A selection of my most popular workshop topics
Spotlight Imagery Alignment Method
This posture method is a kind of samyama practice which means to stop thought through concentration and meditation. Visualize the body as an energy system. Create bandha (energy seals) within key joint spaces. Stack bones to make posture alive, efficient, and safe. Animate your posture around your spine. This method will coax your breath out of hiding and is for all levels of yoga practitioner. Variations are always given for those with physical limitations or who are capable of more intensity. This system was taught to me by David Garrigues in India and includes:
- applied anatomy
- dynamic imagination
- breath movement
- body mudra
Focuses for spotlight imagery usually theme around:
- surya namaskara (sun salute)
- standing postures
- inversions like shoulderstand and headstand
- the ashtanga vinyasa series
- samyama practice (the pinnacle of the hatha yoga experience)
Events usually focus on one or two pranayama with focus on how to learn to grow one’s capacity and depth of experience. Prana spins our chakra, the wheels which churn our identities. Pranayama also makes use of bandha and mudra. Bandha are physically local to chakra and help to contain and focus our thought-energy. Mudra practice can bring about incredible perception of prana and the chakra.
Regulate mind activity with controlled breathing. Controlled breathing is a set pattern of inhales, exhales, and breath retentions. Ease your nervous system and smooth your senses. Various postures for yoga breathing are given including supine postures and the use of props. Mouth, nose, and single nostril breathing is taught. According to the capacities of participants I will cover breath holding, both exhale hold and inhale hold, and I will teach you how to safely progress in your breath hold practice on your own. The secrets are in the little details, the mind-set we carry into the pranayama practice, and subtle energetics of the nervous system, the subtle body system, and how mind-energy-nervous system communicates. I am authorized by BNS Iyengar to teach the ashtanga primary series pranayama and I teach also the Pattabhi Jois pranayama sequence and some others from personal studies.
Deeper than physical breathing is prana breathing, which leads one into chakra meditation. Mudra, bandha, and chakra theory can accompany events as desired or needed. The pranayama I teach are the following:
- Visharma Vritty
- Naadi Shodhana
- Shakti Charlana
There are many ancillary pranayama which I have not listed which I teach in order to lead practitioners into these deeper pranayama. Beginners are firmly instructed on the beginning aspects in order to keep mind and nervous system safe and free from agitations. The two most common pranayama taught are described below.
Ujjayi – breath of the jungle doctor
Controlled pranayama to slow your mind and your heart rate, witness yourself transition into a calm, smooth, and mellow mind. No force. All within reason. Dilate your arteries and regain control of your nervous system, and your mind. Pranayama is inhale, exhale, plus retention. Prana-ayama means to regulate mind activity with breathing. I honor everyone’s unique breathing capacities. Energetics and linguistics to facilitate the experience. Beginner to advanced will gain immensely.
Naadi shodhana – pulse purification pranayama
Smooth you lunar and solar, feminine and masculine, cooling and heating aspects with this pranayama. Integrate left and right brain systems, and generally sooth your nervous system. Requires is that both nostrils are open, and so I teach subtleties to help open nostrils or what to do to handle and restrictions in the passageway. Ultimately other pranayama can accomplish the effects of naadi shodhana, but this is a very common practice that will allow participants to be familiar with pranayama anywhere in the world they choose to practice.
Developed for scoliosis teacher by Bryce Delbridge. Heal the muscular-skeletal system – unlike any other physical therapy or massage therapy practice. Isolate and engage the key muscles of posture and breathing. Iterations is key. Short term relief and strength gains are very common. Long term relief comes with continued practice. This is a very soft practice to calm the mind and the nervous system and re-pattern our posture. Essentially this method uses pictures and precise cues to help you locate and return life to dormant or imbalanced muscle groups. Unlike most anatomy knowledge, this is immediately applied to your personal movements and you will viscerally experience each muscle and action we cover in this course. Success here means a pain-free experience of yoga postures..
Many muscle activations are available on YouTube.com/the9thlimb. This is a kind of samyama practice, which means to stop thought through concentration and meditation.
the Heart Seal – shoulder, neck, and upper spine relief
Stabilize your shoulders and release tension around your neck, chest, and arms. This course covers isolated muscle activations for the rotator cuff and shoulder girdle and groups them into simple yoga postures. You will learn the secrets to cure most yoga related shoulder aches. This is a highly relaxing practice. Anatomy intermediate, all materials provided. A phenomenal course for teachers and students.
the Sacred Psoas – Low back and pelvis therapy
Stabilize your pelvis and lower back and learn the true meaning of core strength and awareness. Isolate key muscles of the pelvis, hips, and lower spine and organize them all together. Relieve sciatica, traction the sacroilliac (SI) joint, and deepen your awareness of hip movement. A gentle practice on the body, and very focusing for the mind. Potent activations that we will find in yoga postures. All materials provided, be prepared to take notes. All levels welcomed and encouraged.
Thai and Yoga Assists
In this class you will learn foundational elements of what to look for before assisting, how to communicate before, during, and after a yoga assist, and what is the meaning and importance of hand and body intelligence during partner assists. Use many techniques borrowed from Thai massage, linguistics, acro yoga, anatomy, yoga, and In-Tuition to explore how we relate with others in this partner practice.
Acro Yoga Massage/Lunar acro
Communication and listening are fundamental to this partner therapeutic acro style. Partners are usually not required and we practice in groups of 3 or 4 to ensure safety and comfort. Many themes can constitute this practice such as group breathing, partner chakra opening, stretching, Thai body work, etc. Events are usually between 1.5 – 3 hr events.
Lunar acro is a soft style of partner yoga balancing. We train in groups of three, base, flyer, and spotter. How to listen and ask for a change or an adjustment. Fundamental hand and foot positions for passive partner balances. Flying and grounded Thai massage for the psoas and trapezius, plus much much more. Progress in your own practice. Growth oriented communication. No experience needed. No partner needed. Participants should be able to lay on their back with legs straight up, vertical.
Proper warm up. Fun, high energy course. Take notes! All levels welcome. Progressions for mobility and strength in wrists, shoulders, and pelvis. Props, partners, and especially communication to assist ourselves in our practice. Safe, strong, and stable handstand away from the wall. Expand your limits in this therapeutic environment. Skills for all inversions, yoga hand balances, and good standing posture (a handstand is an upside down foot-stand!) Cool down your nervous system and return to ease.
my course implements proper warm up and applied anatomy for all levels welcome. progressions for mobility and strength in wrists, shoulders, and pelvis. props, partners, and especially communication to assist ourselves
my handstand course implements proper warm up and applied anatomy for all levels. progressions for mobility and strength in wrists, shoulders, and pelvis. props, partners, and especially communication to assist ourselves in our practice is emphasized (i.e. vocabulary and empowering syntax). safe, strong, and stable handstands off the wall is our peak pose. skills for all inversions, yoga hand balances, and good standing posture (a handstand is an upside down foot-stand!). some pranayama and body mudra to cool down your nervous system and return to ease is a good close out.
My vinyasa inspirations are David Garrigues (davidgarrigues.com), Doug Swenson (sadhanayogachi.com) Simon Borg-Olivier (yogasynergy.com).
Make your breath fully available in this vinyasa (dynamic movement) therapy class. Open your inner air ways and watch your state of mind as you practice. This is a comprehensive class to teach a method of practice complete with state of mind, warm up, peak efforts, self appreciation, cool down, calm contemplation, and relaxation or yoga sleep. Posture is a geometric experience of our body. This class is for all levels and all levels are welcome.
Vinyasa events are generally themed around certain posture groups or desired affects. Posture clinic events teach anatomy datum in our body and breath movement systems. We want to be able to queue ourselves a state of mind of profound repose, where the body can stop, and the breath can be made fully available. Events range from hand balancing, handstands, back bending, hip rotation, inversions, forward bending, and balance poses. Typically posture clinic includes some kind of movement with is meant for therapy and also strength building. Good practice only adds to tomorrow’s practice. Events are 2 – 3 hr.
The simplest classic, a vinyasa class brings together breath, bandha, posture, movement, focus, and philosophy. Vinyasa yoga is meant to teach us hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is meant to teach us yoga. Once we learn yoga we are meant to not longer remember we know yoga. These are the stages of learning. Themes depend on preference, but often resemble posture clinic themes. Classes are 1 – 2 hr.