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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

Therapeutic Application of Yoga

A Unique Workshop at the Avenues Yoga Teacher Training

(A small number of spaces are available for people outside the training. Minimum 2 years of experience with yoga or Feldenkrais is recommended.)

I’m so excited to be joining my dear friend Erin Menut, owner of Avenues Yoga, to offer this weekend as part of their teacher training. The principles we explore will be deeply informative and practically useful for those who have a home-practice of yoga, even without any intent to teach.

Erin and I will explore together traditional principles and practices of modification – how to make sure the practice supports YOU instead of you doing a practice that’s not serving you (because it’s what you’ve always done, or what someone else told you was good for you once upon a time.)

We’ll work with many of yoga’s beautiful tools to support you, the practitioner, in any stage of life.

In today’s busy world, real “down time” has become something of an urban myth.

So many of us suffer from overwork, stress, overwhelm, anxiety, sleeplessness, inability to focus, worry, adrenal fatigue, and many other conditions that deplete the quality of our relationships and our lives. We have forgotten how to let go.

The Deep Relaxation practices of Yoga bring much needed relief to our modern predicament, and many healing benefits. And all without the use of drugs, and without harmful side effects.

In this workshop, we will look compassionately at our lives through the eyes of yoga philosophy, addressing each of the five koshas – layers or veils of our being.

Each of these layers can become burdened or clouded through stress – specifically through chronic patterns of posture, moving, breathing, and yes, even thinking. As Depak Chopra notes, “The inability to metabolize emotions produces just as much toxic residue as undigested food. In fact, pent-up anger, long-held sadness, and lingering guilt are more debilitating for most people than problems with physical digestion.”

By gently clearing the koshas through the practices of deep relaxation, we consciously support our innate ability to rest and digest, heal and repair. We begin to remember again the pleasure of being alive, and rediscover our true nature, which is joy. To aid in this therapeutic clearing, in addition to yogic techniques, we’ll explore gentle meditative practices from the Japanese harmonizing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu which help us connect with and replenish our ojas, essential life force energy.

You will experience and learn techniques for:

•Releasing tension from the physical body
•Using the breath to clear stress and anxiety
•Clearing the mind
•Tapping into our intuition and expanding consciousness
•Using imagery for healing
•Working directly with your prana, life force energy
•Modifying your yoga practice (or your students’) to meet your current and ever-changing conditions and intentions
•Uncommon modifications of common yoga practices to maintain vibrant health at any stage of life.

I hope you’ll join me and Erin for this wonderfully nourishing weekend. We have such fun working together and make a great teaching team. To register or for more information, contact Erin Menut.

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