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Intensive Yoga Asana – Inversions & Beyond with David Kim
May 25 @ 8:30 am - June 2 @ 10:45 am
Saturday 25 May:
8:30-9:30am Anatomy Session
. Protecting the Cervical Spine and Preparing the Shoulder-Girdle for Inversions with Flexed Shoulders
9:30am-12:00pm Asana Practice: Inversions With Shoulder Flexion
. Headstand, Pincha Mayurasana, and Handstand are full inversions that require a stable and mobile shoulder girdle, strong core-muscle activation, and a well-developed ability to understand the body’s position in space (proprioception). Learn how to approach these challenging inversions in a progressive, intelligent way that builds confidence, increases stamina, and turns fear into fun!
Sunday 26 May:
. Protecting the Cervical Spine and Shoulder Extension
9:00-11:30am Asana Practice: Inversions With Shoulder Extension
. Shoulderstand is often called the “Queen” of asanas, an energetic complement to its kingly counter pose, Headstand. Practicing this pose with intelligent awareness requires specific props to support a safe, sustainable neck position and to emphasize the muscular actions of the shoulder joint. This asana practice will include several inversions as well as posture modifications for different bodies types.
Monday 27 May:
. Spinal Rotation in Twisting Postures
9:00-11:15am Asana Practice: Standing Twisting Postures
. Deep twists are often considered to be detoxifying postures, as they squeeze and soak our internal organs, and may stimulate our digestive system. They strengthen our deeper layer of abdominal muscles – the obliques – and can be a welcome transition after deep forward folds or backbends. In this practice, we will explore several challenging standing twists, with a specific focus on pelvic position and its effect on spinal rotation. No pregnant students or those with S.I. joint issues, please.
Tuesday 28 May:
. Spinal and Shoulder Extension
9:00-11:15am Asana Practice: Backbends with Shoulder Extension
. This backbend practice focuses on stabilizing the spine as it moves into deeper extension. Ustrasana, Dhanurasana, and Salabhasana are a focal point, and we will methodically address key body parts that need to be stretched, strengthened, or educated to move us toward these postures with a greater awareness of balancing spinal mobility with trunk stability. No pregnant students, please.
Friday 31 May:
. Spinal Extension with Shoulder Flexion, and analyzing Component Parts for Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward-Facing Bow Pose)
9:30am-12:00pm Asana Practice: Backbends with Shoulder Flexion
. Backbends are invigorating, dynamic postures, which can also be challenging for many reasons. This practice focuses on a classic backbend, Urdhva Dhanurasana, which requires intense shoulder flexion and hip extension. We will address key issues that make this pose difficult for many students, offering several different variations to accommodate those challenges. Full inversions – including Handstand – will be included in our sequence. No pregnant students, please.
Saturday 1 June:
. Hips, Pelvis, and Spine in Forward Folds
9:00-11:15am Asana Practice: Forward Bends & Hip Flexion
. Deep forward bends can be calming and cooling, and an effective counter pose to deep backbends. At the same time, these postures present challenges to both hypermobile and stiffer bodies. This practice addresses the impact on the lower back when we fold deeply at the hips, and addresses how to increase the strength of our hip flexors, while making sure to mobilize the back body – especially the hamstrings and gluteal muscles.
Sunday 2 June:
8:30-10:45am Asana Practice: Seated Twists
. Seated twisting postures are an excellent way to stabilize the pelvis while we rotate the torso, wringing out tension and alleviating some of the daily compressive load on our spine. This intermediate-advanced practice will include a full series of standing postures, inversions, and backbends, with a particular emphasis on incorporating seated twists as part of a cool-down from more heating asanas. No pregnant students, please.
Price: $700 per workshop per day
Venue: The Yoga Room 4/F Studio
YogaWorks is a Vinyasa-based school that teaches a method that balances precise instruction, detailed alignment, breath and fluid movement. Classes are carefully themed to deepen the students’ experience of Yoga. A flow of Sun Salutations and postures are skillfully sequenced, and modifications and props are used to individualize the practice for each student. The YogaWorks Teacher Training Program is based on this clear and effective style of practice. YogaWorks style classes can be paced moderately to vigorously depending on the level of the class.
At YogaWorks, we have been leading teacher trainings for over 25 years and have trained some of the world’s most celebrated Yogis. Our program is considered the most respected program in Teacher Training with over 10,000 graduates in over 20 countries.
Since 1990, YogaWorks has been a leader in yoga education and our celebrated alumni have gone on to become some of the world’s most renowned yoga teachers. The YogaWorks Teacher Training program blends yoga traditions from the east and west, integrating both into a practical and unique method that combines vinyasa flow with an emphasis on alignment and skillful sequencing. Our mission is to provide each student with the necesary foundation to skillfully teach with compassion, safety and integrity, while honoring his or her individual voice and style. Whether you join us to become a teacher or simply to deepen your own practice, the YogaWorks training will uniquely prepare you to leave your mark on the world.
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About David Kim
David Kim (500 E-RYT) is a Senior YogaWorks and Yin Yoga Teacher Trainer, who leads trainings, workshops, and yoga events all over the world. A Brown University graduate, David began his career as a New York journalist, and later worked as a Script Analyst for Universal Pictures in Hollywood before embracing full-time yoga teaching. Mentors Paul & Suzee Grilley inspired David’s YogaWise Yin Yoga trainings, and early trainings with Annie Carpenter, Lisa Walford, Sarah Power, Ana Forrest, Jill Miller, and Shiva Rea were key influencers in his Vinyasa teachings. David honors his foundational Krishnamacharya-lineage studies, with the Iyengar family in India (2007) and Ashtanga founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois during Jois’s American tour (2005) and continues to explore yoga’s evolutionary frontiers with anatomy trailblazers Gil Hedley, Robert Schleip, and Tom Myers.
David’s thoughtful, challenging classes employ creative sequencing, precise instruction, and a philosophical attitude informed by his Mindfulness meditation practice. One of five original teachers for the video-streaming website MyYogaWorks.com, David offers numerous online yoga videos, some of which may be found on YogaVibes.com and the YogaWorks YouTube channel. David dedicates his teachings to the students and loved ones who inspire and teach him every day. Learn more at www.davidkimyoga.com.