Yoga to unlock your creativity
This workshop invites those brand new to yoga as well as seasoned practitioners to gather, practice together and, with this relaxed and spacious energy, engage in activities designed to reduce inhibition around creative expression.
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In essence, this workshop helps students move into right brained thinking more—toward a state of mind where clinging to the familiar, strict definitions and judgements fall away so that innovation and brave expression flow. This workshop is about learning to express your emotions through writing, multi-media and movement. We will be using daily yoga practices like, pranayama, asana and contemplative practices as catalysts and supports for the cathartic experience.
We will teach pranayama in the Kaivalyadhama tradition, through the lineage of our teachers, Sri Tiwariji and Paul Dallaghan. We will teach you some basic breathing practices that you can incorporate to your practice.
Pranayama means extension of the breath or extension of the life force energy. Learning to control your breath is one of the best ways you can learn to calm the body and mind.
You will also learn yogic kriyas, or preparatory exercises for pranayama, as well as some classical pranayama techniques.
The practice of asana will be rich and varied. It will include Flow-Vinyasa sequences based in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method with creative and safe variations and modifications as well as other more restorative styles like Yin yoga. We will be using soft and inspiring music as a background during some of our asana classes.
Starting with writing, students will increasingly be presented with activities that encourage creative, out-of-the box thinking, action and sharing. As they grow comfortable, increasingly abstract and unrestricted activities—like writing in different voices, painting from the inner child perspective, abstract interpretation of a still life scenes, expressing emotions through moving, etc —will be introduced to students. Through the creation of a safe, encouraging environment and the introduction of innovative exercises to expand the students’ experience of their own creativity, this time together offers those willing the chance to transform and take hold of their own personal power to impact their surroundings through expression.
Through daily practice, the creation of relaxed, uninhibited mental space through mindful yogic activities and the safe, supportive and natural environment at Samahita, this course helps highlight the yogic practice as an integral part of the individual creative process overall. Pregnant women and beginners welcome—modifications will be offered.
Emily has spent the past ten-plus years as a professional writer and editor. In the early 90s, she studied commercial art—drafting projects with real airbrushes, paints and sketching materials while learning the ins and outs of visual and website software—and in 2000, she studied studio art in Florence, Italy. In university, alongside courses in journalism and the basic sciences, she studied modern dance. She has been practicing yoga since 1998, and in 2005 began a focus on ashtanga, completing the first of several teacher trainings in 2009. Since then, she has been teaching vinyasa flow, ashtanga, restorative, pranayama and mindfulness to students from around the world. She is dedicated to helping people experience new levels of freedom through self acceptance. She assists people through their process of self exploration to find blocks to and locate their personal power. She loves helping people find their own unique way of expressing their creativity in ways that spark the most passion for them. ; facebook/emilyalp; instagram/emilyalp; Flickr/emilyalp
From my experience, I can relate the practice of yoga to an adventurous journey. The journey of LIFE itself. I have practiced yoga since 2004 and taught since 2007 and it has become my way of life. To me, yoga instructor is not just a job, but it is a responsibility and a passion. I feel so blessed, grateful and inspired to be a thread in the majestic tapestry of the lineage of yoga. It gives me strength to feel a part of this unbroken transmission of knowledge from teacher to student.
I am a certified yoga teacher:
-CYA International 200
I completed my first yoga training (RYT 200) from Samahita Retreat with Paul Dallaghan, Koh Samui, Thailand in 2014. I continued my education in Pranayama with Paul’s teacher, Sri Tiwari in July 2016 (RYT 100). In September 2016, I did a teacher training with Kaivalyadhama yoga institute in India (CYA International 200). In the more recent years, I have been interested in the channelization of emotions as a way to supporting the yoga practitioner. I have participated in workshops in Gestalt therapy and Systemic constellations and I am really interested about how this tools can support enrich the practice of yoga.
You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as Yoga con Manu.