Workshops and Series Courses at Atlanta Yoga
Everything is movement, so… movement is always in relation to another movement: delicate or forceful, retracting or extending, constructing or deconstructing…. This awareness is at the heart of the vinyasa practice.
2014 Workshops with Elizabeth
Mindful Movement An Introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Saturday January 19th, 3-5:30 p.m.
Join Elizabeth for an Introduction to the elegant system of Ashtanga Yoga. We will explore the foundational mindfulness practices and three basic movements that allow us to construct a frame for movement. We will break down Sun Salutations, Surya Namaskar, into variations while we examine optimal alignment and build to full vinyasa form. We will unpack the foundational standing asanas and depending on the group we will approach a modified closing sequence including back bends and foundational inversions. We will explore Ujjayi pranayama, the foundational breathing technique of the Ashtanga practice. We will question what animates movement for each of us and what it means for each of us to create a space that allows breath to animate movement. For those new to Ashtanga practice, this workshop will prepare you to attend our weekly Ashtanga Foundations classes. Fee: $35.
Past Offerings: These cycle back around so check back!
Awakened Alignment Functional Anatomy of Surya Namaskara and Standing Asanas.
Begins Wednesday September 11th, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
All Levels–students and teachers. This is a 6-week series course. CEUs for YA are available. Begins September 11th. $108 for series. We will explore the functional anatomy of movement in the construction of a dynamic ‘frame’ for movement and in the formations of surya namaskara (sun salutations) and the standing asanas of the ashtanga vinyasa system. For many of us, this is the beginning of a benevolent naming of the body. This act of naming can also serve as the beginning of developing the skills necessary to learn to hear the body when it speaks, to restructure or reorganize the body, and to inhabit the body in new ways. Course Fees: $108.
Restoring Movement: Support for Depression and Anxiety. Ongoing Yoga Therapy Group.
With Elizabeth Rogers. We are pleased to offer this group as part of our ongoing collaboration with Atlanta Midtown Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Depression and anxiety are often marked in the body by unease, collapse or other disturbances in movement. Through the cultivation of body-awareness and mindful movement we can effect changes in these patterns. Together we will develop a core therapeutic loop of yoga asanas (postures/movements) specific to the dynamics of the individuals in the group. While the therapeutic loop will evolve over time and each week will find us working to refine one aspect or another, the core loop will be committed to memory and so will be something participants can practice on their own. More information on Yoga Therapy.
This group is limited to 5 participants and will be ongoing in 4-week blocks. We will meet from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Fees for each 4-week session are $180. Pre-Registration is required.
Mindful Movement: Into the Heart of Yoga Practice
We human beings habitually tell stories about our bodies. Believing our stories brings suffering and distress…In reality, our body is safe and free beyond what we know….the creative flow of our sensory body in its dance with the whole world is actually a path of freedom from suffering. –Tenshin Reb Anderson
Experience Mindful Movement in Traditional and Contemporary contexts. These classes are experiential. However, the format and movement languages are drawn from the foundations of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Zen Buddhism, psychoanalysis and what it offers us regarding language, subjectivity and movement, and from the evolving movement languages emerging within the world of contemporary dance. These elements are woven together to create an elegant way of moving and being in mind and body, that allows for increasing strength and flexibility and lightening the body, senses, thoughts and imagination. The result is an ever increasingly refined awareness as we connect conscious and unconscious movement. This allows us to identify and work through physical weaknesses, awaken numb areas and bring movement to areas of fixation.
This is a simple, aware, awake introduction to the moving heart of yoga practice. This series is suitable for all levels including those new to movement or yoga.
This is a 4-week series offering beginning Wednesday June 5th, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm and Sunday June 9th 10:45 am – 12:00 noon. Small groups, registration is required. $60 for 1 class weekly (4 classes) or $95 for both classes weekly (8 classes). With Elizabeth Rogers: Elizabeth has been teaching for over 15 years. Yogi, dancer, psychoanalyst and artist, Elizabeth spends her time exploring the intersections of these practices and sharing them with others in various settings.
Iyengar Yoga with Scott Schroeder : Sequencing
Saturday June 22nd, 4:00-7:00 p.m. CEUs for Yoga Alliance available
It is likely that you’ve never taken the same Iyengar class twice, even if you’ve been studying for twenty years. And as most of the teachers brought up in his system would probably agree, they’ve never taught the same class twice. In this three hour workshop we will work with a common theme to better understand the inherent logic behind the sequencing of a traditional class. Although Iyengar is most widely recognized for his profound insights into skeletal alignment, it is the way he came to sequence the asanas that add another layer of sophistication and intelligence to one’s practice.
This workshop will include a brief overview of Iyengar’s work and how it relates to hatha yoga in general. The practice portion will include asanas of every variety, but will be sequenced through a common logic that will become more apparent as the class progresses. Six months experience of traditional yoga required. $35.
Asanas are not created out of the blue. They came into existence as a methodical approach to living and therefore are classified systematically. The seemingly physical asanas have a great potential to change the behavioral pattern of the practitioner, which in turn changes the mental stature, enabling the practitioner to proceed further and remain on the spiritual path. This systematic classification is based on the anatomical structure and function of the body and a sequential progression of movement. It brings a progressive activation of the internal body so that one penetrates through the outer body to the inner one, and again, through the body and the mind to excavate the hidden energy of one’s very existence, to reach the source of being, the Soul. $35
Ashtanga Yoga with Elizabeth Rogers: Second Series (Nadi Shodhana) Sequencing, Alignment and Adjustments
Saturday June 15th, 4:00-7:00 p.m. CEU’S for Yoga Alliance available
This Workshop will focus on a detailed unpacking of the asanas of the Ashtanga Intermediate Series, Nadi Shodhana. The Intermediate series focuses on the construction and refinement of the subtle movements and energy flows of the body-mind. We will explore this sequence in detail including refinement of the Ujayii Breath pathway, alignment, bandhas and thesubtle flows of energy that frame the physical body’s movement. Pre-requisites include a working knowledge of functional anatomy, ujjayi pranayama, and two years of asana practice.
We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces. We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands. We learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors…. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once. –Ohad Naharin