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Teaching Vinyasa Yoga: Weekend Intensive

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‘Teaching Vinyasa Yoga’ - A Weekend Intensive

Seeing as Glastonbury isn't happening this year... let's get geeky with our Vinyasa teaching.

Dates: 23rd - 24th June 2018
Location: The Forge, Colston Yard. BS1 5BD
Price: £220

Subjects that will be covered during this weekend:
• Safe & Creative Sequencing
• Connective assists
• Yoga anatomy
• Finding Our Voice
• Intention Setting & Class Themes
• Choosing Music
• Creating an atmosphere of enquiry

What you will receive:
- A collaborative & innovative workshop designed to ‘tune up’ your teaching
- A concise manual of the weekend's material
- Individual written feedback
- One follow up Skype call per student to discuss their teaching / the workshop
- tea, coffee & snacks available throughout the weekend

Vinyasa Yoga is an exciting, creative practice. It aligns itself with no yoga school or dogma. It is the 'rebel' practice.

Each vinyasa teacher brings something of themselves to their class: their own spiritual, sporting and academic backgrounds are thrown into a creative cauldron along with a few millennia of yoga history, philosophy and tradition. What emerges can be an artful fusion of functional movement or it honestly can be a bit of a cluster f*ck.

This intensive weekend is intended to help you unpick what you want your classes to be, how to best serve your students and how to remain inspired whilst teaching sometimes (too) many classes a week.

Vinyasa yoga is perhaps best known for the shapes that we asana instructors tend to throw, snap and slap on Instagram but we all know that these shapes are just a tool (right?), a means to get to the juicy stuff. As asana instructors it is our job to create safe sequences for our students to move through without damaging their bodies (or exacerbating that dodgy rotator cuff they got from doing chaturanga wrong for 5 years) while allowing enough freedom for them to key into their own intuition, their own incredible spirit.

Not an easy task, and one that I don't pretend to be able to do on
my own. As such I have enlisted the help of a world-class anatomist (who is my first call when I think 'is this pose actually hurting more than helping?') to assist us in our assisting and sequencing discussions.

This Intensive will revolve around the key idea that we as vinyasa
teachers offer an opportunity for creative transformation, but also enquiry - creating a space for critical thinking, allowing the student space to question; ‘is this appropriate for me and my body?’ There will be some asana this weekend, but it will very much serve a supporting role. Get your notebooks out yogis, because this is going to get full on yoga-geek.

My intention is to throw as much 'wise' at you as possible. Being as transparent as I can about my own sequencing process while
creating an environment for you to develop your own and a safe,
(mainly) judgement free zone to try out ideas. And my favourite
tool; we will discuss the art of storytelling - the ability to skilfully
weave themes into our teaching and setting a strong, relevant
intention for our students. Also, whether you should swear in class.

The Programme

So what are we going to talk about? The workshop schedule is
outlined below however, like any yoga class, we will
work with who we have in the room and as such this weekend will
very much be dictated by what you folks would like to work on.
There is of course a structure but if you have any particular
requests or expectations please let them be known and I will try my best to include them. For example, I have already had an email asking to include a section on how to write a workshop description.

Saturday: 10am-1pm
The Beatles, The Bhagavad Gita & The Vinyasa Yoga Tradition - Carving our own path through the yoga maze

Saturday: 2-5pm
Once Upon A 90 Minute Yoga Class: Setting Intentions, Crafting Themes & Telling A Yoga Story

Sunday 10-11.30am - Option to attend Ash's yoga class at Hamilton House

1-3.30pm: The Overview Effect - Seeing our students individually and our class as a whole; layering up The Practice; Sequencing, Anatomy & Assists

4-6.30pm: Finding Our Voice - communication &
connection; (optional) teaching practice. The weekend will end on a candlelit meditation to inspire and move us forward with our teaching.

The Cost
If the cost is a hindrance to you taking part, please of course email me and we will see what we can do.

How Do I Book?
There will of course be limited spaces for this workshop. I have
emailed those who have expressed an interest, if you would like to book please email me at ash@flyingmonkeyyoga.org and I will send you an invoice. Please also email me with any questions!

In gratitude as ever, Ash x


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