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YOGA ANATOMY: NOVEMBER: NECK, UPPER BACK & RIBS WITH ROB WILKS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018 1-3:00PM

This workshop will possibly enable you to get to know your body in greater depth through embodied movement and tools for self-care. Not only for yourself, but you can share it with your peers.

This workshop is appropriate for everyone especially yoga practitioners and teachers.

Hope to see you at Union Yoga! -RW.

About Rob
Rob sees himself as a cultivator of self-awareness. Movement and activities that naturally invite introspection are his jam - he is a dedicated Yogi and Steward of the ocean. When you talk to Rob about self-awareness, and why it plays such a central role in his life, he’ll say:
“Being active is how I find my own boundaries. It’s taken me years to develop the presence to be able to sense my quality of experience at any given moment. My intention is to cultivate the ability to monitor my experience constantly, and sweetly, without controlling it. Knowing myself more completely is the key to empathizing with others.
I dedicate a huge amount of energy to empathy, and this is the core of my work in massage. The knowledge of myself and my intention to relate to others has naturally evolved into an ability to bring others to the threshold of their own experience - and invite them to contact what they find there without judgement. That threshold is a place that we all visit from time to time - it’s the source, the seat of our natural potential.”

Rob currently teaches at the Esalen Institute and Union Yoga in Monterey.


NICHOL CHASE RETURNS FOR 2 WORKSHOPS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018. SESSION 1 - 12-2:00PM ; SESSION 2 - 2:30-4:30PM

One of California’s most beloved teachers is returning to Union Yoga! Her workshops sell out so please sign up in advance to reserve your space. Expect a rich, learning experience in a class setting with room to ask questions, explore possibilities within your own practice, chanting and lots of playfulness.

The Yin & Yang of Yoga In this workshop series we will explore the yin and yang of yoga — back bends and forward bends. The yin and yang symbol represents how seemingly opposite forces can be complimentary and even interdependent. This perfectly describes the relationship between back bends and forward bends. Both help us open up to possibility and love. 

Workshop #1: Back Bends for Courage Back bends build heat, and help us to be courageous. Our back bend project for this workshop is the entrance into Full Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) from Standing — this is know as Drop Backs. We will prepare our bodies extensively, and explore strategies to safely work up toward this challenging entrance. Expect to be challenged, to have fun and to leave feeling empowered and courageous!

Workshop #2: Forward Bends for Self Acceptance Forward bends are cooling, and help us to practice self acceptance. B.K.S. Iyengar says that four poses should be used to prep the body for a full forward bend over two straight legs (Paschimottanasana) — Janu Sirsasana, Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana, Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottansana and Marichyasana 1. So, our ultimate goal is Paschimottanasana, but we will explore each of these poses in depth. Expect to gain a greater understanding of and opening in these poses, and expect to leave feeling nurtured!

Bio: 

Nichol is a teacher, musician, and veritable yoga nerd. Every yoga pose is a puzzle, and she loves the challenge of putting the pieces together. Her teaching incorporates a blend of invigorating flow and precise, insightful instruction, and she will sweetly serenade you with her harmonium and voice in Savasana. Nichol’s classes are fun, well informed, and empowering!

Nichol trained with three of the most accomplished yoga teachers in the field today: Noah Mazé, Darren Rhodes, and Christina Sell. Like her teachers, her influences are vast and eclectic. Nichol teaches public classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and teacher trainings, workshops, and intensives nationally and internationally.


200 Hour MazeMethod Yoga Teacher Training Information Session

4:30-5:30PM

No advanced signup necessary. If you are curious and interested in the upcoming, February 2019 teacher training at Union Yoga, join us to learn about the training and have your questions answered. Nichol Chase will be teaching two workshops on 12/2 and we are following it up with this session. Refreshments provided.