YOGA INTENSIVE COURSE WITH MARK STEPHENS
These yoga intensives include four in-depth workshops for yoga instructors and serious students, as well as three master classes for beginners and advanced students.
The in-depth workshops will cover topics from Mark's second and third books: Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes and Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Technique. Each class and workshop is based on ancient to contemporary yoga philosophies, a variety of yoga styles and techniques, and offers a practical application of functional anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology.
Living in California yoga teacher Mark Stephens is the author of the international bestseller Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, Yoga Adjustments and Yoga Therapy. He has been practicing yoga since 1991 and has been teaching since 1996. He has trained over 2500 yoga teachers worldwide. He has also taught several teacher training modules around the world, including AIRYOGA Munich. For the Yoga Journal Germany he writes his regular column "For Teachers."
With a rich background in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Tantra and Yoga Therapy, Mark brings a multi-faceted perspective into practice, making yoga more accessible, sustainable and deeper makes.
More information is marks website www.markstephensyoga.com
Mark Stephens leads the Yoga Intensive of Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9, 2018 atAIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich .
Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, 2018:
Refined Teaching Skills: Anatomy, Alignment, Adjustments
Just as the principles of alignment and energetic action in asanas are best conveyed through functional anatomy and biomechanics, so are the the same qualities that help to guide our students in the best way possible with practical adjustments, verbal cues, and visual demonstrations. Each session on this topic focuses on different Asana families.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
Refined teaching skills applied to postures
We explore a wide range of asanas with outward and inward rotation and neutral hips, including modifications, variations and the use of aids for each asana.
Friday, December 7, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
Refined teaching skills applied to backbends and rotational postures
We explore student guidance in all kinds of backbends - contraction, traction and support - including Salabhasana ABC, Bhujangasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Dhanurasana, Ustrasana, Kapotasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana and Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana. We will focus on hands-on guidance and adjustments, the use of tools and modifications that will make the backbends safer, more accessible and deeper.
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2018:
The Art and Science of Sequencing: Transforming Transformative Yoga Classes
Most yoga classes today are either uniformly prescribed sequences (Ashtanga and Bikram), which often lead to repeated stress injuries or unnecessarily complicate asanas, or they seem to be a random creation in which the lessons are designed in a bizarre manner. In contrast, the art and science of sequencing invites us to make the lesson creative, yet rational and inspiring.
These two workshops focus on designing the classes in a way that is shaped by the basic principles of sequencing, beginning with Vinyasa Krama and Pratikriyasana.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm:
Apply the theoretical principles of sequencing to the design of a class
This workshop will begin with a talk on ancient to modern approaches to sequences and the principles of informed class design. We then apply these principles to the basic arc structure of classes and jointly design classes for different conditions and intentions.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
These two sessions focus on designing classes for beginners and advanced students as well as students with special conditions such as pregnancy and injury.
Friday, December 7, 2018 from 8:15 to 9:15 am:
Awake the Kundalini with morning pranayama
We begin sitting, in natural breathing, to adjust to the subtle effects of breath in body and mind. Afterwards we explore them with sama / visama vrtti pranayama. Next, we move on to Ujjjayi Pranayama as we perform very slow and small movements to arouse energy along the spine, refine our breathing capacity with Viloma Pranayama and Kumbhaka practices, awaken us with Kapalabhati, and balance our energy with Nadi Shodhana. After that, we will stay in the seat again, now in a blissfully awakened state, and perceive the sublime pleasures of yoga.
Friday, December 7, 2018 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am:
The progressive development of heart-opening backbends
The basic question when designing classes is why and after that? This question is explored in this flowing, backbone masterclass. Each successive wave of these heart-opening asanas is the result of preparatory movements and postures that make the backbends even more open, free and expansive.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am:
This master class begins with warming Surya Namaskaras and Dancing Warriors to open and stabilize the hips and shoulders and prepare for a range of easy to advanced arm positions (including Bakasana, Parsva Bakasana, Bhujapidasana, Tittibhasana, Astavakrasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Galavasana, Urdhva Kukkutasana and Uttana Prasithasana). This comprehensive practice also includes therapeutic exercises for the wrists and shoulders to ensure full integration of the practice.
The workshop sessions are suitable for teachers and serious students; the master classes for beginners and advanced yoga students and teachers.
Mark teaches in English.
The costs are:
CHF 595.- for the whole training (4 days, totally 23 hours)
CHF 120.- per session on Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon (4 hours each)
CHF 180.- for the whole Sunday (total 6 hours)
Fr 30.- for the pranayama master class on Friday morning (1 hour)
Fr. 50.- per master class on Friday morning and Saturday morning (2 hours each)
The number of participants is limited. Please note
the reservation and cancellation policy for workshop registrations .
If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected]
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