ACTIVE PRENATAL YOGA FOR YOGIS with Julia Tillinghast
This workshop is designed for yoginis who are pregnant or might become pregnant, as well as for yoga instructors who would like to learn more about how to approach the pregnant practitioners in their classes.
A brief talk, practice, and question/answer period will begin to explore some of the following questions: Based on the best-available empirical evidence, what are the bottom lines for safety for the pregnancy and fetus during yoga practice? Which asanas may pose a risk of musculoskeletal injury to mama, and how can they be practiced intelligently and mindfully? How can common asanas be modified for pregnant women? How can yoga be used to address common pregnancy complaints and help prepare for birth, motherhood, and postpartum recovery? Given the sea of contradictory recommendations, what are some trusted resources on prenatal yoga?
Julia Tillinghast completed her 200-hour teacher training with Sola School of Contemplative Arts in 2016 and has taught children’s yoga, prenatal yoga, and yoga for refugee women in Berlin, Germany. In addition to Sarah Trelease and Renee Sills, she has also practiced with and learned extensively from Michele Loew at the Yoga Space, as well as Nathan Mills and others. Julia’s practice is inspired by Buddhist and yogic philosophies, as well as the Inayati school of Sufism. She is also a poet and a mother of two.
Live Be Yoga Tour!
We’re so excited to host Yoga Journal and the 2017 Live Be Yoga Tour at The Yoga Space. Join us on Saturday August 5th at 9:00am for a special class where we will be joined with the Live Be Yoga Team. They’ll be providing gift bags and giveaways, and shooting images and video as they create a yoga travelers guide to Portland. Regular class rates apply. Preregister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through your MindBody account.
THE BLISS OF BREATH
Hatha Yoga works with opposing forces of breath and invites these forces to align. When the breath aligns, the experience of the body opens up, revealing endless patterns of sensation. The practice is to be present with these patterns, allowing them to unfold in the open expanse of our awareness. Through this practice, we give ourselves space, and we allow our minds to breathe. Our thoughts and feelings begin to expand and contract in an open flow of consciousness. This is the beginning of Hatha Yoga.
In this workshop, we explore some techniques from the Hatha Yoga tradition to bring this experience alive—moving our bodies from the inside, following internal currents of breath, balancing subtle patterns of sensation, and softening ever more deeply into the postures themselves. Through these techniques, the exploration of embodiment can become a profoundly sensual experience, releasing our tensions, quickening our senses, and reconnecting us to the inherent bliss of deep breathing.
SCHEDULE & PRICING: EARLY BIRD PRICING TOTAL WORKSHOP $175 IF PURCHASED PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017.
SURYA NAMASKAR (6-8 PM) $40
BREATHING INTO ALIGNMENT
SESSION 1 - BACKBENDS AND TORSIONS (9AM - 11:30AM) $55
SESSION 2 - FOLDS AND INVERSIONS (1PM - 3:30PM) $55
MYSORE | (8-10AM) $40
PHILOSOPHY TALK: THE FEMININE AND THE SUBLIME (11AM-12 NOON) $20
INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:
Surya Namskar means “Salutations to the Sun. In the context of yoga, the Sun is not only the celestial body that gives us warmth and daylight, but the radiant center of the human body, where our vital forces converge. In Surya Namaskar, we are propitiating to this center, inviting our vital forces to rise up from the altar of the pelvis and burn away the sediment of our conditioning, giving us insight.
BREATHING INTO ALIGNMENT
As our practice matures, so does our sense of alignment. What begins as a struggle for postural perfection becomes an endless exploration of embodied form. In this workshop, we explore a simple but profound method of postural alignment, based on five distinct patterns of breath and movement that recur throughout the Ashtanga system.
A traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga class. Beginners are welcome, but some familiarity with the standing sequence is requested.
PHILOSOPHY: THE FEMININE AND THE SUBLIME
In Tantric philosophy, the feminine is the principle of creation. This principle is abundant, excessive and overwhelms us when it overflows. In this talk, we explores the nature of the feminine, and the possibility of relating to the feminine intimately, through the Myth of Sati, “she who is.”
BIO: Ty is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder. He was asked by Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor to take over the directorship of their studio in 2015, and he continues the tradition of teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa as he learned it from them. Ty has a doctoral degree in philosophy from The University of Virginia and has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa since 2005.
Doug Keller, "The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga
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