Meditation in Motion: Elements of a Complete Vinyasa Yoga Practice
Yoga Workshop for Women with Jennifer Prugh: Oct18-20th, 2013
The practice of Vinyasa Yoga is a journey that we make one breath at a time. Vinyasa is, in its essence, a meditation in motion that teaches us how to bring ourselves to each moment, engage external and internal obstacles, love unconditionally, and live our lives fully, which at the heart of it, is why we practice yoga. As women, this practice has the power to teach us so much about ourselves. The weekend is dedicated to observing our own nature, through practice.
The five workshops contain all the elements necessary to create an inspired flow based practice that will grow with you for years to come. Blending eastern and western views of the body, asana and breath, stillness and motion, discussion and movement, we’ll address the essential ingredients that create a complete yoga practice. You will likely have to go where you have never gone before, and leave with a deeper understanding and fascination for the potential of your practice as a way of guiding you through literally every aspect of your life.
There will be time between workshops on Saturday to hike and we’ll end early on Sunday to accommodate those driving home. These workshops are ideally taken together, but can also be taken individually.
The Roots of Practice: Cultivating a Sustainable Practice
Friday, October 18th, 6 – 8:00pm
We will explore the essential ingredients that support a steady sustainable practice from the ground up. Informed by the eight limbs of yoga, and using the standing postures to understand the lay of the land, we’ll cover the fundamental principles inherent in every posture: taking root, bone stacking, the illusive bandhas, the ever essential drishti, and the force of gravity as our friend.
River of Yoga: The Art of Flow
Saturday, October 19th, 8 – 10:30am
A flow based practice teaches us how to flow between one destination and the next. Flowing with life is simpler than swimming upstream or drowning. Through moving from one posture to another with our attention upon what we do with the space between, we’ll address our own circulatory and nervous systems, the anatomical keys to riding the tide of challenges and obstacles, creating fluidity in the way in which we move through life.
Lit Up From the Inside: Moving Energy
Saturday, October 19th, 3:30 – 6pm
Each of us is a tiny and unique “eco-system.” We’ll explore our individual constitution according to Ayerveda, the ancient system of health care. Understanding our constitution informs us about best ways in which to move on and off our mat. Through awakening the abdomen, and backbends (or frontal openings), we will address lines of energy, the “middle way,” how to digest and transform any situation we find ourselves in into something beautiful.
Freedom to Be: The Art of Flying, Floating and Falling
Sunday, October 20th, 8 – 10:30am
Our best friend is the breath. We’ll explore the ways to most effectively use the breath in a variety of postures, from back bends, to forward folds, from twists and inversions to arm balances. We’ll address hovering, plummeting, suspending, and pausing. We’ll consider the role that the vayus or five winds play in the way our bodies function and how we can create freedom in body and mind through use of the breath.
The Art of Attention: Living in Joy
Sunday, October 20th, 12 – 2:30pm
This workshop is dedicated to the variety of ways we find greater expansiveness, through where and how we place our attention. Space is what exists in cells that make up the various materials that compose the human body: bone and muscle, tendon and ligament, blood and tissue. Asana, breath and meditation practices are largely about releasing what is bound in order to make space so that the impossible becomes possible! Through a variety of exercises, we’ll expand our ability to “be,” so we have more access to our own innate creativity and joy.
Space is limited, please register in advance by emailing Info@TrailsWithin.com or calling (530) 836-1500.
Jennifer Prugh is the owner of Breathe Los Gatos, a yoga studio, tea house and center for well-being located in the heart of Silicon Valley. A yoga practitioner for 23 years, an associate professor for eight, and yoga teacher for 14, she founded the JOY OF YOGA 200 and 500 hour teacher training and leads yoga adventures around the globe. Whether it’s through yoga, writing, photography, teaching or daily human interaction, her mission is to use the gifts she was given to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. Learn more about Jennifer at www.jenniferprugh.com and www.breathelosgatos.com.
Cancellation Policy for Workshops at Trails Within
Workshops fill on a first come, first served basis. Your spot is not guaranteed unless you prepay for it.
Cancellations 7 or more days prior to start of a workshop will receive a full refund.
For cancellations less than 7 days before the workshop, we will only be able to issue a refund or studio credit if you are able to find a replacement for your reserved space.
Cancellations within 48 hours of the start of the workshop, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason, no credit or refund is available.
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