April 02-05 2020 • METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE

Faculty - Christine Felstead

Christine Felstead has successfully married her twin passions for yoga and running to develop something unique, tested and effective: a yoga program designed specifically for runners. Christine pioneered the development of Yoga for Runners and today is the leading authority on the practice. She presents at international conferences and has appeared in numerous publications. Through her best-selling DVDs, The Essentials: Beginner Program and Intermediate Program, and her teacher training program her work has spread globally. Her much anticipated book, Yoga for Runners was released in Fall 2013

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Upper Body Harmony

An all-too-common effect of yoga's repetitive nature results in muscular imbalances in the shoulders and upper back. This class includes a self-assessment, isolated strength work for the weak ones, and targeted strength work to put the upper body on the road to balance and harmony.

THURSDAY APRIL 02

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Yoga for Runners: Healthy Knees

Weak in the knees may have a romantic tone, but in the physical realm it wreaks havoc in our movement and joy of life. The cause of knee problems often relates to weakness in the hips, hamstrings, and glutes. This workshop will review the anatomy of the knee joint and the interplay between the joints above and below. Strength, mobility, and balancing work will be done, leaving participants with personal homework to include in their regular practice to retain or restore healthy knees.

SATURDAY APRIL 04

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Functional Flow

One of yoga's key benefits is to create greater ease in movements and tasks of everyday life. Functional movement involves full-range of controlled joint movement, and balancing flexibility and stability for effective movement. The results are improved movement patterns on and off the mat, which helps prevent injuries. This workshop explores and weaves full joint ranges of motion into a flow that will challenge the body and the mind's proprioceptive boundaries. This workshop is particularly helpful for those with hypermobility or wanting to improve their balance and overall strength.

SATURDAY APRIL 04

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (2 HRS)

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Chaturanga

Chaturanga is a staple pose in flow vinyasa classes... and is undoubtedly one of the most challenging. A solid chaturanga requires stability and strength throughout the entire body to lower one's full body weight to the floor with control. Christine will deconstruct this pose, examining arms, wrists, upper body, shoulders, core, and legs. We work on isolated exercises for each before integrating into the final pose. Creative ways to build strength for the pose while not actually doing the full pose will be included.

SATURDAY APRIL 04

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 HRS)

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Yoga for Runners: Hips & Hamstrings

Tight hips and hamstrings are the result of lifestyle factors, from either sedentary or athletically active lives. The usual solution of "opening the hips" may or may not be helpful. Rather, examining the balance between mobility, stability, and strength could yield better results. This workshop will examine tightness versus weakness of the hips and hamstrings, as well as the interplay between them in movement. A hips and hamstrings asana practice, integrating both strength and mobility, will leave your body moving with greater ease and shift your mind to add some zip to your favourite hip poses.

SUNDAY APRIL 05

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Muscle Mass and Aging

Is your practice helping you maintain muscle mass? Sometime in our 30s, we can start to lose muscle mass and function. As we age, the muscle loss increases, and leads to difficulty with basic, functional movements and an eventual increase in falls or fractures. The key to maintaining independence, mobility, and confidence is to retain/regain muscle mass by including resistance and strength training. This class will work on specific muscle groups that need to remain strong to enable good posture, balance, and optimum mobility. This will improve our yoga practice while creating greater ease in everyday activities.

SUNDAY APRIL 05

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (2 HRS)

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