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Workshops in 2021, Teacher Trainings for 2022 (more to follow)

Saturday December 4th 2021 09:00-11:00 Freeing neck and shoulder tension through yoga @ Meadowlark Yoga ONLINE
Many of us hold tension in the same key areas of the body; the neck, shoulder region is one of those places for many of us. This area is deeply connected to how we carry mental and emotional stress. It is also strongly connected to our everyday physical patterns of movement; whether that is jutting the chin forward when working at a computer, hunching at a desk, carrying a baby, playing an instrument or even the pillows we use when we sleep. This can build up to cause tension headaches and nerve pain. This workshop will address how yoga – practised mindfully and generously – can release this stiffness and also consider ways in which practising in the wrong way can aggravate this tension. The practice will balance dynamic asana with deep releasing and restorative poses to ease out  held tension and address how to practice in order to prevent future suffering in this area. This session is open to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. https://www.meadowlarkyoga.com/yoga-workshops-edinburgh

Inverted World: Playing with dynamic and restorative inversions Saturday 19th February @ Meadowlark Yoga IN PERSON
Going upside down can bring up a lot of fear and aversion (dvesa). In this workshop we will delve safely into an inquiry into the importance of inversions in Yoga to understand why headstand and shoulderstand are referred to as the king and queen of Yoga asana. We will explore the importance of building the correct foundation and Samasthihi stability in a variety of inversions. After culminating in a playful look at handstand and forearm balance variations, we will absorb the regenerative energy of our practice in restorative inversions. This is not for complete beginners, a stable shoulderstand and some preparatory work on headstand is a prerequisite.

200 and 300 Hour Teacher Training with Meadowlark Yoga is bookable here and I do write a trainings newsletter once a month to stay in touch. You can sign up for this via their site: https://www.meadowlarkyoga.com/200-hr-yoga-teacher-training

 

PAST EVENTS

2021 June 5th Building All Back to front: back bending as front stretching @ Lime House Yoga
In this workshop we will explore the relationship between the front and back lines of the body and the major hip flexors which connect them. Students will deepen their understanding of how – in the same way that forward folds stretch the back body – at best back bends stretch the front body. The practice will move between deep hip flexor stretches and exploratory back bends. This is suitable for practitioners who love and practitioners who hate back bends – the marmite group of asana.

2021 09:00 – 11:30 Saturday 18th September @ Meadowlark Yoga
Opening the Upper Back: Thoracic Extension in Asana and Pranayama 
We will open with 30 minutes of pranayama for optimal lung capacity and rib cage expansion. Then address how the spine naturally moves as we breathe. Participants will deepen their understanding of spinal extension to understand why the inhale takes us into backbends in yoga. We will then venture into an asana practice focused on opening the upper back (the thoracic). We will explore a variety of classical backbends and restorative variations. There is no prerequisite for the workshop, but it would help if you let Amy know beforehand if you have any breathing or back issues.

2021 Sunday April 11th 14:00 – 16:00 ONLINE with Meadowlark Yoga
Spinal Decompression: exploring side body and hip flexor extension

One of the early sightings of yoga asana was by Alexander the Great who saw Indian sadhus hanging upside down in trees. Of course hanging is something our evolutionary ape-like predecessors did a lot of. We, on the other hand, engage in many activities or inactivities that can lead to sensations of compression in the spine. Whether due to too much sitting or overreaching in yoga backbends, we will explore a variety of postures that extend the side body, lengthen the flexors that attach at the spine and extension in forward folds to aid decompression. There will be a short dynamic exploration, but much of this practice will be deep, slow and low with a meditative focus on the breath. Hopefully we will all leave with quieter minds, more space to breathe into and maybe even a little taller. If you have current back pain do let Amy know, but this may be a useful workshop for you.

2020 Saturday November 7th 2020 09.30-11.30 @ Meadowlark Yoga Studio
Preparing Western Hips for Ashtanga Yoga

The lotus leg comes early in the Ashtanga standing sequence; unsurprising given the first students were young Indians whose hips were far more open due to the cultural practices of squatting and sitting cross legged. Western hips are not so well primed by lifestyle for the lotus and leg behind head postures of Ashtanga. This session will highlight how opening the hips is critical for the safe and pain free practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

Saturday May 2nd 2020 09.30-11.30 @ Meadowlark Yoga Studio
Building blocks for backbending

In this workshop we will literally be building some block structures to help build our backbends. However, we will also return to the fundamental principles of safe backbending which are the same whether you are dropping back or doing cobra. We will explore how to stretch the front body; focusing on hip flexor extension to find space in the lower back. We will also focus on opening the upper back so it participates more fully in backbends.  We will explore a range of classical backbends with modifications and options for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

Saturday February 1st 2020 – 09.30 – 11.30 @ Meadowlark Yoga Studio
Inverted World: Exploring dynamic and restorative inversions

Going upside down can bring up a lot of fear and aversion (dvesa). In this workshop we will delve safely into an inquiry into the importance of inversions in Yoga to understand why headstand and shoulderstand are referred to as the king and queen of Yoga asana. We will explore the importance of building correct foundation and Samasthihi stability in a variety of inversions. After culminating in a playful look at handstand, we will absorb the regenerative energy of our practice in restorative inversions.
                This is not for complete beginners, a stable shoulderstand and some preparatory work on headstand is a prerequisite.

Sunday November 10th 2019 – 14.00-16.15 @ Meadowlark Yoga Studio
Opening Anahata: thoracic opening for building an upper back bend, improved respiration and removal of excess kapha

This workshop is an opportunity to explore different approaches to opening the upper back so that it participates more fully in back bends. The practice will address a variety of back bends both dynamic and restorative, with plenty of modifications and adaptions to suit all practitioners. We will explore the pranayama associated with building lung capacity and removing excess kapha in the body.
 

Sunday 7th July 2019  14.00-16.15 @ Meadowlark Yoga
Preparing Western hips for Ashtanga Yoga

The lotus leg comes early in the Ashtanga standing sequence; unsurprising given the first students were young Indians whose hips were far more open due to the cultural practices of squatting and sitting cross legged. Western hips are not so well primed by lifestyle for the lotus and leg behind head postures of Ashtanga. This session will highlight how opening the hips is critical for the safe and pain free practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

Booking through Meadowlark – https://www.meadowlarkyoga.com/events/