Strength, Grace, Sensing Direction, and Breathing:
A Weekend with Matthew Sanford
Strength without a sense of direction leads to violence. Strength with a sense of direction is grace. Through a wide variety of asanas – some strenuous, some not – participants explore the constant interplay between effort, surrender and integration in an attempt to reveal the inner body. While the lens of this exploration is the asana, the implications reach far beyond the yoga mat.
Alignment, Precision, Effortlessness, and Breathing – 5:30-7:30 - $35
The Inner Body, Backhanding, and Grace – 1:00-3:00p – $50
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All Humanities Class (90 minutes)
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.
What’s Your Story (Lecture and Q&A)
Stories are integral to our everyday lives. They are also fundamental to our humanity and powerful agents of transformation. Whether compromised by the heart, a limb, a person, or a promise, our stories help us fit into an every- changing world. Join renowned author and storyteller Matthew Sanford and explore the power of story to heal our lives.
Alignment, Precision, Effortlessness, and Breathing (Traditional class)
BKS Iyengar translates a crucial passage in the Yoga Sutras this way: “When effortful effort becomes effortless, the practitioner has encountered the fourth method of pranayama.” With an emphasis on standing poses, students explore how alignment combines with the inner body to enhance and reveal quality breathing within the asanas.
Reaching Beyond the Asana (Traditional Class)
Asanas gain both strength and grace with the dawning realization that they do not end at the terminus of the body. With an emphasis standing balancing poses very basic inversions, students explore the interplay between expansion, extension, the inner body, and quality breathing.
The Inner Body, Backbending, and Grace
An advancing yogi learns how to receive backbends, not just assert them. When this happens, backbends become both stronger and more graceful, both invigorating and meditative. Participants explore the inner body and a deepened sense of unity are integral to a refining backbending practice.
Opening Yoga: A Universal Approach to Teaching the Asana
The principles of yoga do not discriminate. Yoga poses do. This intensive focuses on universal principles and sensations that are inherent to the performance of asanas. These principles and sensations are the guiding blocks of poses, regardless of their complexity or degree of difficulty. This is not a yoga therapy or yoga therapeutics intensive. Instead, we explore how the principles of the asanas can be taught to ANY body, regardless of their condition or level of ability. Such an expansive and inclusive teaching methodology is increasingly important for teachers to master as their student demographic continues to grow beyond the young, fit, and flexible.
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.