Iyengar Yoga with Scott Schroeder : Supported Backbends and Beyond.
Saturday March 2nd, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
In this class we will explore the use of backbends to prepare for standing poses, twists and forward bends. The actions of the backbend are present in all the other asanas and are often difficult to access as such. Bringing backbends to the front of the sequence creates interior space early on and allows further extension and depth in asanas such as parsvottanasana, parivrtti trikonasana, and paschimottanasana. We will be using chairs to support the back body in several of the poses, placing strong emphasis on the proper actions of the legs, spine and shoulders so that they work in coordination to achieve maximum effect.
The backbending poses can be modified to accommodate an individual’s limitations. This class will be challenging for newer students. A year experience with some form of yoga required.
Scott Schroeder has been teaching at Stillwater Yoga Studio since 2002. Having come into yoga with a background in martial arts, his practice has spanned over 14 years and has taken him to study abroad in India and to attend a number of different workshops with several of the most adept instructors in the world.
His teaching approach has grown to combine practical real-world experience with a strong emphasis on precision and technique. A dedicated practitioner, he continues to rely on the support of his students, friends, family and fellow teachers to impart his knowledge of yoga with clarity, vitality and authenticity.
Ashtanga Yoga with Elizabeth Rogers: Practice, Pranayama, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Saturday March 9th, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Join Elizabeth for an All-Levels ashtanga vinyasa practice, followed by an exploration of the classical seated pranayama practice of the ashtanga tradition, and reading/lecture/discussion of the first Pada of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We will explore these dense verses in their historical context and in the context of contemporary contemplative practices including Yoga, Buddhism and Psychoanalysis. Please have a copy of Georg Feuerstein’s translation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras or let us know if you cannot do so and we will have a copy available for you the day of the workshop.