • A repertoire of basic restorative template shapes
  • A variety of ways to set up those poses 
  • Skills to observe and align students’ bodies in restorative postures
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Restorative Yoga Class (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 1, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Restorative Yoga Class (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 1, Tokyo, Japan)

Think of a time when savasana (or any other held, quiet posture) left you feeling rejuvenated and calmly alert. Deep rest has been proven to diminish stress levels, improve cerebral function, and ensure efficient working of the digestive and immune systems—among many many other benefits. Come drop into a juicy restorative practice.

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Brush Up Your Sequencing Skills: A Workshop for Teachers (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 1, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
4
2:00 PM14:00

Brush Up Your Sequencing Skills: A Workshop for Teachers (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 1, Tokyo, Japan)

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to review principles of sequencing a class. Refresh and deepen your understanding of the art of sequencing in order to provide your students with classes that are safe, informative, and that feel good in the body. Come with your questions!

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How to Teach Vinyasa Flow (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 1, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
3
3:00 PM15:00

How to Teach Vinyasa Flow (YogaPlus BMS-R Lab 1, Tokyo, Japan)

Vinyasa flow is one of the most popular styles of yoga today. In this workshop you'll learn four different vinyasa flow techniques and strategies for linking postures without overly fatiguing the body. We'll consider the mechanics of incorporating movement and breath and we'll examine how to avoid some common vinyasa flow pitfalls.

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Asana Clinic: Backbends (YogaPlus Asagaya, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
3
10:00 AM10:00

Asana Clinic: Backbends (YogaPlus Asagaya, Tokyo, Japan)

Backbends enliven and energize. They're fun, feel-good poses.

While backbends offer a variety of rich benefits, they can be challenging shapes to create.

In this workshop you'll learn:

  • The mechanics of backbending
  •  How to properly prepare the body for deep backbends
  • How to protect the lower back in backbends
  • How to modify backbends for lower back, shoulder, and wrist conditions
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Shrug Off the Burden: Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders (YogaPlus Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
2
3:00 PM15:00

Shrug Off the Burden: Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders (YogaPlus Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan)

Unburden yourself physically, emotionally, mentally.

Feel like you're carrying the weight of an enormous sphere on your shoulders? These little spheres can alleviate the physical and emotional stress.

Postural habits, occupational hazards (jutting your head forward to stare at a computer screen for eight hours a day), and the worries that accompany everyday living all contribute to shoulder tension. As a result, shoulder and neck pain have become epidemic.

In this workshop we'll use Yoga Tune Up therapy balls to soothe tense tissues and to repattern postural bearing. We'll open up restricted areas and awaken blind spots. Yoga practitioners will learn new ways to prep the body for shoulder openers, yoga teachers will glean techniques to use with private clients, and everybody will discover ways to strip away stress and fatigue. You'll receive a set of balls to take home with you, so you can use the techniques you'll learn as often as you wish.

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Inquire Within: 30-hour Anatomy and Asana Series (Saigon, Vietnam)
Sep
26
to Sep 30

Inquire Within: 30-hour Anatomy and Asana Series (Saigon, Vietnam)

For teachers and interested students

This 30-hour anatomy and asana course will deepen your understanding of body mechanics during yoga practice. It will reinforce and supplement the fundamental anatomy covered in most 200-hour teacher trainings—but you needn’t enter the program with prior anatomy instruction. All curious movers are welcome! Yoga students will glean an enhanced comprehension of the body that they can use to inform their personal practice. Teachers will hone their observation skills and their understanding of anatomical variations and how to modify postures to suit individual needs.

We will meet for three hours each morning and for three hours each afternoon, with a two-hour lunch break in between.  Mornings will be devoted to anatomical study; during the afternoons we’ll conduct asana clinics to apply the morning’s anatomy lessons. Sign up for only one day or for all five.

Day 1

  • Anatomy of the foot, ankle, knee, hip
  • Standing poses

Day 2

  • Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow, wrist
  • Down dog clinic, handstand, forearm stand      

Day 3

  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Backbends, twists     

Day 4

  • Anatomy of the core
  • Arm balances, headstand, shoulder stand      

Day 5

  • Anatomy of the subtle body: bandhas
  • Anatomy of the nervous system
  • Restorative
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Upside Down from the Inside Out: Shoulder Anatomy and Down Dog Clinic (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)
Sep
18
2:00 PM14:00

Upside Down from the Inside Out: Shoulder Anatomy and Down Dog Clinic (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)

Learn about the anatomy of the shoulder and refine your down dog.
It’s hard to organize the shoulder girdle in down dog because we can’t see our shoulders while we’re in the pose! A clear comprehension of shoulder anatomy will help you properly align your shoulder blades and arms in adho mukha svansasana. 

After we examine the anatomy of the shoulder, we'll explore a number of down dog variations to help you (and your students) find your optimal alignment in the pose.

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Analyze and Strategize: A Workshop for Teachers (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)
Sep
18
11:00 AM11:00

Analyze and Strategize: A Workshop for Teachers (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)

When a student struggles in a pose, you have to assess their challenges. Is it a mobility issue? Stability? Coordination? Comprehension? Then you have to figure out what movements will help them progress toward their goal. (Assuming the goal is a useful one for the student, of course!) This workshop will give teachers assessment and strategizing skills they can apply when teaching privates.

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Backbends for Bendy Bodies (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)
Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Backbends for Bendy Bodies (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)

We will explore deep backbends from the perspective of building strength to avoid relying too much on flexibility, which may lead to overuse injuries over time. Learning how to stabilize your backbends will protect your body for a lifetime of practice.

You'll pick up some anatomy info and explore creative preparatory exercises to target the muscle groups that support safe backbending. 

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Inquire Within: 30-hour Anatomy and Asana Series (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)
Sep
12
to Sep 16

Inquire Within: 30-hour Anatomy and Asana Series (Kamal Yoga, Beijing, China)

For teachers and interested students

This 30-hour anatomy and asana course will deepen your understanding of body mechanics during yoga practice. It will reinforce and supplement the fundamental anatomy covered in most 200-hour teacher trainings—but you needn’t enter the program with prior anatomy instruction. All curious movers are welcome! Yoga students will glean an enhanced comprehension of the body that they can use to inform their personal practice. Teachers will hone their observation skills and their understanding of anatomical variations and how to modify postures to suit individual needs.

We will meet for three hours each morning and for three hours each afternoon, with a two-hour lunch break in between.  Mornings will be devoted to anatomical study; during the afternoons we’ll conduct asana clinics to apply the morning’s anatomy lessons. Sign up for only one day or for all five.

Day 1

  • Anatomy of the foot, ankle, knee, hip
  • Standing poses

Day 2

  • Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow, wrist
  • Down dog clinic, handstand, forearm stand      

Day 3

  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Backbends, twists     

Day 4

  • Anatomy of the core
  • Arm balances, headstand, shoulder stand      

Day 5

  • Anatomy of the subtle body: bandhas
  • Anatomy of the nervous system
  • Restorative
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Let the Good Times Roll! Head-to-toe self-massage with Yoga Tune Up therapy balls
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Let the Good Times Roll! Head-to-toe self-massage with Yoga Tune Up therapy balls

Let’s face it: modern life sits us in front of computers all day, slumps us in front of the TV at night, and puts a host of stresses on the body that create aches and pains. This workshop will give you tools to work out the kinks on your own at home. As Patanjali tells us in sutra 2.16, future pain can be avoided.

Advantages of self-massage: the roll-down low-down:

  • Release physical tension. Learn techniques to soothe your personal hot spots.
  • Relieve stress. Stress seems epidemic these days. Knead your physical form to relax the mental and emotional layers of your being.
  • Breathe more freely. Physical tension and postural habits impede the breath. Unblock your respiration and repattern your carriage.
  • Deepen your asana practice. Stretching is not the only—or even, sometimes, the most effective—way to increase flexibility. Self-massage breaks up adhered tissues to improve mobility. The balls also awaken unconscious body areas; improved body awareness leads to more skillful movement.
  • Reveal yourself to yourself. Map your physical form and explore the mental and emotional states that self-care can evoke.

Along the way you’ll learn a bit of anatomy. Yoga teachers and other bodywork professionals will glean strategies that can be used with clients.

Alleviate pain and stress, move more freely, and breathe more easily. You’ll take a set of balls home with you, so you can roll whenever and wherever you wish. Come get the ball rolling. 

Cost: $40 registration fee + $12.95 for balls

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Get Hip to Your Hips (Great Falls, MA)
May
12
1:00 AM01:00

Get Hip to Your Hips (Great Falls, MA)

Therapy-Ball Self-Massage to Release the Hips

Hips. We use them to sit, to locomote, and to boogie down on the dance floor. And hip openers factor high on yoga students’ requests lists.

But how in tune are you with the bony and muscular structures that make up your hip region? Why does pigeon pose continue to challenge you after all these years? Why does lotus posture seem an absolute impossibility? (Because, as you’ll learn, maybe for your hip structure it is!)

Yoga Tune Up therapy balls give a whole new meaning to the concept of rolling hips! In this workshop you’ll learn ways to open up your hips beyond just stretching. Self-massage can create more effective release than simply tugging on connective tissue with classic stretches.

Muscular restriction is not the sole explanation for “tight hips”! You’ll gain a new understanding of your unique hip structure and how to modify your yoga practice accordingly.

Many knee and back conditions stem from hip issues, so students with knee and back pain will glean information they can apply to regions uptown and downtown of our target zone.

Continuing ed for yoga teachers: We’ll delve a bit into the anatomy of the hips, so yoga teachers will learn tricks to prep students for hip openers and will learn when and how to modify yoga poses to meet their students’ needs.

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Inquire Within: 30-hour Anatomy and Asana Series (Beijing, China)
Apr
29
to May 3

Inquire Within: 30-hour Anatomy and Asana Series (Beijing, China)

For teachers and interested students

This 30-hour anatomy and asana course will deepen your understanding of body mechanics during yoga practice. It will reinforce and supplement the fundamental anatomy covered in most 200-hour teacher trainings—but you needn’t enter the program with prior anatomy instruction. All curious movers are welcome! Yoga students will glean an enhanced comprehension of the body that they can use to inform their personal practice. Teachers will hone their observation skills and their understanding of anatomical variations and how to modify postures to suit individual needs.

We will meet for three hours each morning and for three hours each afternoon, with a two-hour lunch break in between.  Mornings will be devoted to anatomical study; during the afternoons we’ll conduct asana clinics to apply the morning’s anatomy lessons. Sign up for only one day or for all five.

Day 1

  • Anatomy of the foot, ankle, knee, hip
  • Standing poses

Day 2

  • Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow, wrist
  • Down dog clinic, handstand, forearm stand      

Day 3

  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Backbends, twists     

ay 4

  • Anatomy of the core
  • Arm balances, headstand, shoulder stand      

ay 5

  • Anatomy of the subtle body: bandhas
  • Anatomy of the nervous system
  • Restorativ
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Open Class: Inversions
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Open Class: Inversions

Inversions offer the opportunity to view the world from a different perspective. They're also a forum in which to navigate fear, cultivate graceful determination, and explore adventure. And they're fun!

In this workshop you'll learn how to prep physically for inversions, tricks to help you enter inversions, and safety tips to invert safely. Teachers will pick up techniques to aid students who are challenged by inversions.

Come feel your feet leave the ground!

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Let the Good Times Roll! (Turners Falls, MA)
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Let the Good Times Roll! (Turners Falls, MA)

Modern life sits us in front of computers all day, slumps us in front of the TV at night, and puts a host of stresses on the body that create aches and pains. This workshop will give you tools to work out the kinks on your own at home. As Patanjali tells us in Yoga Sutra 2.16, future pain can be avoided.

Advantages of self-massage (the roll-down low-down):

  • Release physical tension. Learn techniques to soothe your personal hot spots.
  • Relieve stress. Stress seems epidemic these days. Knead your physical form to relax the mental and emotional layers of your being.
  • Breathe more freely. Physical tension and postural habits impede the breath. Unblock your respiration and repattern your carriage.
  • Deepen your asana practice. Stretching is not the only—or even, sometimes, the most effective—way to increase flexibility. Self-massage breaks up adhered tissues to improve mobility. The balls also awaken unconscious body areas; improved body awareness leads to more skillful movement.
  • Reveal yourself to yourself. Map your physical form and explore the mental and emotional states that self-care can evoke.

Along the way you’ll learn a bit of anatomy. Yoga teachers and other bodywork professionals will glean strategies that can be used with clients.

Alleviate pain and stress, move more freely, and breathe more easily. You’ll take a set of balls home with you, so you can roll whenever and wherever you wish. Come get the ball rolling. 

Cost: $30

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Upside Down from the Inside Out: Shoulder Anatomy, Down Dog Clinic, and Inversions (Saigon)
Nov
19
8:30 AM08:30

Upside Down from the Inside Out: Shoulder Anatomy, Down Dog Clinic, and Inversions (Saigon)

Learn about the anatomy of the shoulder, refine your down dog, then apply your new awareness to some exhilarating inversions.

It’s hard to organize the shoulder girdle in down dog because we can’t see our shoulders while we’re in the pose! A clear comprehension of shoulder anatomy will help you properly align your shoulder blades and arms in adho mukha svansasana. That alignment is fundamental to inverting safely and easefully. So after we thoroughly explore yoga’s most basic inverted posture, we’ll advance on to the more challenging ones—handstand, forearm stand, and headstand.

Come learn, fine-tune your practice, and gain tips you can share with your students.

***Please bring two tennis balls and a sock.

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Asana and the Moving Body: Kinesiology and Biomechanics of Asana (Saigon, Vietnam)
Nov
5
to Nov 8

Asana and the Moving Body: Kinesiology and Biomechanics of Asana (Saigon, Vietnam)

Most yoga teacher trainings cover a bit of human anatomy. But anatomy dissects—it cuts the human body into easily studied pieces. Yoga teachers don’t work with body parts; we work with fully integrated, moving humans. This workshop will give you tools to see, understand, and instruct the body in motion. We’ll learn the different ways muscles move the body and we’ll examine the body as a tensile structure (your tissues hold you up so your muscles don’t have to do all the work). We'll study how the body navigates force, load, and leverage, then, using that knowledge, we’ll explore strategies to make poses more accessible or more challenging for students with different needs. 

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