Asana Inside Out: Understanding Anatomy Using Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls (Tokyo, Japan)
Jul
2
6:15 pm18:15

Asana Inside Out: Understanding Anatomy Using Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls (Tokyo, Japan)

What muscles are you feeling when your thigh "burns" in warrior 2? What muscles prevent your hands from reaching the floor in a standing forward bend? (Hint: "hamstrings" is not the only answer!) This workshop is for yoga students who wish to learn the answers to these questions and for movement teachers who wish to refresh or deepen their understanding of functional anatomy. We'll use Yoga Tune Up therapy balls to locate many of the major muscles involved in yoga asana. Learn the role muscles play to create poses and which muscles resist when you enter a posture. This workshop will illuminate your practice and clarify your teaching.

  • Locate major muscles in your own body and learn how they create or resist yoga poses.
  • Refresh and deepen your understanding of anatomy.
  • Gain a new means to "open" a muscle or body area. Classic stretching is only one method!
  • Give yourself a lovely massage while you learn. Massage calms the nervous system and a quiet brain is more receptive to information.
Get a Move On! The Biomechanics of Asana (Tokyo, Japan)
Jul
3
Jul 4

Get a Move On! The Biomechanics of Asana (Tokyo, Japan)

What forces move your body through space (or control its movement) when you practice yoga asana? In your introduction to anatomy in teacher training, you likely learned that muscles pull on bones to move the body. This is true, but it's only part of the picture. Muscles can also resist, halt, and refine movement. They can stabilize one body part to facilitate another body part’s most efficient movement. What's more, muscles are not the only force responsible for movement. This 8-hour workshop will examine the biomechanics of movement. Improve your sequencing skills by learning how to discern and awaken the muscle group responsible for creating a shape. Improve your eye and learn tools to aid private students achieve their goals. Apply a deeper understanding of the body in motion to your own yoga practice. July 3 and 4, 9:00-1:00.


Self-Massage with Ball Rolling: Yoga Anatomy and Stress Reduction (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)
May
28
1:00 pm13:00

Self-Massage with Ball Rolling: Yoga Anatomy and Stress Reduction (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)

Modern life can be the enemy of good posture. Slumping in front of computers, cell phones, and TVs creates inefficient stresses to the body that may result in stiffness, aches, and inefficient movement. This workshop introduces numerous benefits of self-massage through ball rolling:

  • Release physical tension by soothing personal “hot spots” or trigger points
  • Address unconscious areas of tension created by emotional stress
  • Improve breathing capacity by addressing postural imbalances
  • Deepen body awareness and explore mobility restrictions

The balls are simple tool that both students and teachers can use in yoga classes, private sessions, or home practice to reduce tension, move more freely, and breathe more easily.

Dropbacks for Bendy Bodies (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)
May
28
8:30 am08:30

Dropbacks for Bendy Bodies (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)

In this workshop, you will learn: 1) Step-by-step progressions for dropping back into urdhva dhanurasana (upward bow) from a standing position; 2) Skillful transitions from inversions into deep backbends; 3) Creative preparatory exercises to target the muscle groups that support safe backbending. 

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.

The Holy Bone: S-I Joint Workshop (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)
May
27
1:00 pm13:00

The Holy Bone: S-I Joint Workshop (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)

Where is the sacrum and what are the S-I joints? Many students, and even yoga teachers, have little awareness of this region and its importance as a stabilizing structure. The sacrum--which means “holy bone” in Latin--is the base of your spine, literally your anatomical center.

This workshop will introduce essential anatomy of the sacrum and S-I joints. We will learn how to control sacral movements to benefit your yoga practice and everyday locomotion. We will introduce posture modifications that may minimize or prevent S-I joint pain, and explore the energetic “lock” of uddiyana bandha. Teachers will expand their teaching skills by refining the way they instruct backbends.

Floating Through Air: Learning to Jump with Ease and Grace (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)
May
27
8:30 am08:30

Floating Through Air: Learning to Jump with Ease and Grace (Elite Fitness, Saigon, Vietnam)

Jump your feet between your hands. Jump back to chaturanga. Jump through your arms to land in a seated position. Jump into handstand. Are these easy for you? Do you feel like you are flying or falling?

Students are often instructed to jump during a yoga asana practice, but these moves are seldom taught with clear, step-by-step instructions. In this workshop, you will learn preparatory exercises and helpful techniques to make your jumpings smoother and more controlled. Jumpings also offer the opportunity to explore the emotional layers that are revealed when we confront a physical challenge: fear, frustration, fulfillment . . . and perhaps fun! This workshop will put springs in your feet, inspire your heart to leap, and your spirit to jump with joy. 

Dropbacks for Bendy Bodies (Elite Fitness, Hanoi, Vietnam)
May
21
1:00 pm13:00

Dropbacks for Bendy Bodies (Elite Fitness, Hanoi, Vietnam)

In this workshop, you will learn: 1) Step-by-step progressions for dropping back into urdhva dhanurasana (upward bow) from a standing position; 2) Skillful transitions from inversions into deep backbends; 3) Creative preparatory exercises to target the muscle groups that support safe backbending. 

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.

The Holy Bone: S-I Joint Workshop (Elite Fitness, Hanoi, Vietnam)
May
21
8:30 am08:30

The Holy Bone: S-I Joint Workshop (Elite Fitness, Hanoi, Vietnam)

Where is the sacrum and what are the S-I joints? Many students, and even yoga teachers, have little awareness of this region and its importance as a stabilizing structure. The sacrum--which means “holy bone” in Latin--is the base of your spine, literally your anatomical center.

This workshop will introduce essential anatomy of the sacrum and S-I joints. We will learn how to control sacral movements to benefit your yoga practice and everyday locomotion. We will introduce posture modifications that may minimize or prevent S-I joint pain, and explore the energetic “lock” of uddiyana bandha. Teachers will expand their teaching skills by refining the way they instruct backbends.

Shrug Off the Burden: Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders (Community Yoga, Greenfield, MA)
May
6
1:00 pm13:00

Shrug Off the Burden: Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders (Community Yoga, Greenfield, MA)

  • Community Yoga

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.

Let the Good Times Roll! Head-to-Toe Therapy Ball Self-Massage
Apr
1
1:00 pm13:00

Let the Good Times Roll! Head-to-Toe Therapy Ball Self-Massage

  • Community Yoga & Wellness Center

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: $30

YogaWorks 200-hour Teacher Training Info Session (Fukuoka, Japan)
Mar
12
Mar 13

YogaWorks 200-hour Teacher Training Info Session (Fukuoka, Japan)

  • Yoga & Ballet Grace 平尾スタジオ

I'll return to Fukuoka in June 2017 to teach the YogaWorks 200-hour teacher training curriculum. Come to this info session to experience a signature YogaWorks-style class and to ask any questions you have about the program.

300-Hour Teacher Training Info Session (Tokyo, Japan)
Mar
4
Mar 5

300-Hour Teacher Training Info Session (Tokyo, Japan)

  • BMS R Lab 1

The YogaWorks 300-hour Professional Program will deepen your knowledge of anatomy, injury management, yoga philosophy, and pedagogy and will give you many tools to improve your teaching skills. The next Tokyo 300-hour will take place September-October 2017. Come learn more about the training and get answers to your questions. Previous 300-hour grads will be on hand to share their experiences.

Hop to It! A Jumping Workshop (Tokyo, Japan)
Mar
4
1:30 pm13:30

Hop to It! A Jumping Workshop (Tokyo, Japan)

  • BMS R Lab 1 ピラティススタイル五反田併設スタジオ

Go ahead, JUMP!

Jump your feet between your hands. Jump to chaturanga. Jump through to sit. Jump into handstand. Heck, why not jump into a few standing poses while you're at it?

This workshop will put a spring in your step, inspire your heart to leap, and your spirit to jump with joy.

Students are often invited to jump around in an asana practice, but these moves are seldom broken down. In this workshop you'll learn some tricks to help you accomplish these feats and some preparatory exercises to hone your hops. Along the way we'll examine how air time can offer opportunities to explore deeper layers of the human experience: fear, frustration, fulfillment, fun all arise when we confront physical challenge.

Time to amp it up. C'mon JUMP!

Let Your Breath Have a Ball: Therapy Ball Self-Massage and Pranayama Workshop (Tokyo, Japan)
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Let Your Breath Have a Ball: Therapy Ball Self-Massage and Pranayama Workshop (Tokyo, Japan)

  • BMS R Lab 1 ピラティススタイル五反田併設スタジオ

Release stress and breathe more freely.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You suffer from tension-related shoulder and neck pain
  • You're curious about delving into pranayama practices
  • You breathe

Tension in the neck, shoulders, and trunk can restrict breathing. The inverse holds true as well: stilted breath can result in shoulder and neck pain.

In this workshop we'll use Yoga Tune Up therapy balls to release tissues that, if seized up, can impede full breathing. You'll learn self-care techniques to relax at the end of the workday and to ease painful neck knots. You'll improve your capacity to breathe well and will discover your breath through a new lens. Then we'll explore some classic pranayama techniques to take advantage of your newfound relationship with your breath.

You'll go home with a repertoire of self-massage techniques to soothe aches and pains and with tools to initiate a pranayama practice or to inspire your regular pranayama practice.

Let the Good Times Roll! Self-Massage Therapy Ball Workshop (Up the Hill Yoga, Townshend, VT)
Jan
22
2:00 pm14:00

Let the Good Times Roll! Self-Massage Therapy Ball Workshop (Up the Hill Yoga, Townshend, VT)

  • Up the Hill Yoga

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. 

S-I Joint Workshop (Tokyo, Japan)
Oct
2
7:00 pm19:00

S-I Joint Workshop (Tokyo, Japan)

  • BMS-R Lab

Do you have lower back pain when practicing yoga (or in your day-to-day)? If so, point to where it hurts. If you’re indicating the spots identified on the sculpture (Pradier’s Odalisque), your lower back pain is sacro-iliac pain.

Where is the sacrum and what are the S-I joints? Yoga teachers reference this area of the body all the time, but it’s something of a black hole for many practitioners. Think about it: you can’t even see that part of your body without a couple of strategically angled mirrors. All the same, it’s the seat of your spine and is literally your anatomical center.

In this workshop you will:

  • Demystify the sacrum and S-I joints by learning about the anatomy of this region of the body.
  • Learn to control the movements of your sacrum—in ways that will benefit your yoga practice and your subway riding!
  • Learn approaches to/modifications of yoga poses that you can use to curb S-I joint pain in your yoga practice.
  • Discover (or learn a new way to access) uddiyana bandha.

This workshop will also serve teachers who want to add to their teaching repertoire. Warning: This work may change the way you cue backbends.

Stand Up for Chair Yoga: A Chairs Workshop for Teachers
Aug
28
2:30 pm14:30

Stand Up for Chair Yoga: A Chairs Workshop for Teachers

  • Kamal Yoga

The ability to incorporate chairs into your teaching repertoire will make you a more versatile, more marketable instructor. Chairs provide a tool you can use with private clients and in corporate settings--even if props aren't available in these venues, there's usually a chair around. Knowledge of chair modifications will enable you to work with less able-bodied populations. Introduce chairs into your regular classes to spice things up and present your students with a new challenge.

In this workshop you'll learn how to use chairs to teach three categories of poses:

  • Standing poses
  • Using chairs to create stability (effective especially for seniors and students working with destabilizing conditions)
  • Using chairs to create deeper stretches and to access hard-to-stretch areas
  • Using chairs to clarify alignment
  • Backbends
  • Using chairs to make backbends more accessible
  • Using chairs to create deeper backbends
  • Using chairs to prepare the body for deep backbends and inversions
  • Inversions
  • Using chairs to protect the neck in sirsasana
  • Using chairs to make sarvangasana and halasana restorative poses

During the workshop, you'll learn the purpose of each chair asana, the benefits of each chair asana, and some common pitfalls/challenges you'll need to address with your students.

Come enrich your teaching skills and add a new skill-set to your teaching résumé!

Time to Play on the Furniture: Chair Backbends and Inversions (Beijing, China)
Aug
28
9:30 am09:30

Time to Play on the Furniture: Chair Backbends and Inversions (Beijing, China)

  • Kamal Yoga

This ain't your granny's yoga. Sure, chairs can make yoga more accessible for practitioners in need of greater support and stability, but they also can present deep backbenders and seasoned inverters with a new set of challenges.

In this workshop you'll use the yoga chair to:

  • Warm the body up for deep backbends and inversions
  • Refine familiar backbends and inversions
  • Access (or approach) poses that have seemed unachievable to you
  • Configure new backbending shapes
  • Down-regulate your nervous system with restorative inversions

Were you the kid who always got in trouble for playing on the furniture? (I loved to turn the living-room couch into a fort.) If you shared my naughty tendency, this workshop is for you. Permission to play!

Awaken Your Heart with Backbends (Beijing, China)
Aug
27
Aug 28

Awaken Your Heart with Backbends (Beijing, China)

  • Kamal Yoga

OK, that title is way too hippy-dippy for me. But it's also true. Backbends enliven and energize. That's why they feel so good. They also create a heightened emotional state. Sometimes that heart opening inspires us to optimistically embrace possibility. Other times it registers as vulnerability. This powerful category of yoga postures affords us the opportunity to explore the ever-shifting condition of the human heart from a place of vibrancy.

While backbends offer a variety of rich benefits, they're challenging shapes to create without pain or injury.

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
  • The anatomy of the spine and hip

Curious about the rope wall? We'll "tie up" our long, uplifting backbending practice with rope wall restoratives to traction the spine, pacify the nervous system, and quiet the mind.

Turn Your World Upside Down (Beijing, China)
Aug
27
9:30 am09:30

Turn Your World Upside Down (Beijing, China)

  • Kamal Yoga

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, hey, they're fun!

In this workshop you'll learn:

  • How to protect the neck in headstand and shoulder stand
  • Headstand modifications for different body types
  • How to kick into handstand and forearm stand
  • Tricks for balancing upside down
  • Anatomy of the shoulders and neck
  • Teachers will pick up techniques to aid students who struggle with inversions

Come feel your feet leave the ground!

Get Hip to Your Hips (Bennington, VT)
Jul
15
6:00 pm18:00

Get Hip to Your Hips (Bennington, VT)

  • The Yoga Place

Therapy-Ball Self-Massage to Release the Hips

Hips. We’ve all got ‘em. We use them to sit, to locomote, and to play ice hockey. (Well, I don’t do the latter, but some of you probably do.) 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.

Let the Good Times Roll! (Lakewood, CO)
Jun
24
6:00 pm18:00

Let the Good Times Roll! (Lakewood, CO)

  • Container Collective

Head-to-Toe Therapy-Ball Self-Massage Workshop

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.

  • Release physical tension. 
  • Relieve stress. 
  • Breathe more freely. 
  • Deepen your asana practice.
  • Cycle or run more efficiently. 
  • Reveal yourself to yourself.
Roll with It (Louisville, CO)
Jun
18
1:00 pm13:00

Roll with It (Louisville, CO)

  • Moov

Head-to-Toe Therapy-Ball Self-Massage Workshop

As athletes and individuals living a 21st-century lifestyle, our bodies are inundated with a host of stressors. Over time, these acute stressors become more chronic in nature and result in generalized aches and pains, in decreased functionality and performance. This workshop will give you tools to work out these kinks on your own, at home. 

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

  • Release physical tension. Learn techniques to soothe your personal hot spots.
  • Breathe more freely. Physical tension and postural habits impede the breath. Unblock your respiration and repattern your carriage.
  • Strengthen your active recovery sessions. Stretching is not the only, or even 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.
  • Relieve stress. Stress is epidemic these days. Knead your physical form to relax the mental and emotional layers of your being.
  • Learn more about 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. Acupuncturists and other healthcare professionals will glean strategies that can be used with patients.

Alleviate pain and stress, move more freely, and breathe more easily. You’ll take a set of balls home with you (at no additional cost), so you can roll whenever and wherever you wish. Come get the ball rolling.