23/10 & 13/11: Intensive Iyengar & Yin Yoga Workshops@109 Shanghai 艾扬格和阴瑜伽工作坊在上海109瑜伽馆
A Balanced Program
Specialists in their own field of yoga, Kasia Wilkos (Iyengar) and Jo Ong (Yin) present two full steam intensive workshops for students who want to shift their practice to another level of skill and understanding.
Each workshop comprises of two balanced sessions, one morning (Iyengar) and one afternoon (Yin). Both session will safely and systematically progress each student’s ability, skill and understanding.
Intelligent and appropriate sequencing with precise use of language and individual correction are the ingredients that make these intensive workshops so exhilarating and deeply transformative. Workshops like these are designed to compliment and boost your regular practice.
What is Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar Yoga is Hatha Yoga. The method focuses on developing strength, endurance and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Standing poses are emphasized at the beginning to build strength and ease of movement, increase vitality, improve circulation, coordination and balance. Postures for deep relaxation are also introduced from the beginning. Gradually, sitting and reclining postures, forward bends, inversions, backbends, twists, arm balances and flowing sequences are introduced.
People tend to stretch from their more flexible areas and rely on their better-developed muscles for strength, thus reinforcing postural habits. Iyengar Yoga encourages weak parts to strengthen and stiff areas to release, awakening and realigning the whole body. As the body moves into better alignment, less muscular work is required and relaxation increases naturally.
Props, such as bolsters, blocks, and straps, are used to facilitate learning and adjust poses to individual needs. Props help all practitioners (including the most advanced) gain sensitivity to the use of effort and receive the deep benefits of postures held for longer periods of time. Props are introduced from the beginning for students with specific physical limitations and gradually in regular classes to enhance personal understanding and to develop skill and confidence.
Unique Aspects of Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar yoga has the unique aspects of correct technique, proper sequencing and longer duration in poses. Technique involves proper alignment and fine adjustments. Proper sequencing ensures that students are correctly and safely prepared to progress their practice. And the longer holds in poses improve stability and depth, making the practice more effective and beneficial.
What is Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues such as ligaments, bones and joints of the body that normally are not exercised much in more active styles of yoga. It considered to be “yoga for the joints, not the muscles”. All Yin Yoga poses are passive and each is held for 1-15 minutes.
Connective tissues play an important role in the determination of ‘range of motion’. Yin Yoga targets these connective tissues, especially tendons and ligaments in the spine, pelvis and other joints.
To lengthen connective tissue in Yin Yoga, a practitioner holds poses for some minutes. This applies tension and stress to the connective tissues and muscles in the targeted region. Muscles are elastic so they respond immediately and lengthen to their limit. Once the muscle stretches fully, the stress is continued to the connective tissues, which are not elastic and cannot lengthen immediately. In order to lengthen them, they need to be stressed for several more minutes.
The Magic of Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga gets its name from the Taoist concept of Yin. In some circles it is considered to be the oldest form of Hatha Yoga since it is the ideal method of physical conditioning for prolonged meditation.
The intensity and physical benefits of the practice depend on two variables: duration in the pose and the temperature of the muscles. If the muscles are cold, they will be less elastic and more stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. It is, therefore, often recommended to do Yin Yoga earlier in the day before the muscles are warm, however, it is also extremely soothing and calming to practice after a long day. Both options work.
Schedule for the 2 Workshops
Beginner Level Workshop
Intermediate Level Workshop
- RMB 800 for each workshop
- Non-refundable deposit of RMB 200
Registration, Payment, Cancellations & Refunds
- Payment of a non-refundable deposit of RMB 200 is required on registration at the Yoga 109 reception.
- Full payment for the Beginners Workshop needs to be in place on or before 18 October, 2011.
- Full payment for the Intermediate Workshop needs to be in place on or before 8 November, 2011.
- Once the workshop has begun, no refunds will be granted.
- Yoga 109 reserves the right to cancel the event should there be insufficient participants signed up. 100% refunds will be granted.
Class sizes will be limited and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.
For bookings and more info, please contact: http://www.yoga109.com/contact.aspx