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Sunday, October 11, 2015

1:15 - 4:15 PM

$45

Location:
Down Under Yoga
306 Walnut Street,
Newtonville, MA 02460

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Yoga for 50 Forward

Yoga is a lifelong practice and, as in life, there are changes and challenges. As we age, there are inevitable physical changes. Our muscles and bones begin to lose mass, our brain and organs age. In this workshop Barbara, 50+ herself, will offer a strategy for an asana practice that addresses these issues. Just as importantly, with the wisdom of age we settle more comfortably into our skin inspiring a more contemplative and involuted yoga practice. Barbara will incorporate into the workshop breathwork and meditation to allow the wisdom of our years to permeate the asana practice.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

1:15 - 4:15 PM

$45

Location:
Down Under Yoga
1054 Beacon St,
Brookline, MA 02446

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Easing Tension from the Neck and Upper Back

Far too many of us know first hand the aches of tension in the neck and upper body and just want it to go away! In this class we will identify and ease common holding patterns and misalignments and explore, actively and passively, ways to restore peace to the upper body. If you’re one of those folks who carries all your worries and stress in your neck and shoulders this workshop is for you! Think of it! Hours spent undoing those tight muscles - aaah.

A Weekend Of Yoga with Doug Keller

 
October 30 - November 1, 2015

Cost:
Full Workshop: $225
Full course only (no single class option is available)


Location:
Down Under Yoga
1054 Beacon St,
Brookline, MA 02446

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A Weekend Of Yoga with Doug Keller

Barbara is happy to partner with Down Under Yoga in hosting Doug Keller for another of his popular weekends that will be packed with details of how to practice and teach with a therapeutic eye. Doug Keller’s background reflects a lifelong commitment to the vast field of yoga. After receiving degrees in philosophy and teaching philosophy at college level, he pursued a practical experience of yoga at the ashram Gurudev Siddha Peeth in India — which in turn also led him to the practice of hatha yoga as part of his overall experience of yoga. Doug teaches hatha yoga workshops and trainings in both North America and Europe. He has written extensively for Yoga International Magazine and Yoga Journal. His popularity as a teacher comes from his ability to deepen people’s experience of yoga through clear, simple instructions that are easy to practice and remember.

Movement ‘Styles’ and Syndromes,
and the Challenges of Forward Bends and Twists
Friday, October 30 1:30-4:30 pm

Our own individual style of movement is adapted to our own unique structure and proportions. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike, and we can recognize people we know from a distance or from behind, just based on the way in which they move. Our styles of movement show up most in our forward bending, and is often the key to understanding our limitations as well as injuries and pain problems. This very accessible session will bring awareness to our own style of movement, and how to adapt in our practice for greater freedom in movement as well as for overcoming pain syndromes.

The Four Corners and the ‘Core’
Saturday, October31 1:30-4:30 pm

With an eye toward backbending, we will explore the relationship between activating the ‘core’ and opening the ‘four corners’ of the torso — the hips and shoulders. We’ll look at the myofascial threads or ‘sutras’ that connect them in twists and backbends, and how these openings are integrated through the core. The practice leaves you feeling strong and open, with much greater awareness of the connections between your hips and shoulders in daily life as well as in practice.

The Deeper Yoga of Spaciousness: ‘Laya’ Yoga in Breath and Relaxation
Saturday, October 31, 5-7 pm

Pranayama, Meditation and Philosophy
A significant element of practice that was introduced with the advent of ‘hatha yoga’ was the element of ‘Laya Yoga’ — which we know in terms of yoga nidra, restorative poses, and related breathing and meditation practices. The original essence of this was cultivating ‘spaciousness,’ which is an element of all practice, and which allows us to go much more deeply into all aspects of yoga.
Along with a discussion of the meaning and inspiration of this kind of practice as well as its place in our understanding of yoga, we will explore pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation from this perspective, for a relaxing and refreshing afternoon.
This will include some exploration of a wider range of supported/restorative poses, and their role in therapeutic work. These will be treated in terms of the myofascial ‘sutras’ and related postural imbalances they address, with specifics on support and alignment.

The Key to the Shoulders: the Collar Bone and the Subtleties of the Neck and Shoulders in Asana and Breath
Sunday, November 1, 1:30-4:30 pm

This practice will be an exploration of a wide range of shoulder ‘openings’ that will be accessible to the ‘stiff-shouldered’ as well as stabilizing and integrating for the flexible. This will be put in the context of ‘movement syndromes’ linked to stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders, and will explore the connections between neck actions and the shoulders, with a special eye to the role of the collar bone, known in many languages as the ‘key’ bone — as well as the role of rotations in the hands/wrists and forearms. This will include preparations for inversions as well as modified inversions, and insights into neck tension and the breath/pranayama.

 

 

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