UNDERSTANDING HIP OPENING
When yogis mention “junk in the trunk,” they are talking about tension, not fat. The hip joint is surrounded by powerful, but typically underused, muscles, and it’s located right next to some very personal space. It’s a recipe for tension. In this workshop, we’ll explore and delight the hips by taking them through all 6 of their general anatomic movements for a uniquely thorough stretch. You’ll walk differently when you leave.
UNDERSTANDING SHOULDER OPENING
When working with the most mobile joint in the body, intelligence and care is what it’s all about. In this workshop, we’ll learn poses to increase range of motion and functional strength in the shoulders, while exploring the difference between tension and compression. Whether you're looking to prevent a rotator cuff injury or you want to get a little deeper in your practice, a clearer understanding of your beautifully complex shoulders is a great first step. No prior shoulder knowledge required.
yoga for runners
The saying goes, “Yoga is great for runners, and running is bad for yoga,” but yoga can certainly make for a well rounded runner. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at the leg and hip actions that are repeated in each stride and stretch the corresponding muscle groups. We’ll also explore the four basic hip actions that are not involved in running, so we can strengthen the muscles that running leaves behind and reduce muscle imbalances. Your knees and feet will thank you.
yoga for tennis players
Tennis is both a physical game and a mental one, making yoga it’s perfect partner. In this workshop, we’ll learn poses to improve overall strength and suppleness with particular focus on the ankles, knees, low back, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Long holds will be used to counterbalance the ballistic movement of tennis shots and to cultivate the intense focus tennis requires. This may be the pre-match ritual you’ve been waiting for.
yoga for golfers
Besides strength and conditioning for a smoother, more powerful swing, yoga teaches golfers a finer awareness of their own bodies. It’s easier to keep the hips level once you’ve explored their full range of motion. It’s easier to keep the arms straight when you are keenly attuned to their movements. In this workshop, we’ll learn poses that build strength and suppleness in the muscles responsible for your swing while developing mindfulness and a deeper, calming breath pattern.
yoga for office workers
Sitting all day sounds easy, but it can lead chronic tension, repetitive stress injuries, and burnout. In this workshop, we’ll learn poses that can be done in 60 seconds at your desk to counterbalance the strain sitting causes in legs, hips, low back, upper back, shoulders, wrists, neck, and jaw. No sweat!
inversions and arm balances
Have you ever wanted to try an arm balance? Inversions and arm balances create a tool box to refine all aspects of your practice and grow a new perspective. In this workshop, we’ll develop the strength and stability to support these new poses and hone the skills and mindset necessary to work with, instead of against, gravity. Delve into the possibility that releasing the weight and stress in your shoulders will lighten you up enough for flight.
go deeper: hips and shoulders
While no one needs to be able to put a leg behind their head, the advanced poses of yoga do offer us sensations and learning opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. In this workshop, we’ll learn the skills to explore some of the wildest yoga poses safely. The first step to learning a new pose is seeing it.
go deeper: backbends
Life goes forward. Everything from eating to typing to driving to conversation happens in front of us and orients the body leaning forward. Because it is the opposite of our normal daily bending, backward bending is an invigorating opportunity to explore new sensations and develop new strength, regardless of how far back you bend. In this workshop, we’ll learn the skills to build a pain-free backbend practice, so you leave class feeling better than when you started.