For the Friday evening … the Art of Resting …
In this evening of Restorative Yoga, Neal offers a space to in which to spend a few delicious hours resting and relaxing. You will discover easy practices that may profoundly release shoulder and neck tension and ease back pain.
The session will include Restorative Yoga practices as well as iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation.
On Saturday and Sunday we continue with Dynamic Alignment:
But what is alignment? And why might it be important?
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras suggest that the posture of the body should be steady and stable, comfortable and easeful. That our posture and movement may be in a good space. The steadiness may be connected to strength, to being grounded, and the easefulness may be connected to being fluid, responsive, free of excess tension. Together, these two qualities of posture may bring us towards balance.
We can make these principles our primary focus when practicing Yoga. It is important to remember though that, as living beings, we are moving beings – posture is never static. We are in fact always moving – the rhythm and oscillation of our breath, the beating heart, we move through space, the moment to moment re-organisation of our relationship to gravity, ground and space, and much more.
In this workshop we let go of “holding” a posture and instead practice Yoga as a process, as self-enquiry, where each movement is like an open question. Rather than Yoga being about how far we can go, we cultivate an easy curiosity with how we go.
We will investigate alignment and movement in a myriad of ways:
Breath informed alignment – creating space for the freed movement of the diaphragm.
Moving from and to the centre of the body (alignment through core awareness).
Alignment from the ground up – how we may use the ground, gravity and space to guide us to precise alignment.
Understand neutral spine curvature.
Discover clear pathways of force through the structure of your body.
And much more!
Alignment speaks to relationship – our practice may be like a discussion or cultivating a healthy conversation between the various aspects of our body, breath and mind. We will take our easy time, moving with sensitivity, to feel our way towards a clearer, more harmonius relationship with ourselves and our environment.
“When we bring our mind into our body, the body becomes mindful and the mind becomes embodied.” – Donna Farhi
6:00pm – 8:30pm The Art of Resting
11am – 1.30pm Dynamic Alignment Part I
1.30pm – 2.30pm Lunch included
2.30pm – 6pm Dynamic Alignment Part 2
9.30am – 1pm Dynamic Alignment Part 3
1 – 2pm Lunch included
Sanctuary Hill Retreat is at:
109 Veale Rd, Ridgewood, New Plymouth 4371
Phone: 021 081 66486
Open to all levels – students, teachers, and anyone interested in Yoga, posture and self-care.
For further information & to book your place:
021 081 66486 | sanctuaryhill.co.nz
Neal has been practicing yoga for twenty years and teaching since 2003. He sees yoga as a guide to restoring our place and understanding of who we are and how we can live peacefully, happily and completely fulfilled.
Neal’s teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles – learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.
“My aim in teaching is to create a safe and inviting space in which to learn and discover Yoga as a balance between effort and effortlessness, structural alignment and organic fluidity, mindfulness and spontaneity.