April + July 2021
A HIDDEN WHOLENESS - YOGA WORKSHOP SERIES
While we tend to see life in polarity - black or white, light or dark, yin or yang, happy or unhappy, flexion or extension - with categories and options that seem diametrically opposed to each other, the truth is that everything is contained in everything else. Learning to hold the tension of opposites in the world around us and the world within us can be confronting work but is part of the richness and beauty of being human.
"On any continuum, the opposites are always in conversation with each other" | Toko-pa
THE HIDDEN 'FLEXION' IN BACKBENDS: AN EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 17th
Space Yoga & Mindfulness
THE HIDDEN 'BACKBEND' IN FORWARD FOLDS: AN EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP
Saturday, July 31
$65 Space Yoga & Mindfulness
At the heart of forward folds is a "hidden"backbend.
The often forgotten first stage of a forward bend is a neutral spine which includes a soft and natural inward curve of the lumbar spine. Maintaining this "backbend" as we enter a forward fold allows our pelvis to rotate over the bones of our legs. This movement supports the spreading of the forward fold evenly across the length of our spine without exploiting areas of our body where we tend to overly round or slump, like the middle/upper back and shoulders.
On a larger level, we will explore how actively creating and embodying this space mirrors the seasonal changes we are experiencing around us. This time of year often feels like the heaviest part of winter yet on the ancient seasonal calendar, we are crossing an unseen but vital threshold into the first stirrings of spring. Life begins in the dark. Seeds sprout in the dark depths of soil, babies spend their first nine months in the darkness of the womb. Life really begins before we "see" it. Even as we practice turning inside and supporting rest, we are gestating our emergence into the more active and energetic times of Spring.
This workshop will be experiential and include body sensing in active and restorative asana as well as "off the mat" movement, breathwork, journaling, and group discussion.
October 21-26th, 2021
WISE BODY RESIDENTIAL RETREAT
YOGA, NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION, BREATHWORK
WITH KATIE LANE, ANNA GROVES & ROB TEN BROEKE
Shambhala Guesthouse | Onekaka, Golden Bay