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|The Art and Anatomy of Arm Balances with Neil Barker|
7 & 8 July, Tsim Sha Tsui
|About the Workshop|
|For most of us, coming to an asana practice learning to hold our body weight in the arms and hands is quite challenging. It is something that is natural and intuitive to a child, until we stand and walk. Then unless we specifically exercise and practise this skill, we lose our connection to weight bearing in the arms and shoulders.|
In this workshop we will explore the fundamentals of safe and effective techniques for upper body and shoulder stabilisation, as a foundation for Arm Balancing postures.
|Schedule and Tuition|
|Session I - Exploring the Foundation.|
7 July (Saturday): 10:00am-12:30pm
We will practise and explore on our mats, learning to connect with and feel the muscles in the upper body and shoulder girdle. We will build on the foundation poses of Plank, Chaturanga Dandasana, Upward and Downward Facing Dog - learning which muscles to activate and which to release. In particular we will focus on finding, activating and feeling the Serattus Anterior muscles, the primary stabiliser of the shoulder girdle.
Session II - The Anatomy of the Shoulder Girdle
7 July (Saturday): 2:00pm - 4:30pm
This session will be the Anatomy presentation through PowerPoint slides, so that we can visualise the functional basis for what we are trying to achieve. This is a lecture presentation with discussion, building on the experience of the morning session.
Session III - Building the Foundation
8 July (Sunday): 10:00am-12:30pm
We will review the experiential and theoretical knowledge obtained from the first day. We will explore building a solid foundation and how to progressively challenge it. We will also explore Forearm Plank, Dolphins, Side Plank, and more challenging postures like Bhujapidasana, Bakasana,Parsva Bakasana, Kukkutasana, Lolasana, Tolasana, Utplutih, Tittibasana. We will delve into Headstand as the foundation of all forearm balances, and look at Pinchamayurasana and related postures.
Session IV - Challenging the Foundation
8 July (Sunday): 2:00pm - 4:30pm
We will explore more challenging arm balances and take a closer look at Handstands and its variations.
The Art and Anatomy of Arm Balances
7 & 8 July
Total 4 sessions, 10.0 hrs
Early-Bird 20% off: HK$HK$1,664 (ends 15 June)
Regular Price: HK$2,080
The Art and Anatomy of Arm Balances
Total 2 sessions, 5.0 hrs
Early-Bird 20% off: HK$HK$1,040 (ends 15 June)
Regular Price: HK$1,300
|Terms & Conditions|
|Photos and video may be taken from time to time on our premises by Pure employees, solely for Pure marketing purposes.|
• Early-Bird 20% Discount for workshop ends 15 June 2012.
• No refund or credit for cancellation after 15 June 2012.
• All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.
To register, please see reception.
|About Neil Barker|
|Neil is a senior yoga teacher at Pure and an internationally recognised yoga teacher and therapist. He has achieved a 500-hour teacher certification with the Yoga Alliance, their highest accreditation, and built up more than 20,000 hours of teaching experience.|
Neil has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2000, with his main asana practice rooted in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and R Sharath Jois.
He brings to his teachings a wealth of experience from a multifaceted background that includes various martial arts, tai chi, and qigong. These led him to study sports injuries, their prevention and treatment, and various natural therapies including massage, joint setting and spinal manipulation. As a qualified acupuncturist and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, he integrates a deeper understanding of subtle energetic anatomy into his teaching.
Neil is a gifted teacher, known for his creative and lively presentations. He has an ability to make even the most difficult of concepts easily comprehensible - especially in the fields of applied anatomy, the dynamic principles of alignment, and yoga philosophy. His passion shines through in his delivery of these sometimes daunting and intimidating topics.
"My goal is to inspire students to be passionate about this amazing vehicle of practice, the human body," Neil says. "Through greater understanding, we are empowered to deepen our practices, while reducing the risk of injury. Good anatomical understanding leads to greater awareness, better alignment, a more fulfilling practice, and eventual success in yoga."
Since 2007, he has also been a dedicated student of Sri O.P. Tiwari, of the Swami Kuvalayananda tradition of pranayama. Through Tiwari he has undertaken a deeper study of the entire hatha-yoga tradition and its related texts. He has also been given the blessing to teach this scientific approach to pranayama.
"I am grateful to all my teachers, who have influenced me on this path of practice," Neil says. "I bow before the lotus feet of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois, who have guided me on the path of asana. Sri O.P. Tiwari, who has been both my mentor and spiritual guide, has taken me deeper into the practices of pranayama and self-inquiry. Special thanks must go to Richard Freeman for opening the deeper dimensions of the internal practice and energetic alignment, and to my early influences -David Swenson, John Scott, Paul Dallaghan and Alex Medin."
Tsim Sha Tsui
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