Salute the Sun without Shortening your Spine: the Alexander Technique & Yoga

Teacher:
Sheila Bandyopadhyay view profile
Date: 
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Location: 
2013 Pre-ACGM Chicago, IL

Yoga can be physically taxing, and there are many asanas (poses) that may seem contrary to the Alexander Technique. Even experienced yoga teachers may use language and encourage manipulations of the body that compromise the integrity of the head, neck and back relationship. In fact, some Alexander teachers may have been put off by yoga for this very reason. This workshop is predicated upon the experience that the Alexander Technique can strengthen yoga practice in exciting ways. As Alexander teachers and students we have a unique insight in the internal flow of direction through our physical bodies; this flow of direction can deepen yoga practice both in asana and meditation. • This workshop will include yoga practice, demonstration, and discussion. Participants will be guided through various yoga asanas, including the basic sun salutation, with careful attention to the Alexander principals. We will work experientially with a Hatha-based yoga practice, and will take time to break down various poses in order to engage in them without compromising Use. Beyond the group yoga practice, we will address the integration of Alexander with yoga from a practical teaching standpoint. We will look at how to help yoga students practice with more Alexander awareness, and brainstorm how we might raise consciousness about AT in the yoga community. We will close our workshop with an Alexander-infused meditation. This workshop is designed with an intermediate yoga practioner in mind and for Alexander teachers who work with yogis. Participants should be dressed to move freely and may wish to bring their own yoga mat, blanket and/or blocks. There will be time during the workshop for questions and troubleshooting.

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