Creating Balance: Universal Principles of Alignment
This workshop presents the Universal Principles of Alignment as taught in Anusara Yoga, but also includes Gernot's own interpretations and modifications of the universal principles. The beauty of the universal principles of alignment is that they can be applied to any yoga pose to not only bring you into better alignment, but to help you deepen your sense of freedom and peace in each pose through increased awareness and a heightened sense of balance between opposites.
Type of Event
2 three hour sessions per day, 9-12 and 1:30-4:30.
Early registration discount: $110 (if paid by December 20). You can also sign up for individual three hour sessions. If booking one or two sessions only, the cost is $36 per 3 hr session. If booking 3 sessions, the price is $33 per session.
This workshop presents the Universal Principles of Alignment as taught in Anusara Yoga, but also includes Gernot's own interpretations and modifications of the universal principles. The beauty of the universal principles of alignment is that they can be applied to any yoga pose to not only bring you into better alignment, but to help you deepen your sense of freedom and peace in each pose through increased awareness and a heightened sense of balance between opposites, whether they are effort and surrender, expansion and contraction, or mind and body.
Alignment instructions tend to tell you in which direction to adjust yourself, but generally not how far to move, at least in part to keep things simple enough to understand easily, and because how far you need to move depends on where you are. A directional cue like "lift your hip crests forward," or "tilt your tailbone up" can encourage a student with a rounded lower back over time to recreate a natural lumbar arch. However, when such a directional cue is applied conscientiously but without good body awareness, it can eventually take a student past the point of balanced alignment to the opposite extreme of over-arching the upper back along with the lower back, resulting in an equally unnatural alignment with its own set of problems.
The beauty of the universal alignment principles is that they include two pairs of opposing actions that are always applied in tandem, and are designed to bring you into balance in the middle, avoiding the potential of a single directional alignment cue being taken to its extreme. In addition, the principles address mental alignment as well as physical alignment, providing a truly holistic approach to refining your practice.
Each of the first 3 sessions will focus on several categories of yoga poses that are particularly useful for deepening your understanding of each alignment principle (or pair of principles), so that by the end of the workshop we will have covered all major asana categories in the context of the universal principles of alignment. The last session then brings together all 5 principles to empower and transform your inversions and arm balance practice.
• Saturday 9:00-12:00: Preparing yourself for the gift of yoga — Setting the foundation/opening to grace (focus on standing poses and hip-openers)
• Saturday 13:30-16:30: Letting your energy flow — Activating muscular and organic energy (focus on standing poses, basic inversions and arm balances, and spinal twists)
• Sunday 9:00-12:00: Finding the place in the middle — Balancing inner and outer spirals (focus on backbends and forward folds)
• Sunday 13:30 -16:30: Learning to soar — Using the universal principles to transform your inversions and arm balances
Prerequisites: The only prerequisite is a regular yoga practice of at least a few months. It is not necessary that you have ever come into an inversion (headstand, handstand, shoulderstand etc.) to attend this workshop as we will cover the basics. Because of the comprehensive thematic nature of the workshop, and its strong emphasis on alignment and awareness, it is equally recommended for intermediate and even advanced students who want to bring more balance, freedom, and joy to their practice. Sessions can be taken individually, but the 4th sessions requires taking the first 3 sessions as well, or a solid familiarity with the universal principles of alignment.