February 23, 13:00-16:00 @Yoga Kula Vienna €45.00
This afternoon of therapeutic yoga is for releasing our shoulders from the weight of the world and letting our necks move freely. We start with creating some healthy heat, getting familiar with the anatomy along the way. Juicy shoulder and chest openers will unwind the hunch of cold weather. We will look at some common Yoga postures (Downward-Facing Dog for example!) that can be used to create balance, and ease tightness in the shoulders and neck when done intelligently.
The use of props to help us lengthen the thoracic spine (upper back) will help yogis of all levels improve their practice and understand the concept of opening the heart area of the body.
Modifications will be offered for all of the active poses so they can be done to create as much or as little heat and effort as you need. Taking time to align our shoulders and head during our poses can create balance and ease tightness. Deep stretches for the neck and jaw will invite freedom to this area, with some self-care massage tips for the extra tough spots.
You will learn simple stretches to sneak in anywhere and some basic principles of how to have good posture at your desk. We end the workshop with Restorative Yoga to de-stress, which is often the cause of tension. Expect to leave lighter!
All levels welcome.
Spring Restorative Sessions @ Retreat in Vienna
A chance to unwind each month.
March 2nd, 2 – 4pm
April 13th, 4 – 6pm
May 4th, 2 – 4pm
€60 for all sessions when paid in advance or €25 drop-in on the day
London: June 1 & 2, 2019 @ Yogacampus
In this two day-long workshop, we will explore vocal and physical theatre techniques to improve your ability to present your teaching. This workshop aims to give concrete tools to develop your unique voice. The second day will build upon the first and give you more space to take this work further. Students from previous years are welcome to join in the second day.
The art of teaching is a craft that entails bringing your whole self to what you do. Suitable for all teachers and teachers-in-training, we will explore voice and physical theatre techniques to improve your teaching presence. We will also discuss the role of being a yoga teacher, and how to express more of your true self with your students in a meaningful way. We all have some level of anxiety that comes with teaching; public speaking is the number one fear for most people. Facing your fears mindfully and learning to see the process as valuable is a way to bring a yogic approach to your development as a teacher.
Holding space authentically requires strong and receptive awareness, similar to the awareness an actor needs on stage. This work will give you concrete tools to develop your unique voice, as well as learning how to improve your tone, musicality, diction, projection and ability to care for your voice. As a professional teacher your voice is your most valuable asset; over use or misuse can lead to missed classes. If you want to teach, you need to learn how to protect your instrument. During the day, you will have a chance to receive individual feedback on ways to help improve your vocal skills, build awareness of language habits, and ways to clarify teaching. Lots of fun warm-ups and exercises to increase comfort with improvisation and responding to the moment will break the ice and help you move from fear to confidence getting up in front of groups.
The second day will build upon the first and give you more space to take this work further. Students from previous years are welcome to join in the second day.
Not thoroughly covered in most trainings, these skills are vital to being a great teacher. This work is appropriate for teachers at any stage in their career. Come prepared to play with your edges and surprise yourself!
“The course was good and it is really needed for yoga teachers. Inspirational and more ‘actor’ practice adds value to people and their communication.” – Ann Goodin on Finding Your Authentic Voice: Practical Performance Skills for Yoga Teachers, April 2017
“Loved, loved, loved this workshop. A good balance of practical and theory. It could be an overwhelming day if too much individual in front of the group, but it totally wasn’t overwhelming at all.”– Shannon Cant, yoga teacher of over 5 years, participant in April 2018
“Sarah is so knowledgeable and someone who I felt I could trust and listen to and release inhibitions and fears. Fab lady.” – Julia Woodward, training to be a yoga teacher, participant April 2018
Introduction to Restorative Yoga & Mindfulness
Vienna, November 2018 @ Retreat Yoga Studio
Finding Your Authentic Voice
In this day-long workshop, we will explore vocal and physical theatre techniques to improve your ability to present your teaching.
This workshop aims to give concrete tools to develop your unique voice.
Heart Opening: Taking off our Armour
Spend an evening unwinding to let go of the week and welcome the weekend.
The Art of Relaxation: A path towards inner calm and quiet
Restorative Yoga is a wonderful compliment to an active practice, balancing the energy in the body so you are neither depleted or over-stimulated.