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Join Gary Kraftsow in a workshop designed for students and teachers of all levels who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of āsana. Practitioners will learn to use āsana as a means to better understand their bodies and begin to transform their present conditions. Teachers can further their understanding of what is happening in their students’ bodies, and learn how to use adaptation in āsana to move their students toward transformation.
◊ Reframe Your Understanding
◊Renew Your Practice
◊Refresh Your Teaching
Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Introduction to Viniyoga Āsana Principles
Āsana is a means or a tool to help you understand and transform your present condition, not a goal nor an end in itself. In Viniyoga, the function of āsana takes precedence over the form, and we utilize the breath to initiate movement. Both form and breath can then be adapted to best serve the goals of the practitioner. Using a combination of repetition and stay helps to accustom the body to movement to then gain the most benefit from each posture.
Friday, 10:00 – 12:30 p.m., 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
The Biomechanics of Āsana
Explore the core principles and purposes of the five different directions of movement in āsana: forward bend, backward bend, lateral bend, twist, and axial extension. Learn about “release valves” in āsana and how you can use yogic tools to replace dysfunctional movement patterns with healthy ones.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Form Adaptation in Āsana
The goal of āsana is to serve the practitioner, not the posture. Study the use of repetition and stay in āsana practice, and how to adapt the forms of the āsana to serve the functional needs of your body.
Saturday, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Breath Adaptation in Āsana
Krishnamacharya once told Gary that if you are not using breath in āsana, you are only doing calisthenics. Explore the importance of coordinating breath and movement in an āsana practice, the use of the directional flow of breath, and how breath initiates movement in āsana.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Art & Science of Sequencing
In Viniyoga, we say that sequencing should be effective, efficient and elegant. A well-sequenced āsana practice is logically ordered, context specific, manifests an intention, incorporates the tools related to the intention, and provides maximum functional benefits with minimal risks.
Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The ancients taught that the integrated use of āsana, prāṇāyāma, chanting and mantra, meditation, and Tantric practices was the best way to establish a deeper state in which to surface and transform habit patterns, and to realize and actualize our highest potential. An integrated practice makes use of multiple tools of yoga woven together to accomplish the intention of the practice. Learn how to weave together these tools of yoga to create a truly integrated practice.