Morning session (everyday), 7:30 to 9:30am
Powerful YMD vinyasa lead flow
I have been on the Yoga path for more than 10 years and teaching for almost as long. I have always suspected Yoga to be some form of dance, and perhaps this is why I resonate with the Vinyasa practise more than any other type of practise. The fluidity of movements and the creativity of the flows are like a dance to me, choreographed to express and communicate emotions in ways words can’t.
Being totally in tune with the body and flowing in a watery manner is a spiritual dance. The yoga of spinal articulation,
the Yoga of moving with fluid abandon,
the yoga of powerful transitions and arm balances,
the yoga of mantras and mudras,
the Yoga of saying "fuck it",
that's YMD: Yoga movement diversity.
A strong mix of yoga, calisthenics, functional movement, pushing, pulling and swinging using the body weight as resistance, this flow teaches you how to increase your body strength, fitness, and flexibility all the while connecting with your yoga practise through the breath and transitions from and into yoga poses.
Two hours of Finding inner space, tuning into the body, learning from each other, rubbing on one another (not in that way you perverts ;) and walking away lighter and more empowered than ever.
This style of class flow is informed by vinyasa Yoga, Dharma Yoga, the Eldoa method, the De-Rose method and Animal flow.It’s a great way to start the day!
Afternoon session, 4pm – 6 pm
We alternate between three different sessions
1) Workshop: inversions and backbends
My handstand journey has been a long winding road fraught with many falls and disappointments uncharacteristic of a Yogi. I pushed myself on the path of learning about the muscles we need to fire up to hold us upside down and learn drills we can do at home to strengthen our body in all the right places.
Coupled with my inversion journey, I also struggled enormously with backbends, feeling an unpleasant pinching in my lower back and I started to dread them and avoid them. Fast forward an intensive training with Dharma Mittra in NYC, coupled with the “Eldoa” method, and my backbending practise is transformed.
I am so excited and I want to share this wonderful way of approaching backbends with you.
In this workshop, we will explore those two demanding practises in tandem: inversions and backbends and we will finish up with one of my favourite playful drills: the tic-toc practise...Questions and discussions are encouraged and you are welcome to take notes if you wish to take these drills to your home practise.
Yogash Chitta Vritti Norodah (Sutra 2): When you are in a state of Yoga, all misconceptions (vrittis) that can exist in us (chitta) disappear.
We all like to throw ourselves into a fast-paced dynamic style of yoga, thriving on the intensity of the practise and the joy of the physical and mental transformation that comes with challenging ourselves.... but what about the opposite sides of that yang practise? A more meditative approach to yoga aiming at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a quality of being able to connect with oneself and with the world around us.
Pranayama breathing meditation helps access a calmer state of being and teaches how to disconnect from our thoughts. We will learn techniques such as:
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. This is a soothing, calming, deep and mindful practice in which floor-based postures are held for 3-5 minutes. This allows the body to slowly stretch and unwind. Knots in muscle fibres may release and energy can flow freely throughout the body. Some people experience a sense of lightness after a Yin Yoga class. By staying in the posture for 5 minutes, not only do we experience a sense of deep relaxation and improve meditation, but we can enable stillness to arrive in the physical body and therefore create a space to witness the sensations in the body and fluctuations of mind, emotions and breath.
All I can say is that this practise has saved me in more ways than one: it saved me during my most intense emotional storm, it healed my body from intense injury and it created space in my mind to make sound decisions...I
’m a huge fan of this practise and I am excited to share it with you.
3) Sunset flow and meditation
This Yoga session is called WAVES, an oceanic warrior yoga flow that works deeply with the breath and the water element to balance the root and heart chakras.
Dancing is one of the most liberating and open ways to express feelings. But what if you are not a dancer and find the idea of dancing frightening, intimidating and possibly unappealing? I hear you. I am a Yogi, not a dancer and like you, I have found my expression within the safe walls of a Yoga studio, practicing with fellow yogis and progressing from basic postures to advanced exciting transitions.
But what if we can marry both
In these sessions, you will learn to express how you feel about your Yoga practise and yourself through a Yoga Dance flow, the Warrior flow, a movement based class that takes you through the traditional sun salutations in the most unexpected way and the loveliest transitions.In these classes, your arms will move like seaweed in water, your body will sway and follow, your postures are strong and grounded and you will feel as if you had ridden a wave and mastered balancing on your surfboard.
You will do the Yoga dance and channel your inner warrior.
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, "yogas chitta vritti nirodha" refers to stilling the mind in order to experience Ultimate Reality and move toward Self-realization. Yogas chitta vritti nirodha is Patanjali's definition of yoga. It means that yoga is the removing of the fluctuations of the mind. This is the basic idea of meditation and how we aim to close this session.