COURSES & WORKSHOPS

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Yoga Foundations II

Two Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays | November 12-13, 19-20

1-3pm

West Side Yoga, Providence

Advance your practice with two in-depth weekends exploring the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of inversions, arm balances, binds and backbends. Learn how to work with the upper back, shoulder girdle, and neck to build balanced strength and ease while experiencing the energetic body - the flow of prana, or qi, through the chakras - through the practices of asana, pranayama, chanting, restorative yoga and meditation. Together, we’ll bring to life the path of the yoga practice and the practical philosophy that becomes a guiding light for our lives. Throughout these four sessions, you will gain confidence and poise as you learn new techniques, tips, and tricks for approaching challenging poses with greater skill, nuance, and ease, all within a supportive and welcoming community where questions are encouraged.

 

Expect slow, well-rounded practices exploring profound and accessible meditation (samyama) and breath practices (pranayama), time spent workshopping poses - downward facing dog, handstand, headstand, crane and upward facing bow pose, to name a few - and time for Q&A and discussion of the path of the yoga practice.

 

Yoga Foundations 1 is not a requirement for this course, though a steady practice of 6 months or more is recommended.

Yoga Foundations

Two Weekends

Saturdays + Sundays | January 14-15, 21-22

1-3 PM

West Side Yoga, Providence, RI. 

Begin, evolve, and deepen your practice with Yoga Foundations. Over four sessions, you'll learn the fundamentals of a yoga practice from poses and breath to anatomy and philosophy as you connect to your own embodied experience. Throughout this course you will gain flexibility and strength in the spine, hips, and shoulders as we move through a range of standing, seated and reclined postures. Learn how to modify and adapt poses for your unique body, how to use props to support your practice, and how to breathe efficiently for ease and tranquility. Whether you’re a total beginner, a long-time practitioner, or somewhere in between, Yoga Foundations will inspire your practice with purpose, depth, and self-awareness.

All bodies, abilities, ages & identities are welcome & encouraged to join!

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SIMPLICITY, FOCUS & SUSTAINABILITY

Masterclass for Students & Teachers

October 24, 2021

9-11:30am, PT

Zen Soul Yoga, Walla Walla, WA. 

Yoga, whether in asana or philosophy, is a practice of moving from the obvious to the subtle. Within this mindful workshop, you will move through a well-rounded, complete and challenging practice in an intentional and compassionate manner. Find nuance and depth in your practice while building pliability, strength, greater neural connectivity in the tissues of the body, opening to new possibilities within backbends, inversions, and breath. Throughout, you will cultivate grace in the heart-mind, and learn to meet each moment with greater spaciousness and ease.

After the 1.5 hour practice, ease yourself into an immersive Q&A opportunity to ask all of your questions about practice, teaching, and learn step-by-step in a collaborative workshop environment.

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Understanding, Practicing With, and Harnessing the Power of Anxiety & Depression

2022/2023 

If you are living with or have a history of cyclical anxiety and depression, you know how crippling and terrifying these mind states can be. Science is beginning to understand that these phenomena of mind are more than chemicals gone haywire in the brain; in addition to a genetic component, these conditions are also deeply related to personal habits - many of which we can retrain. In this intensive, examine the neuroscience, anatomy, and physiology of the experiences of anxiety and depression in the mind and body. Experience supportive practices to be used while "in the fog", during transitional periods, and prophylactically. By learning to ride the waves of your own personal cycle, you will unlock the vast creativity, joy and empathy that your unique mind offers.

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Courtney leads thoughtful, purposeful yoga, that challenges you physically as well as mentally.  She has an uncanny sense of connectedness to her students and their development, always pushing them to layer new skill and strength into their practice.  She is a natural teacher who radiates enthusiasm and sincerity for her craft.

 

—  Brian Rudin