A majority of headaches are caused by neck & shoulder tension. Learn how to reduce tension and align your head, neck and shoulders with simple exercises. We will discuss the different types of headaches, causes and techniques to break patterns of stress. The workshop will draw from Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, Acupressure or Marma Therapy and relaxation techniques.
Ami Jayaprada Hirschstein, AHC, C-IAYT is a certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, Yoga Therapist and has been practicing the healing arts since 1995. Her approach is holistic, combing the “Sister Sciences” of Ayurveda with Therapeutic Yoga. She founded and directed Jai Ma Yoga Center from 1999-2015 and YogAlive from 2015-2017. Ami has been training yoga teachers for over 18 years and has been teaching yoga for 25 years.
Ami did her Ayurvedic training at Kripalu School of Ayurveda and is currently in a two-year Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner Training in Boston. Ami studied Marma Therapy at The Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Lad. Ami belongs to the National Ayurvedic Medical Assoc. and the International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists. She holds teaching certifications in Anusara Yoga, Kripalu Yoga and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.
Playing with arm balances is a lot of fun in a regular yoga class, but tackling them in class doesn’t afford us the time to wrap our heads around the whole process. Join Flying Flow instructor Felipa Gaudet as she dives into the structure of balancing your body on your hands in a number of different postures. She’ll offer different approaches for coming into various arm balances, including ways to use props and self-assists. She’ll also share some fun transitions out of them, including some eye-opening, playful transitions from one arm balance to another. The end goal is to have fun, learn about postures, and maybe even fall and laugh a little while building a new relationship to balancing on your hands.
Felipa began practicing with The Yoga House community after the birth of her youngest daughter, seeking a way to strengthen and reconnect with her physical self while carving out a place from her busy day to cultivate inner peace. Her desire to land the still-elusive ‘handstand in the middle of the room’ has fueled her dedicated, ongoing practice while teaching her to detach from desired results.
Felipa teaches in an invigorating and fluid Vinyasa style, while encouraging folks to honor their bodies and discover the possibilities within each pose in the way that feels right for them. A Montessori teacher in her other life, Felipa believes yoga can be accessible to all and she offers multiple levels of challenge within various options for poses. In her classes, she enjoys exploring the relationships between poses while steadily building to a fun challenge.
Price – WHOLE WEEKEND – $335 for non-members / $285 for members
Price – INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS – $60 for non-members / $51 for members
Tim Feldmann founded Miami Life Center studio which he runs with his wife Kino MacGregor. He is certified directly by Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga. We are so pleased to host him for an information-packed weekend of workshops. Read more about Tim below, and reserve your spot as soon as you can.
All workshops will be held at the BSP Dance Collective at 323 Wall St.
Friday night: 6:30-8:30pm – Integrating Breath and Bandhas in Your Asana Practice In this first session with Tim you will locate your internal locks and drop into your breath to free your practice. You will establish yourself firmly in the foundations of breath with a clear physical understanding of the use of the inner body bandhas. You will learn simple breathing to help your body find deep support and true strength, for your mind to settle into one-pointed focus and to free your body. Experience how this ancient tradition holds many life lessons. All levels welcome.
Saturday: 8:30-10:30 – Primary Series Guided Class“Just as music without proper pitch and rhythm will not give happiness, yogasana without the observance of vinyasas will not give health.” – Srivatsa Ramaswama Join Tim for a fun 2 hours and learn how this challenging sequence can heal and help you in your body and your life. Pattabhi Jois artfully crafted the Primary Series to cleanse our body, purify our nervous system and burn away the delusions of the conditioned mind. The original Vinyasa method (also called ‘placing in a special way’), this thread of unbroken movements, mindful breathing and a defined gazing points, opens us up to experience the meditative mind while building a healthy, flexible and strong body. Discover how many lessons of hope, empowerment and surrender is at our fingertips. All levels welcome.
1-3 – Flying Low – Five simple steps to jump-throughs & jump-backs. In this session you will learn how to apply strength to your practice. Understanding simple anatomical mechanics along with healthy pointers of alignment will allow you to take your practice to a new level in a fun and exciting way. You’ll leave this class with a refreshed perspective on your capacity, integrated jump through/back or clear steps to be doing it soon. All Levels Welcome.
3:30-5 – Pain, Injury & Prevention – A Yogic Perspective Ashtanga is one of the safest ways to get healthy and fit if approached intelligently. Yet, when we use our bodies with vigor we sometimes run into pain, strain and injury. Every physical system has its own set of potential problem spots and Ashtanga Yoga has such too. In this lecture/workshop we will walk through some the common areas of potential physical compromise yoga asana. You will learn how to approach select asanas safely and accurately, how to distinguish between potentially hurting yourself and Patanjali’s proposition of Purifying Pain. This workshop aims at giving you tools to pursue your practice with gusto and joy, understand how discomfort & pain can be a guide in your practice, while staying healthy and safe on your mat. All Levels Welcome.
8:30-10:30 – Nadi Shodana – Demystifying the Intermediate SeriesIn this workshop Tim takes you through a detailed and fun exploration of how the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga unlocks the spine, hips and upper body, creates strength and develops a deep sense of calmness-in-action. Taking root in healthy anatomical patterns you will identify energetic pathways that lead to pain-free deep backbends, safe hip opening and a step-by-step method to master the arm balances. Also known as the Second Series, this group of postures challenges both flexibility and strength while teaching mastery of the nervous system. All Levels Welcome.
11:30-1:30 – Inversions, Headstands & Arm BalancesIn this workshop you will learn practical tools to turn upside down with stability, tranquility and grace. You will gain a thorough understanding of the anatomical patterns at play in your body while inverted. Detailing the shoulder mechanics helps you integrate your arms, spine, ribcage and hip to create a solid platform for accessible and pleasurable inversions whether on your head, hands or elbows. We will play with simple to advanced asanas. All levels welcome.
About Tim Feldmann
Tim is the founding and captain of the world-wide recognized Miami Life Center which he runs with his wife Kino MacGregor. He has practiced yoga since 1994 and Ashtanga Since 1999. Authorized to teach directly by K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois he explores core concepts and modern boundaries of Patanjali’s yoga teachings alike. A practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga’s Advanced A Series Tim is dedicated to Ashtanga’s traditional method. Drawing upon his past as an internationally successful dancer and acclaimed choreographer, anatomy, alignment and technique is his second nature. Tim has been pursuing in-depth studies of Patanjali, Sankhya and Vedanta over the past 7 years with Vidwan Nagaraja Rao, Jayashree & Narasimha and other exceptional scholars in India. Cherished worldwide for his fun, disciplined and detailed pursuit of authentic yoga and his compassionately effective touch, Tim travels to Yoga Shalas around the globe with the inclusive message of how study, steadiness and devotion is the means to powerful transformation both inside and outside of us.
The Vinyasa yoga style that we practice today comes from a history that is rich and layered. Learn the connection and progression from the ancient philosophy to the modern day experience of yoga in the West as we examine different lineages and styles, including Iyengar yoga, breath-based yoga (or Viniyoga), Classical Hatha Yoga and others, and discover how those style can influence your practice and teaching. We’ll spend a day diving deep into the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage, which is at the heart of Vinyasa yoga, and discuss how to incorporate the foundations of Ashtanga yoga, most importantly breath, drishti and asanas, into your practice and your teaching.
the spiritual, philosophical, & physical history of yoga.
different lineages and methods of asana to inspire your practice and teaching.
the Ashtanga Yoga primary series and the keystones of the Ashtanga lineage.
Required Books:Ashtanga Yoga: the Practice Manual by David Swenson
As co-founder of The Yoga House, Jacquelyn is committed to demystifying the secret language of yoga and making it accessible to all people. After her first introduction with the Ashtanga Yoga Practice, Jacquelyn immediately found value in the authenticity, history and integrity of the practice. The practice inspired Jacquelyn to become a forever student of yoga, studying the Ashtanga Primary Series with David Swenson and Shelley Washington and learning the rich history and foundations of different yoga lineages and styles in her advanced training. Influenced by the light-heartedness but also sincerity of David and Shelley’s teachings, Jacquelyn has a nurturing and compassionate approach to sharing the richness of yoga that brings a sense of accessibility to those practicing and learning with her.
The chakras are energy centers responsible for housing, processing and generating various kinds of archetypal energy. In this workshop you will learn the chakra system as a holistic template by which you can assess and address whatever has been arising for you in terms of physical, emotional and mental experiences.
We’ll do a yoga practice which will help you embody the teachings and learn how to ask for insight directly from your chakras. You’ll leave with a sweet, practical toolkit for continuing the work of understanding your chakras, healing them, receiving revelations from them, and accessing their ample gifts–these gifts which are truly YOUR gifts, in the most literal and original sense!
You’ll want to bring a notebook and pen/pencil + yoga stuff.
Aaron has been teaching meditation, enlightenment philosophy, yoga and related forms of energy healing for about a decade now. You can find her on the regular schedule at The Yoga House, leading modules of teacher trainings, spreading yoga and meditation to local Kindergartners or to SUNY NP undergrads, facilitating her online meditation community, on the phone doing personal awakening coaching, or out in the world leading retreats or workshops like this one.
Her unique approach to the chakras is based on a sprawling study of various healing traditions, all interwoven and applied through her own personal practices. Her chakra teachings have reached and transformed hundreds of folks by now. Go here to learn more.