Workshops

I host workshops regularly at Little Bird and The Yoga Kitchen. Please check their websites for upcoming dates.

Between January and May 2019, ‘Yoga & Art‘, ‘Deep Listening‘ and ‘Yoga & Social Dreaming‘ all run on a monthly basis at The Yoga Kitchen.

 


Yoga & Art

Working with Yoga and Art therapeutically.

“A recently published pilot study (Kaimal, Ray & Muniz, 2016) proposes that adults may experience a measurable reduction in their cortisol levels after a 45-minute art making session. Cortisol is often defined as a “stress hormone” that is correlated with levels of stress in the body and what is commonly known as the fight-or-flight response to threatening or dangerous events…

Prior experience did not seem to matter in the outcome—in other words, it may be possible to experience a reduction in stress despite any knowledge of art materials or processes.”

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/arts-and-health/201606/art-making-and-stress-reduction

These workshops will combine yoga tailored to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra) and therapeutic art-making practices.

Suitable for everyone – No prior experience in any of the elements of this workshop is necessary.


Soul Sundays

90 minutes – Restorative Hatha & Yin

This is a class designed to ease you into a surrender of long delicious, at times supported, postures that help relieve the effects of chronic stress. The entire class is offered with the bonus of soul music to move you through the end or the beginning of your week with a soulful ease.

The first half (Hatha) portion of the class is designed to stimulate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The PNS is also known as our “rest and digest” system. Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system lowers cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate.

The second half of the practice (Yin) facilitates deep release in connective tissue and calms the nervous system. The use of props provides an environment for total relaxation.

Soul Sundays is appropriate for all levels including people completely new to yoga.


Yoga & Social Dreaming

Workshops based in part on the work of Dr. W. Gordon Lawrence. http://www.socialdreaming.com/gordonlawrence/

Social Dreaming is a way of working with dreams where the focus is on the dream and not the dreamer, where dreams are shared amongst people who come together solely for this purpose. With Social Dreaming, the meaning of a dream is about the broader world in which one lives. In a Social Dreaming event, participants are invited to offer their dreams and, through association, explore the possible social meanings contained within them.

Participants at a Social Dreaming event, known as a “matrix”, access a potential to create new thoughts that arise from what has been described as the “associative unconscious” (Long). These new thoughts are often an expression of ideas, thoughts and feelings that are deeply held or known but yet to be expressed or thought (the “unthought known”, Bollas). This key feature differentiates Social Dreaming from other forms of debate, discussion and dream work.

Dreaming has long been used by communities around the world, including Native Americans, Africans and Australians, to capture thinking about the past and learning about the present, while guiding them towards the future. Social Dreaming builds on this legacy to bring new thinking and meaning to the communities in which we live and work.

Source: http://www.socialdreaming.com/socialdreaming/

In these workshops, Social Dreaming will be combined with Yoga Nidra, Shamanic Journeying and art-making to connect both the individual and the group to untapped creativity that resides in our dreamscapes.

Suitable for everyone – No prior experience in any of the elements of this workshop is necessary.


Deep Listening

Workshops based on the work of Pauline Oliveros. http://paulineoliveros.us/about.html

What is Deep Listening?

Composer and pioneer Pauline Oliveros, founder of the practice of Deep Listening, describes the practice as “a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.” There’s more to listening than meets the ear!

Deep Listening, as developed by Oliveros, explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening.  The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams. It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth.

These workshops will combine mindfulness meditation, Yoga Nidra and deep listening practices.

Suitable for everyone – No prior experience in any of the elements of this workshop is necessary.


Move, Rest & Sleep

Move, Rest & Sleep” is a 2-hour class which blends Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Move – The Hatha element of the workshop is a group of traditional yoga asanas / poses specifically selected to stimulate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The PNS is also known as our “rest and digest” system. Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system lowers cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate.

Rest – The Yin element of the workshop will bring the mind and body closer to a state of total relaxation. Yin yoga poses are generally passive floor poses that work mainly on the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. The poses stimulate and remove blockages in the myofascial meridians in the body which has the effect of balancing the body’s internal organs and systems. Yin yoga is known to:

  • Calm and balance the mind and body.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Increase circulation.
  • Improve flexibility.
  • Release fascia and improve joint mobility.
  • Balance the internal organs and improve the flow of chi or prana.

Sleep – Finally, the workshop is brought to its conclusion with the deeply restful and restorative practice of Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep. Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, where the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of their inner world by following a set of verbal instructions provided by the instructor. The practice of Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain also respond well. It has also been used to help with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This workshop is open to everyone and no prior yoga experience is required.


 

 

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