Centering Down: Pelvic Stability & Spinal Mobility
A Yoga Principles Practice Workshop with Amy Cooper
Sunday, May 5; 10am-12:30 pm
$25. by 4/27; $30 after
Embodying awareness of skeletal purpose and core musculature, this extended class will illumine the inter-relationship between alignment and freedom, form and function, and effort and ease. With an enhanced sense of inborn balance, we will focus our exploration of these principles in Standing, Backbending and Inverted poses.
Amy Cooper, ERYT-500 and C-IAYT has been teaching yoga since 1981. A graduate from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, Amy teaches Iyengar Vinyasa Yoga which honors the lineage of Krishnamacharya and blends precise awareness of Iyengar’s teaching with the grace of a spacious sequential flow.
Deeply inspired by an ongoing inner investigation of the Self, Amy incorporates Embodied Anatomy & Insight Meditation to cultivate an awakened body/mind/ heart presence. Amy is founding director of the Shasta Yoga Institute and the 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered Shasta Yoga Teacher Training program in Mount Shasta California.
Yoga Nidra Workshop with Lyz Krieger
Tuesday, May 21, 7 – 8:30 pm
Yoga Nidra is a deeply restorative & cleansing practice that brings into harmony:
- The body through relaxation & sleep (where the body repairs itself).
- The mind through guided instructions that assist the brain to make new connections (increasing neuroplasticity).
- The spirit through allowing one to cleanse their karma (current, accumulated and destiny) & access different levels of consciousness (koshas) to aid in the manifestation of their highest being.
Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxed state of sensory withdrawal where the practitioner becomes increasingly aware of their own inner world. It has also been used to aid in the reduction of tension, stress and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain also respond well to the practice.
Lyz Krieger earned her degree in Psychology with a focus in Cognitive Neuroscience at Northeastern Illinois University. She expanded her research to various relaxation techniques and their effects on stress and related dis-ease. Yoga Nidra and Reiki (RMT) have been her primary areas of practice but she draws from many different methods including Writing Therapy, ASMR, Trauma Therapy, and Crystal Healing. Lyz uses her well-developed modalities to hold space, acting as a mirror, to allow the opportunity for individuals to dive deep into the reflection of their own energies and recognize areas for personal transformation. (847) 310-5495 or email@example.com
at Balance Yoga in Redding:
Light on Backbending with Amy Cooper
Saturday, June 1; 1:30-4 pm
$35 in advance, $40 at the door
An old yogic saying says, “The body is as young as the spine is youthful.” Both from an Eastern and Western view, the spine houses vital information and communication which impacts our current as well as long term health and well-being. Backbends are the most powerful and effective yoga poses for maintaining, spinal mobility and resilience, postural alignment, mental lightness, and energy balance.
Although these poses are challenging, this extended, inspirational class will prepare the body progressively for a wise and accessible backbend practice. Using embodied anatomy and contemplative awareness, Amy’s approach to these poses will inform and deepen your yoga practice and help optimize your spinal physiology and function. https://www.balance-yogacenter.com/workshops
June 15 & 16, Saturday/Sunday
$100./weekend (by 6/8; $125. after)
Saturday: 2-5 pm: Dharana: Concentration ~
Focus on Balancing & Inverted Poses
Saturday Mindfulness Meditation: 7:30 pm
Sunday: 9 am-12 pm: Dhyana: Flow ~
Focus on Backbends & their Counterposes
Sunday Waterfalls Hike (optional) ~ 1-4 pm
Dharana & Dhyana are the 6th & 7th limbs of Yoga’s Eight Fold Path to uncover one’s true nature. These 2 limbs are key to integrating the benefits of yoga’s physical practices. They invite us to deepen our practice through an intentional inward focus and quieting of the nervous system. From dhar literally meaning “to support” and na means “the eternal cosmic vibration”. Dharana describes harnessing and cultivating a contemplative mind.
Dhyana or meditation, is an expression of absorption and a fluid awareness stream funneled naturally through Dharana. Much of the joy and peace of yoga can be found here…
Held by the meeting of mountain & water, this immersion will explore embodied presence within our yoga practice, applying an open investigation to that which is solid and that which is fluid. Unifying movement and stillness, Amy offers a spacious, contemplative pace threading together a well-rounded sequence that will include pranayama and meditation.
Amy Cooper, E-RYT 500: teaching yoga since 1981 and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, Amy is founding director of the Shasta Yoga Institute where she teaches and leads Yoga Teacher Training programs. Amy’s teaching embraces a wonder for the human body, mind, heart continuum. Incorporating embodied anatomy in movement and full presence in meditation, her journey of Self inquiry invites students to explore their unique yogic path and awakened body/mind/heart intelligence.
*This is a non-residential retreat, however, within walking distance are restaurants, natural & grocery food stores, vacation rentals, hotels & bed & breakfasts.
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Mt Shasta Chamber website: https://mtshastachamber.com
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Shasta Yoga Institute Retreats Disclaimer: We provide a nurturing and safe environment and all care and responsibility is taken throughout the retreat to each participant but, participants are asked to take personal responsibility for their own self-care and (in the unlikely case) for any injuries incurred during retreat. Modifications are given to students with specific needs. When provided, medical history forms are to be completed before retreat and if you are unsure of your ability due to previous injuries please see your healthcare practitioner beforehand.
*These are non-residential retreats, however, within walking distance are restaurants, natural & grocery food stores, vacation rentals, hotels & bed & breakfasts. For info see the Mt Shasta Chamber, Air B&B & VRBO websites.