This Program is for anyone who wishes to study yoga in a more in-depth manner, from beginners who seek a strong foundation to experienced practitioners, and even current yoga teachers who want to receive Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance. The current Yoga Teacher Trainees will also be participating in Yoga immersion. You may choose to participate and sign up for all 9 modules you will save $200. However, you can pick and choose individual modules for $75.00 per module. You must pre-register for these modules. Space is limited.
- Improve your knowledge of yoga poses, correct alignment, and how to open the body up.
- Learn the systematic approach of using yoga as a science for optimal living; learning kriyas and cleansing techniques to purify the body and internal systems.
- Understand the philosophy behind yoga using the Patanjali’s sutras as a starting point for knowledge that translates into today’s language.
- Change the way your brain works for the better by establishing a regular meditation practice. You will learn different ways of meditation.
The dates for 2016/17 yoga immersion are as follows: Friday evenings 6pm to 9pm, and Saturday’s 8am to 10:30 pm. Our weekend hours will follow this rough guideline: 1.5 hours philosophy, 1 hour meditation/cleansing/kriyas/breath work/misc. and 3 hours of asana practice. You are not bound by any time restraints, you may come and go as you wish.
Module 1: Breath Work October 21, 22 This weekend (Friday evening and Saturday morning) we will be laying down the foundation of yoga; the breath. Without breath there is no movement, without control of the breath there is strain, or disharmony.
Module 2: Engagement of Bandhas Nov. 18, 19 The principle of finding strength in asana: The Bandha’s. A bandha is an energy lock. The activation of these bandhas is crucial in unlocking the body’s tension. This brings the prana from the lower chakras to higher chakras of the body.
Module 3: Fixing the feet December 16, 17 In this weekend we will focus on our foundation: The feet. How to overcome misalignment problems, and common foot issues will be discussed, along with practical instruction on engagement and lengthening of muscles.
Module 4: Overcoming Knee issues January 20, 21 In this yoga Immersion weekend our discussion is the knees. We will look in depth at common tears, (ACL, meniscus tears) and the muscles involved. This practical advise will be for clients with past surgeries, as well as clients with localized knee pain. We will find balance within the muscular structure so this type of pain can be avoided in the future.
Module 5: These hips don’t lie February 17, 18 In February Yoga Immersion Weekend our focus will be the hips, which can refer to soreness in the buttocks, pelvic area or lumbar spine. We will differentiate between lateral hip pain, or inflammation near greater trochanter, true buttock pain, which can be inflammation to the sit bone attachment or lumbar problems from uneven hips. We will look at fine tuning our activities along with eccentric muscular engagement of certain yoga postures that may be effective in reducing pain.
Module 6: My achy Back March 17, 18 In this March Immersion Weekend our focus will be lower back issues, which include pelvic disorders from an active life, common strain from advanced yogi’s doing very deep twists, along with sacroiliac and sciatic pain. Application of yoga asana, along with specific strengthening exercises will bring the pelvis back into alignment.
Module 7: Illopsoas/Abdominals April 14, 15 April Yoga Immersion Weekend discussion and application will revolve around abdominal/psoas work. In depth look at common abdominal asana work along with release and strengthening of illopsoas muscle, along with doing back bends that bring freedom (from released psoas) or muscular strain.
Module 8: Rotator Cuff/Shoulder issues May 19, 20 May Immersion Weekend discussion and application will be shoulders, specifically rotator cuff injuries. Specific look will be at the rotator cuff tendons along with yoga asana application of strengthening/lengthening the muscles involved. Friction therapy will be introduced.
Module 9: Opening the Throat; Chanting June 16, 17 June Immersion Weekend will focus on the throat, or chanting. This type of yoga, is called Bhakti yoga, or yoga of devotion. Sanskrit chants in particular have a very profound effect on the consciousness. Each Sanskrit letter has a sound, which relates to a specific subtle energy center (chakra) in our subtle bodies. Sanskrit chanting activates subtle energy centers, which produce a soothing, purifying and energizing effect. This is the culmination of Yoga immersion weekend. It is designed for the practitioner to take what he/she has learned and tell others about it
Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) are available through Yoga Alliance/Anahata Yoga Center, Paula Bortolotto E-RYT, YACEP 500. This program is non-refundable.