Julie is back in Stockholm with offerings for Yoga teachers!
Teaching an Embodied Practice: Learn how to introduce new ways of moving and explore why it is important to educate our students. Change what we offer students with clarity.
HOW TO TEACH AN EMBODIED PRACTICE
Yoga is an evolving practice and now more than ever it is changing and being challenged on all levels including anatomical and philosophical. There are a lot of questions out there to explore and we need to examine how and why we continue to call ourselves yoga teachers. What gives us permission to do that and how do we present it to our students?
The emergence of words such as Somatic, Embodied, Awareness Practices shows that the yoga world is bringing a deeper connection of body and mind beyond the athletic shape making that has dominated. For many, the first teacher training involved a set of alignment cues, certain anatomical rules and a structure given as verbatim. As we come to learn these rules and guidelines are no longer useful teachers may feel a bit lost in how to integrate the new information and movement into their classes.
As the practices move away from rigid formality and structure into more somatic, intuitive based work it can feel overwhelming. Often the response can be “I feel like I don’t know what to teach now!” In this 3 day workshop for yoga teachers and trainees and we’ll tackle these issues and build a solid practical and theoretical foundation to confidently practice, embody and teach this new evolution of yoga and remain open to the changes to come.
Through time, yoga has been constantly transitioning and evolving. There has been no evidence of any period of time where yoga had a constant and unchanging definition or modality. It fluctuated, moved, flowed with the rhythm of the people and culture.
The modern yoga practice that has come from India seems to have adopted a rigid or linear structure with defined rules and sequences. This makes sense. Indian culture is rich with chaos and a linear structure encourages discipline. In the West, we live in a more linear society so we need something that allows us more freedom. We need to allow this practice to evolve. We need to include more Tantric practices where the lineage of Hatha is derived from. Tuning into sensation and observing the body, embracing what our bodies have to offer us. Embodying the practice.
What to Expect:
This workshop will help teachers change what they offer their students with clarity. How to introduce new ways of moving and why it is important to educate our students.
For this training we expect you to attend the morning masterclasses with Julie Martin. These Masterclasses involves exploring range of motion, finding stability without predicting alignment, working with integrating muscle movement instead of isolating, and opening up structure with curiosity.
In the Afternoons we will focus on the following topics:
– Historical and cultural implications in “traditional” yoga and how it has often been mis-represented.
– Modern anatomical understanding of the moving body, including fascia, cellular biology, the nervous system and how awareness and somatic movement have been proven more effective.
– How to teach individual movement exploration, non-alignment based structure, range of motion and other non-linear based asana.
– Taking apart our understanding of sequencing and putting it back together into a structure that is no longer rigid but is allowed space to change and evolve.
– Using critical thinking and questioning to see where are we headed next and embracing the fact that we are indeed still teaching yoga.
Dates: 8 – 10 August
Time: 13:00-16:30 (3.5 hours/day)
Price: 3300kr for entire workshop (morning master classes included 8 – 10 August)
Location: Yogayama Jungfrugatan
Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find the freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an inquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement, and stillness.
15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK for over 8 years. The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgment, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis. What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us. Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.
She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity, and strength in a structure that is only a “”suggestion””. No longer asking people to get “”into”” a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.
“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice. But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially “”saved”” my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a “”right way”” to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me, it’s about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”
Your yoga practice should invite you into a relationship with your self, your body, your mind, and emotions. This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class. This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing the process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.
To sign up for only Morning Master Classes please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may register for workshops through the website.
HOW TO TEACH AN EMBODIED PRACTICE WORKSHOP AND MORNING MASTER CLASSES