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Refined Teaching Immersions and Master Classes with Mark Stephens
This five-day program with Mark Stephens offers in-depth immersions for teachers and serious students, plus master classes for beginning to seriously advanced students and teachers. Each session draws from ancient-to-contemporary yoga philosophies, a variety of yoga styles and techniques (including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin and Yoga Therapy), and offers a practical application of functional anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology. All also reflect and expand upon the suggestions offered in Mark’s four books, Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), Yoga Adjustments (2014) and Yoga Therapy (forthcoming, 2017).
Master Class | Integrated Practice: Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation
Most yoga classes in the West are at least 95% posturual practices, with ujjayi pranayama the only breathing techniques, and meditation often limited to a few minutes or less at the beginning or end of class. Here we explore a full practice, starting with sitting, breathing, more breathing with refined techniques as first decribed in detail in the 15th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika, then an integrated asana practice in which we explore all families of asanas (standing poses, core, arm support, backbends, twists, forward bends, hip openers and inversions), then go far more deeply into refined pranayama and heart-centered medition.
The entire foundation of all flow styles of yoga is rooted in the dynamic movement of Surya Namaskara, the greeting of the sun and the universe within each of us. It is here that we set the rhythm and mood for all that follows, connecting breath and bodymind in the gradual opening and refinement of the overall practice.
In this workshop we will look closely at each of the 12 asanas in Classical Surya Namaskara and Surya Namaskara A & B, exploring their various alignment principles and energetic actions, how the transitions between them can be approached to make them simpler, deeper and more sustainable, and what to be most aware of in guiding others in these movements and asanas. This workshop is designed for all levels of students and teachers, including beginners and advanced practitioners open to practicing beginners mind.
Why do you teach yoga? How does this intention align with your core values, you’re your larger sense of purpose in life, with your sense of who you are? How do you approach your sense of skill and limitation as teacher? How might you best make your teaching more meaningful to yourself and to your students?
This workshop begins with basic questions of dharma to help build a clearer and stronger foundation for experiencing and sharing yoga in the most transformational ways you can. We start with simple yet profound question: who am I? Then we do deep inside to draw out and better understand what it means to take the seat of the teacher. With exercises designed to further clarify your sense of who you are, why you practice, and how you can connect all the dots of your life in your teaching, you will leave more motivated and prepared than ever for a lifetime of sharing this amazing practice.
Detailed breakdown of up to ten backbends and five seated and supine twisting poses. We will explore contraction, traction, and levered backbends with forms in in which the arms are in extension and felxion, with close consideration of how to best to open and stabilize for each. These two families are covered together because twists offer the essential counterposes to a sustained backbend practice. With each pose, we look closely at helpful modifications and use of props, and variations for students who can go farther.
Detailed breakdown of up to fifteen forward bends and hip openers. These two families are covered together because they a) share many basic forms and energetic elements, and b) are ideally sequenced close together as part of the more calming and integrative part of a practice. With each pose, we step into the Yoga Lab to learn how to look at, see, understand, and relate in a meaningful way with effective verbal and hands–on cues to students who exhibit different challenges and tendencies in that particular pose. Covers benefits, risks and contraindications, alignment principles and energetic actions. Also covers how and from what vantage point to best observe and demonstrate, helpful modifications and use of props, and variations for students who can go farther
Arm balances simultaneously require and help us to develop strength, flexibility, focus and openness. These qualities are heightened when movement into the pose involves hip rotation or flexion - poses like Bakasana (Crane Pose), Astavakrasana (Eight Crooks Pose) or the Mukta Hasta Sirsana Vinyasa (a sustained series of interconnected arm balances initiated from Tripod Headsdtand). More concentrated mental focus is harnessed when then moving into poses involve steadier balance, such as Adho Mukha Svanasana (Handstand) and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance). Practicing these asana sequences safely and consciously leads to equanimity, confidence and personal freedom well beyond the mat.
In this session we explore how to approach hip-intensive arm balances with proper preparation, patience, intelligence, compassion and integration. We will look closely at the basic elements of each asana and work on cultivating the integrity of these elements as we integrate them into the fuller asana. We will also look at specific wrist and shoulder therapies to better sustain these practices. Along the way we will practice being present to the whole experience of the practice, consciously connecting the breath and bodymind moment by conscious moment.
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This master class begins with warming Surya Namaskaras and Dancing Warriors designed to open and stabilize the hips and shoulders in preparation for a series of beginning-to-advanced level arm balances (including Bakasana, Parsva Bakasana, Bhujapidasana, Tittibhasana, Astavakrasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Galavasana, Urdhva Kukkutasana and Uttana Prasithasana). This complete practice also includes wrist and shoulder therapy practices to ensure the full integration of the practice.
As a dualist, Patanjali invites us to disengage our cognitive apparatus (pratyahara on the path to stopiing the movement of the mind), opening us to a pure meditative state (dhyana) and all-knowing or bliss (samadhi). We get into this through specific moral and ethical principles and practices rooted in Buddhism (yama and niyama), plus sitting (asana) and breathing (pranayama).
The non-dual philosophy of tantra takes a different approach, one that is all about opening our awareness to the fullness and wholeness of experience, completely attuned to all that we are as organic human beings, through practice that start in the simplest ways, such as being fully present to the experience of a dry leaf crackling under foot while walking in the woods, or being fully present in a conversation with your child or a friend, or…well, everything that allows us to experience all of which we are capable in every breath, especially tapping into intensity to feel most what it is to be alive and awake.
Description: How did we get from the priestly rutuals of yoga described in the four Vedas to the action-oriented (kriyas) of the Upanaishadic era to the absorbed meditation of Patanjali to the expansive energetics of various tantric practices to Chaturanga, Up Dog, Down Dog, from an often secret or obscure set of yoga practices to yoga as a Zeitgeist of modern culture in which to practice is so many different things to different people? What is myth, what is truth, and how do we tell the difference? And why does it matter?! This is a lecture and discussion…hopefully a lively conversation!
Sign up for Immersion Two | Monday & Tuesday [$250+gst]
Sign up for full session | Friday - Tuesday [$475+gst]
Described by Yoga Journal as "the teacher's teacher," Mark Stephens (E-RYT 500) is the author of the international bestsellers Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), and Yoga Adjustments (2014), and the forthcoming Yoga Therapy (2017).
Practicing yoga for over 26 years and teaching for over 21 years, Mark has trained over 2,000 yoga teachers worldwide. He founded Yoga Inside Foundation (1997-2005), a non-profit that established yoga programs in over 300 schools, treatment centers and prisons across North America, receiving Yoga Journal's 1st Annual Karma Award in 2000 for this work. He also founded L.A. Yoga Center and Santa Cruz Yoga.
With a rich background in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Tantra, and Yoga Therapy, Mark brings an eclectic perspective to the practice that's all about making yoga more accessible, sustainable, and deeply transformational. He lives and teaches yoga in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more at www.markstephensyoga.com
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The intro to yoga workshop is a class for the absolute beginner. We provide a safe and non-intimidating atmosphere for you to learn the basics of yoga, providing you with a foundation to carry into regular drop in classes.
$25 + GST DROP IN
*No class July 3rd*
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:45 PM
Have you been practicing for awhile and wondering, “what’s next?” Join Alice Hong for a well-rounded intermediate/advanced level class that also includes meditation, mantra, and “off the mat” explorations. Be guided to play with your boundaries and explore uncharted territory in a supportive environment.
In this workshop series, we will
• Exploring a wide array of poses including arm balances, back bends, inversions and transitions.
• Workshop yoga-nerdy details
• Cultivate purposeful intentions for on & off the mat
• Support each other in this challenging and light-hearted practice
• Have a blast and laugh a lot
*It’s a registered class because commitment and consistency are keys to growth. That being said, if you can only drop in, you are still very welcome to come!
Drop-in rate is $25+gst REGISTER HERE
6:30 - 8:15 PM
Worthy and Well Cross Canada Road Trip 2017 - Kickoff Party!
Casey Berglund is an anti-diet dietitian, yoga teacher, and mentor at worthyandwell.com. She is traveling across the country to raise awareness about the negative influences of diet culture and empower you to eat mindfully, love your body, and live consciously.
Join the movement? You're invited to a fun and informative kickoff party! Prepare for an awesome yoga practice, healthy snacks, and mingling.
Pay what you can options available - suggested donation: $20.
Learn more about the road trip here: worthyandwell.com/roadtrip
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Learn how to understand your element type for transformation and resilience with Sachin a Yogic Ayurvedic Alchemist Sample fresh foods of the Yoga diet & learn the right herbs to bring longevity, information, and balance Learn the basics 101 on your own elements through the Yoga science of health, Ayurveda Class will be lead through a mediation and hands marma points (energy points) & healing touch through yoga practice Come and be nourished for your mind, body , & spirit
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Discover the power of weaving movement medicine into your practice this upcoming new moon in Gemini. Each time a new moon is upon us we are surrounded with a special kind of energy that prompts manifestation magic. It is an especially fertile time to plant seeds of intention and envision how we wish to weave our paths so we may attain higher alignment with spirit.
The portal of dance can be used a powerful gateway in bringing our intentions to life. This May take the opportunity to sweat your prayers by experiencing an Inner Journeys Ecstatic Dance Workshop with Ravi Gopal Kaur at La Luna Social. Inner Journeys is an energizing free-form movement class that puts a spin on meditation in motion. This workshop takes the dancer on a journey into the self through mindful movement, breathwork and full body surrender.
6:30 - 8:30 PM
YIN & TONIC. Where Yin Yoga Meets Massage!
Alan Mileham E-RYT500, Robert Buckland & Leah Haverman RMT'S
Alan Mileham is your "Yin" and our two fantastic RMT'S, Robert Buckland & Leah Haverman are your "Tonic"!
We will start off the class with a brief Meditation and Pranayama, before delving into Traditional Yin Yoga Postures. During the class our two RMT'S will go around the room and give gentle massages. Due to the nature of Yin Yoga and how long the postures are held, anywhere from 3 - 5 minutes, the RMT'S will never push or force you deeper in a posture, but offer gentle massages.
* Please note that this Special Yin & Tonic class is limited to a maximum of 30 participants only, as it allows our two RMT'S to move around the room and have no more than 15 students to work on each, which allows them to give you plenty of massages! You must sign up ahead of time, no exceptions!
Alan, Robert & Leah will guarantee your Yin & Tonic experience will be gently stirred and not shaken!
4:30 - 6:30 PM
A transformational synthesis of conscious breathwork, somatic explorations, sound healing, and inquiry that supports you in clearing energy within the physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies. This dynamic practice can catalyze spontaneous insights and non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Turn inwards with dynamic, conscious breath as your guide and healer. Unwind, release, and melt within the living sonic vibrations of the didgeridoo,
medicine drums, shakers, tibetan bowls, and tuning forks. Open and clear the pathways to health and wellbeing on all levels. Explore the energetic continuum of your body, beliefs, emotions, and numinous realms.
** No previous experience is required. **
The numerous benefits include:
Increased energy and clarity
Detoxification, restoration, balance and oxygenation of the cells
Realization and integration of repressed emotion
Release of negativity, conscious/unconscious patterns
Rejuvenation of organs and cells
Intuitive Spiritual Guidance
Accelerated spiritual growth through expanded awareness
Please bring the following items:
Yoga mat or thermarest
Intention for your breath journey
Trevor Yelich + special guests
For more information, check out www.numasomatics.com and www.trevoryelich.com
Sunday, 6 - 8:30 PM
Don't miss this private audience with zen master nissim amon (israel).
Freedom from anxiety - sit with zen master and take a journey through wisdom of the east.
Learn how to balance your heart and mind and centre yourself.
Round out workshop with heart opening group breathwork session with deanne newkirk.
Zen + breath = happiness
- sit with zen master; listen to lectures & stories
- learn how to free ourselves from anxiety
- learn about our hearts, minds & what it means to be centred
- more widsom from the east with zen master
- group breathwork session with deanne newkirk
- learn how to move forward with less anxiety
Sunday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM