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Understanding Moving Bodies + Efficient, Accessible Yoga Sequencing
November 8 – 11, 2018
9 am – 5 pm
TriMark Studio, 275 Michael Cowpland Dr, Ottawa

It’s said that we are 10 trillion cells that walk, we’re just not sure how. This training is continuing and critical education for yoga teachers. We’ll examine the physiology of movement – how we move, build and develop strength and range of movement, understand the opportunities and limits of stretching – and we’ll have some special resources to help illustrate what we’re learning about. The body is resilient and remarkable; this training focuses on information and techniques to inspire a low-fear yoga classroom.

This course includes an afternoon with Geoff Outerbridge, Clinical Director of World Spine Care and B.Sc. in Human Kinetics and a M.Sc. in neuroscience.

After two days of focus on information of how it all comes together and how to see movement and understand moving bodies, we’ll apply our knowledge to building accessible, thorough yoga classes. Accessible can mean efficient and strong when approached thoughtfully. You will learn specific activities for your own wellbeing and your students, as well as learn how to develop yoga sequences that are well-rounded, logical, and get a lot done in a calm, steady manner.

This course counts as two (2) modules of the 300 hour Intelligent Edge Yoga program.

Specific topics include…

·      The physiology of movement: how is it we move and how do we cultivate change 

·      How range of movement develops and how we need to modify our approach to practice to maximize returns

·      Our gifts and our gets: why some of us are bendy and/or strong, and what’s happened to us through lifestyle

·      The inextricable interconnectedness of you: the nervous system, muscular anatomy and fascia

·      Identifying the goals, opportunities and limitations of traditional posture practice

·      A framework for developing a skillful, diverse practice

·      Functional movement exercises and how to apply them for both general wellness practice and specifically desired outcomes

·      Languaging and methods for low-fear classes that inspire students to cultivate their own movement-intuition

·      Integrating new movement into familiar yoga content for confident integration to your classes

·      Specific guidelines for developing your own sequences

You will have the opportunity to practice teach and integrate your learnings. Our first two days of learning will be more lecture-based, so they will open and close with short practices to help you integrate and care for your bodymind.


Ayurvedic Yoga: Harmonizing Your Practice with Nature
February 2 - 3, 2019
9 am – 5 pm
Yogatown, 1300 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville, ON K2S 1C3, Ottawa

A weekend for yoga practitioners and teachers alike.

If you teach yoga, there can be a lot of pressure to make study and practice about being useful to your students. However, it’s imperative that we cultivate sustainability and suitability of practice – the right practice for the right season, or season of life.

This weekend is to rekindle your relationship with yoga, including long practices and a contemplative, conversational approach to Ayurvedic wisdom. If you’re craving wisdom within the context of nourishing movement and community, join us for this experiential exploration.

Ayurveda is the sister system to yoga: if yoga is a path to achieving wellness and enlightenment, then Ayurveda is the system that supports a healthy bodymind for yoga’s practices.

Ayurvedic Yoga examines elemental composition of nature and people to seasonally attune your yoga and lifestyle practices. We’ll discuss best practices throughout the year and identify how we may be resisting balance in our daily routines. Of course, Ayuveda says that what we do is not always as important as how we do it, so our weekend will be rich in experiencing the different approaches appropriate to each season.

Our weekend will include…

  • Examining how yoga and Ayurveda dialogue in history and practice

  • Developing a simple, effective self-care routine, including massage based on marma points (Ayurveda’s meridians system)

  • Yoga postures, sequences, and approaches to practice for each season

  • Self-massage techniques and their benefits, including abhyanga (oil massage) and rolling with guest teacher, Erin Bidlake

  • Two practices each day, bracketing conversation, lecture and discovery

This weekend is suitable to practitioners and teachers alike, no prior Ayurvedic experience is necessary. It does count as a module in the 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program.


THE QUIET PRACTICE
YIN + MELLOW YOGA TRAINING

February 21 - 24, 2019
Yogatown Stittsville

A program for experienced students and 200 hour certified yoga teachers who want to diversify their offerings and confidently offer quiet yoga.

Yoga sheds light into the depth of our inextricable mind-body connection, so when we are willing to be still in our bodies, we better cultivate stillness for our minds. It’s a young yoga practice that draws on ancient wisdom, and this training honours both old and new knowledge so you can practice with greater clarity and purpose.

 

Suitable for experienced yoga practitioners and teachers looking to delve into offering Yin Yoga, we will explore Yin and complementary practices over the course of two weekends. We will cover…

Why Yin: The Physiology of Stretch
Skeletal Anatomy Relevant to Yin
History, Culture + Players of Yin Yoga
Introduction to Meridians Theory
Ayurvedic Lens on Yin Yoga
Teaching Methods for a Healing Atmosphere
Yin Sequences for Beginners and Advanced Practices
Supportive + Advanced Posture Prop Use
Reflective Homework for Practice and Teaching Development

Participants with a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification will earn a Yin Yoga Teaching Certificate and 32 hours of Continuing Education Units for Yoga Alliance.

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This is both a standalone course as well as a module in the 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Students who are Yoga Alliance members may use this course as part of their Continuing Education credits.