Yoga Assisting Workshops with Cory Bryant
Two workshops on yoga assisting --- Mar 12 will focus on hands-on assists to administer when teaching; and Apr 9 will focus on assists to give one's self to find a deeper expression of asana.
Type of Event
Hands-on Assisting Workshop - Mar 12 at 2-5 pm
Self-assisting Workshop - Apr 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hands-on Assisting $35
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Workshop 1: Hands-on Assisting with Cory Bryant
Maximize your teaching toolbox by incorporating hands-on assists. Yoga asana practitioners often remark on the hands-on quality of Jivamukti and Ashtanga classes. This is no mystery, as Sri K Patthabi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Guruji to Jivamukti co-founders, David Life and Sharon Gannon, was renowned for his hands-on approach and his daughter, Saraswati, and grandson, Sharath, carry on that tradition today, as do many Ashtanga and Jivamukti trained teachers around the world today.
This workshop will provide you with principles that can be applied to a wide range of asanas. We’ll discuss the benefits of hands-on and verbal assists and when to use either or both. We’ll cover standing, forward fold, twisting, backbending and inverted asanas with an emphasis on the importance of observation to ensure you are establishing the ideal conditions to cultivate foundation and breath awareness. Patanjali tells us in the Yoga Sutra that asana is to be steady and comfortable/grounded/stable: “sthira sukham asanam” (PYS II.46). This teaching forms the basis for the assisting experience.
This workshop is intended for teachers. Experienced practitioners are welcome and may find benefit through understanding the principles of assisting.
Workshop 2: “Help YourSELF!” with Cory Bryant
Patanjali tells us in the Yoga Sutra that each posture should be attained by the relaxation of effort and the absorption in the infinite:
“prayatna-shaithilyaananta-samaapattibhyaam” (PYS II.47)
Self-assisting is a way to support an uplifting experience and chart the course to finding those qualities of relaxation and absorption (dhyana, the 7th limb).
Like the Earth-Touching Buddha, this workshop will focus on actions you can take to assist your own body and mind into a deeper, more informative experience and expression of the asanas. We will move through a vinyasa class taking time to explore what you can do to “help” yourself. Then we’ll wrap up with a 15 minute guided meditation to reap the benefits!