JUMP BACK AND THROUGH. The key to vinyasa.
The jump back and through is a series of movements that when coordinated with our breath they work as a transition between postures in the ashtanga yoga and rocket sequences and other vinyasa practices in general. This combination of movements is repeated throughout the practice and in some cases can look much more challenging than the postures themselves. The jump back and through strengthen and stabilize shoulders, arms and core through the activation of the bandhas (energy locks) and work as a “reset” for the body between postures.
This 2-hours workshop has a very practical focus and it is designed to understand the mechanics between these movements so the practitioners can keep up they practice and gradually incorporate the vinyasa to their daily routines.
The session is aimed to all levels. Tools and modifications will be given to those new to the practice but also those who have a more advanced practice will be able to work with other challenging transitions in order to add further lightness and grace to their practice.
DHARMA YOGA Masterclass.
Dharma Yoga is a graceful, yet challenging form of yoga based on the teachings of a New York-based yogi Sri Dharma Mittra and his practice of classical yoga for over fifty years. Dharma Yoga has roots in all nine forms of yoga, including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Kriya, Bhakti, Japa, Laya and Jnana, as well as a strong focus on the Eight Limbs of Yoga (Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga) with great emphasis placed on Yama and Niyama (ethical observations). A devotional practice with strong emphasis on good health through a challenging asana practice, a clear mind and a kind heart.
This workshop will mainly focus on asana (physical postures, exercise), pranayama (breathing techniques for energy control), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) and dharana (concentration), and it will touch on the other four limbs from the point of view of Dharma Yoga.
The class will feature a strong and dynamic asana practice (with modifications and variations offered to make it suitable and accessible to all levels) that will be followed by deep relaxation technique to calm the body and the nervous system. Once the body is fully relaxed, a sequence of pranayama exercises will be practiced to prepare the mind for the deeper pratyahara and dharana practices that follow.
The workshop will leave you with an energised and refreshed sense of well-being to the body and a radiant peace to the mind. It is both a great introduction to Dharma Yoga to new practitioners as well as a great opportunity for Dharma regulars to have some fun and enjoy themselves together.
Dmitri’s yoga journey began as a means to counteract the stress of working very long hours in a demanding job. Initially falling in love with the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, Dmitri later discovered a fondness for the vast philosophical teachings underpinning modern day yoga and a desire to contribute to the incredible community of practitioners that yoga brings together. This led him to train in Dharma Yoga and Rocket Vinyasa, the two styles he is most dedicated to in his personal practice. Expect a fun and dynamic asana practice aimed at strengthening, healing and detoxifying the body, with a focus on helping practitioners achieve stillness of the mind.
INTRO TO INVERSIONS.
Get strong enough to handle a handstand! Stretches, exercises and the techniques behind handstands, headstands and arm balances. During this workshop we will break down the inversions into steps that are easy to follow at home, you will also get to try exercises that you can apply to your routine that will make you strong enough to balance your body upside down.
Alexandra is an international yoga teacher, originally from Sweden, with an extensive background as a personal trainer. She has coached hundreds of individuals to better health – physically, mentally and spiritually. Her specialty is creating creative Vinyasa flows and developing strong Power yoga classes. She has spent the last months teaching in Morocco, and is now bringing her knowledge to THE YOGA BOX.
Alexandra will provide the tools you need to be able to incorporate inversions to your practice, give you personal feedback and answer all your questions during this 2,5 hour workshop!
* This workshop will be taught in English.
MANDALA VINYASA. Air Element.
Mandala Vinyasa is a magical practice where we move around the mat in circles emulating the geometry of a mandala. The practice is based on the element that defines the day and it is also associated with the chakra that is identified with that element. In this way throughout the practice we will work on that part of the body, mind and spirit that is associated with the element.
On the 14th of December we will be hosting the second workshop of the series, in which we will be delving into the AIR element. This element is associated with lightness and light and relates to the upper chakras (anahata and vishuddhi) which in turn relates to love and compassion.
Physically we will be working on the upper body through chest openings or backbends, always in a safe environment where asana variations will be given to those with physical limitations. Mentally and spiritually the practice will be an opportunity to open our hearts and work on the ability of letting go. The practice will start with a brief guided meditation related to the upper chakras, followed by the main mandala sequence and will end with a refreshing and restoring series of yin yoga posture to bring balance back into the body after intense openings.
The workshop will be suitable not only for those familiar with the MANDALA practice but also for anyone who is curious and want to try it for the first time.
MINDFULNESS. An 8-sessions course.
Mindfulness is a technique which emerged with the goal of bringing the Buddhist meditation to the western culture. Having its foundations on the tradition this practice is based on learning how to live moment by moment, experiencing the present and the power of the NOW. Only by switching off the usual ‘automatic mode’ we all live with and being really aware of how we are we will be able to make the most of every second and find inner peace with ourselves. In this course we will work through theoretical principles which will help us understand the real part: the practice. The weekly sessions will let us progress in a gradual way helping us to integrate the practice in our everyday lives step by step.
¿What can we expect from the course?
With a consistent practice we will be able to canalize our attention and stabilize our minds and emotions. Mental agitation will decrease and we will start to deepen in ourselves and experience the present moment fully. We will start to better understand our reactions (normally driven by inherited mental patterns) and learn to react with freedom. The goal is to be able to see reality from an objective and positive point of view, avoiding any sort of unnecessary suffering.
The course will be taught by Lucía Amo, psycologist with a broad experience in Mindfulness and studies in MBCT (Mindful-based cognitive therapy) by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) of the University of Bangor.
SADHANA. Build + maintain a personal practice.
20hr CEU with Yoga Alliance.
One of the greatest gifts a yoga practitioner can give themselves is time. Time to be fully present, time to challenge one’s own sense of identity, and time to explore one’s own potential.
Join Tony Lupinacci for a 20hr Training Immersion (20hr CEU with Yoga Alliance) designed to help students create and maintain a daily personal practice. Over the course of this weekend, intensive students will develop practical tools and techniques to take with them in everyday lives. A dedicated sadhana helps students stay grounded and steady, rather than being pulled by the tide of life’s up and downs.
Whether you are a student looking to deepen your practice or a teacher seeking new tools to support your students, this immersion will give you tools that you can carry with you for the rest of your life.
8:00 – 9:00: Morning Satsang
9:15 – 11:15: Asana Practice
11:15 – 12:30: Lunch Break
12:30 – 13:45: Philosophy + Discussion
14:00 – 15:00: Workshop / Posture Clinic
15:00 – 16:30: Yoga Class
16:30 –17:00: Evening Satsang
*Satsang will include various mantra, kriya, pranayama + mediation techniques
*Workshops will have specific areas of focus, such as inversions, backbends + hips
*Evening yoga class will emphasize transitions + vinyasa fundamentals
Tony believes in the deep transformative power of a consistent yoga practice. He’s been teaching for a decade, having taught on trainings in NYC, Europe and Asia. Above all else, Tony has spent countless hours in self-study and practice, and considers himself a student first. Tony’s teaching style weaves in elements of Ashtanga, Bikram, Forrest, Dharma and Katonah Yoga. He uses Pranayama, kriya and mantra often, to strengthen the connection to oneself.
* Training in English