Walking Dharma Yoga Workshop Series with Kristen Coyle
Expand: Backbends and Liberating the Spine.
Sunday, November 3rd 1pm - 4pm
Expand: def: 'To unfold; to open up.’
This workshop will dive into the concept of expansion both physically and energetically by exploring a wide spectrum of backbending postures. We will discover how to access safe and empowering backbends within your body by learning highly effective techniques to liberate the shoulder girdle and the spine, flexibility drills, and breakdown of the anatomical positioning of the pelvis in a full range of heart openers. Props, partner assists and variations will assist in making the practice accessible and enriching for all levels. Come ready to expand and glow.
Balance: Inversions and Bandhas.
Sunday, December 15th 1pm - 4pm
Balance: def: 'A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.’
This workshop will explore the concept of balance through an experiential practice of inversions. The main asana focus will be on: Headstand, L Shape, Handstand, Forearm Balance and variations on them. We will also dive into how the bandhas (physical/energetic locks) lend float and stability to the physical practice and learn pranayama techniques that utilize the bandhas to further understand their energetic qualities. A wide range of preparatory poses for inverting will be explored alongside study of the anatomical positioning of the shoulder blades in different inversion variations, exercises to help stabilize/strengthen the shoulder girdle, techniques to fire up the core (and bandhas), and work with props to assist with demystifying these challenging poses. Please bring a pair of socks (to be used as a prop).
Rooted: Hip Openers, Forward Bends and Arm Balances.
Sunday, January 12th 1pm - 4pm
Rooted: def: ‘developed by using (something) as a basis.’
This workshop will explore active hip openers, forward bends and arm balances that require open (strong) hips and hamstrings. We will examine, through practice, the relationship between hip openers/forward bends and their arm balance related counterparts. The primary focus will be to learn how to navigate shifting the bodyweight from lunges, squats and seated poses into the hands (arm balances). We will dive into in-depth alignment research, anatomical positioning for the scapulae and pelvis, transitions into Vinyasas and/or inversions, and props to assist in the art of rooting into the poses. 50% effort 50% ease.
$35 per workshop
$90 the full series
About Kristen: I am a dedicated yoga practitioner, teacher and yoga teacher trainer with twelve years of teaching experience. I enjoy cultivating community wherever I go through the universal language of yoga and have led classes, workshops, trainings and retreats at various locales around the world including Hawaii, St.Lucia, Indonesia and Greece.
As an instructor, my intentions are to be a clear conduit for the teachings to flow through me in a way that is both empowering and undiluted. My classes are rooted in alignment-based Vinyasa Yoga principles and invite practitioners to explore their potential through challenging, intelligent sequencing, breathwork, mantra and yogic philosophy.
I also have 15 years of experience as a therapeutic bodyworker and Reiki practitioner and bring my knowledge of anatomy both physically and energetically into my teachings to create a multi-dimensional, holistic practice.
In 2014, I founded Walking Dharma Yoga School (RYS 200 and RYS 300) and am fully dedicated to the art of teaching and supporting aspiring teachers on their path to instructing yoga in a potent, authentic way. My love for yogic philosophy has also led me to co-produce a bi-monthly podcast called ‘Walking Dharma’ which de-mystifies classical spiritual teachings and explores how to apply them to modern day living.