From The Inside Out
with Alexandria Crow
July 29-30, 2017 – Register Now
Spend a weekend learning about the practice of yoga by looking at the inner workings of yogic philosophy, the body, and the mind so that the practice becomes personal, effective and wise.
The practice of yoga is an individual journey that is mostly taught in group format these days. In order to work within the current context with wisdom students must look deeply at their body and mind as it relates to each and every class and all with the philosophy of yoga as a practice at the root.
We will begin with learning what a yoga practice is all about from a philosophical standpoint, we will discuss why we’re doing asana and what it aims to teach us. We will then look at the nervous system and the deeper layers of the physical body and it’s structure as a means to assess what’s going on both structurally and mentally. Most students are trapped to some degree in a fight or flight response and will will look at how that impacts the body and the mind as it impacts everything from range of motion to clarity of mind as well as the sensation of pain.
Students will then learn from the inside out about how their personal internal structure and range of motion relates to the postures most commonly offered in classes. They will learn their own unique range of motion, how to interpret physical sensation signals, and how their mind interacts the bodily sensations which ultimately can lead to skilled choices which when refined can lead to a productive practice with less injury.
Each person’s skeleton, musculature, connective tissue, lifestyle and injuries cause a unique situation that once uncovered will create a wiser approach to postures offered in classes as well as how to know when a certain pose just isn’t meant for you leading to a practice with tremendous depth and effectiveness.
Why Pose and How We Pose – The Deeper Layers
Saturday, July 29, 2017 – 12:30 to 3:00 pm – Register Now
Why do we do asana? What are we trying to learn and/or access in these postures? In this lecture/discussion we will look at the philosophy behind a yoga practice and how to bring that consciousness and understanding to the physical practice. This awareness when layered upon the poses makes for a complete practice that can bring about transformation and growth both in the physical body and one’s approach to how they live.
We will then shift over to the physical and being by looking at how the nervous system affects the body and it’s range of motion. Students will set a baseline of their personal range of motion and skeletal structure both before and after the transition their nervous system into the parasympathetic system. In addition we will look at the basic biomechanics of all the joint regions in the body in relation to the most common shapes performed in class and discuss the general amount of range that can be expected out of each joint region and what to do if there is limitations.
Feet, Legs, Knees, Hips and Spine
Saturday, July 29, 2017 – 3:30 to 6:00 pm – Register Now
The hip and spine perform a biomechanical dance that, when understood, allows a wise approach to postures such as forward Folds, Arm Balances, Hip Openers and Basic Backbends. Learning ones individual skeletal structure and range of motion in the ankle, knee, hip and spine allows students to approach postures with wisdom and can help prevent unnecessary injuries. Understand how the hip’s limitation and position impact the spine, learn underlying reasons for the range of motion in the hip and how to keep your lower back and SI region safe.
Wrists, Elbows and Shoulders
Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 12:30 to 3:00 pm – Register Now
Asana can and does injure students’ wrists, elbows and shoulders far too often, but it’s something that can be avoided. There are some basic skeletal issues that need to be understood in relation to the upper extremities and shoulders as they impact poses where body weight is placed on the hands. Knowing about these issues as well as how the shoulder functions are vital to properly setting up risky weight bearing poses.
Shoulders and Spine
Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 3:30 to 6:00 pm – Register Now
In a similar fashion to the hip and spine, the shoulder and spine also participate in a partnership that can help strengthen and stabilize those regions preventing injury when functioning properly.
Drawing on the information from the earlier modules while adding in newly learned information in this workshop, we will dissect the shoulder girdle and spine as they relate to inversions and backbends that may have previously been out of reach from an understanding of your own unique structure. We will also look at how twists function within the spine and how to approach them with the underlying layers of the body in mind
Whole weekend: $180/$$150 if pre-registered by 7/15
Single Workshop: $55/$50 if pre-registered by 7/15
Add $10 if you require a CEU certificate
Meet Alexandria Crow
Alexandria Crow’s yoga experience has been about transformation. The physical challenges of yoga provided a natural familiarity for the former competitive gymnast, while the philosophy of yoga has given her tools she uses to approach life with a fearless attitude. It was during her first teacher training that Alex realized the connection between the physical practice of yoga and the spiritual texts she had been studying. She learned the importance of living in the present and how one’s thoughts do not reflect one’s true self. This lesson and her continued yoga practice transformed her life.
Alex shares her personal experience of the transformative nature of yoga with her students. Her approach to teaching stems from her belief that the practice is for everyone. She guides her students step by step through creative sequences providing all of the components needed for each individual to feel successful. She encourages her students to challenge themselves while focusing on staying conscious of their body’s strengths and limits and making good decisions based on the present moment. Alex’s emphasis on paying attention allows her students to create true change and growth, something they can take with them into their daily lives.
Alex completed extensive training starting with the YogaWorks 200-Hour Certification Program, followed by a lengthy one-on-one apprenticeship with James Brown (former lead teacher trainer for YogaWorks and founder of American Yoga School) over the course of almost 1,000 studio and classroom hours. Since 2010, she has been leading 200 and 300-Hour Teacher Trainings in Santa Monica, CA, and various cities around the United States.