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Workshop: Anatomy for yoga

EknathExploring the impact of skeletal variations on your hatha yoga practice.

In this anatomy-oriented workshop you will learn more about how different body structures can affect our asana practice, and how you can take your unique shape into account to grow and develop safely in your personal practice.

The workshop has a practical approach rather than a theoretical one. We will explore our own bodies in specific asanas, compare and embrace our unique ranges of motion, learn to recognise the difference between tension and compression, and how this knowledge can deepen our yoga practice.

The workshop is led by Eknath, Certified Sampoorna Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500). Eknath studied with anatomy expert Paul Grilley (USA) during his Yin Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 – 2012 and 2013.

Location: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, rue du Houblon 40, 1000 Brussels
Date & time: Saturday 24/10/2015 from 3-6PM.
Price: 45€ (or 35€ unemployed/ student)
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Yin yoga TTC with Joe Barnett in Brussels, March 2015

joe barnettIn March you have the unique opportunity to study with an amazing yoga teacher, Joe Barnett.

Joe, ERYT-500, has been teaching for over a decade. Joe’s main focus is Functional Anatomy for Yoga. He is a senior student and teaching assistant of Paul Grilley, a true Yoga Scientist responsible for the rise in popularity of Yin Yoga. After years of apprenticing under Paul, Joe began traveling internationally to train yoga teachers.

When not training teachers, Joe’s play time is spent practicing, teaching and drawing others into AcroYoga.

Program – Yin Yoga & Anatomy: Understanding A Practice Of Surrender

23-27 March, 2015

5 Days/ 30h Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance Certification)

joe barnett 2Yin Yoga is a simple practice. We settle into an asana for 3-7 minutes and slowly relax to allow the connective tissues to be stretched, stimulated and strengthened.

The alignment rules are also simple: We listen to our bodies and lead ourselves into the shape that follows the natural contours of our spine, pelvis and hips.

However, bringing ourselves into this simplicity, being still for minutes at a time, can be challenging. Listening to our bodies requires a power of discrimination.

In this training, we will analyze, observe and practice all of these elements of Yin Yoga in depth.

We will examine ourselves with ancient meditation techniques that guide us into a steady awareness. We will study with slides and by articulating the joints on a skeleton. But mostly, we will have an interactive, hands-on study and examine each other with anatomical range of motion (ROM) tests.

The study culminates in a truer understanding of the infinite variety of human bodies, and the basic techniques to guide each Yin Yoga student with their unique skeletal structures into the appropriate asana for them.

Date: 23-27 March at 10:00-17:00 daily

Price: 450€

Location: Sampoorna Yoga Studio

REGISTER NOW, you won’t regret it.


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Prenatal & postpartum yoga TTC weekend with Carla Anselm (USA)

20150206_162158The past 3 days I’ve spent learning about and practicing prenatal and postpartum yoga. As a yoga teacher we get people with lots of different bodies and conditions in our classes. Pregnant ladies or young mothers can definitely do yoga, it’s actually very good to prepare for giving birth and to get back into shape (mentally & physically) after giving birth. However, there are several things to know about a pregnant body, one can’t simply do everything that one is used to as the body undergoes lots of changes and needs to protect the fetus.

Hence, I’m extremely pleased to have been able to train with Carla these past 3 days. There was theory & practice, lots of laughing, getting to know the other students, yummy lunches by #Oups catering,  sunshine and sharing.

Next steps for me are to develop a class appropriate for each of the 3 trimesters of pregnancy and to teach a class to a pregnant lady. So if you are pregnant (or know a lady that is) & are based in Brussels, let me know, so we can arrange your free prenatal yoga class !

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20150207_115546The 20 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training offers already certified yoga teachers the opportunity to learn how to safely guide pregnant students through each trimester of pregnancy including the postpartum period. Learn to adapt yoga practice to support, nourish and honor the journey of pregnancy, as well as the benefits of practice and the contra indications.

Teachers will explore the anatomy and physiology of the birth process alongside yogic philosophy in order to safely welcome pregnant students in their classes with confidence.

Through sounding, relaxation, pranayama and modified asana, we engage techniques to harness the inner strength, focus and stability called for in childbirth and motherhood to promote health and well-being.

Biography

Carla Anselm (RYT 500, Doula) has been a student of yoga for over a decade. She began her training in 2001 at Shatki Yoga Center in New York City. Continuing her training within the Iyengar tradition, Carla completed François Raoult’s Essential Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training at Open Sky Yoga Center in 2007. In 2009, she was certified as an Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher by Judith Lasater. Carla is also an experienced doula and prenatal yoga teacher. Filled with curiosity and the call to live her yoga practice with an authentic voice, Carla continues her studies with both François Raoult and Dr. Douglas Brooks.


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Workshop: Breathing is at the heart of yoga with Gayatri (Canada)

Sampoorna_Yoga_Studio_ReceptionBreathing is at the heart of yoga.

As we cultivate the breath, we open to the transformative potential of our yoga practice. The breath allows us to cultivate energy in ways that can profoundly enhance our asana and meditation practices in addition to improving our lives off the mat.

This workshop integrates both the East and the West exploring anatomy and physiology of respiration as well as the subtle energy body. Topics will include the autonomic nervous system, koshas, prana vayus and nadis.

Practices will include thoraco-abdominal breathing, ujay, anuloma viloma, kapalabhati and brahmaree pranayam. We will learn how to guide ourselves and (if you’re a teacher) students in cultivating awareness of the principal bandhas.

GayatriGayatri is a visiting teacher from Ontario, Canada. Following an illness and back injury, she turned to yoga as a means to return balance to her life.

A lifelong learner with a fascination for the human body, Gayatri is a highly sought out instructor, teaching anatomy to yoga instructors throughout North America,Europe, and India.

In her work as a nurse and a yoga therapist, Gayatri works with people struggling with injuries, chronic physical, emotional or life-threatening illnesses and addictions, working toward holistic wellness.

Gayatri focuses her warm and nurturing energy on her clients, identifying goals together and developing concrete plans for achieving them.

PLACE: Sampoorna Yoga Studio, Rue du Houblon/ Hopstraat 40, 1000 Brussels

DATE/ TIME: Saturday 7 February 2015, 3-6 PM

PRICE: 45€ (35€ students/ unemployed)

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Enjoy your fruits & vegetables in a whole new way! Join the workshop on 25 October in Brussels!

JAZZ MAX

Want to learn about the art of juicing, making smoothies, preparing fresh organic pestos, purees, nut butters and more? Katariina Bastos (friend, yogini and juice aficionado) and myself organise a workshop about these topics. We will be using the JazzMax slow juicer and a blender.

During the workshop you’ll discover the ins & outs of juicing and blending, which vegetable and fruit combinations work best, when to juice, how to prepare, how to clean, how to store. As well as how to make nut butters, spreads, pesto and even sorbet ice cream.

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 10.05.58The workshop takes places in Uccle (Brussels), on Saturday 25 October from 3-6 PM. The price for the 3 hour workshop, including all organic ingredients (and the opportunity to buy the Jazz Max juicer with a discount) is 45€ per person.

Please register by sending me an e-mail.
Event on Facebook.

Your registration will be final once you’ve made the payment. The workshop will take place if there are at least 8 registrations, if there are less people, then it will be cancelled, you will be refunded entirely. If after confirmation of the workshop YOU need to cancel, then you can send another person in your name, but there won’t be a refund.


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Join the Pranayama workshop on 3 February 2013

Deepen your yoga practice by connecting with your breath

The Sampoorna Asana Challenge workshops, on the first Sunday of each month, are long hatha yoga classes focusing on a specific theme. In the Asana Challenge classes you can grow in your practice by fine-tuning your poses by through precise instruction and correction and learning poses step-by-step.

On 3 February the theme is PRANAYAMA (proper breathing):

In the yogiAmbikaYoga_23c tradition, the breath is seen as the outward manifestation of prana, or vital energy. Gaining control of the breath by practicing breathing exercises – pranayama – increases the flow of prana through the body, which literally recharges body and mind. Your aim should be to pranayama for up to 30 daily.

In this Asana Challenge we take the time to practice the key breathing exercises (abdominal breathing, full yogic breath, Kapala Bhati, Anuloma Viloma) step-by-step in a correct way, learning how the breath can influence our mood, health and asana practice.

Who? This workshop is open for all levels, including beginners.

When? Sunday 3 February at 10:00-12:00

Price? 20€, or one “tick” in your Sampoorna Yoga pass plus 5€