Have you wanted to take your asana practice to a deeper level but were not quite sure where to start? Have you wondered if your postures were performed safely and correctly aligned? Perhaps you have been unclear about which directions to move
or what adjustments to make to fully express your asana.
The good news is that there are specific, yet easy-to-apply alignment principles that can increase the prana and reduce the trauma. This workshop will introduce the fundamental principles of alignment that form the underlying design for every asana. When alignment is applied to asana practice, it transforms it into a safe and therapeutic experience. Pain and injury become, not limitations but the “teachers” that direct us toward a pain-free practice. In a fully, on-the-mat format, we explore the poses of the Integral Yoga asana series. Correct alignment will be presented and each student will be able to refine their poses, identifying when postures are in alignment and when they are not.
The basic anatomy used to establish correct alignment will be covered in an easy, understandable and applicable way. Attendees will return home with lots of practical information and be able to immediately utilize the new refinements in their asana practice. The workshop is open to all levels of practice. It is also well suited for teachers with lots of valuable information to bring to their own students. Greater knowledge brings greater joy and satisfaction from our yoga practice.
Steven Weiss, MS, DC, RYTis a holistic chiropractor and nutritionist, yoga therapist and teacher. He has been a long time faculty member at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. Dr. Weiss is currently a post-graduate instructor with New York Chiropractic College, presenting the ChiroYoga™ Seminars. Steven teaches for various yoga teacher training programs, offering classes in anatomy, alignment, and yoga therapeutics.
His background in structural bodywork brings a unique, hands-on approach to his workshops. His yoga therapy program is a hands-on system based on yoga alignment principles and offers an excellent adjunct to any type of bodywork as well as an excellent stand alone approach. As life-long athlete, Steven instructs classes in long distance running that utilize yogic principles. Dr. Weiss practices and teaches in Sarasota, FL, offering Align By Design Yoga™ Therapy, an alignment-based bodywork that combines yoga therapy with his experience as a chiropractor. He is currently releasing the book, How Not to Get HURT Doing Yoga. It is available along with additional information about Steven Weiss at AlignByDesignYoga.com.
Ann Hunt, E-RYT 500, is the owner and director of Evolve Yoga & Wellness in California, Maryland. Her teaching is a reflection of the many inspiring teachers she has studied with throughout the US, Central America and India during the 25 years she has been practicing yoga. She teaches yoga in an interdisciplinary style integrating several modalities including Iyengar, Kripalu, Ashtanga, Self-Awakening and Yin yoga. Her primary focus is on creating a nurturing, challenging and fun experience that honors the unique needs of each student.
Ann has an established a teacher training program in Southern Maryland in association with Nosara Yoga Institute. Ann Hunt Yoga was established as a Registered Yoga School through the Yoga Alliance in 2007 and is currently teaching its third 200 Hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training® program.
Ann is also a senior faculty member of the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica where she has worked with Don & Amba Stapleton since 2000 assisting and co-teaching over 20 programs in both Nosara, Costa Rica and at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She holds an E-RYT 500 designation through the Yoga Alliance and she has degrees in both Psychology and Dance from American University. Ann has also studied and practiced Massage Therapy, Reiki, Pranassage and Thai Yoga Bodywork and is a certified “Let Your Yoga Dance” instructor.