Yoga for Every Body
Learn to tailor your practice to your unique needs and challenges
Have you ever wondered why some yoga poses are easy for you, while other poses, which other yogis seem to do with ease, are perplexingly hard for you?
This workshop will teach you how your individual anatomy influences what yoga poses come easy to you and which ones don’t. In this workshop, you will learn what poses and exercises to focus on to make the poses that are challenging for you more approachable. In the process, you will begin to understand that what you want from your practice, and what you need, aren’t always the same things. You will learn how to balance what you want with what you need, but more importantly, you will also learn to distinguish between things you can and cannot change. You will learn the importance of acceptance, and how to make your practice more balanced and thus more effective and beneficial, based on your unique needs and challenges.
SESSION 1: The Biomechanics and Philosophy of What’s Stopping Me
(this is a pre-requisite for participation in session 2, 3 and 4)
In this session, you will learn about the four primary issues that make some poses so challenging. You will practice distinguishing between limitations that can be changed, and limitations that cannot. Lastly, we will practice effective techniques for addressing the former, and learn techniques for accepting the latter. If we are willing to learn that limitations aren’t always there to be overcome, then limitations can become truly powerful teachers.
SESSION 2: What’s Stopping Me in the Lower Torso?
Most of us understand that tight hips are problematic. However, they do not simply limit our ability to come into a wide range of challenging poses. They also have a dramatically negative effect on our overall wellbeing. Why are our hips so tight? Because we are experts at avoiding stretching them, even while diligently practicing hip opening poses!
One core focus of this session is learning how to practice hip openers in such a way that they actually open your hips, rather than hurting your lower back or your knees. We will also learn when to stop trying to open them by learning to distinguish between limitations due to tension and those due to compression. Lastly, in the process of learning how to open our hips effectively, we will also discover that those same techniques transform our ability to build core strength. In this session we will address hip openers, forward bends, and optionally arm balances among other poses. In all sessions, I will provide approachable alternatives to challenging poses. More importantly, I will teach you to discover such alternatives yourself so that you can apply this knowledge in any yoga class where you might encounter poses that are not beneficial to you.
SESSION 3: What’s Stopping Me in the Upper Torso?
For most people, the other major area of limitation is the shoulder girdle. In this session we will discover how tight shoulders and a stiff neck may be even more detrimental to our overall wellbeing than tight hips. We will assess our shoulder range of motion and strength, and will learn effective techniques for addressing both, while learning how to avoid all too common shoulder injuries. We will also learn the importance of relaxation in order to move our arms and upper spine in ways that are safer, more effective, and more enjoyable. In this session we will address shoulder openers, backbends, and optionally inversions. Again, I will provide approachable alternatives to all challenging poses.
SESSION 4: How to Teach Yoga to Every Body
This session is designed for yoga and other movement teachers, but interested yoga students are welcome to attend. In this session we will focus on how to shape your classes and your instructions in such a way as to encourage your students to learn their limitations, learn how to address them intelligently, and learn how to respect them. And yes, it is possible to do all that in group yoga classes. 🙂
I will teach you a universal alignment technique that truly allows everyone to create the most appropriate alignment for where they are, no matter where they are. This technique is truly universal because it is not quantitative, but qualitative, meaning you can teach your students to know how far to go based on how they feel inside, not on how they look form the outside.
I will also teach you language cues and sequencing strategies that empower students to make good movement choices to stay safe.
Even though this session is designed primarily for teachers, yoga students will benefit from this session by learning how to choose teachers wisely. They will also learn how to honor their needs even in classes with teachers that have a “one size fits all” perspective.
€120 if paid by September 12, €140 thereafter, for the entire 12 hour workshop. To register, please contact Henriette Oosten at email@example.com. All sessions can also be taken individually: One session is €45, two sessions are €85, and 3 sessions are €120 total. Registration for the full workshp also includes an extensive workshop manual. No early registration discount for fewer than 4 sessions.
As the name implies, this workshop is for every body – there are no prerequisites for attending this workshop. However, Session 1 is required in order to attend the following sessions. A few days before the workshop, we will send a questionnaire to all the students who have signed up for at least the first 3 sessions asking them which specific poses they would like to have covered in detail in the workshop.
ABOUT GERNOT HUBER
Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Gernot Huber teaches yoga retreats and workshops worldwide. He also co-teaches yoga teacher trainings in Thailand and the US. Gernot has developed an integrated approach to yoga that incorporates insights from Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Forrest, Kripalu, Yin, and Freedom Yoga, from yogic and Buddhist philosophy, and from anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience. He skillfully integrates down-to-earth discussions of breath, alignment, anatomy, and awareness to convey the key concepts of yogic philosophy with clarity and humor to practitioners of all levels. Gernot helps his students maximize the benefits of their practice by emphasizing the mental dimensions of yoga as well as the physical, and the intricate connections between both.
To find out more about Gernot’s teaching, visit his website: www.yogamindyogabody.com.