The opportunity to focus on specific postures and have plenty of time to ask questions, make workshops the perfect environment to take your practice to the next level. In additional it gives practitioner chance to deepen their practice.
Here Are 6 Reasons To Attend Workshops...
Alignment and technique are often skipped over in classes, simply because the time is limited and focus is on the flow. In ashtanga for example, the meditative quality that's achieved by flowing through the postures (vinyasa) combined with breathing (ujjayi) and gaze points (dristi) is prioritised. Some teachers do mention alignment but there is usually not enough time to get down to details.
In a workshop setting, alignment of postures and directionality (actions) are explored in detail, as well as techniques of how to do postures correctly. We look at what muscles should be working in each pose, how to engage them, and what should be relaxed, in order to reach that well known yogic dichotomy: the balance between strength (sthira) and ease (sukham). Sometimes muscles become dormant and cause others to compensate, which can lead to injury. Learning what should be working when is an invaluable addition to your practise and effects wellbeing, as leads to integration (one of the meanings of the word yoga!) and integration feels great physically, mentally, and energetically.
Neuroplasticity is the scientific study of pattern formation and pattern change, and when students notice how good it feels to do a pose in an integrated way, compared to a non-integrated way, and start practising like this, it enables a gradual (this cannot be done instantly) rewiring of the brain, as new neural pathways are established. Leading to positive changes in ourselves and even facilitate self-healing. During workshops, students often start feeling completely differently as their body starts settling in new found patterns in postures.
Workshops are a fantastic forum to voice questions! Questions open up a dialogue, and highlight the areas you are curious about. This gives me the chance to demonstrate and discuss the topics in detail and with student interaction I can gauge whether the class has grasped what I'm teaching. Questions are a great way to get involved, clarify and integrate what you're learning.
Yoga classes can be busy, and it's not always possible for the teacher to adjust or correct everyone, or to see everything that everyone is doing. In a workshop, you get more attention. Your questions are taken up, and any bad habits can be ironed out, because there is more time and space for adjustments, demonstrations, and to think and talk about what you might be doing and what needs to change.
The experience of a yoga workshop is fun, enlightening (lots of ‘aaahhh!' moments) social and uplifting. You are in a room with the teacher you love, and a bunch of students who are as crazy about yoga as you are. The experience of working and learning together is really inspiring, and you will leave with lots of new things to work on and think about. From the teacher’s perspective, we get to know you and your practice better, have some fun, and feel proud of you when we see your practices deepen and improve.
The workshop will finish with healthy snack or juice or smoothie and time to get to know your fellow attendees.
Spend some “you” time doing something you love… it’s good for the soul!
Workshops takes place once a month at Carpenters & Dockland Centre in Stratford. If there is any topics you would like to see covered let us know!
For more information, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
98 Gibbins Rd,
London E15 2HU
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