Yoga for Radiant Health
This workshop is designed to teach you how to maximize the benefits of yoga while learning to let go of detrimental behavior patterns that can creep into your practice. You will also learn specific yoga techniques to address chronic health conditions such as back pain, poor posture, stress, insomnia, constipation, neck tension, and depression.
Type of Event
2 days, 9:30-12:30 and 14:30-:00-17:30 each day, 12 hours total.
Yoga has the power to transform your body and your mind, enabling you to lead a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. But what you emphasize when you practice yoga will determine whether you are maximizing or minimizing its extraordinary benefits.
This workshop is designed to teach you how to maximize the benefits of yoga while learning to let go of detrimental behavior patterns that can creep into your practice. You will also learn how to practice in such a way as to minimize injuries, even if you have pre-existing conditions that may make you wonder whether you should practice yoga at all. Lastly, you will learn specific yoga techniques to address chronic health conditions such as back pain, poor posture, poor circulation, excessive stress, insomnia, constipation, neck tension, depression, low energy, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Using mainly Anusara and Forrest Yoga techniques, this workshop is designed to be experiental, with about 80% asana practice and 20% discussion. For a more in-depth treatment of yoga therapy with more background information, see my Yoga Therapeutics workshop.
Saturday 9:30-12:30: Developing a spacious spine for better posture, more efficient circulation, and improved mood
(postural analysis and a wide selection of poses, including standing poses, backbends, forward bends, and optionally inversions)
Saturday 14:30-17:30: Improving strength and balance for increased energy and to reduce chances of accidental injury
(standing poses and balancing poses, and optionally arm balances)
Sunday 9:30-12:30: Creating a radiant core to reduce back pain and improve digestion, sleep, and energy
(core work including twists, core strenghteners, and core stretches)
Sunday 14:30-17:30: Enhancing flexibility and practicing surrender for joint health and stress reduction
(hip and shoulder openers, plus restorative yoga)
Prerequisites: 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) or an arm balance to attend the first two sessions of this workshop, as we will cover the basics, and alternative poses will be offered. The workshop is also recommended for intermediate and advanced students who want to make their practice safer and more effective.