Realizing the Inner Body
Mastering the balance between moving inward and expanding outward is a crucial realization for any advancing yoga practice. Utilizing his unique experience with yoga, Matthew Sanford explores five essential sensations for unifying the inner and outer bodies: grounding, balance, space, expansion, and rhythm.
Faithful to Living Lecture and Q&A 7:00-8:30p By Donation
Moving Inward, Deepening Outward 1:30-4:30p $50
All Humanities 1:30-3:30 $20
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Five Sensations 5:00-6:30p
Within an asana, the inner body expresses itself through subtle sensations, rather than overtly physical accomplishment. Utilizing a wide variety of asanas, this welcoming class introduces the five essential sensations that will be referred to throughout the weekend: grounding, balance, space, expansion, and rhythm.
Faithful to Living 7:00-8:30p
With every ounce of its energy, the body will always moves toward living. At age thirteen, Matthew Sanford survived a devastating car accident that killed his father and sister and permanently paralyzed him from the chest down. Drawing upon his remarkable story of trauma and loss, of yoga and paralysis, Matthew shares universal insights about living and thriving through life-altering change. Participants leave with new insights about both mind and body and how one stays faithful to the privilege of living.
Alignment, Precision, and Sensing Direction 9:00-Noon
Alignment and precision both create and reveal an underlying sense of direction within the poses. With special emphasis on the standing poses, this class explores how alignment and precision travel through the mind-body relationship and create an effortless form of mind-body integration.
Moving Inward, Deepening Outward 1:30-4:30p
Moving inward is a journey without tangible boundary and yet ultimately it is the foundation of any yoga pose. With a special emphasis on twists and forward bends, this class explores how moving inward has a crucial grounding and nourishing effect on dynamic physical action. Students will gain new insights into what “base” means in poses.
Inner Body, Outer Movement 9:00-Noon
Through asana practice, the student learns to move from the outer body toward the inner body, then from the inner body out through the outer body. Eventually the student learns how to move in both directions simultaneously while engaging in quality breathing. Through a wide variety of asanas, students will explore the relationship between the inner body and outer movement and how their integration deepens the energetic release of the spine.
All Humanities Class 1:30-3:30p
This class explores universal themes within asanas for all levels of ability and disability – from someone paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair to the most advanced asana practitioner. Asanas will be taught in a manner that reaches everyone simultaneously. Participants will perform their own poses, help each other, and learn from each other. When ability and disability authentically show up and share universal vulnerability, the releasing humanity is transformative and life changing. This class will rock your world.
Matthew Sanford is an Iyengar yoga teacher, renowned public speaker, the award-winning author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, and paralyzed from the chest down. He is the founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions and a leading voice in the integrative health movement. He recently won the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing 2010 Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award. (Previous winners include Deepok Chopra, Mehmet Oz, and Andrew Weil.) Matthew is also a pioneer in adapting yoga for people living with a wide variety of trauma, loss, and disability, including our wounded warrior population and veterans. Matthew’s classes are physically strenuous while also challenging students to explore beyond the physical execution of poses. For more information: www.matthewsanford.com and www.mindbodysolutions.org.