Hi everyone. It’s been a rainy Sunday here which has been really cozy and good for productivity.
For today’s fitness-themed post I thought I would talk about why you should sign up for yoga workshops. Oftentimes, students (especially those in their first 1-2 years of practice) don’t sign up for workshops because they think they need to be at some level in their practice that they’ve made up in their heads. Unless a workshop specifically states prerequisites for practice, the stuff in your head should NOT hold you back!
Workshops can often be the catalyst for big change in your practice and within yourself! In the years since I’ve been practicing I’ve taken all kinds of workshops including:
– Acro Yoga, Backbending and Master Class with Briohny & Dice Iida-Klein
– Led Ashtanga and lecture with David Williams (we are hosting him at Y2 next month!)
– Inversions and Core Strength with Beach Yoga Girl
– Yoga Anatomy Weekend Training with David Keil
– Acro Yoga with Scott Cooper
– Jim Benitt (where I got flying splits in the picture above for the first time!)
– David Reglin
– and many more including things like master classes, lectures, etc.
I have never left a workshop feeling like I didn’t learn something new. Some of the biggest improvements in my practice have come from taking the time to really break things down in workshops and even the smallest takeaways have resulted in amazing results.
This weekend I had the pleasure of taking a workshop from two people who I love and admire so much, Jonathan Parham and Johnna Smith. It was a chakra flow and healing touch workshop. I was on the fence about attending because I had so much “life stuff” to deal with but I’m so glad I did. Johnna taught an all-levels slow flow with a lot of deep stretch at the end while Jonathan provided spiritual messages through channeling spirit. We had 52 people in the room and the practice was really special. There was the most amazing 20 minute savasana and guided meditation at the end of practice and we concluded the workshop with a special partner activity. We paired up and then were instructed to turn and face our partners. We held hands and had to look each other straight in the eyes and then repeat three times, “I love you.” The point of the exercise was to feel connection in a world that is so disconnected and to really be seen. I smiled through it, some cried through it, it was really beautiful.
And as a teacher, I LOVE leading workshops.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much it fills up my heart to see people getting outside of their comfort zone, growing and getting stronger and more confident!
Have you ever participated in a yoga workshop or special class? If so, tell me about it!
Here are my weekly workouts!
3.5 mile run
20 back squats at 75#
10 bench press at 65#
10 dumbbell bent over rows at 25#
10 dumbbell single arm shoulder press at 20#
10 dumbbell tricep extensions at 20#
10 dumbbell bicep curls at 15#
10 GHD sit ups
10 GHD back extensions
Chakra Flow & Healing Touch Workshop
3 mile run + teach Total Strength
Here’s your Pinable!
Have a great week! xoxo