What is Self-Mastery Yoga Practice Clinics?
Yoga is a proven methodology supported by empirical wisdom and a rapidly increasing body of scientific evidence to corroborate much of what many seasoned yoga practitioners know to be true through their own experience. Science shows that the brain and the body (soma) are integrally connected, and the vitality and health of both defined and enhanced by their ‘plasticity.’ Yoga practice is essentially a therapeutic dialogue between the mind and the body, comprised of somatics—placing the attention (the mind) within the body to direct, inform and refine very specific and conscious movements and actions, and vinyasa krama—or the art of wise sequencing, which ultimately determines our overall experience of a given practice, as well as the extent to which it addresses (or neglects) our individual needs and capacities, and moves us in the direction of enlightened being and enlightened living.
My style of teaching is trauma-informed and uses discerning verbal cues, demonstration and subtle hands-on assists to guide the practitioner through a wisely-sequenced, exploratory yoga practice that serves to keep the mind yoked with the body as it integrates the innate intelligence of each posture. Each pose sets you up for the next one with specific attention to functional anatomy, breath, bandhas (gathering of awareness and physical action in a specific location in the body as a way to harness and direct energy) and dristhi or gazing point as a way of steadying the attention. The overall intention for these clinics is to illuminate the philosophy of yoga in practice, become curious about the ways in which we access, experience and instruct asana (rather than taking what we think we know at face value) and cultivating community rather than separation (ego) through yoga. All levels of practice welcome.