Rituals, even as seen from a secular perspective, can hold great power, intention, and significance. Ritual Vinyasa came to life out of the search for meaning in everyday existence.
How do we make the mundane powerful? How do we add back in meaning to our 9 – 5 existence?
Using symbolism and elemental metaphors combined with Aryuvedic medicine, grandmother wisdom, and a deep commitment to personal care, Ritual Vinyasa weaves together conscious movement and metaphor, culminating in a practice that allows for a re-awakening and a deep connecting to self.
We have divided this 300 hour Yoga Alliance approved training into five 9-week sections, represented by the classical elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Metal.
With our fire segment we partake in the transformative process of burning away our fears to ignite the agni, our inner flame; like the phoenix, we will rise up from our own ashes. We focus on stoking up the core with lubricating and detoxifying spinal twists, bringing awareness to third chakra, the solar plexus, seat of our self esteem. Our anatomy focuses fascially on the spiral line and regionally on the musculature of the pelvis and abdomen including a deep exploration of the infamous psoas. We will spend a full weekend with anatomist and fascial medicine teacher Kirstin Shumaker learning about the nerves and arterial networks and acclaimed Yogi and Shaman Ray Crist will join us for a soul retrieval journey. Our movement patterns will focus around the fire salute, igniting your passions and blasting through blockages to set fire to fear and learn to inspire ourselves and our students alike.
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The Air segment gives us the opportunity to live in our heads, to explore the janna yoga, the yoga of wisdom and the energy of possibility. We will learn to layer simple meditation practices into our lives and our classes and to utilize the anti-anxiety effects of yoga for specific therapeutic effects. The movement we focus on is the unique axial extention that allows our spine to reach both upwards and downwards, the dance between appana and prana, that maintains and restores the spring like capabilities of the spine. Building on that knowledge base, we will go upside-down in healthy and safe ways and learn to use the amazing healing powers of inverted poses in our classes safely and effectively. Daniel Orlansky joins us for his Meridian Yoga certification and Joanna Welch with her unique Integrative Ariel Yoga where we will hang from the ceiling, inspiring our spirits to know that the sky is the limit and learning to bring that quality of inspiration to our students and our lives.
We begin with our Earth segment and explore our connections to ourselves, each other and our communities at large. We begin to analyze what it means to be a teacher and the unique opportunities it affords. We will revel in the earthly qualities that allow us to ground down, reconnect and move forward from this stable foundation. We will learn to help guide students to find individualized, custom tailored daily practices of connecting and recharging and we will explore practices designed to fend off depression. Guest teacher Chip Hartranft will help us to grow our roots all the way back to India with his History of Yoga Course.
This section focuses on the saggital plane of movement, the fascial meridians of what Tom Myers would call “superficial front line, superficial back line, and deep front line.” Using sun salute as our basis, we delve deeply into the anatomy of forward folds and back bends, utilizing the grounding nature of the feet and lower legs and the energy of the first and second chakra.
As we move into the water element we unlock the floodgates to creativity. In this segment we explore the movements of moon salute, the seductive, dance-like flow in the coronal plane. We will discover the fluid nature of our bodies through fascial anatomy and the hands on practices of Thai massage and learn to understand and use our lateral anatomy in new and downright exciting ways. We will delve deeply into the anatomy of the shoulders and arms as we strive to find the ancient balance between too much and too little using this area as a means to understand the delicate relationship between stability and mobility. We will focus on the creative storehouse of the second chakra, the flowing emotions of manomaya kosha in our energetic explorations and our relationship to the divine feminine. Our practices will balance the restorative soft quality of restoration and the fun power of play.
In the Metal immersion we look deeply at the connection between these planes of movement as we move into the therapeutics of one on one client interaction.
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