Should women practice yoga any differently from men? How might a woman modify her practice to be in accord with the changes her body undergoes throughout a lifetime?
A yoga practice has the potential to support positive transformation through these natural cycles. In this program we look at the optimal ways that a yoga practice can serve to support and nourish the body’s natural rhythms. We emphasize ways to honor our innate physiology by practicing intelligently and with intention. In this program we explore the ways in which specific sequences of poses can facilitate ease and give energy (shakti) during the changes in a woman’s life cycle. We show how the practice of all eight limbs of yoga can empower a woman to cultivate a lifestyle that supports her highest potential.
Given the pace and intensity of contemporary culture, we rarely take the time to honor the changes within our biorhythms. Instead, we are pushed to gain outwardly oriented, measurable achievements. In this course we lay the groundwork for turning inward at key times in a woman’s life cycle in order to attune to our body’s needs and to nourish the spirit. By connecting inwardly to the realm of spirit, we learn to nourish ourselves so that we can nourish others.
Surya and Linda both began practicing yoga in 1984. Their teaching is deeply rooted in their personal experience and extensive study.
- Cultivating Sensitivity: Yoga and Nutrition to support the Month-long Hormone Cycle
- Honoring the Moon: Yoga Practice and Proper Nutrition in Support of Healthy Menstruation
- Preparing the Ground: Supporting Fertility
- Divine Motherhood – Nourishing Prenatal and Postpartum Practices
- Finding the Calm in the Storm: Yoga and Nutrition During Perimenopause
- Exploring the Space Within: Yogic and Nutritional Support for Menopause
We offer the following Women’s Health in-depth studies throughout the year:
- Integrating and Supporting Practice for Women
This class is designed to inspire teachers and empower practitioners to explore how to adapt the practice and support women in all life phases. [expand title=”Learn more >”] In the yoga world many teachers ignore the need to honor and adapt the practice for the rhythms and phases of women’s life cycles. This lack of integration runs contrary to the goal of yoking the inner spirit through practice. We will move through sequences of asanas in order to demonstrate beneficial actions and contraindications for pregnancy, menstruation, peri-menopause and menopause.[/expand]
- Prenatal Basics
In this one-day workshop, we will present an overview of prenatal/postpartum anatomy and physiology and the benefits and contraindications of yoga practice during this time. [expand title=”Learn more >”] The roots of yoga sprout patience, kindness and mindfulness as well as offer pregnant women an opportunity to explore the spiritual aspects of birth and mothering. We will observe pregnant students in practice and explore how to support the poses with props to bring physical relief from common discomforts.[/expand]
- Yoga and Nutrition
This one-day workshop aims to optimize health through the practice of yoga postures, diet and lifestyle. [expand title=”Learn more >”] In particular, we will map the five elements onto the organ body and show how our life force can be enhanced through increasing the flow of vitality through the organs. We will study the correlation between the natural elements and each organ pair–lung/large intestine, kidney/bladder, liver/gall bladder and heart/small intestine. We will feel the positive effects of “pranagizing” the organs through the combination of yoga posture, diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices.[/expand]
- Prenatal/Postpartum Teaching Intensive
This three-day workshop details the benefits and contraindications for yoga practice during pregnancy and postpartum. [expand title=”Learn more >”]The roots of yoga practice sprout patience, kindness and mindfulness, as well as offer pregnant women a perfect opportunity to explore the spiritual aspects of birth and mothering, to find physical relief from common discomforts and ease in birthing. The workshop curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, detailed presentations on benefits and contraindications for yoga practice during pregnancy and postpartum. Most of the classes are focused on careful analysis of asanas and the appropriate use of props to support the pregnant body. Other topics include pranayama, mudra, chanting, how to integrate pregnant students in general classes and how to start a prenatal class. Students also have the opportunity to try on an “empathy belly” which gives the feeling of the weight and breadth of pregnancy. [/expand]
- Embodying the Feminine
A yoga practice has the potential to support positive transformation for a woman as she passes through natural cycles of change in her body. [expand title=”Learn more >”]When a woman maintains a balanced and harmonious reproductive system, it leads to greater vitality and radiant wellness. This immersion is designed to help a woman get in sync with the phases of change in her body. In this course, we will practice dynamic and restorative yoga asanas, pranayamas and meditation that support the woman’s path of yoga. During this week-end, Linda will teach from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras specific guidance on how to delve deeper into more refined levels of awareness. In addition, Surya will present essential ways that diet and nutrition can nourish and replenish the body using principles from Taoist Five Element theory.[/expand]
- Essential Balance/Five Elements
The uniqueness of a woman’s body is marked by transitions through puberty, the fertile years, menopause and post-menopause– the “wisdom phase”. This course lays the groundwork for turning inward at key times in a woman’s life cycle in order to attune to our body’s needs and to nourish the spirit. [expand title=”Learn more >”]We examine the optimal ways that a yoga practice serves to support the body’s natural rhythms, by exploring the ways in which specific sequences of poses can facilitate ease and give energy (shakti) during the changes in a woman’s life cycle. We will study each of the five elements and organ systems pairs to illuminate our practice in accordance with the seasons, to harmonize our inner and outer worlds.[/expand]