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Weekend Immersion with Adam Hocke & Adam Husler
8 November 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10 November 2019 @ 5:00 pm£200
Contemporary Flow Yoga:
an immersion with Adam Hocke & Adam Husler
full weekend: £180 early bird, £200 full price
individual modules: £40 early bird £45 full price
How do we define and practise flow yoga in contemporary times? How can we clarify our practice and teaching? How might our aims for and methods of practice mature? This immersion will help you integrate contemporary understandings of the body, the mind, and the nervous system into the traditional practices of yoga.
This will include:
- How to increase mobility by balancing flexibility with strength
- How to practise and teach skillfully the postures that challenge you the most
- How to incorporate evidence-supported practices of mindfulness, embodiment, and nervous system manipulation into your yoga
Throughout the weekend, you will deconstruct and demystify advanced asana and learn to push your edges compassionately. You will look beyond alignment absolutism and explore a variety of ways to mobilise, strengthen, and experience postures. You will let go of yoga ‘law’ and be empowered to ask ‘why?’. Fundamentally, you will be reminded of the enduring power of vinyasa flow, as a vehicle for self-inquiry, to still and focus the mind into the present moment.
This immersion is for experienced students and teachers offering 15 hours CPD credit from Yoga Alliance International for those completing the whole weekend.
18:30 – 21.30: One size doesn’t fit all
There isn’t a right or wrong way to do a pose, but we may seek to practise asana in a way informed by contemporary understanding of alignment and anatomy, applied to our unique bodies. Undoubtedly, as practitioners and teachers, this can be confusing and in this workshop, we will further shake things up by questioning alignment absolutes and ‘yoga law.’
Though a complete ‘flow-and-restore’ practice, we will explore:
• methods of exploring the intentions of postures, and to discover whether you are efficiently delivering on them or just focusing on unrealistic goals and dramatic shapes
• how to practise with anchors of stability and alignment from which range of motion and individual pose expression can be explored in a non-injurious way
• how to open up new alignment options for the most common of standing poses and discover alternative ways to rest, aside from a traditional savasana
9:30 – 12:30: Strong and mindful
Is a sweaty and strong practice still mindful? It is true that contemporary society is physically sedentary and mentally over-stimulated; we undoubtedly require practices that can bring us into balance. There are many modalities that can satisfy our need for movement in 2019, but a yoga practice can, uniquely, offer us an opportunity to link this movement to personal intentions for mental and spiritual growth.
We will explore:
• how you can incorporate personal intentions, embodied mindfulness, and nervous system down-regulation into strong vinyasa flow
• how you can improve the intention and efficiency of rhythmic breathing, the pacing of sun-salutations and transitional movements
• how you can expand your yoga toolkit to include restorative yoga and myofascial release techniques
2:00 – 5:00: Inverting with knowledge
In your journey towards arm balancing and inverting, practising the full pose is only a small piece of the jigsaw puzzle. This workshop will assist you in cultivating skill, understanding and effective methods in practising and teaching these families of asana and make even the most complex poses accessible and trainable.
We will explore:
• the skill of deconstructing postures to see groups made of understandable and achievable component parts
• how to practise with and without support whilst developing the resilience to fall, fail and recover
• how to use these techniques to improve precision in your personal practice and in sequencing intelligently
9:30-12:30: Beyond Stretching
The balance of effort and ease is a core part of yoga. To treat asana practice as merely a stretching class is not in service to this balance, and perhaps does your body a long-term disservice. Admittedly, many of us may need to increase flexibility to find ease in the body, but we should seek to find a sweet spot where flexibility and strength are matched and encouraged to work together in symbiosis. This workshop will help you develop diversity in your stretching techniques, whilst shattering myths and misconceptions.
We will explore:
• specific techniques to incorporate into a complementary strength and mobility programme inside and outside of asana
• the difference between passive flexibility and active mobility, along with how to develop an active range of motion
• common areas of weakness and overstretch, and what to do in and out of class to find balance
• answers to common questions like: What makes someone more flexible than me? How long should I stretch? If I get strong will I be tight?
2:00-5:00: Integrity over Aesthetics
How far is too far? What are you ignoring or bypassing to ‘make the shape’? Is this serving you body or your ego? We will get right in to these ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of deep backbends, inversion variations and numerous, temptingly photogenic, pretzel poses. No matter your flexibility or strength, you will chart a path towards these poses that prioritises physical and mental integrity as part of an enjoyable and rewarding process.
We will explore:
• broadening your conception of how these poses can and should look across a variety of body types and ranges of flexibility and strength
• how to listen to feedback from your body, filtered by a mind that understands your anatomy, allowing you to differentiate between discomfort and pain
• mobility limitations at individual joints and how orientation to gravity affects the demands on your spine
Photo: Yoga and Photo by Cecille