10-Week Course: Shadow Yoga with Alexandra Kreis

Aug 17-Oct 19, 2018
Fr 16.30–18.00
Gelber Raum, Mariannenstr. 48
135 €

Traditionally speaking there are only two kinds of yoga: The left-hand and the right-hand path. The right-hand path is known as Hatha Yoga with the goal of achieving Raja Yoga (the highest yoga). Shadow Yoga refers to the traditional view of Hatha Yoga and its groundwork (forms that are also termed preludes) build to assist the practitioner in climbing the mountain of Raja Yoga slowly, persistently and steadily. As you can imagine being able to climb a mountain, you have to prepare the body and mind bit by bit to not get lost or to get exhausted before you arrive.

How do we get prepared? Legwork in all forms is encouraged. Deep stances and fluid movements that are partly taken from martial arts and Shaolin Qi Gong become an excellent base to enliven the breath. Breath awareness and, appropriate use is used to sharpen the practitioner’s attention as not to stumble and fall when the asana work becomes more intense. To avoid pushing yourself, you use the breath to guide you deeper into postures.

What you will learn in this course
How to use a fluid form to destress and relax. The overall sensation is that both your female and male side become equally strong. You will get homework to take this practice into your own life and lifestyle. All classes are balanced to feel that your body has been moved appropriately and robustly while the mind will have time to absorb information that is giving through demonstration and time for Questions and Answers.

This course has been accredited by German public health insurers as a preventative course, meaning that course costs can be partially refunded.

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3-Week Morning Challenge: Yoga Essentials
Explore the Fundamental Elements of Yoga with Anya Kinneavy

Sep 03-21, 2018
Mo-Fr 08.30-10.00
Studio Sonne, Sonnenallee 67

This 3-week morning intensive course explores the essential elements of yoga in depth. It is open to everyone – whether you’re just starting, or you’ve practised for a while and are ready to give your practice a greater depth of meaning and understanding. The classes will include a full and well-rounded programme of physical practice, theory, philosophy and meditation. These 3 weeks will give you a valuable depth of knowledge as well as a brightness and confidence in your future yoga practice.

We will explore:

– The historical background and underlying philosophy of Yoga
– A detailed breakdown of the sun salutations
– Alignment in the key asanas & suiting them comfortably to your own body
– The meaning behind the Sanskrit terms we often hear in class, e.g. Om, Namaste, Chakras, Nadis….
– Yogic breathing
– The purpose and practice of meditation
– Bringing clarity into everyday life in a practical, grounded (and enjoyable!) way

Week 1

We will explore the ‘bigger picture’ of yoga – the fundamental underlying philosophy, an overview of the historical background, and an explanation of key concepts such as ‘seeing through the filter’ (avidya) and the purpose and practice of meditation. Physically, we will start to look at key alignment techniques and explore the breath, always taking into account how to move in a healthy way and how to adapt the poses to suit you.

Weeks 2 and 3
We continue to explore the major physical postures, moving towards creating a tailor-made personal home practice with support and guidance, and finally we delve beyond the physical ‘layer’ to explore the body’s energetics – nadischakras–  and how they relate to our psychology, emotions and daily life. We will deepen our journey into meditation, deep listening and how our practice on the mat can merge powerfully with our daily life.

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