Spring 2018 Session
The Sanskrit word vinyasa can be translated as “movement or position [of limbs].” It derives from two roots:
- Nyasa – to arrange in a specific way in response to context or lack thereof
- Vi – to absorb one’s full attention into a particular meditative focus and then release the content of the focus
In a vinyasa yoga class, we seek to guide students through a safe, appropriate and logical progression of asana. The context for each student is his or her unique body as it breathes and moves through space. Intelligent sequencing facilitates the circumstances for breath and movement to converge. When that union arises, the “content” – movement, position, and breath – is released into a flow state. The asana practice becomes a moving meditation that reveals the deep, abiding calm and steadiness that exists within all of us.
But how do we help our students to get there? How do we design a class that supports an often-diverse group of students? How can we most effectively help them to navigate the progression of superficial opposites (inhale/exhale, pose/counter-pose, movement/stillness) that paradoxically rely upon each other to form a well-rounded yoga class?
On Saturday, we will look at strategies to develop safe, sane, and playful sequences to bring to your yoga classes with Hunt Parr. By thinking outside of the box, we can connect the dots between our asanas, and find value in the transitions. As one pose dissolves and another arises, we can find deeper meaning in the practice of vinyasa, and show our students how every moment can be a teacher.
Topics to be covered will include:
- Sequencing as a vehicle for teaching dharma
- The place of sequencing drawing from other movement traditions
- Speed, tempo and how to include meditation
- Creativity vs. Anatomy
- Peak Pose vs. Peak Experience
- The day will begin with a brief class taught by Hunt that we will deconstruct as a group, and use as the ground for exercises and exploration. Be prepared to be moving, discussing, thinking, creating, and to walk away with some fresh ideas for your yoga classes.
On Sunday, we will examine different ways of “reverse-engineering” classes around a specific asana, theme, or other organizing principle with Samantha Debicki.
To start, we’ll select an advanced asana to function as a “peak pose,” break down its component parts, and reverse engineer sequencing that builds towards it. Using that sequencing as our scaffolding, we’ll consider how to:
- Adapt it to create an open-level class that offers different variations along the way to address the diversity of experience and needs in students
- Apply it to an intermediate/advanced class, weaving in more advanced bandha, inversion and pranayama work
- “Dial it down” for beginner yogis, selecting a more accessible “peak pose” within the spectrum and streamlining elements that are included
- Interweave philosophy
- Apply it to a non-vinyasa class
We’ll explore sequencing from a number of other points of departure, including:
- A philosophical theme
- An anatomical theme
- In a corporate environment
- In a gym environment
- Addressing the specific goals, needs, and circumstances of private students
Students who enroll in the module will be invited to submit in advance any specific sub-topics of interest they would like to explore on Sunday.
Dates & Times
The 16-hour program will meet in April 2018. Hours are 9:00am-6:30pm (with a 12:00pm-1:30pm lunch break).
Specific Dates Are As Follows:
- Saturday, April 14
- Sunday, April 15
*Tuition includes unlimited classes at Sacred Sounds Yoga starting April 14 through May 14 with non–refundable $150 deposit.
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