Katonah Yoga: The Body As One’s Abode w/ Abbie Galvin & Melissa French (Center City)
Saturday, September 26
To be well adjusted, one must consciously integrate all three floors of the body; the lower body, upper body, and the head. Each floor expresses different parts of the whole and is home to different information, functions, and efficiencies. Developing the physical integration of all three floors (one’s pelvis, one’s heart and lungs, one’s imagination) to make the body whole is the same skill one uses to develop the personal integrity of being stable, capacious, and free in the vision. y.
The body is one’s abode where in which the function of the organs and glands is predicated by the housing, one’s structure (bones and joints). We divide the body into three floors: the pelvis and legs keep you substantiated on the planet in survival; the heart and lungs are where capacity and heart felt desires are, it is the floor of the communal; and the head, your third floor is where the vision and imagination are. One can see the lower body as the basement, the upper body as the living quarters and the head as one’s penthouse. The goal of being in a body is to be stable, able and free, so all three floors integrate to be whole, spherical, round, buoyant and full of oxygen.
First & Second Floors: 12-2:30pm
In the first workshop, we will explore how to substantiate oneself; how one holds ground, how to establish safety and stability, the hallmarks of one’s lower body. One’s roots are on the bottom floor, the feet, legs and pelvis, one’s ground of being. Our second floor, how we handle the world, our relationships and our personal center, will be explored through adjustments, the doing of the practice, the participatory aspect of teaching and practicing communally. This is the part of the practice where structure is explored through geometry, the art of origami, the dynamism of a right angle, and how to use archetypal forms rather than personal propensities in order to effect a reformation.
Third Floor: 3-5pm
In the second workshop, we will play with material that takes us beyond the four corners of the body and rise up into the antenna. The top floor, the penthouse, articulates the esoteric aspect of our practice. The value of theory is to address practice through a portal of Universal views rather than through personal effort and unconscious habitual patterns. Tapping into the Universal, moving above personal reference takes us up to the kupula, one’s top floor. From the vantage point of the top floor, one has access to breath techniques, how to orient themselves, see the bigger picture and explore the practice through theoretical principles. We use theory to set up archetypes to reference poses.
My goal is to engage students of yoga in the dialogue between their conscious and their unconscious selves. It is my intention as a teacher to cajole each student in that most rigorous effort to be grounded, to grow upwards, and to open one’s heart in order to create their best self
When I discovered the measure and metaphors of the Katonah yoga method taught by Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin I knew I had found my yoga home. I teach to share the abundance of joy and continuous awe I have for the mind body connection and the way our methods at Katonah synthesizes working on our bodies and working on our lives.
Maha Yoga 50-hour Immersion w/ Justicia (Center City)
Dive into the ocean of yoga! This training is designed for serious students who want to deepen their studies of yoga by exploring physiology, biomechanics and philosophy, and how they relate to asana practice via Anusara’s alignment principles.
Learn how to align your physical body to be healthier and more vibrant. The course discusses common yoga injuries and how to avoid them, as well as the safe practice of inversions using a sound science of progressions. Explore how to apply alignment to address specific therapeutic needs with yoga. We will delve into all asanas from the Maha Yoga Level 1 syllabus, and many continuing variations.
This course is a prerequisite for Maha’s Teacher Training, (winter program begins Jan ’16). You can take it as the first step towards getting certified to teach, or on its own as a way to deepen your own practice.
Oct 3-4, Oct 24-25, Nov 14-15, Dec 5-6
All sessions at Maha Center City
$695 if paid in full by Sept 15, 2014, $825 after.
In 2014, Justicia gave herself a mission to attempt every pose on this yoga syllabus poster developed by Darren Rhodes. What was an initially daunting task became a great tool of self inquiry, and she learned that
1. Although of course not all the poses were doable, visiting them all in a weekend gave deep insight into practice,
2. It wasn’t nearly as tough as she thought it would be,
3. It was a whole lot of FUN!
In this urban retreat, explore the full range of asana together, moving towards all 400 poses in a supportive, fun way as community. Each of the weekend’s extended asana sessions will move towards challenging poses with reverence and expert instruction from Justicia, and a conversation shared among all. Expect strong practice and deep laughter.
Students are recommended to be able to push up to urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel) with straight arms, balance headstand in the middle of the room and be able to kick up to handstand at the wall unassisted. This retreat is not intended for anyone with active injuries or illness. If you don’t meet the prerequisites, but you know how to honor your boundaries, please come (for example, you need the wall for headstand). If you’re simply intimidated, register! This weekend will be accessible to all experienced yogis who know how to back off and play their edge with deep respect.
Friday am: Backbends, Splits & Inversions
Friday pm: Hip Openers, Binds & Twists
Saturday am: Standing Poses, Backbends & Inversions
Saturday pm: Forward Bends & Hip Openers
Sunday am: Backbends & Inversions
Sunday pm: Side Bends, Seated Poses & Arm Balances
Monday am: Backbends & Inversions
Monday pm: Hip Openers, Arm Balances, Seated Poses
*Each Day 10am-12:30pm and 2-4pm
Full Retreat (includes 8 sessions) $325 earlybird by 10/1, $350 after. Sat & Sun only (4 sessions) $175 by 10/1, $190 after. Individual sessions $50 by 10/1, $55 after.
Sunday, October 18
These workshops will explore how the practices and principles of alignment can help heal common aches and pains in the physical body. We will explore basic poses for therapeutics of specific injuries, as well as how to stay safe during your yoga practice. Bring all your questions, and learn to align your body to not only feel better throughout your day, but also progress safely and intelligently in your asana practice. This is truly an all-levels offering. Zero yoga experienced required to attend.
Upper Body (Shoulders, Wrists, Upper Back, Neck) 1:30-3:30 pm
Lower Body (Lower Back, Hips, Knees, Ankles, Feet) 4-6 pm
$30 per workshop earlybird by 10/1, $40 after, or both for $55 by 10/1, $70 after.
Maha Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Program
The Maha Yoga Teacher Training is a thorough, effective program designed to deepen your yoga practice and deliver the key skills needed to lead outstanding yoga classes. The best yoga classes integrate fun, movement and alignment within the larger context of yoga’s rich history.
Throughout the course of this training, you are guaranteed to first transform your own yoga practice and up-level your personal health in the Yoga Immersion, and then develop practical techniques to share your authentic wisdom with others in meaningful yoga classes.