WEEK 1 - 3/6 - LEARNING THE LENS OF THE KOSHAS
Looking to deepen your yoga practice? Interested in experiencing some of the more subtle aspects of yoga? Want to understand the ancient map of the body as a multi-dimensional being? This workshop with yoga therapist,Anna Molgard, will explore a yoga practice through the different layers of experience, called Koshas. You will move from a physically oriented yoga experience, to a focus on the breath. You will then sense how yoga can help access the emotions, your inner sense of wisdom and finally, a sense of deep connection to self. Come move, breathe, and meditate together. This course is appropriate for students of all levels and teachers wanting to deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy and practice.
WEEK 2 - 3/13 - CENTERING THROUGH THE CHAKRAS
The chakras are the deep energy centers of the body. In this workshop students will be guided by Anna Molgard, yoga therapist, through a yoga practice to help sense and feel each chakra using movement (asana), breathing (pranayama), hand gestures (mudras) and meditation. Students will learn ways they can use the practices of yoga to help foster the energetic balance of these energy centers. Using brief lectures, experiential learning exercises, discussion and some partner work, students will be led to an increasing inner awareness of the chakras in their own bodies. This workshop is appropriate for yoga students of all levels looking to deepen their understanding of the chakras and for teachers wanting to gain insights into how to guide students into this deeper awareness in their classes.
WEEK 3 - 3/20 - THE POWER OF PRANAYAMA
Pranayama is the study of the breath in yoga practice. Breath is the source of life and support for all of the systems of the body. As the breath becomes optimized, the systems of the body respond likewise. This course will guide students through a basic physiological understanding of the breath and the respiratory system. They will learn some common dysfunctions of breathing and learn specific yoga tools to facilitate optimal respiration. They will also learn several basic breathing practices they can incorporate into their yoga practices or begin to develop a pranayama practice. This course is appropriate for students of all levels and teachers interested in incorporating more pranayama into their teaching.
WEEK 4 - 3/27 - THE INNER MAPS OF MUDRAS AND VAYUS
Come join Anna Molgard, yoga therapist, to learn more about the inner maps of the body. Mudras are simple hand gestures based in ancient practice to cultivate specific qualities in the body, mind and spirit that support the journey of health and healing. The vayus are the channels of movement of prana (life force) within the body. In this workshop students will learn a number of specific hand gestures (mudras) and begin to feel and sense the pathways of the vayus in a specifically designed yoga practice. They will also be introduced to the concept of the five elements and their correlation to hand gestures. Anna will use brief lectures, learning experiences, reflection and sharing to facilitate greater learning. This course is accessible to students and teachers of all levels. Handouts will be included. (Based on the book “Mudras” by Joseph & Lilian LePage, Integrative Yoga Therapy.)