September 13-15th, 2019
🔸 Friday: Septiembre 13th
18:30 - 20:30 Master Class Mindful Vinyasa
Mindful Vinyasa is an eclectic teaching style focused on the "seeming basics", that opens one to a deeper practice by sitting in some poses for extended periods of time and moving through other postures smoothly with deliberate attention on 'placing ourselves' in the pose, as opposed to habitual patterns and gravity running the show. A mindful practice is focused on bringing us to the edge of ‘experience’ to ‘witness’ the moment unfold and realize it is us who is the unfolding. We will focus on grounding ourselves through standing poses and learn to draw the energies upward to balance heart and mind.
🔸 Saturday 14th September
10:00 - 13:00 Inversion Intensive or Obsession for Inversions!
Come join us for a 3 hour intensive designed to get you upside down safely. Inversions provide us a multitude of benefits but can be harmful if our alignment is compromised. Come join Rich Logan for an afternoon of exploring your body breath and mind from a different point of view. We will have some brief lecture and then learn to safely explore “The Inward Postures” using props and techniques that will give you more time to explore the effects these poses create for us. We will warm up with alignment based asana and sun salutes to understand our unique tensions and habits in the Body and Mind, with an intention to balance those re-actions, as they tend to worsen when upside down. Then we will bring that new awareness into a world that seems completely upside down.
16:00 - 19:00 Back Bending Toward Bliss
Back bends help us open the front body as the perfect counter pose to a life that can sometimes silence our hearts to the back row. Most of us guard our hearts as we amble through the day to day. Our rib cages collapse as we commute in our cars or sit in front of our computer screens. Suffice it to say our heads drop forward, our low backs round, the breathing mechanism shuts down, our glandular systems work ineffectively, the postural equivalent of depression. Our spine fixates in a compromised manner restricting movement in all directions, at all joints. Back bending gives us the chance to meet life full on. It allows for expansive breath in the ribcage. When done appropriately energy levels increase, blood flow increases in the endocrine system, the spinal cord gets a massage, the internal organs stretch allowing for better blood and lymphatic flow when the back bend is released. In this workshop we will discuss some of the anatomical implications of and then we will explore safe back bending, learning to bring the bend out of the low back and into the thoracic spine. Well do both supported work with props, safe partner work, and invigorating solo flights in a variety of poses. So come get blissed with a unique blend of mindful vinyasa, and static poses.
🔸 Sunday 15th September:
10:00 - 13:00 Restorative (& Twists)
The aim for this class will be deeply reset the nervous system by holding poses for at least 2 to 5 minutes. All poses will be supported by a liberal use of props. We will employ active techniques to engage the physical body and passive work to allow for deep relaxation of chronic holding patterns. All of this will be performed under the auspices of a deep spiritual practice. All levels and experience welcomed. We will have a brief discussion of how and why are bodies respond to this work. So come to intelligently activate our bodies to create deeper release not only muscularly, but inviting the nervous system to release its hold on us when it has become overprotective. And the spiritual implications are, well... infinite
(Twists help us to be emotionally flexible and allow us to cleanse. Twists provide a massage like action to the internal organs that in turn flush out stagnation and invite new essential flow to refresh us. The emotional implications follow as we make our gut more resilient and mobile in the face of stress. Spinal twists are essential for the maintenance of the vertebrae, their corresponding disc, and the spinal column itself. Most people don’t realize that the upper body does most of the twisting, as it should. As we lose flexibility the ribcage and thoracic spine, the low back ends up compensating for this lack of mobility. This can lead to myriad low back and sacroiliac dysfunctions. In this workshop will explore safe twisting and target the areas where we need to create greater stability to allow our twists to move up the spine.)
🔸 Rich’s Bio
Rich Logan (when not writing about himself in the third person), has traveled the world studying and teaching massage therapy and Yoga. He has been on faculty at the Chicago School of Massage therapy and The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He teaches yoga anatomy for several teacher trainings in Chicagoland as well as workshops in the surrounding area. Rich has also been a guest speaker on Western massage techniques at the Auyurvedic College in Mysore, India. He has also taught adjustment and anatomy- oriented yoga courses for yoga teachers in Hamburg, Germany. He has presented at Wanderlust Chicago, teaching well over a thousand students in Grant Park. He was also a featured yoga presenter at Bhaktifest Midwest in Madison. Furthermore, Rich has been performing with Kirtan groups in Chicago since 2002 as a guitarist and fronts his own group with a revolving band of world-class musicians called Akoustikirtan.
A serious student of Yoga since 1998, teaching since 2001, and a meditation practitioner since 1978, Rich incorporates his knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a unique understanding of spirituality in the modern world. Rich has studied at the prestigious Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Madras, India with TKV Desikachar among others presiding, The Atma Vikasa in Mysore with Yogacharya V. Venkatesha and wife Acharye Hema, and the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center near Dharamsala with Sharat Arora. Rich’s significant teachers have been: Kim Shwartz, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Gabriel Halpern, and Anna Forrest. Rich has also assisted Tias Little in workshops as well as his Esalen retreat in 2008. He continues to study at the Yoga Circle under the tutelage of the enigmatic and brilliant Gabriel Halpern in the Iyengar tradition. Rich has an eclectic teaching style focusing on the seeming basics to allow students to cultivate a deeper practice by sitting in some poses for extended periods of time and moving through other postures smoothly with deliberate attention on placing the body in the pose as opposed to letting habitual patterns and gravity run the show. A ‘mindful’ practice is focused on bringing us to the edge of experience to witness the moment unfold, and at that very moment realize it is us who are the unfolding.
🔸 Dates: 13th - 15th September
-- Friday 30€
-- Saturday morning/ evening: 45€
-- Sunday: 45€
-- Two workshops: 80€
-- Complete workshop: 125€
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