Yoga has the power to transform your body and your mind, enabling you to lead a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. But what you emphasize when you practice yoga will determine whether you are maximizing or minimizing its extraordinary benefits. This workshop is designed to teach you how to maximize the benefits of yoga while learning to let go of detrimental behavior patterns that can creep into your practice. You will also learn how to practice in such a way as to minimize injuries, even if you have pre-existing conditions that may make you wonder whether you should practice yoga at all. Lastly, you will learn specific yoga techniques to address chronic health conditions such as back pain, poor posture, poor circulation, excessive stress, insomnia, constipation, neck tension, depression, low energy, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Using mainly Anusara and Forrest Yoga techniques, this workshop is designed to be experiential, with about 80% asana practice and 20% discussion.
Friday evening, 6:30p - 8:30p
Developing a spacious spine for better posture, more efficient circulation, and improved mood. Postural analysis and a wide selection of poses, including standing poses, backbends, forward bends, and optionally inversions.
Saturday early afternoon, 12:30p - 3:00p
Improving strength and balance for increased energy and to reduce chances of accidental injury. Standing poses and balancing poses, and optionally arm balances.
Saturday late afternoon, 3:30p - 6:00p
Creating a radiant core to reduce back pain and improve digestion, sleep, and energy. Core work including twists, core strengtheners, and core stretches.
Sunday early afternoon, 12:30p - 3:30p
Enhancing flexibility and practicing surrender for joint health and stress reduction. Hip and shoulder openers, plus restorative yoga.
- Prerequisites: A regular yoga practice of at least a few months. It is not necessary that you have ever come into an inversion (headstand, handstand, shoulderstand) or an arm balance to attend the first two sessions of this workshop, as we will cover the basics, and alternative poses will be offered. The workshop is also recommended for intermediate and advanced students who want to make their practice safer and more effective.
Gernot has been practicing and studying yoga since 1996. His yoga background includes Anusara, Iyengar, Forrest, Kripalu, and Ashtanga Yoga, and he holds a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from a Yoga-Alliance-registered teacher training program. Born in South Africa and raised in Germany, Gernot has spent 20 years in the United States as well as significant amounts of time in Argentina and Thailand. Gernot speaks English, German, and Spanish, as well as some French and Thai. He holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a master's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.
In his teachings, Gernot draws on a broad range of life experiences that includes working in Silicon Valley, traveling extensively in Asia and South America, volunteering for antiglobalization and alternative-transit non-profits, conducting biological fieldwork in California's Sierra Nevada and Argentina's Pampa, and teaching wildlife monitoring to inner city youth. He also loves bicycling and wilderness travel, and practices Vipasana meditation. His varied life experiences help Gernot relate to yoga students from all walks of life, and help him transmit the essential teachings of yoga in a way that makes them come alive on and off the mat.