Chakra Workshop with Allison Egan Datwani
“Chakra” means “energetic wheel of light.” In ancient India yogis discovered energy centers within the body. These energy centers are responsible for the smooth flow of energy throughout our bodies. When the Chakras are blocked, we can experience disease. When they are open and balanced, good health ensues. In this workshop you will learn how to open the 7 chakras, how to balance them and the science of the chakras. This workshop is 1/2 lecture and 1/2 easy to follow yoga and meditation practice. Please prepare a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes to move in.
*Bandha Workshop with Allison Egan Datwani
“Bandha” means “lock”, more specifically the energetic locks that can be found within our body by controlling our breath. According to yoga we have several locks within our body that we can contract to confine our energy while we hold a pose and breathe. The benefits of having bandha wisdom are many. You may develop an ease in your practice to hold poses and breathe in them longer, jump to the top of your mat from downward facing dog with little to no sound, as well as be supported by your hands on the floor in downward facing dog & arm balances without having your wrists and hands hurt. In this workshop you will learn how and when to use your bandhas while practicing yoga and meditation. This workshop is 1/2 lecture and 1/2 easy to follow yoga and meditation practice. Please have ready a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes to move in.
*Trauma and the Wisdom of Yoga with Sarah Couper
Workshop participants can expect to learn about the nature of different types of trauma and how trauma effects the brain and the body. We will discuss how to make yoga classes trauma-informed using the ancient teachings of yoga and the newer findings about trauma. Participants will experience a trauma-informed yoga class.
*Yoga Nidra Workshop with Lena Madsen
Open to Public
Yoga Nidra: Saturday, November 7, 2pm-4:40pm $35 for Community, $10 for Ramapo College Students
Have you ever been in Corpse pose at the end of yoga class, and just when you feel yourself start to relax, your teacher calls time? Have you wondered what a longer period of meditation, while in deep relaxation, would be like? What it might do for your stress levels, your physical and emotional health? Well, I have two words for you: Yoga Nidra.
This meditation technique originated in India, where it is known as the “seed of meditation”. Like most modern yoga, it has been modified and westernized to suit the needs of contemporary students. Though Yoga Nidra is often translated as “yogic sleep,” this method is not about getting in a good snooze. Guided by a teacher’s voice, you identify sensations throughout your body and then within your breath. The practice produces deep physical relaxation, which, in it ‘s turn, relaxes your nervous system. There are a myriad of physical and mental benefits to this. In the process of relieving accumulated tension, it will help you to heal deep psychological wounds. It can also provide a way to gain the equanimity necessary to face the stress of daily life. It reintroduces you to the fact that you are always whole within yourself, no matter how broken you might feel.
Join Lena Madsen to learn more about this simple and easily accessible, yet profound, practice. Give yourself the opportunity to free yourself from limitations of the past, stress about the present and worries about the future.Dress in soft, comfortable layers so to be able to stay warm no matter the temperature of the room. Avoid belts and pants with buttons.
Yoga Nidra Teaching Workshop with Lena Madsen and Carol Bowman Sunday Dec 6 – 2:00-4:30Open only to Yoga Teachers and Trainees) YACEP CEUs available
In this Workshops yoga teachers and trainees will learn the basics of leading a Yoga Nidra session.You will learn how to guide a Yoga Nidra Session to help your students identify sensations throughout the body and within the breath. The practice, when properly taught, produces deep physical relaxation, which in turn relaxes the nervous system. There are a myriad of physical and mental benefits to this. In the process of relieving accumulated tension it can help your students to heal deep psychological wounds and provide a way to gain the equanimity necessary to face the stress of daily life. This teaching workshop will help you work with students who have experienced trauma and other difficulties, helping them to access the resources they have to find the wholeness that resides within themselves. Join us to add a new practice to your yoga teaching skills!
Bio for Lena Madsen
Lena Madsen, LMT, is the founder of Lena Madsen Yoga. Inspired by BKS Ayengar and Rodney Yee, she has been teaching yoga for 24 years. Lena grew up on the west coast of Sweden. At the core of her practice, as well as her teaching, lies a belief in self transformation through self observation. The physical body and the breath are excellent tools for practicing concentration, presence and relaxation, which can then be used to observe the habits and workings of our mind. Lena uses her thorough knowledge of anatomy and the energetic workings of the human
body in her teachings.