Hands-On Adjustments Intensive with Mark Stephens
This 26-hour Intensive focuses primarily on the subtle nuances of guiding student practices with effective hands-on adjustments that are informed by functional anatomy, biomechanics, and subtle energy theory. No prior knowledge of anatomy is necessary.
Each session is organized around specific asana families including Standing Asanas, Back Bends, Forward Bends, Hip Openers, Twists and Inversion.
We will also offer two master classes - one on "Cultivating the Most Delightfully Open Back Bends," and one that moves from meditation to energetic awakening through pranayama to the art of playful levitation in arm balances amidst the flow of practice. Both master classes can also be booked individually.
Described by Yoga Journal as "the teacher's teacher", Mark Stephens is the author of the international bestsellers Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), and Yoga Adjustments (2014), Yoga Therapy (2017) and Yoga for Better Sleep (2019).
Practicing yoga since 1991 and teaching since 1995, Mark has trained over 2500 yoga teachers worldwide. With a rich background in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa Flow, Tantra, and Yoga Therapy, Mark brings an eclectic perspective to the practice that's all about making yoga more accessible, sustainable, and deeply transformational. He lives and teaches yoga in Santa Cruz, California.
Learn more at www.markstephensyoga.com
Mark Stephens will lead this Intensive Training
from Thursday, December 5, through Sunday, December 8, 2019
at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm:
Refined Teaching & Hands-On Adjustments - The Foundations
After a brief overview of the principles of refined guidance and hands-on adjustments, we will do a series of practical introductory observational exercises for learning how to most effectively and clearly look at, see, and understand what is happening with different students in natural postural forms. This is the foundational work for developing more refined knowledge and skill in most effectively guiding unique students in their asana practice, with a primary emphasis on how to blend our verbal cues, physical demonstrations, and hands-on adjustments. We will consider many of the common myths and misunderstandings in asana practice and in teaching asanas.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
Refined Teaching & Hands-On Adjustments – External Rotation Standing Asanas
Stepping into the Asana Lab, we will look in close detail at the alignment principles, energetic actions, risk issues, and modifications for standing asanas with externally rotated hips, including standing balancing asanas, with a primary focus on seeing, understanding, and giving effective hands-on adjustments.
Friday, December 6, 2019 from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm:
Cultivating the Most Delightfully Open Back Bends (Master class)
This three-hour Master class offers a graceful practice opening to the deepest and most sustainable back bends. We will explore how to best release deeply held tension in the hips, shoulders, and along the spine as we gradually move and warm to awaken energy and create spaciousness from the pelvis to the heart, little by little opening to more gloriously open and self-expressive heart-openers. Includes a 15-minute guided heart-centering pranayama and meditation practice.
Friday, December 6, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
Refined Teaching & Hands-On Adjustments – Internal Rotation Standing Asanas
Returning to the Asana Lab, we will look in close detail at the alignment principles, energetic actions, risk issues, and modifications for standing asanas with neutrally and internally rotated hips, including standing balancing asanas, with a primary focus on seeing, understanding, and giving effective hands-on adjustments.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am:
Waking Up on Top of the Day with Early Morning Flight (Master class)
Learn and practice an integrated sequence of meditation, pranayama, and movement kriyas designed to get your day started with the most fully awakened and balanced energy, mental clarity, and spiritual centering. Exploring from this awakened state, we will further warm our inner engines with breath and movements designed to prepare the arms, shoulder girdle, spine and hips for greater stability and ease. Then we will begin to fly, playfully exploring levitation in a variety of arm balances such as Bakasana, Galavasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Astavakrasana, Utthita Prasithasana.
In exploring various flight paths, this Master class will offer an introduction to the art of flight to the novice yoga aviator and more advanced aeronautics to the more experienced self-pilots. Come playfully fly!
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm:
Refined Teaching & Hands-On Adjustments – Back Bends
We return to the Asana Lab to consider a variety of Back Bends that involve different muscular and energetic actions, starting with contraction Back Bends in which the spinal erector and hip extensor muscles are the prime movers (such as Salabhasana) before exploring eccentric contraction Back Bends (such as Ustrasana, Kapotasana, and drop-backs into Urdvha Dhanurasana) and leveraged Back Bends (such as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana, and Viparita Dandasana). With each we will cover several different hands-on adjustment techniques.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am:
Refined Teaching & Hands-On Adjustments - Forward Bends & Hip Openers
Moving to the floor for seated and supine asanas, we will consider asanas that invite even more patience in releasing deeply held tension in the back body and hips, exploring a variety of forward bends and hip openers.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
Refined Teaching & Hands-On Adjustments - Twists & Inversions
Our final session of this intensive explores the delight of twists and the re-orienting perspective of inversion. We will refine how we guide students to twist in ways and unravel tension along the spine and to go upside down in safe and sustainable ways, giving close attention to the functional anatomy and biomechanics of the cervical spine when upside down.
This Intensive is recommended for advanced practitioners and teacher trainees, and as continuing education for yoga teachers.
Mark teaches in English.
The rates are:
Fr. 595.- for the entire training (4 days, 26 hours total)
Fr. 100.- per 4-hour session
Fr. 90.- per 3-hour session
Fr. 60.- for the 2-hour session on Sunday morning.
Master classes: Fr. 80.- or the class on Friday, Fr. 50.- for the class on Saturday.
The number of participants is limited.
Please note the reservation and cancelation policy for workshops at AIRYOGA.
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