Deepen your Practice Workshop
We embrace yoga because it can bring balance to our achievement-oriented lives, but invariably we find that our goal-oriented mindset seeps even into our yoga practice. The purpose of this workshop is to make visible our tendencies to strive even on the mat, and to cultivate a more balanced attitude to yoga in order to maximize its potential.
Type of Event
4 sessions, total of 12 hours: 9:30-12:30, and 14:00-17:00 both days.
Many of us have embraced yoga because we have experienced its power to bring some balance to our high-stress, achievement-oriented lives. But invariably we find that our goal-oriented mindset seeps into our yoga practice, limiting yoga's ability to bring us balance and joy. The purpose of this workshop is to make visible our troublesome tendencies to strive, struggle, and judge even on the mat, and to learn to cultivate a more balanced attitude to yoga in order to maximize its potential to transform our minds as well as our bodies.
To me, deepening your practice does not primarily mean working towards ever more difficult poses, but it also does not mean avoiding advanced poses altogether. It means placing the breath at the center of your practice, because the breath is the most direct link between the body and the mind. It means balancing the physical and mental aspects of the practice, the expressive with the contemplative, the effortful with the effortless, to create a deeper connection between mind and body, a connection that has the power to reshape your life.
In this workshop we explore ways to find more meaning in our experience of yoga, to become more present in it, more attuned to it, more consciously joyful in the practice of it, in short, to deepen our practice by finding balance in it. To move towards a deeper and more balanced yoga practice, we will augment asana practice in this workshop with breath work and meditation.
• Saturday 9:30-12:30: Moving from the Breath – Using the breath to train your awareness and facilitate difficult poses and transitions
• Saturday 14:00-17:00: Finding Balance I – Fine-tune your practice to create perfect intensity
• Sunday 9:30-12:30: Finding Balance II – Trigger your ego to practice minimizing its influence
• Sunday 14:00-17:00: Moving into Stillness – Yoga meditation beyond the breath
Note: Modules can be taken individually, but booking the second part of a two-part module requires booking the first part as well, as Part II builds on knowledge from Part I. The two morning modules are the most challenging physically, in which we explore more advanced poses. The afternoon modules are more contemplative.
Prerequisites: The only prerequisites for this workshop are a regular yoga practice and the desire to find more balance in your practice. Because of Gernot's unique integration of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga, the workshop is also well-suited for longterm practitioners and even yoga teachers who want to deepen their understanding of yoga.