Cynthia Cooperstone - TH6COO
The universe is alive and vibrating with energy and we organisms within this great living system pulse with a human frequency that reflects the world around us. With each cycle of inhalation and exhalation, we have the ability to attune to this primordial rhythm. Through the alignment principles of Anusara Yoga, we can find the optimal balance of effort and ease to contain dynamic movement. Learn the focal point of a pose, how muscular energy moves to focal points, and how organic energy moves away from focal points. This workshop will emphasize how to engage muscularly while expanding organically, a balance of action that yields safe and graceful poses and reminds us of our connection to this vibrant world.
THURSDAY APRIL 02
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (2 HRS)BOOK SESSION
Cynthia Cooperstone - FR1COO
There are many variables in every asana: from the demands of taking and maintaining a shape to the ingrained patterns and limitations of the individual. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a standardized set of rules that could keep you safe yet challenged in each pose? The Universal Principles of Alignment (UPA's) are the hallmark physical and energetic actions of the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga (ASHY) methodology that both simplify and deepen asana practice. Gain confidence in self-adjustment and enrich your on-the-mat experience as you embody these elegant and streamlined principles.
FRIDAY APRIL 03
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)BOOK SESSION
Cynthia Cooperstone - SA3COO
Once the student has taken the general shape of a pose, there are meaningful ways to subtly adjust the human container to promote optimal alignment and vitality. The seven loops of Anusara Yoga are tools of refinement, secondary currents of energy that rotate and interconnect like gears to help optimize the flow of muscular and organic energy. In this workshop, students will learn about these bilateral currents and how they help adapt each pose to one's individual needs. From hyperextended knees to collapsed lumbar to shrugged shoulders, the seven loops can dissolve difficult patterns and clear the path to greater spaciousness and freedom.
SATURDAY APRIL 04
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)BOOK SESSION
Cynthia Cooperstone - SU3COO
The yoga tradition is replete with stories, philosophy and layered meaning that need not be reserved for reading, satsang, and solitary contemplation. To weave a theme into asana instruction enriches the on-mat experience and gives today's students an opportunity to connect to the deeper relevance of the yogic way of life. Teaching with an intention is a skill that can be learned. Using Anusara's alignment principles as a framework, students will learn how to layer descriptive language on top of active cues. They will gain confidence in leveraging their individual creativity, finding unique ways to express themselves and relate to their students. Although heart-themed instruction is the cornerstone of Anusara teaching, this skill is transferable to any discipline and school.
SUNDAY APRIL 05
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)BOOK SESSION