I offer workshops. Here is a list of the workshops I teach. If you have any suggestions or a workshop you might want to see, let me know and I’ll research into it.

Mechanics of Headstand


Why do headstand in a yoga class? Because of gravity, blood has an easier time flowing downwards towards our feet, and makes your heart work harder to pump blood upwards towards your brain. With a consistent practice of headstand, it will give your heart a rest. Headstand provides refreshed blood to our glands and helps regulate our glands. Through headstand our adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified, to help create more positive thoughts. Also, headstand simulates a “face lift” by letting your skin hang upside down. This inverted position flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen into the face.
These are some great reasons to insert headstand into your practice. This sounds great, but what if you have walked into a multi-level class with students moving into headstand or tripod without any assistance or you are in a class with too many students to try to use the wall.
This workshop has been created to break down headstand, through each alignment to help each student to better understand how to assemble into headstand and how to find their headstand. This will be done by showing; the anatomical focus of headstand, how not using the bandhas effects headstand, and how to make sure you are breathing affects your headstand. 
This workshop will also help you find your headstand and possibly explore into the different variations of headstand. By the end of this session I hope to have giving you a better understand of what headstand is and will have the confidence to move into your own headstand, not your neighbors, and to break the need to use the wall to move into headstand. Hope to see you there!
Techniques for a Better Arm balance


In this workshop we are going to breakdown arm balances. We will start with the basics, Ujjayi Pranayama (the breathing technique used in yoga), bandhas (energy locks) and how they affect your arm balances. Using the most common arm balance taught in yoga classes, Bakasana, we will learn the proper alignment to help lift your feet off the ground and move on from there. For many, the fear of falling is the biggest obstacle. During class you will learn alternate ways gets out of the arm balances in order to build confidence and strength. 
By the end of this workshop each student will have a better understanding of what is needed for arm balances. By learning the proper alignment and techniques, students will have confidence in the shift of weight that makes arm balances easy, rather than using brute strength and determination which leads to white knuckles and a red face.
Finding the Therapy in Your Forward Folds
Unless you have a full time career in taking yoga, you will likely put a lot of wear and tear on your lower back, hip flexors, and hamstrings.  Many jobs have us sitting at desks or inside a car for hours on end.  Unfortunately, this creates a lot of bad habits when we are folding forward both in yoga class as well as with basic everyday activities like picking things up. The damage these bad habits inflict can be very hard to reverse.  Even taking a couple of yoga classes a week might not break these habits unless you focus specifically on the proper alignment and modifications for your own practice.
In this workshop we will take a look at forward folds that are used in most yoga classes such as Balasana (Child’s Pose), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Ardha Uttanasana (Standing Half Forward Bend), Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend), Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose) and many more. We will look at the anatomic focus of each posture and how improper alignments alter your total body alignment.
Once you find your proper alignment, we will take a look at how to go deeper in your own posture; without throwing your own alignment out the window. Then we will look at how the breath and bandhas influence your forward folds and how to use them to deepen your forward folds.
This is a multi-level workshop that welcomes all levels of practitioners and will help attendees find their own posture, and learn how to push past their own edge.

 

Move With a Purpose Through Your Vinyasa Class

How many times have you taken a Vinyasa class and just gone through the motions? Have you ever considered why the motions are important?  In Vinyasa classes like Ashtanga, Baptiste, Jivamukti, Power Yoga you may have heard the phrase “forming a breath to body movement connection” or “moving with a purpose.”  In this multi-level workshop, we will talk about what exactly that means.  

We will discuss why vinyasas are important by breaking down each pose in the cycle. You will learn why it is so much more than cycling through Plank, Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose), Upward-Facing Dog, and Downward-Facing Dog Pose. We will talk about ujjayi pranayama, bandhas and how they help deepen your vinyasa practice. 

Once we have broken down what vinyasa is, the real fun begins! We will have fun exploring jumping back from a standing vinyasa and arm balances.  Then we will move to the ground and explore seated vinyasas mainly focusing on jumping through Jumping through what? Your arms? .

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