When asked what pose she would practice if she were limited to just one a day, Geeta Iyengar, B.K.S. Iyengar’s daughter and a principal teacher at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, replied, “An inversion.”
Inversions are a hallmark practice of classical Indian Hatha yoga, but they can intimidate many yoga practitioners today and therefore aren’t a normal part of classes or personal practice.
Without inversions, practitioners miss out on tremendous mind and body benefits. In this workshop, we’ll learn how inversions benefit the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and glandular systems so students gain a deeper understanding of why inversions should not only be normal, but prioritized.
We will also learn and practice asanas to prepare our bodies and mind for Plow, Shoulderstand, Headstand, Handstand as well as variations. Stages, alternatives, and modifications will be provided for beginners .
Who is this workshop for?
Students interested in learning how to start an informed inversions practice are welcome to attend in person.
Students of Rachel’s Yoga Align class are welcome to attend in-person or online and can expect an opportunity to expand their inversions practice.
Three in-person spots are reserved at a discounted price for teachers or teachers-in-training who want to observe and assist. Please write to Shannon Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Online attendance is limited to teachers and teachers-in-training for observation. Students who have attended Rachel’s classes previously who are familiar within their inversions practices can also attend virtually.
What do workshop attendees need?
A sticky mat (if you have one), 3 yoga blankets, 2 bricks, 1 yoga belt and a bolster. The studio also has the above props, and props are crucial to establishing a safe inversions asana practice. To ensure there are enough to go around, we ask students with props to bring their own.
Still not sure if Normalizing Inversions is for you? Consider this from Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher Holly Walck Kostura, “Inversions are to the mind what standing poses are to the body: the latter is the foundation for physical health and the former is the foundation for mental health.”
Dates:Friday 11/12 6-8pm & Saturday 11/13 2-4pm
Investment: $150 today for both days *Discount available for yoga teachers and Root to Rise teachers-in-training (email email@example.com to sign up)