Mark Stephens
10.05.2018 - 13.05.2018
STUDIO CITY

This four-day Yoga Intensive with Mark Stephens is designed to deepen your knowledge and refine your practical skills in guiding students in asana practices. We will look systematically at Standing Asanas, Core Abdominal Cultivation, Arm Balances, Back Bends, Twists, Seated and Supine Forward Bends and Hip Openers, and Inversions. Open Classes (open to all, from beginnings to seriously advanced students) in the evenings will offer embodiment practices in which the theories and methods of the day are expressed in the evening experience. Each class and workshop draws from ancient-to-contemporary yoga philosophies, a variety of yoga styles and techniques, and offers a practical application of functional anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology, which one can get a feel for in Mark’s four textbooks on teaching yoga: Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, Yoga Adjustments, and Yoga Therapy.

Morning (9:00–12:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part I: Philosophy, Principles, Techniques – Applied to Standing Asanas

  • This Yoga Teacher Intensive focuses on how to best give refined guidance, with a primary focus on giving effective hands-on adjustments that accompanied by related verbal cues and demonstrations. This first session starts with theory and principles and then applies these insights to Standing Asanas. We will explore a wide range of externally- and internally-rotated hip standing asanas, including modifications, variations, and uses of props for each asana.

Afternoon (13:30–17:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part II: Deeper Exploration of Standing Asanas

  • We continue with the practical applications we started in Part I, focusing on the refined teaching of a wide variety of Standing Asanas and how best to guide them in flow-style and individualized classes that help integrate and balance energy. 

INCLUDED IN THE TRAINING

Evening (19:00–21:00)

Balanced Pranayama & Heart Opening Backbends (Open Class)

  • This Master Class begins with exploration of the breath, introducing natural breathing, ujjayi, viloma, sama/visama vrtti, kumbhaka, and kapalabhati pranayama techniques. We then move into a balanced Vinyasa Flow asana practice designed to guide students deeply into a series of heart-opening backbends, followed by asanas to help integrate the practice.

Morning (9:00–12:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part III: Backbends

  • First we explore guiding students in each type of Backbending Asana – Contraction, Traction, and Leveraged– including Salabhasana ABC, Bhujanghansana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Dhanurasana, Ustrasana, Kapotasana, Setu Bandha Sarvanghasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana and Eka Pada Raj Kapotasana. We will focus on hands-on guidance and adjustments, use of props, and modifications that make the asanas more safe, accessible, and deeper.

Afternoon (13:30–17:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part IV: Backbends

  • See the morning session description: we will continue with these same asanas. 

INCLUDED IN THE TRAINING

Evening (19:00–21:00)

Arm Balances in Vinyasa Flow (Open Class)

  • This master class begins with warming Surya Namaskaras and Dancing Warriors designed to open and stabilize the hips and shoulders in preparation for a series of beginning-to-advanced level arm balances (including Bakasana, Parsva Bakasana, Bhujapidasana, Tittibhasana, Astavakrasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Galavasana, Urdhva Kukkutasana and Uttana Prasithasana). This complete practice also includes wrist and shoulder therapy practices to ensure the full integration of the practice.

Morning (9:00–12:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part V: Seated and Supine Twists

  • While we have looked at twists in Standing Asanas, here the focus on more purely twisting asanas, including Supta Parivartanasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Bharadvajrasana, Marichyasana C and others.

 

Afternoon (13:30–17:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part VI: Seated and Supine Forward Bends and Hip Openers

  • While we have looked at forward bends in Standing Asanas such as Uttanasana, here the focus on more purely forward bending and hip opening asanas, including Dandasana, Paschimottanasna, Janu Sirsasana, Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana, Upa Vista Konasana, Baddha Konasana, Parivrtta Janu Sirsansa, Parighasana, and several others.

INCLUDED IN THE TRAINING

Evening (19:00–21:00)

Open Hips and Deeper Forward Bends for All Students and Teachers (Open Class)

  • This Open Class starts with the reality that most human beings have tight hips and difficulties in the low back. Here we will explore a gradual release of deeply held tension that restricts safe and comfortable ranges of motion in the legs, hips, pelvic girdle and spine, offering students with a variety of conditions and intentions set of pathways to healthier and more balanced movement in yoga and life.

Morning (9:00–12:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part VII: Inversions

  • Description: This session continues the Yoga Teacher Intensive on Sequencing with the practical applications we started in Part I, focusing on designing classes for students interested in more advanced asana forms and deeper integration of asana and pranayama practices.

 

Afternoon (13:30–17:00)

The Art & Science of Guiding Yoga Practices – Part VI: In-the-Flow and Tricky Transitions

  • Our primary focus in Parts I-VI has been on individual asanas. Here we look closely at guiding students in transitions from one asana to another, including in movements that involve significant challenges with alignment, energetic actions, steadiness and ease. We will look at Surya Namaskara and other dynamic asana practices.

 

About Mark Stephens

Described by Yoga Journal as "the teacher's teacher," Mark Stephens is the author of Teaching Yoga (2010), Yoga Sequencing (2012), Yoga Adjustments (2014) and Yoga Therapy (2017), four of the leading textbooks on yoga used in teacher training programs worldwide. He also writes the “For Teachers” column for Yoga Journal Deutschland and Yoga Journal China. Practicing since 1991 and teaching since 1996 with a deep background in multiple yoga philosophies and methods and extensive study of human anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology, Mark brings an integrated perspective to yoga that makes it a more practical tool for healthy living. He lives in Santa Cruz, California and teaches globally. 

 

10.05.2018 - 13.05.2018

10.05. - 3 Sessions

11.05. - 3 Sessions

12.05. - 3 Sessions

13.05. - 2 Sessions

 

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