Seasonal Sadhana: Autumn Equinox

Seasonal Sadhana: Autumn Equinox

In the spirit of Dharma Mittra's "Maha Sadhana” and united with education from my teachers at Katonah Yoga:
We will engage with depth of breathing, breadth of movement and the place where they meet in meditation (both moving and seated). Our movement practice will be in the style of creative vinyasa flow, with limited pause, to relish in the experience of this asana style dance.
With celebrations of the Equinox we will look to practices that engage with the element of Metal, and how that is understood in the body through the organs of the lungs and large intestine. Expect a focus on practices of elimination, in the form of associated pranayama and asanas such as deep twists.

Iceland Retreat (w/Ari Halbert and Noah Julian)

Iceland Retreat (w/Ari Halbert and Noah Julian)

Highlights

• 6 Nights accommodation double occupancy
• All breakfasts & 5 dinners  
• The Blue Lagoon Experience
• Golden Circle Tour
• South Coast Tour
• Airport Transfers
• Daily Yoga classes.

Overview

The Retreat takes place in 2 different locations, Reykjavik and the Whale fjord . We will spend the first 3 nights in the capital of the country, Reykjavik, it is not a whirlwind metropolis. Few skyscrapers grace the skyline, traffic jams are rare and faces are familiar. But don't be deceived a steady beat of energy and events keeps the city alive and pulsing with excitement. Reykjavík is a city of bold contrasts: it is both cosmopolitan and small-town; vibrant and sophisticated; young-at-heart and yet full of history.

Many monuments, new and old, are also worth a peek, including the newly built oceanfront music and conference center, Harpa. Luckily, everything in Reykjavík is close by, and the city is perhaps best explored by foot or bike. For the last part of the retreat we will stay in the countryside, surrounded by nature overlooking the stunning 'Hvalfjordur' ('Whale Fjord') it is a great place from which to view the aurora/northern lights. From there it is easy to explore Iceland’s numerous waterfalls, glaciers, geothermals and geology.

 

Teachers:

 

Ari Halbert

Incorporating traditional elements of both Astanga and Iyengar yoga, Ari’s classes promote precision and efficiency of movement, and demand a willingness to examine and redefine one’s own habitual movement patterns.  Each class makes evident Ari’s passion for physical expression as a gateway to access the innermost aspect of our being.  Through the grace of the movements of the physical body, it is his hope that each student can imbue the same sense of grace and peace within.  In the spirit of old hermetic adage: As above, so below; as within, so without.   

http://www.yogawithari.com/

 

Noah Julian

Noah’s teaching has its roots in yoga but is not bound by tradition:  Sometimes fluid, always informative. We will look at the geometric alignment of the body and the possibilities that arise in one’s movement by correcting body mechanics and introducing old and new movement patterns.  Noah’s work is informed by intense study of music, meditation, breath work, diet, and numerous movement modalities (including: Yoga-Asana, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, various martial arts, Ballet, and WeightLifting). Noah has worked closely with yoga teachers of various styles (Katonah, Prana Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Acro-Yoga), spanning well over a decade.  Having experienced severe rheumatism and a full recovery from the debilitating disease he also brings first hand knowledge of moving through physical and mental challenges.

Noah (www.NoahMoves.com) is the cofounder (with Emile Sorger) of Philly's most talked about new studio The Yoga & Movement Sanctuary!

$3365 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL before May 31st 2018- $3665 thereafter

Intro to Calisthenics: Developing Strength and Control through Body-Weight Movements

Intro to Calisthenics: Developing Strength and Control through Body-Weight Movements

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The essence of body-weight training and the ultimate way for anyone to build strength, flexibility and bodily awareness. This type of training has obvious transferable benefit and can be a perfect complement to any physical endeavour one may wish to pursue.

We will focus on pushing and pulling for the upper body while also addressing the many ways one can develop very strong legs by introducing squatting, sprinting and jumping. In the spirit of calisthenics we will use whatever tools are available to us in the environment (whether that be walls, bars, poles, gymnastics rings or bodies. Be prepared to interact with the environment around you and the other practitioners within it.