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Finding Balance: Universal Principles of Alignment

This beginning-intermediate workshop is based on the universal alignment principles used in Anusara Yoga but incorporates knowledge from other traditions as well. 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 and thus help prevent injuries, but to help you deepen your sense of freedom and peace in each pose through increased awareness and a heightened sense of balance between opposing forces.

65/1 Arak Road, Chiang Mai Chiang Mai, TH 50200
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Type of Event

  • Workshop

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When

Jan 11 to
Jan 12
2014
03:00 amto10:00 am

Saturday 10:00 -12:30

Sunday 10:00-12:30 and 14:30 -17:00

Price

2,500 THB

2500THB/US$80, early registration 2100THB/US$67 if paid by January 4th. Price includes refreshments and a scrumptious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch on Sunday.

Full Description

This three session, beginning-intermediate workshop is based on the universal alignment principles used in Anusara Yoga but incorporates knowledge from other traditions as well. 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 and thus help prevent injuries, but to help you deepen your sense of freedom and peace in each pose through increased awareness and a heightened sense of balance between opposing forces.

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 to move may depend greatly on individual anatomy. 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 five 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 five principles address mental alignment as well as physical alignment, providing a truly holistic approach to refining your practice.

Each session will focus on several categories of yoga poses that are particularly useful for deepening your understanding of each alignment principle, 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.

Saturday 10:00 -12:30:

Opening yourself to gift of yoga: Setting the foundation
(focus on standing poses and hip-openers)

Sunday 10:00-12:30:

Letting your energy flow — Activating muscular and organic energy
(focus on standing poses, inversions, arm balances, and spinal twists)

Sunday 14:30 -17:00:
Finding the place in the middle — balancing inner and outer spirals
(focus on backbends and forward folds)

Prerequisites: 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, but unless you are already strong AND flexible it would be advisable if you have practiced yoga regularly for at least a few months before the workshop. Because of the comprehensive thematic nature of the workshop, and its strong emphasis on alignment and awareness, it is equally recommended for intermediate students who want to bring more freedom and balance to their practice.

This workshop includes refreshments and a scrumptious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch on Sunday.

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