Yoga Journal Conference
with Gary Kraftsow
Adaptation: Achieving the Anatomical and Physiological Potential of Asana
Thursday, September 18 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Much of contemporary asana practice is focused on mastering the forms of each asana. One of the great gifts of studying T. Krishnamacharya's teaching is shifting the focus from mastering asana forms to understanding how to achieve its functional benefits, both anatomically and physiologically, for each practitioner. Come examine the science of adapting asana to serve the functional needs of the practitioner, and explore the creative art of integrating adaptations into our personal practice and our teaching. Discussion with asana and pranayama practices.
Lower Back, Sacrum, Hips
Friday, September 19 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Learn and experience specific therapeutic sequences for the lower back, sacrum, and hips that are designed for therapists, teachers, and individuals who suffer from any type of back pain. We'll focus on working with chronic and acute structural conditions associated with the lower back, sacrum, and hips and experience a sequence of adapted asanas designed to relieve symptoms as well as strengthen these areas of the body. Asana with discussion.
Yoga, Chakras, and Fulfillment: Mantra, Meditation, and Visualization
Saturday, September 20 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meditation begins as we master the fluctuation of attention and direct our minds rather than being pulled along. Once we gain this control, we can set a new direction for our lives. We'll take an in-depth look at the chakra model of the human system, learn more about the structure of this model, and experience how asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation can be used together to create deep and lasting personal transformation. Discussion with asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation.
Reading the Body and Observation for Teachers
Saturday, September 20 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Come explore vijnana darsana--reading the body, understanding what we are seeing, and developing appropriate adaptations in asana practice to produce specific effects. We'll delve into vinyasa krama, the art of sequencing, learning the principles for creating a safe and effective sequence of asana for both personal and group practice. Demonstrations, group observation exercises, and personal practice.
Sunday, September 21 — 8:00am - 9:30am
Yoga has tremendous potential for assisting the general population with reducing stress and the effects of stress-related diseases. This lecture and practice includes methods to relieve musculoskeletal tension and headaches, improve sleep, and develop coping strategies for dealing with stressful events as well as the negative symptoms of stress. Lecture and practice.