Yoga/Alexander Technique Workshops
Here is a list of workshop I can offer. Each workshop is half or one day workshop/class. Workshop themes can be combined to make up a weekend workshop.
Each workshop also contains some basic information about anatomy and the art of exploring that allows the participants to get the best of the workshop material.
At its best, the Alexander technique is a conversation in elegant simplicity. We'll be using Alexander principles to explore how to create movement that is pleasant, enjoyable and sustainable. We'll be using the ideas of the Alexander Technique to go deeper in our asana practice.
- To feed our awareness of the difference between fearlessness and recklessness.
- To create constraints to our practice based on how our body works so that we are safe.
- To create challenges so that we can continue to grow in our practice.
The workshop will cover 3 key elements in the Alexander technique
Head / spine relationship
There is general increase in interest in neuro-science and the attempts to explain the recent advances for a general audience. This workshop will explore ideas from body mapping, neuro science, the Alexander technique and Eyebody (seeing without glasses) to see if there are ways to help us be at ease in our lives and this important part of our body.
Our spine is a living breathing presence in life, offering support and power at the core of our being.
Our spines and our breath are intertwined. Often the first sign of problems in our spines is the lack natural breath movement in part of the spine.
Just getting the breath moving in the spine can offer us a chance to get in touch with our natural strength and flexibility without having to do complex or difficult asana. It also offers us a way of establishing a perceptual baseline, a neutral starting place in our yogic adventures of movement, meditation and stretching.
When we start to practice yoga, we generally do someone else's practice. We go to a class and we do the poses. Many people find this an enriching and empowering experience. Some find that these practices suit them and they can continue them as a life long practice. Even if a particular sequence or approach to the practice works, there are times when we need a more individualized and personalized approach.
So this class is about creating your own practice by looking at your life as it is right now and then figuring what you truly need (as opposed to what you think you need) and then setting up ways to get those needs met.
How we stand is largely unconscious. We tend to put ourselves in a default position and then switch off, often jumping forward to the future or dwelling in the past. The trouble is, when we do yoga, particularly the standing poses, we have a lot of difficulty in finding the on switch. The result is often forced, trying to impose a shape on a default way of standing then switching off again amidst great strain and effort.
Our shoulders are very complex areas of expression, strength and emotion. We ask a lot from our shoulders, in some ways, more than any other generation. We ask that our shoulders express our strength through ability to hold, to lift, to pull in daily physical activities and structured exercise. At the same time, we want to spend many hours on activities which require fine co-ordination, playing an instrument, using a tablet, a laptop or smartphone. Then as a society, we are expecting ever greater awareness and sensitivity in our communication. Our shoulders express our moods, our strengths and our connection to people, to things. Come along to this workshop and figure out how to get easy and relaxed in your shoulders
Computers and smart phone cause a lot of people problems. Aches and pains, even debilitating conditions and injuries.
But what if we could figure out what was really causing each one of us the problem? This workshop uses ideas from the Alexander Technique and Yoga to explore the remedies for computer / smart phone issues.
The workshop will cover 3 key elements in working with computer issues
Work on your personal issues