As part of Down Under's annual Birthday Celebration, join Patricia Walden for this FREE discussion on The Power of Practice. There will be no asana practice during this session.
When the body flows like running water, it is always renewed, always fresh. This is true freedom.
While yoga has its roots in Indian Vedic scriptures, Qi Gong grew out of the Chinese Taoist pursuit of longevity. In this workshop we will explore the Taoist concept of “effortless flow” through Qi Gong exercises, and then bring the same ease of motion into sequences from Yoga of Energy Flow. While the movements in both forms are graceful and gentle, the effects are powerful, detoxifying the body while increasing strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.
You will learn:
Breathing exercises to enhance life energy
Qi Gong exercises to open the meridians
Meditative flow in yoga sequences
Concentration techniques for mental clarity
There are 2 families of backbends:
The first family is urdhva mukha svanasana (upward facing dog), ustrasana (camel), and dhanurasana (bow).
The second family begins with urdhva dhanurasana (upward facing bow or wheel).
This workshop is for those who have a regular practice of urdhva dhanurasana and are ready to move on. Urdhva dhanurasana is the foundation for the next two backbends: viparita dandasana and kapotasana (pigeon pose). You will learn a series of actions and movements to help you progress toward your next stage.
While all experience levels are welcome, this workshop is not appropriate for students with shoulder injuries.
Yoga for Labor, Birth, and Connection
This workshop provides an opportunity for couples to enhance their awareness and confidence in pregnancy and birth using partner yoga in a light, fun atmosphere. The workshop will also focus on different ways to connect and use yoga off the mat and during birth.
Topics covered include:
Yoga sequences and postures which could be useful during labor and delivery
Alternative birthing positions and how to get in and out of them
Intuitive massage techniques to relieve pain and increase endorphins
Counter pressure techniques useful for relieving labor pain
Vocal toning to facilitate relaxation and opening
Partner yoga is a fun practice of yoga postures done in physical contact with another person. Students experience a deeper sense of release and stretching through sharing weight and touch with their partners. The practice helps develop a strong feeling of connection, both on the mat and afterwards.
Learn and refine the basic steps of an effective balancing practice including handstand and crow variations. This workshop will look more closely at mobility, core engagement, hand-strengthening, and technique to move more lightly, intelligently, and confidently on your mat! You will leave with clear and accessible tools to help you progress in your daily balancing practice.
Students meet the next level of practice in the art and science of breathing and quieting the mind. This class is intended for seasoned students.