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Alexandria Crow Weekend Workshop

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16, 2016
THIS TRAINING IS OPEN TO STUDENTS, NONTEACHERS AND TEACHERS.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A STUDENT OF THE YOGA UNIVERSITY TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING.

Namaste Yogi! We are overjoyed to announce that Alexandria Crow will present a weekend workshop Friday-Sunday, October 14-16, 2016 at Yoga University & Altamonte Springs Yoga!! This workshop is open to our Teacher Training students and the general public - please join us!

Here’s the weekend schedule:
  • Friday, October 14 evening: Smart Core
  • Saturday, October 15 morning: All Things Shoulder - The confusion ends here
  • Saturday, October 15 afternoon: The Arch – Strong but Open Backbends
  • Sunday, October 16 morning: Wallstand No Longer - Handstand Unlocked
  • Sunday, October 16 afternoon: Hip Openers - Pigeon and WAY Beyond

See full workshop descriptions below.

Friday, October 14 evening: Smart Core

Most people believe they know where the core is and how to work it. But where is the core really? And how do we use it? This workshop is all about learning the muscles of the core (there may be more than you think!) and learning how to access these areas of the body and work them effectively. A strong core can lead to more stability in standing poses, lightness in arm balances and inversions, and more grace and strength as we move through the practice.
Saturday, October 15 morning: All Things Shoulder - The confusion ends here

The shoulder joint and shoulder girdle have been mis-taught in yoga for years. The result of that has left students with weakened rotator cuffs, injuries and limited progress in certain advanced postures. In this workshop we will discuss how the shoulder works and how it relates to all categories of asana. The workshop will begin with a lecture on the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder. Participants will then be led through a practice of postures that relate to the shoulder joint. Students can expect to learn how to wisely approach postures like chaturanga, downward facing dog, handstand, upward bow, forearm stand, etc, where the shoulder is often misaligned.
Saturday, October 15 afternoon: The Arch – Strong but Open Backbends

Backbends can be incredibly beneficial postures when done well, but can also be injurious for the shoulders and spine if done improperly. In this workshop we will break down the anatomical efforts and biomechanics of common and complex backbends in lecture format. Students will then be guided through a practice where the efforts are taught and then deepened when appropriate for each individual student. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of what they need to work on in backbends and how to make progress as they practice in the future.
Sunday, October 16 morning: Wallstand No Longer - Handstand Unlocked

Whether you're new to handstand or have been stuck at the wall doing it for years with no success, this workshop will give you the anatomical keys to unlock the door to this fun pose. We will begin by taking an in-depth look at the anatomical efforts and priorities of the shoulder girdle and its impact on the spine's alignment, which is key to achieving this poseas well aswhat core muscles actually allow you to enter handstand, how to access them and how to balance once you're there. A physical practice will follow the anatomy presentation where we will learn a step-by-step system towards making progress safely towards handstand without the wall becoming an addictive crutch. By the end of the workshop, no matter what your experience level with handstand, you will have a way to make progress towards the pose or will know how to begin working on fancy transitions in and out of the elusive inversion.

Sunday, October 16 afternoon: Hip Openers - Pigeon and WAY Beyond

Open hips mean much more than being able to do pigeon with ease. Open and strong hips make many of the most sought after poses possible. The hip is also directly related to the health of the lower back making it an important joint to understand in yourself and in students. A joint with many different movements that can be affected by many different muscles make the hip complex. Time will be spent looking at the anatomy of the hip in lecture in a detailed by easy to understand way. We will then look at all the different hip positions and where the limitations and weakness may occur as related to asana. By the end students will know how to work towards their goals in their hips wisely.