Workshop with Marla Meenakshi Joy and Ron Reid
Time: 10-11 November 2012
Place: Yogamudra Christianshavn, Strandgade 36 D 2nd floor, DK-1401 Copenhagen (map)
Bringing art and soul to the practice of Ashtanga yoga.
Note: Spaces are limited and distributed on a 'first come, first served' basis! All classes are taught in English.
About the course
We are very happy and fortunate to have Ron and Meenakshi back in Copenhagen in November. During the course they will teach the knowledge to work on each topic with care, allowing each student to reach his or her capacity safely while deepening the yoga practice. Modifications will be offered to adapt to the various levels of flexibility and strength of the students.
Saturday, 10 November 2012
09:30-12:00 Its "hip" to be square!
Our access to deeper yoga poses is often limited until the area of the hip is opened in a balanced manner. Commonly used hip openers can often have the undesirable effect of de-stabilizing the sacrum unless integrity in the pelvic area can be maintained. This not only alleviates pressure to the knees but allows us to find symmetry in asymmetrical poses such as: janu shirshasana, ardha baddha paschimottanasana and on through to eka pada shirshasana.
14:00-16:30 Bound - The energetic effects of binding poses
Ultimately our exploration of the physical in yoga is to prepare the way for an energetic transformation that takes place over time and with a great deal of intelligent preparation. This workshop will begin with hip-opening techniques, including preparations and modifications for half-lotus and full lotus (padmasana) and also containing the "binds" or energetic seals, plus options to binding that still maintain the energetic mudras.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
09:30-12:00 Yoga jam - Ashtanga "remix"
One London writer described this class as an "ashtanga re-mix". Yoga jam is a yoga class devoted to the spirit of improvisation. We will find new and exciting ways to energize our practice by exploring new variations and unique ways of combining them. By weaving the theme of vinyasa through new and familiar poses, we will open the door to spontaneous exploration. Inspiration will be drawn from 1st, 2nd and 3rd series.
14:00-16:30 Stability before ease - Detailing the shoulders in backbends
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes the perfect asana as one that has the qualities of both stability (sthira) and ease (sukha). Not to take too literal a translation, but it is interesting that he lists stability before ease. In this workshop we will experience how building stability into our joints in poses creates the structural support that opens the door to ease in our practice. Finding stability in our shoulders we can not only limit injury to the joint but also find the means to open up the thoracic spine as a way of alleviating pressure in the lumbar spine. This allows our backbends to become much more balanced thereby increasing our ability to experience sukha (ease).
About Ron Reid and Meenakshi Joy
Ron Reid has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching since 1988. He is co-owner and Director of the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada. Ron has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois. In addition to regular classes at Downward Dog, he conducts workshops and teacher trainings in Canada, and Europe and is becoming a familiar face at various conferences around the world. Ron is one of Canada's top teachers, approaching teaching in an inspired, informed and non-dogmatic way. He places the needs of the students ahead of the demands of the practice. While continuing to teach and practice the Ashtanga vinyasa system as a foundation, he endeavours to blend tradition with innovation, and to balance precision with grace. Students will find his refined approach to practice both challenging and rewarding. Ron is also an accomplished musician and composer and performs with his partner Meenakshi Joy under their group name SWAHA.
Meenakshi first travelled to India in 1988 to study meditation and the philosophy of the Vedas with Swami Shyam, as well as other learned scholars in the Himalayas. She is a certified meditation and yoga philosophy teacher from the International Meditation Institute in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas. She currently teaches Ashtanga yoga, Swaha yoga, Restorative yoga, Yogadance, Meditation, Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, and Chanting privately and in yoga studios in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has been a practicing Shiatsu therapist since 1993, and has a healing and informative touch. She also leads kirtan with her band SWAHA, with inspired musical compositions with her partner/keyboardist, Ron Reid. She has produced four CD's of Sanskrit chanting entitled "Prayers", "Salutations", "Vishnu's Dream", and "Bolo!".
Please visit their web sites for more information: www.swaha.ca, www.downwarddog.com
Testimonials about Ron and Meenakshi
"Ron teaches with intelligence. His adjustments suit the individual needs of the students. I personally found his adjustments were the best I have received from any teacher. I have very high regard for him as an exceptional teacher." - Elizabeth Connolly, yoga teacher and teacher trainer.
"When I think of a yogi, I think of Ron Reid. He teaches from what he has learned from his many years of practice, you can feel that. Even if you've been practicing for years and years he makes you feel curious and excited about yoga through his soft-spoken, humorous and extremely intelligent way of teaching. He knows the body and how it works and he teaches you how to keep it healthy. At the same time his classes are challenging and hot. He makes you want to move to Toronto!!" - Kristin Leigh, yoga teacher and co-owner of The Shala yoga studio in New York.
"(Meenakshi)... Nothing short of a shower of blessings to be in her presence. Her teachings are full of light and wisdom generated from lifetimes of divine devotion. With a natural inner cadence, Meenakshi's voice carefully guides you through asana sequences, while subtly setting your mind adrift into deeper peaceful contemplation. By far the best savasana experience as she chants you into a state of final transcendence." - Samantha McDonald, yoga teacher, writer.
"You are truly the Goddess of song, Meenakshi. I feel a true teacher is one whose actions speak louder than words. I feel you embody this by how you humbly and humorously share your experience. You inspire me to stay committed to a practice of sitting still... that connecting with our true nature will be about transformation." - Karen Steele, teacher trainee grad.
We encourage students at all levels except complete beginners to attend. Beginners must have basic knowledge of ujjayi breath and vinyasa movement principles. All participants incl. more experienced students will walk away with a fresh perspective on their Ashtanga vinyasa yoga practice.
Payment and booking
You can choose between the following options:
Weekend workshop, Saturday-Sunday: 1,350 DKK (approx. 180 EUR) * NEW PRICE *
½-day yoga session, Saturday or Sunday: 450 DKK per session
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