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Jivamukti Fundamentals with Amy McDonald

Whether beginning yoga to gain fitness, strength and flexibility or to help calm a busy mind, these 2 workshops are a great place to start.

Amy McDonald will be breaking down the fundamentals of the Jivamukti Yoga practice including physical postures as well as some breathing and meditation techniques.

Both workshop days are open to all levels and suggested for those who have never practised yoga before, for those who are returning to yoga after having a break and experienced practitioners who want to refine their skills and revitalize their current practice. Also for those who would like to learn more about Jivamukti Yoga.

Founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York in 1984, Jivamukti is a relatively new form of yoga. Classes use a strong, dynamic flowing movement with a unique focus woven into each session. Jivamukti is a multi-faceted practice that goes beyond asana (postures) with chanting, yogic philosophy and readings all set to uplifting music.

Workshop 1: Standing and forward bending asanas

Sunday 15th April, 2.00 - 4.30pm

Standing poses reflect back to us something about our willingness to connect to the earth, to all beings and to all things in nature, resulting in confidence and balance. These postures set us up for safe alignment and strong grounding and steadiness in the rest of our practice.

We flow further onto forward bending which take us into our past, teaching us how to resolve old issues by letting go of negative emotions that become trapped in the hamstrings, the hips and the back.

We will start to look at how to harness the breath and break down Surya Namaska (sun salutations) and experience the fundamental forward bends and hip openers we need to progress and build flexibility in our practice.

Workshop 2: Back bending asanas, inversions, meditation and “putting it all together”

Sunday 29th April, 2.00 - 4.30pm

Backward bending helps us move into our future with grace and freedom not only by relieving tightness in the thighs, abdomen, chest, throat and face, but also by relieving related fears and other negative emotions that can be held in those areas. In this workshop we will specifically look at and break down the Jivamukti Surya Namaska (sun salutation) which focuses on back bending.

We will be looking at ways to safely work into some deep back bends with different techniques and props while looking after the spine.

We will be breaking down Ashtanga A Surya Namaska (sun salutation). We will be going over and breaking down different inversions like headstand, handstand and shoulder stand. These are the most powerful of the asanas, affecting you physically, reversing the aging process, mentally stimulating intuition and clarity and spirituality. Learn how to invert safely with proper alignment and intention.

In our time together you will be helped to progress into asanas with the use of different techniques and props that can be applied in open classes to ensure correct alignment. These basics provide the underlying structure to help a student progress your practice and enter into vinyasa class intelligently and safely.

£25 for 1 workshop day or £45 for both days

If you wish to book for a friend, please contact us.   It is only possible to reserve one space under your own name - everybody needs an account and to sign our online waiver.

Earlier Event: March 16
Later Event: May 12