A Yoga Workshop for Developing and Progressing in Inversions
with K-Lea Gifford
Saturday, May 7
Introduction to Inversions | All Levels | 9 - 10:30 | $25 ($45 all 3 hours)
Refining Inversions | Level 2 and above | 10:30 - noon | $25 ($45 all 3 hours)
Inversions (Viparita Sthiti) can be scary for some practitioners, particularly when we are new at them. If we consider the definition of an inversion, which is when the head is below the heart, or the hips are above the heart, it becomes obvious, even as beginners that we are already practicing inverted poses such as Uttanasana (standing forward bend), Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog) and Viparita Karani (legs up the wall if our hips are on a bolster/blankets). Sometimes in public, group classes we are not shown how to approach, develop, and refine this important grouping of poses. Please join me for a morning of exploration in the “topsy turvey poses” as they call them in India. This workshop is divided into two sections; 1.) Introduction to Inversions in which we will talk about how to approach your inversion practice safely and incrementally and what are the myths and benefits related to the inverted poses. 2.) Refining Inversions for those practitioners who already have a practice and are ready to learn ways to improve or learn variations. All are welcome to each section if you have at least 6 months of consecutive Iyengar Yoga practice. I will give variations for those who are new at inversions but want to stay for entire course.
This workshop is not appropriate for practitioners who are prone to migraines, have had a stroke, heart conditions, have neck problems, untreated high blood pressure, glaucoma, detached retina or epilepsy.
Contact K-Lea at (303) 819-9076 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.K-Lea.com
Conscious Parenting Spring workshop with Rachel Turiel
Thursday, May 12th 6:30-8:30pm
for more information call Maya 970-946-5419 or Laurel 970-903-9865
Two yoga workshops with Kathy Curran, Saturday, June 25th
Back Bending Workshop 9am-noon For students who love back bends (or wish they did). Open your heart with nature’s mood elevators!
Restorative Poses 2-5pm This workshop will focus on the yoga positions that encourage relaxation at the deepest level. It is perfect for those who need to reduce stress, promote a healthy immune system and restore lost vitality. Location: These workshops will be held at The 4 Corners Yoga Studio.
Cost: Each workshop: $40. Both workshops: $70.
contact Kathy at: email@example.com or 970-259-4794
Patricia Walden returns for her annual workshop at
Blue Lake Ranch's Event Barn in Hesperus
July 17-22, 2016
PATRICIA WALDEN is a uniquely inspiring teacher who is renowned for her keen observation, the dynamic depth of her teaching, and the elegant refinement of her practice. She is one of only two North Americans who hold a senior advanced certificate in the Iyengar method. Patricia came to yoga in her early 20s, as a spiritual calling. In 1976 She became B.K.S. Iyengar’s student and traveled to India to study with him every year until his death in 2014. Under Guruji’s guidance, she has developed her own methodical and inspirational approach to practice and teaching. Patricia has been a prominent figure in the evolution of yoga in the United States.
THE RIDGEWOOD EVENT CENTER located fifteen miles from Durango and one mile from the Blue Lake Ranch Bed & Breakfast, is a beautiful structure with a spectacular view of the La Plata Mountains. The barn, with its southern yellow pine floors, is an ideal place to practice Yoga. Surrounded by large cottonwood trees, the space is filled with plenty of natural, soft, filtered light that streams through the barn's many large windows. Our meals will be served on the large portal that surrounds the building. The portal, supported by beams that were hand carved in Mexico, opens up to the fields, forest and river.
BLUE LAKE RANCH evolved from a simple 1910 homestead to a luxurious European style Country Estate. From the elegantly appointed Main Inn to the secluded garden cottages there are unsurpassed views of Blue Lake, the gardens and the 13,000 ft. La Plata Mountains. Accommodations at the ranch include a full, daily breakfast and afternoon tea.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDANCE:
• Have practiced Iyengar yoga for a minimum of 5 years
• Have a consistent home practice
• Be able to go up into adho mukha vrksasana at the wall without assistance
• Be able to hold sirsasana for a minimum of 5 minutes and also be able to do variations in sirsasana (beyond the 5 minute basic holding time)
• Be able to hold sarvangasana for a minimum of 10 minutes and also be able to do variations in sarvangasana and halasana (beyond the basic 10 minute holding time)
• Be able to push up into urdhva dhanurasana
• Have a regular pranayama practice and be able to do digital pranayama
SPECIAL NOTE: If you have an injury or other challenges, you need to know how to work with them on your own. If anyone has a neck issue, that shouldn't prevent them from coming.
FEE: $920. Includes: yoga classes as well as a gourmet vegetarian lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday and lunch on Friday. FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATIONS.
A $460. deposit ($150. of which is nonrefundable) will reserve your space. The balance ($460.) is due by May 1st. If you decide to cancel your reservation before June 17, you will be given a refund (less $150. nonrefundable deposit) if your space can be filled. No refunds after June 17.
Make checks payable to Kathy Curran, 10829 C. R. 120, Hesperus, CO 81326 (970) 259-4794
ACCOMMODATIONS: are available at Blue Lake Ranch. Contact them directly for information and to make reservations. Phone 970-385-4537 or 888-258-3525 •Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their web site at http://www.bluelakeranch.com
There are a limited number of rooms available in local students' homes (for a reasonable fee). Contact Kathy for information and to make arrangements.
Camping is available in La Plata Canyon (about 10 miles north of the workshop location). A wide range of accommodations is available in Durango. Click on: http://www.durango.org for details or call 970-247-3500.
Classes will start Sunday, July 17 at 9:30am & end Friday, July 22nd after lunch.
Please bring the following yoga props:
(3 blankets, sticky mat, 2 blocks, 2 straps, bolster and eye wrap)
If you cannot bring these props, please let Kathy know when you register for the workshop.